What does Diversity & Inclusion mean to you?
Although progress has been made, recent events have made us sit up and pay attention to the huge amount of work still needed to create genuine equality in our social, personal and professional communities.
We know greater diversity and inclusion gives organisations competitive advantage, inspires innovation, and creates healthy workplace cultures, but how can we go beyond the buzzwords and enact real change?
Join us for the 2nd edition of the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference 2021, where we will look past vanity screening and discuss how to make real, sustainable changes in your organisation. We will have industry leaders joining us on the day to share their expertise and insights – don’t miss out on engaging with D&I leaders from across the UK!
Are you ready to move the conversation into action?
What will be discussed at this conference?
Hear from leaders in Diversity & Inclusion in a range of keynotes, panels, interviews and discussions.
- Why are we still nervous talking about Diversity?
- Beyond the Buzzwords and Vanity Screening
- Understanding and Promoting Neurodiversity In Your Organisation
- Parental Power – Flexible Working Practice for Working Parents
- Race Inclusion in Work
- Gender Identities in the Workplace
- Working from the Top – D&I at a Senior Level
Don’t just listen to the experts – get involved in the discussion and choose a top you want to dive deeper into. Choose from any of the following:
- Race and Terminology
- Autism and ADHD
- Pandemic Impact on Wellbeing
- Recruitment and People Management
- Disability and Invisible Illness
- Senior Leadership and Representation
- Registration and refreshments
Julie DennisHead of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS
Opening Keynote: Why are we still nervous talking about Diversity?
Interview: Centering Inclusion into your Overall Business Strategy
Jennifer SmithHead of Inclusion, BFI
So many companies are striving for excellence when it comes to Diversity & Inclusion, but how do we ensure that inclusive practice and process aren’t just a marketing tool? Rather than badge collecting the accreditations and certifications, how can you harness this information, and benchmarking your progress and goals?
We’re joined by Jen Smith from the BFI, who is going to share her experience of making D&I a part of BFI’s business strategy, how an inclusion professional can use the “water cooler chat” to enact change and look at BFI’s specific approach to anti-racism and ableism.
Case Study: No More Excuses: Supporting arrangements for long-term illness
The pandemic has proven that we can support long-term illness and employees that need extra arrangements to accommodate their health complications. There are no more excuses – what needs to be done?
- Break and Networking
Panel: Understanding and Promoting Neurodiversity In Your Organisation
Organisations need to understand how to harness the unique set of skills that come from neurodivergent employees, and the way they can interpret information and innovate can be the ways that catapult organisations to the next level.
Speakers representing various forms of neurodiversity, answering your burning questions:
- How can you create an inclusive work environment and encourage neurodiversity?
- What are the common misconceptions surrounding your ability to work?
- What practical measures can employers put in place to support a neurodivergent employee?
Interview: Flexible Working Practice for a Fully Inclusive Workforce
Deepa ShahPeople Director at Bupa
- Lunch and Networking
Panel: Race Inclusion at Work
Despite societal efforts for more representation and inclusion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds, there are still barriers to progression in companies in comparison to white counterparts.
In this session, hear from ethnic minority leaders that are making real change in their organisation’s, empowering their workforce and creating inclusive environments.
|Don’t just listen to the experts – get involved in the discussion and choose a topic you want to dive deeper into. Choose from any of the following:|
|Race and Terminology||Autism and ADHD|
|Pandemic Impact on Wellbeing||Recruitment and People Management|
|Disability and Invisible Illness||Senior Leadership and Representation|
- Break and Networking
Hear from the experts that led the roundtables, what the other groups discussed and the key takeaways.
Panel: Gender Identities in the Workplace
Emma DunnChair of a:gender
More people are being open about their gender identity. Employers need to understand what aspects of their process or policies could exclude certain people, how employers must enforce a zero-tolerance against harassment and bullying, and provide in the way of facilities and safe working environments.
In this session, we will discuss:
- The importance of pronouns
- Respecting your employees and customers with gender neutral language
- Educating your workforce on gender inclusive practice
- Enforcing zero-tolerance
Closing Keynote: Working from the Top - D&I at a Senior Level
- End of Conference
Hallam Conference Centre44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ
- By Rail/Tube
- By Car