Call to book: 01983 861133

Taming the Wild West: Regulating the DEI Industry

HR Risk Forums: Taming the Wild West - Regulating the DEI Industry

Time: 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE 

When: Thursday, 25th July '24

Expected to reach a market value of $3.8 billion by 2027 (study by Grand View Research Inc),  the industry has seen huge unregulated growth and an explosion of individuals and companies claiming to be knowledgeable and vying to provide a range of training including unconscious bias, anti-discrimination and harassment, anti-racism, gender-inclusivity, allyship, advocacy and intersectionality.

Are you establishing the competences and professionalism of your DEI supplier?

But high-profile and expensive lawsuits have illustrated that getting your DEI policy and training wrong can have an adverse effect on reputation, morale, recruitment and employee feelings of safety and belonging. Google, Tesla, Uber and Lloyds Bank have all been subject to punitive public scrutiny, and faced charges of discrimination, harassment, toxicity and racial and sexual discrimination.

Key areas of HR risk

  • Are you establishing the competences and professionalism of your supplier?
  • What are your procurement protocols?
  • What happens if you make selections based on lived experience?
  • Ensure you avoid misalignment and misguided approaches that leave you open to lawsuits and reputational risk

This invaluable webinar takes a deep dive into these thorny areas; join Ashanti Bentil-Dhue who will share her wealth of compliance and DEI experience to save you a lot of headaches and risk.

We are accepting questions before and during the broadcast. Please send your questions to

Hear from


Welcome and introduction

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

View Bio
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI) logo

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.

Legal update for DEI professionals

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Competence Centre for Workplace Equity

View Bio
Competence Centre for Workplace Equity logo

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

CEO , Competence Centre for Workplace Equity

The Competence Centre for Workplace Equity, a global powerhouse in competency-based intelligence and advisory services dedicated to transforming workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The DEI industry is set to be worth $25 billion by 2030, but it’s been built on a weak foundation. Organisations grapple with an increasingly fast changing landscape without seeing any tangible progress. The most common issues we saw arising? Lack of clarity, competency, and compliance within workplace DEI functions. The current approach lacks any kind of standard, making it difficult for organisations to identify what "good" looks like, and perpetuating a trust gap in HR and DEI teams. CCWE's approach is a seismic shift from the current DEI landscape. It's practical, tactical, and operational – meaning organisations will see genuine results from implementing our approach. Politically and ideologically neutral, CCWE stands alone in offering a new perspective on workplace DEI. Our work is peer-reviewed, evidence-based, and sets the standard for the industry. Ashanti Bentil-Dhue is not only a visionary business leader but also a renowned expert in diversity and inclusion, currently leading the charge as the CEO of the Competence Centre for Workplace Equity (CCWE). