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Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2018

19 April @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

£449.00 - £499.00

InterContinental Hotel – London, 02



This new conference from Symposium Events will explore the latest thought leadership on what HR can do to promote inclusiveness and create a culture of diversity in their organisation. 

Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management - it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. While UK legislation – covering age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation among others – sets minimum standards, an effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement.

This conference will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • How inclusion differs from diversity
  • The business benefits of a diverse workforce
  • What happens when diversity needs compete or even oppose each other?
  • Current legal situations
  • Tackling unconscious bias
  • Inclusion in multi-national organisations
  • How to create a culture of inclusiveness and promote diversity
  • Reviewing the current progress of the Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation
  • And more!

Who should attend:

  • HR professionals involved who want to improve diversity and inclusion in their organisation

  • Recruiters

  • Heads of HR

  • Talent Management

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Event Sponsors

My Family Care My Family Care is the UK’s leading provider of family friendly solutions. They're uniquely positioned to help employers with their working parent and carer strategies and implement employee solutions. Their clients include investment banks, retailers, FMCG manufacturers, legal practices, accountancy firms, media companies and many others of all sectors and sizes. They make a real difference to their clients' businesses and the lives and careers of their employees who have seen that it makes sound business sense to adopt a flexible, family friendly approach. Whether you’re trying to build a reputation as a great place to work, improve talent retention, reduce care related absenteeism, improve relocation success or build a more diverse leadership pool, My Family Care can help. In a nutshell, they’re about making work + family work. www.myfamilycare.co.uk
Qlearsite Qlearsite equips leaders and their teams to achieve remarkable performance by providing the information essential to engage and motivate their people. Qlearsite's technology enables you to use these insights to improve recruitment effectiveness, reduce absenteeism, decrease attrition, enhance engagement whilst also improving the working lives of your people. They help businesses with their workforce problems by making smarter, better informed decisions about their people. www.qlearsite.com
Milkround logo Milkround  Milkround is your graduate career resource with hundreds of internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes. Start your job search there, or use their advice pages to research careers and help with your decision making. They’re committed to giving students and graduates career confidence, and that means conquering fears of finding, applying and making that first step on the career ladder. With Milkround you get direct access to employers. www.milkround.com
   BPP Professional Apprentices  Expert business, finance and law apprenticeship training and support from one of Europe’s largest specialist professional education providers. Aligned to industry recognised professional qualifications with clear progression paths to full professional or postgraduate qualifications, BPP work with employers to create and deliver bespoke apprenticeship and school leaver programmes tailored to individual business needs to recruit and develop the professionals of tomorrow. www.bpp.com


If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at [email protected] or 020 7231 5100.


 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks
 09:45 Creating the competitive advantage through and environment of Diversity & Inclusion

  • How HR is instrumental in developing a D&I environment that aligns with organisational strategic aims and priorities.
  • The hows and whys - identifying the link between organisational success, ROI and D&I agenda
  • The business/organisational benefits of a D&I agenda

Dan Harris, Diversity, Inclusion & CRM Manager, Taylor Wessing

10:10 Inclusion metrics and identifying priorities

  • Understand how to use the latest natural language processing to accurately measure inclusion
  • Identify the most effective actions to address D&I issues
  • Measure the impact of current and future D&I initiatives

Peter Clarke, Co-Founder, Qlearsite

 10:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Panel: Quick wins

Diversity and inclusion is good for business - what needs to happen and why are more companies not doing it?

Gareth Jenkins, Shore Resourcing Partner, Carnival UK (P&O and Cunard)

 11:10 Refreshments and networking
 11:30 Mind the Gap: overview on the Gender Pay Gap

  • What the reporting statistics tell us and the implications for UK plc
  • Understanding internal metrics and how to interpret findings in context
  • What next: how to embed a best-practise strategy in organisations and businesses

Equality and Human Rights Commission

 11:55 Mind the Gap: How to close it

  • How the inclusion agenda is perceived and taken up by different demographics
  • Reacting to changing legislation - following or leading?
  • Understanding the Gender Pay Gap, equal pay, parental rights and how such issues affect HR practises

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching & Consultancy, My Family Care

12:20 Questions and discussion with speaker
 12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key challenges 

Focus: Measuring and reporting the social and financial rewards of diversity and inclusion

 14:00 Taking it all the way to the top

Bringing diversity into senior management

  • Identifying shortfalls and creating innovative programmes
  • Addressing training requirements and structural changes
  • BAME success stories

Siobhan Corria, Head of Inclusion, Action for Children

14:00 STREAM B - Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias can heavily influence recruitment and selection processes

  • Consequences for recruitment, engagement, retention, talent development and organisational growth
  • Steps HR can take to mitigate unconscious bias
  • Ensuring it will positively impact the organisation

Magali Merindol, Head of Communications, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

 14:25 STREAM A - From Reactive to Proactive

How to drive significant change in large scale I&D programmes

  • Drawing down complex strategy into practical policy
  • Understand and address challenges and outcomes throughout the process
  • Benchmarking, communicating and celebrating outcomes

Sarah Maskell, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Royal Air Force

 14:25 STREAM B - Workplace adjustments

Inclusion strategies and practises designed to work for everyone

  • Placing individuals needs at the centre through inclusion networks
  • Broadening the agenda to address multiple employee requirements
  • Costs verses benefits: creating the win/win

Sarah Brooks, WFM Strategy and Planning Lead, Atos

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:50 Case study: Making a difference with underrepresented groups: a workplace intervention and evaluation.

  • Understanding the employability challenge of adults on the autism spectrum 
  • Developing a programme to enhance workplace awareness, skills and confidence
  • Evaluating the positive metrics and highlighting learning for future roll-out 

Philip Wilson, Head of Assessment and Diversity, Cabinet Office

 15:50 Inclusive leadership; How it works

Case-study of embedding diversity in organizational strategy; inclusive talent development, targets and transparency, outcomes and financial results

  • Knowing where to start - identifying skills and diversity gaps
  • Creating and maintaining inclusive cultures
  • Leadership in generating an inclusive company culture, creating wide networks and unbiased decision making

Kavish Patel, People Director, Redington   

 16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference


Siobhan Corria, Head of Inclusion, Action for Children Siobhan Corria has been head of Inclusion at Action for Children one of the UK’s longest running children’s charity since March 2014.  Siobhan is UK lead for equality, diversity and inclusion and oversees the ‘young ambassador scheme’. Siobhan is the founder of Celebrate LGBT+, Action for Children’s award winning staff network and a number of networks including gender empowerment network, disability inspire network and BAME staff network – Breakthrough.  

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching & Consultancy, My Family Care

Jennifer joined My Family Care in 2010 specifically to build and lead this provision on the basis of her established reputation and experience. In her role, she also looks after the My Family Care thought leadership agenda through which they provide Think Tanks and experience-sharing webinars to a thriving HR & Diversity leaders community.

With many years experience in large organisations and in providing leadership coaching and internal mentoring programmes and in coaching supervision, Jennifer one of the UK pioneers of maternity coaching in the early 2000s and has helped many leading employers build award-winning programmes to coach and support working parents and carers.

Philip Wilson, Head of Assessment and Diversity, Cabinet Office Phil Wilson is the Head Assessment and Diversity at the Cabinet Office. Prior to this role, he was Head of Occupational Psychology at the London Fire Brigade, as well as Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police and has also operated as a consultant for a range of industries. He has presented at numerous professional conferences, undertaken a variety of media activities and chaired national work psychology committees.


Magali Merindol, Head of Communications, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion Magali is head of Communications and Marketing at the ENEI where she leads the campaign to promote equality and inclusiveness in the workplace. In her talk, she will be discussing how unconscious bias can heavily influence recruitment and selection processes, as well as what HR can do to mitigate it and its effects. 


Gareth Jenkins, Shore Resourcing Partner, Carnival UK (P&O and Cunard) Gareth is a Fellow of The Institute of Recruitment Practice, with 11 years’ experience of tactical and strategic resourcing practice. He is also a qualified Psychometric assessor (A+B) with substantial experience of management of careers social media channels. He is currently a Shore Resourcing Partner at Carnival UK, with a focus on head office commercial, operations and finance roles at Carnival House, Southampton.


Dan Harris, Diversity, Inclusion & CSR Manager, Taylor Wessing

Dan Harris has been at Taylor Wessing since 2015 and in his current role, leads the firm's approach to diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility in the UK. He will be discussing how businesses can create a competitive advantage through an environment of Diversity and Inclusion.


Peter Clarke, Co-Founder, Qlearsite

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19 April
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
£449.00 - £499.00
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020 7231 5100


InterContinental Hotel 02, London
1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, London
London, SE10 0TW
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