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2nd Supporting LGBT+ in the Workplace Summit

Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum , 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DN

Failing to support LGBT+ colleagues is not just immoral, it is hugely detrimental to the sustainability of your business.

Registration fee: £395 plus VAT per delegate

 

Stonewall's 'LGBT in Britain - Work Report' has revealed some chilling statistics regarding the abuse, harassment and exclusion faced by many LGBT people at work.  Aside from the moral argument to ensure employees can feel confident to be themselves at work, the business case is also compelling.

Organisation's who do not develop and strengthen a truly supportive and inclusive workplace face significantly lower levels of productivity from LGBT+ staff, under-utilisation of skills, a lack of engagement, a more constricted customer base, and potential legal costs of discrimination lawsuits. 

This event follows last year's sold-out launch, showing how organisations can change this situation to get the best out of their staff and expand their customer base. An extraordinary speaker line-up will deliver both practical and personal experience to share learning on the best ways to support your LGBT+ workers.

Why attend this crucial conference?

  • Hear the government's action plan
  • Learn the keys to writing and implementing a workable policy
  • Move beyond policy - understand how to practically support LGBT+ workers
  • Listen to case studies with effective strategies to create a truly inclusive workplace, including professional development initiatives
  • Determine how to overcome the cross-jurisdictional challenges for global companies
  • Protect your LGBT+ workers by reviewing your grievance and disciplinary procedure
  • Get top tips to secure senior buy-in and embed best-practice
  • Ensure you can quantify the business case and maximise the advantages of an inclusive policy
  • Learn how to establish and develop an LGBT+ friendly employer brand
  • Hear a range of personal experiences and advice on helping your business benefit from a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Take part in practical round table problem solving discussions

Hear from: OUTstanding, Barclays, Sainsbury's, Fujitsu, Virgin Money, Thomson Reuters, Mishcon de Reya, Fidelity International, Deloitte, Carat, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance.

Recent feedback

"Really informative with an excellent group of speakers" - Synergy Health

"All very informative" - Provident Financial Group

"Enjoyed the inspiration"- Hitachi

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR , Diversity & Inclusion, Recruitment & Resourcing, Policy & Strategy , Operations, Line Management, Legal, Talent, Training & Development

Hear from

Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair's welcome

Jo Walker

Jo Walker

Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager
Virgin Money

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Jo Walker

Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager , Virgin Money

Jo is Chair of Virgin Money’s Affinity Group and in 2017 launched an LGBT+ group, the Affinity Pride Network. Jo is a positive role model having shared her personal story of being bisexual on Virgin Money’s internal hub. She has hosted a number of LGBT+ events and produced in-house articles and guides including a Trans Guide and an Allies Guide. Jo was instrumental in the delivery of Virgin Money’s LGBT+ rainbow credit card through which they will donate £100,000 to Stonewall. Externally Jo runs an Amateur Theatre Company where she led the production of an LGBT+ pantomime. In 2017 Jo completed OUTstanding’s Future Leaders Programme and was also included in their Top 50 LGBT Future Leaders list.

OPENING ADDRESS: POWER, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: THE GOVERNMENT'S ACTION PLAN

Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Equalities

UNCONSCIOUS BIAS: THE LEGAL AND SOCIAL LANDSCAPE

Will Winch

Will Winch

Solicitor
Mishcon de Reya

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Will Winch

Solicitor , Mishcon de Reya

Will Winch is a Managing Associate in the Employment department, dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters. He acts for employers and employees and provides day to day HR advisory advice to employer clients on all aspects of employment law. Will has a particular interest in training and development, as well as the future of employment law in the 'gig economy'. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, he worked in the film and television industry for several years.

  • The psychology of assumption: gender perspectives
  • Dealing with fallout and ramifications in an LGBT+ context
  • Social media pitfalls
  • “it’s just banter”
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Ensuring appropriate discourse and terminology in communication
  • Avoiding costly tribunals: essential strategy and policy content

CASE STUDY: AVOIDING HR-LED POLICY – EMBEDDING BEST PRACTICE THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Julien Haye FRM MBA

Julien Haye FRM MBA

Global Head of Operational Risk and Global LGBT+ Lead
Fidelity International

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Julien Haye FRM MBA

Global Head of Operational Risk and Global LGBT+ Lead , Fidelity International

Julien has over 19 years of experience in the Financial Service Industry across Trading, Programme Management, Board and Executive Committee, and Treasury/Risk Management functions, and at a variety of levels. Currently, he works as the Global Head Of Operational Risk at Fidelity International, responsible for the firm’s operational risk management, governance, framework and oversight globally; he also acts as Interim Chief Risk Officer for the APAC region. This is an exciting time to be partnering with FIL’s top management and Board to improve the firm’s operating model efficiency and product offering through effective risk management, and to continuously improve the firm’s client outcome and journey. He is also passionate about people, art and design. For many years, he has been leading the LGBT diversity and inclusion agenda at the firms he worked for, mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs to help them to reach their potential, and supporting non-profit organisations.

