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The Foundations to Being an Effective D&I Leader Workshop

Time: 09:00 - 16:00 GMT (if you can't attend live, register to watch the recording)

Cost per attendee: £350 + VAT 

Platform: Zoom - An encrypted zoom platform with password access. Click here for further information and to test access 

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A highly-intensive workshop created to intentionally address the challenges highlighted by the hundreds of conversations we've had, before and during Covid-19, and at our recent D&I Summit, where almost 200 colleagues shared challenges, ambitions and potential solutions.

All-new programme and truly interactive format concentrates on the importance of engaging deeply with an inclusive leadership journey. Learn how to positively challenge your organisational mindset and bring your workforce to a place of real inclusion and diversity.

HR has the potential to be a real catalyst for change and this important day will help you develop a roadmap for your organisation to ensure your diversity and inclusion goals are clear, achievable and something to be proud of.

Join a cohort of other D&I leaders to examine best practice, share stories, hear lived experience and develop an inclusion strategy for your own organisation. See how you can be instrumental in advancing equality in your workplace and move far past lip service.

Numbers will be limited to maximise learning and enable you to fully engage with and progress your own inclusion programme. 

Please note: If you might like to endorse or sponsor the event, please see how to get involved here

Want to run this course in-house?

We can tailor any of our events to run in-house for your organisation, find out more here. Partner with us to create a bespoke course we can deliver to your teams (of all levels and all sizes) to clarify your D&I intentions and objectives, and put them into meaningful practise. We can help your teams to communicate and collaborate to share missions and mindsets.

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Occupational Health, Recruitment & Resourcing, Policy & Strategy, Operations, Legal, Talent, Equality, Policy, Organisational Development, Employer Branding, Engagement, Employee Relations, People Development, Learning and Development, Improvement and Quality and all Directors and Line Managers with responsibilities in this area.

Hear from


Chair's welcome and defining and identifying learning objectives and outcomes

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

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Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research , Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

Elizabeth is director of research and a founding co-director at Business Forums International. She is responsible for all programme content and writing, and researches current areas of interest for senior HR professionals in large organisations. BFI is the UK’s leading HR risk specialist conference and training provider, delivering key and timely information to over 3,000 delegates a year both through public and in-house training courses. Before founding BFI in 1996, Elizabeth specialised in researching corporate financial programmes in Asia and the Middle East, based in Dubai. She also worked in advertising and publishing in the Middle East and London. Elizabeth was educated in the West Indies, Saudi Arabia and Belgium before reading Modern Languages at Durham University. She is currently developing an online training course for line managers to raise awareness of menopause symptoms and ways that employers can work to make their workplaces more inclusive.

Nichole McGill-Higgins

Nichole McGill-Higgins

Co-Chair, EmbRACE Race Equality Staff Network

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Nichole McGill-Higgins

Co-Chair, EmbRACE Race Equality Staff Network , CIPD

Race equality champion, inclusion consultant and award-winning mentor Boasting 25 years of managerial experience across a range of sectors, Nichole is an award-winning mentor, coach, advisor, educator and regular speaker on race equality and inclusion. Commended for her work tackling oppression, aggression and prejudice in the workplace, she is dedicated to rooting out racial injustice and becoming the voice for those who may not have the courage to speak for themselves. Nichole is Co-Chair of the CIPD EmbRACE race employee resource group, launched in 2017 to encourage conversations about race in the workplace, lead inclusion initiatives and advocate for change. Nichole volunteers as a mentor to support jobseekers and was named 'National Mentor Of The Year' in 2019 for her outstanding work helping more than 30 mentees find employment within 2 years. Nichole became a trustee for the Croydon BME Forum in 2019 where she builds alliances across Croydon communities, organises black history programmes and works with young people to build their self-confidence and embrace their individuality. Nichole is a sought-after expert and speaker at events which focus on racism and the uncomfortable truths that surround it. Through her unique ability to tell stories in a direct, jargon-free tone, Nichole wins over audiences and organisations – encouraging everyone to take responsibility and action for diversity and inclusion.

A brainstorming and feedback session to tease out the real and hidden expectations of the course attendees and establish exactly what success looks like. HR has the potential to be a real catalyst for change and this important day will help ypu develop a roadmap for your organisation to ensure your diversity and inclusion goals are clear, achievable and something to be proud of.

Inclusion & diversity: the law, benefits and challenges

  • legal framework and obligations
  • reasonable adjustment - for whom and under which circumstances: understanding the context and your obligations
  • difference between diversity & inclusion - defining terms of reference
  • what does a truly diverse workplace look like?
  • biases and barriers to inclusive recruitment programmes
  • delegates will have time to reflect on their own positions and organisations and examine ways in which professional action can help you establish networks and become an effective diversity partner

Legal Q&A

Breakout - Exercise one and feedback

Workshops and breakouts will create spaces for people to engage in activities, dialogues, and self-reflections even in a virtual environment. We're leveraging all the bells and whistles of modern technology: polls, breakout rooms, videos, chat. Breakout groups encourage conversations and group work. We will also enable chat and polling so participants can feel comfortable sharing their ideas and ensure we're verbalizing and amplifying ideas that may get lost otherwise

Comfort break

Leadership skills and behaviour: best practice

  • examples and analysis
  • what does a truly inclusive workplace look like?
  • getting your policy out of the handbook and into reality: embedding company-wide support for the programme

Breakout - Exercise two and feedback

Comfort break

Initiating and managing workplace conversations: an essential guide

  • expanding your knowledge: what questions to ask, to whom, when and how
  • establishing a framework to enable conversation
  • do you have blind spots? how can you tackle them in yourself and in your organisation?
  • identifying big issues and challenges
  • culture versus individuals: where should the balance be struck

Q&A, discussion and story sharing


Breakout - Exercise three and feedback

Identifying and reaching D&I goals

  • D&I in the time of Covid-19: additional issues and challenges
  • defining what your new policy should include: recent developments and latest thinking
  • implementing a strategy: the practicalities
  • reporting gaps and other legal imperatives
    networks: who drives them? why, how and when?

Comfort break

Film and discussion

Roadmaps and personal learning

Networking, personal goals and informal debate

End of workshop

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