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Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2018
Thursday, 19 April 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 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
Heads of HR
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|09:00||Coffee and Registration|
|09:30||Chair's opening remarks
Dr Maria Adamson, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HRM, Middlesex University
|09:45||Inclusive leadership: How it works
Case-study of embedding diversity in organisational strategy; inclusive talent development, targets and transparency, outcomes and financial results
Kavish Patel, People Director, Redington
|10:10||Inclusion metrics and identifying priorities
Peter Clark, 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)
Yvonne Dowie-Shosanya, Dep Head of Learning, Development and Talent, Ministry of Justice
John Athanasiou, Director of People, Harper Collins Publisher
|11:10||Refreshments and networking|
|11:30||Mind the Gap: overview on the Gender Pay Gap
Sue Coe, Head of Employment, Equality and Human Rights Commission
|11:55||Mind the Gap: How to close it
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
Siobhan Corria, Head of Inclusion, Action for Children
|14:00||STREAM B - Unconscious Bias
Unconscious bias can heavily influence recruitment and selection processes
Anne-Marie Senior, Executive Development Consultant, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion
|14:25||STREAM A - From Reactive to Proactive
How to drive significant change in large scale I&D programmes
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
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|
|15:20||Case study: Making a difference with underrepresented groups: a workplace autism spectrum intervention and evaluation.
Philip Wilson, Head of Assessment and Diversity, Cabinet Office
|15:45||Creating competitive advantage through Diversity & Inclusion
Dan Harris, Diversity, Inclusion & CSR Manager, Taylor Wessing
|16:10||Questions and discussion with speakers|
|16:20||Chair's closing remarks and end of conference|
CHAIR - Dr Maria Adamson, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HRM, Middlesex University BUsiness SchoolDr Maria Adamson is Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HRM at Middlesex University Business School in London, where she also leads a new MA degree programme in Diversity and Change Management. Dr Adamson’s research centres on understanding gender (in)equality at work, the application of feminist theories within the field of organisation studies, cultural representations of gender and work and how they translate into workplace and organisational behaviour. Her recent project looks at the construction of gender in celebrity CEO autobiographies and the ways in which these cultural images impact workplace practices. Her research has been published in a number of leading international journals like Gender Work and Organisation, Human Relations, Sociology, the Journal of Professions and Organisation etc. Dr Adamson is also currently leading an ESRC-funded seminar series project ‘Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations’ and is a joint Editor of Work, Employment and Society journal.
Siobhan Corria, Head of Inclusion, Action for ChildrenSiobhan 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 OfficePhil 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.
Anne-Marie Senior, Executive Development Consultant, Employers Network for Equality & InclusionAnne-Marie is responsible for delivering enei’s equality and inclusion training and consultancy products and services to both Members and non-Members. Anne-Marie has 20 years of D&I experience in the public and private sector. She has designed and delivered innovative training and consultancy around diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and equality analysis. Other areas of expertise include leadership and team development and change management focused on the delivery of excellent customer service. She is also a Trustee Board member of two Hertfordshire-based charities.
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 WessingDan joined international law firm Taylor Wessing in 2015 as at Talent Business Partner and now leads the firm's approach to diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility. He is passionate about developing an inclusive culture that enables people to thrive, engage with the community and deliver for their clients. During his time at Taylor Wessing, he has been key to the firm's focus on promoting gender equality, LGBT+ inclusion, social mobility and mental health awareness. One of Dan's proudest moments was Taylor Wessing entering the prestigious Stonewall Top 100 employers in January 2018.
Dan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with an MA in Human Resource Management and over 15 years' experience in HR in the professional services sector. He will be discussing how businesses can create a competitive advantage by fostering a culture of inclusion
Peter Clark, Co-Founder, QlearsiteA consultant for most of his career (Accenture, Boston Consultancy Group, Marakon), Peter has worked with management teams in some of the world's largest and most successful companies. Using this experience and expertise, Peter co-founded Qlearsite: - a workforce analytics company that helps organisations improve business performance through happier, better motivated and engaged people. Recently Qlearsite has pioneered new Artificial Intelligence to reinvent the way we understand and measure Inclusion.
Sarah Brooks, WFM Strategy and Planning Lead, Atos
Sarah has worked nearly 30 years in engineering and IT, in the BBC, Siemens and Atos. She became ill in 2000 with a “bad back” just as she was finishing her MBA. For two years she was intermittently off work with “medically unexplained” symptoms and problems. In 2003 she was finally diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome. During this period was demoted within the organisation she worked for and ended up working part time as a change manager. Since then she has managed her condition to return to full time work.
In 2016 Sarah set up the Atos Employee network for disabled staff. Called Atos Adapt it represents disabled staff in Atos, support employees and offers advice to staff and managers. The network has recently worked within Atos to help deliver and pilot a Workplace Adjustments Process, which has been very successful.
Sarah has a particular interest in neurodiversity and has just completed a BSc in Psychology. She is currently in Workforce Management as a strategic partner for one of the Atos business units.
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