  • Practice versus theory: how to position policy and practice
  • Cross-jurisdictional challenges for global companies: aligning your policy within local regulation and compliance directives
  • Ensuring parity when embedding an inclusive culture in the value chain (e.g. supply chain and 3rd party vendor code of conduct)

Morning tea and coffee

CASE STUDY: TRANS AND NON-BINARY INCLUSION - REAL WORLD TO REAL LIVES

Emily Sendall

Emily Sendall

Consulting Manager
Deloitte

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Emily Sendall

Consulting Manager , Deloitte

Laurie Rutter

Laurie Rutter

Consultant in Human Capital Consulting
Deloitte

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Laurie Rutter

Consultant in Human Capital Consulting , Deloitte

  • Understanding the wider context – how law and social attitudes influence experience
  • Establishing senior support and building a case for change
  • Inclusivity over diversity – ensuring your messages are right
  • Starting with policy – the value of having it written down
  • Real world – using systems, processes, data, suppliers and facilities
  • Real lives – championing change by building visibility, creating community, developing awareness and education

CASE STUDY: QUANTIFYING AND MAXIMISING THE ADVANTAGES OF AN INCLUSIVE POLICY

Sarah Kaiser

Sarah Kaiser

Employee Experience, Diversity & Inclusion Lead EMEA
Fujitsu Global

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Sarah Kaiser

Employee Experience, Diversity & Inclusion Lead EMEA , Fujitsu Global

Sarah Kaiser is the Employee Experience, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Fujitsu EMEIA. She has driven Fujitsu’s activity to become recognised as an exemplar on gender pay gap reporting, a Times Top 50 Employer for Women, a Disability Confident Leader, a Stonewall Top 100 Employer and a Top 50 Social Mobility Employer. She is passionate about finding creative solutions to unusual diversity challenges, developing cultures where everyone can achieve their full potential, and the representation of diversity in contemporary culture. Previously Sarah was the Head of Equality at Brent Council, where she led the organisation to achieve the Excellence level of the Equality Framework for Local Government. Beforehand, as the first Diversity Manager for Tate, Sarah increased the diversity of Tate’s audiences, workforce and programme. Prior to that, Sarah was the Director of RenéCassin, an international human rights NGO. In her personal capacity, Sarah has worked on a wide range of diversity and inclusion projects, including with Citizens Advice, Purple Light Up and the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

  • What are the hidden benefits of inclusive policies?
  • How do you communicate positive messages to ensure company-wide confidence?
  • Trans inclusion: essential strategies and policy
  • Establishing allies and role models: real-life experiences
  • Using technology links for engagement
  • Quantifying the impact on customers, people and performance
  • Uncovering untold benefits: our stories

PANEL DEBATE - ESTABLISHING GLOBAL NETWORKS: IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING CHALLENGES

Emily Sendall

Emily Sendall

Consulting Manager
Deloitte

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Emily Sendall

Consulting Manager , Deloitte

Steven Cox

Steven Cox

Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador
Fujitsu Global

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Steven Cox

Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador , Fujitsu Global

Steven has held a range of executive strategic leadership roles in Fujitsu, including being the Vice President responsible for its UK Government and Transport business. As Fujitsu’s ambassador for Diversity & Inclusion Steven has been identifying global best practice for workplace inclusion and workforce diversity, identifying the role of Boards and executive leadership teams in these areas, as well as considering the ways in which technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence can have an impact on them. In this role Steven has worked extensively both externally on behalf of Fujitsu as well as internally, including in company headquarters in Japan with Corporate officers and Non-Executive Board members. As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Steven has helped embed a more inclusive culture in Fujitsu, and is the executive sponsor of their Shine LGBT+ and ally group. He has been on the Financial Times top 100, and The Times top 50, LGBT executives in business lists.

Jo Walker

Jo Walker

Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager
Virgin Money

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Jo Walker

Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager , Virgin Money

Jo is Chair of Virgin Money’s Affinity Group and in 2017 launched an LGBT+ group, the Affinity Pride Network. Jo is a positive role model having shared her personal story of being bisexual on Virgin Money’s internal hub. She has hosted a number of LGBT+ events and produced in-house articles and guides including a Trans Guide and an Allies Guide. Jo was instrumental in the delivery of Virgin Money’s LGBT+ rainbow credit card through which they will donate £100,000 to Stonewall. Externally Jo runs an Amateur Theatre Company where she led the production of an LGBT+ pantomime. In 2017 Jo completed OUTstanding’s Future Leaders Programme and was also included in their Top 50 LGBT Future Leaders list.

Emiro Mendoza

Emiro Mendoza

Client Director
CARAT

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Emiro Mendoza

Client Director , CARAT

Emy is a British - Colombian Marketing and Advertising professional with over 10 years’ experience in communications planning, working with global brands both in the UK and Latin America. Emy has made his mission to champion diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organisations he works with. He believes that media and marketing play a pivotal role in educating society and feels he has the duty to help the industry navigate this landscape and ensure the LGBT+ community is represented in a positive way. As part of &PROUD network (Densu Aegis LGBT+ Network) Emy works hard organizing events that not only bring the community together, but challenge and educate. Emy has been talking in industry events recently about 'Pride in advertising', encouraging the industry to think differently about how they approach LGBT+ inclusion in their communications

The panel will examine and debate challenging areas globally for LGBT+ networking and support , strategies to manage and overcome those challenges and offer some tales from the front line. Delegates will be encouraged to bring questions and experiences to share and the session will be run under the Chatham House Rule* to encourage open debate and exchange. We also politely request a social media blackout during the panel.

Panel Moderator: Steven Cox, VP, Fujitsu Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador

*”When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity or affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Lunch and networking

Delegates can meet and debate with colleagues facing similar workplace challenges

JOINT CASE STUDY: TRANSFORMING CULTURE: PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE

Ori Chandler

Ori Chandler

Managing Director
INvolve

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Ori Chandler

Managing Director , INvolve

Ori is a dynamic leader and strategist with a passion for human rights, sustainable development and innovation. As Managing Director at INvolve, she leads a motivated internal team and oversees INvolve’s network of over 80 corporate members, helping them to drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. She is passionate about progressing the inclusion agenda for women, ethnic minorities and the LGBT+ community. Ori’s professional background is in business strategy, stakeholder engagement and programme management. During her career she has enjoyed impactful roles within the global energy sector, the investment sector and management consulting. She has pioneered a number of successful initiatives focused on gender diversity and leadership development including women’s networks and global engagement programmes for aspiring future leaders. In her spare time, Ori enjoys adventure travel and is a keen aerialist, training in silks and static trapeze.

Nour Shaker

Nour Shaker

Product Development
Vodafone

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Nour Shaker

Product Development , Vodafone

CASE STUDY: STONEWALL WORKPLACE GUIDES: CHALLENGES, SOLUTIONS AND WAR STORIES

Geoffrey Williams

Geoffrey Williams

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Thomson Reuters

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Geoffrey Williams

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion , Thomson Reuters

Geoffrey has had a diverse career journey starting his working life in the entertainment industry then moving into health care, rail and media for the last 20 years. He has worked in Human Resources for the last 10 years of his career and has experience in Recruitment, Talent Management, learning and development, Organisational Design and Diversity and Inclusion. He has just been promoted to Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters , where he works on strategy, culture and implementation of a D&I agenda and recently globally launched Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion index, was award EY’s National Equality Standard. Geoffrey is also the co-founder of www.RockingUrTeens.com a social enterprise that introduces young people to the real world of work & aims to connect the teens to a positive and vibrant futures. This work has lead to Geoffrey been featured on the Financial Times top 100 ethnic minority leaders who are role models. As well as sitting on the board of film production company www.oneumbrellaproductions.com. Geoffrey is a creative who is committed to working to change the world of work so all people feel connect and understand the purpose of the work they are doing.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING: PRACTICAL STEPS TO ENSURE LGBT+ STAFF ARE ADEQUATELY SUPPORTED

Maziar Jamnejad

Maziar Jamnejad

Global Head of Legal Innovation
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Maziar Jamnejad

Global Head of Legal Innovation , Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Maziar has been working on diversity in the City for a number of years. He helped launch Freshfields’ LGBT allies programme in 2014, before becoming the firm’s first bisexuality rep and first trans* rep. He was awarded Ally of the Year by Stonewall in 2017 for his advocacy in this area. He has also worked on increasing diversity in the World Health Organisation, negotiating a landmark UN resolution earlier this year; and has supported the development of young black men in the UK through the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship programme and Growing Against Violence’s gang awareness outreach. He is currently focused on establishing a charity to improve the participation of disabled people in the LGBT+ community.

