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Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00

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

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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
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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 sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.


 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

  • 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   

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 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

  • 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

Sue Coe, Head of Employment, Equality and Human Rights Commission

 11:55 Mind the Gap: How to close it

  • Seizing the inclusion and diversity opportunities yielded by Gender Pay Gap reporting
  • Practical actions you can take to narrow the Gap (including family-friendly programmes among others)
  • The importance of your narrative and year-on-year progress reporting

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

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

  • 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
 15:20 Case study: Making a difference with underrepresented groups: a workplace autism spectrum 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

 15:45 Creating competitive advantage through Diversity & Inclusion

  • The business benefits of an effective D&I strategy
  • How HR and D&I professionals are key to identifying priorities and shaping the agenda
  • Achieving ROI and building a successful inclusive culture

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 School

Dr 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 OrganisationHuman RelationsSociology, 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 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.


Anne-Marie Senior, Executive Development Consultant, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

Anne-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 Wessing

Dan 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, Qlearsite

A 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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Thursday, 19 April 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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