  • Addressing and understanding social stigma and how it can negatively impact on LGBT+ staff
  • How the LGBT+ experience can affect mental and emotional health
  • Workplace and community advocacy
  • Practical steps to ensure you are supporting staff effectively

Afternoon tea & coffee

ROUNDTABLES: BEST PRACTICE

Leng Montgomery

Leng Montgomery

Diversity and Inclusion Executive
Sainsbury's

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Leng Montgomery

Diversity and Inclusion Executive , Sainsbury's

Emiro Mendoza

Emiro Mendoza

Client Director
CARAT

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Emiro Mendoza

Client Director , CARAT

Emy is a British - Colombian Marketing and Advertising professional with over 10 years’ experience in communications planning, working with global brands both in the UK and Latin America. Emy has made his mission to champion diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organisations he works with. He believes that media and marketing play a pivotal role in educating society and feels he has the duty to help the industry navigate this landscape and ensure the LGBT+ community is represented in a positive way. As part of &PROUD network (Densu Aegis LGBT+ Network) Emy works hard organizing events that not only bring the community together, but challenge and educate. Emy has been talking in industry events recently about 'Pride in advertising', encouraging the industry to think differently about how they approach LGBT+ inclusion in their communications

Jo Walker

Jo Walker

Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager
Virgin Money

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Jo Walker

Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager , Virgin Money

Jo is Chair of Virgin Money’s Affinity Group and in 2017 launched an LGBT+ group, the Affinity Pride Network. Jo is a positive role model having shared her personal story of being bisexual on Virgin Money’s internal hub. She has hosted a number of LGBT+ events and produced in-house articles and guides including a Trans Guide and an Allies Guide. Jo was instrumental in the delivery of Virgin Money’s LGBT+ rainbow credit card through which they will donate £100,000 to Stonewall. Externally Jo runs an Amateur Theatre Company where she led the production of an LGBT+ pantomime. In 2017 Jo completed OUTstanding’s Future Leaders Programme and was also included in their Top 50 LGBT Future Leaders list.

Narind Singh

Narind Singh

Partner
Clifford Chance

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Narind Singh

Partner , Clifford Chance

Narind Singh is a partner at Clifford Chance, and is part of the Financial Institutions Group and specialises in financial services M&A and regulatory advice. Narind has worked on significant banking, insurance (life and non-life) and asset management M&A and joint ventures, (re)insurance products and portfolio transfers, alternative risk transfer and distribution arrangements and also provides insurance regulatory advice.

Emily Sendall

Emily Sendall

Consulting Manager
Deloitte

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Emily Sendall

Consulting Manager , Deloitte

Laurie Rutter

Laurie Rutter

Consultant in Human Capital Consulting
Deloitte

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Laurie Rutter

Consultant in Human Capital Consulting , Deloitte

Delegates will join experts and colleagues to discuss a range of relevant issues, exchange experiences and brainstorm solutions to current LGBT+ workplace challenges. Leaders will report findings to distribute post-event, thus maximizing learning and networking opportunities for all attendees and speakers.

Finding the right words: terminology for communications and applications
Table Leader: Narind Singh, Partner, Clifford Chance

Establishing and building a successful network
Table Leader: Joanna Walker, Customer Experience & Sustainability Manager , Virgin Money and Diversity Champion, 2018 British LGBT+ Awards

Using internal branding to increase inclusivity at all levels of the business
Table Leader: Leng Montgomery, Diversity and Inclusion Executive, Sainsbury’s

Branding for Dummies: Challenges and solutions for traditionally non-friendly LGBT+ industries
Table Leader: Emiro Mendoza, Client Director, Carat, & Nominee LGBT+ Inspirational Leader of the Year

Getting Practical about trans and non-binary inclusion in the workplace
Table Leader: Em Sendall, Manager, Deloitte MCS Ltd, & Laurie Rutter, Consultant, Deloitte MCS Ltd

 

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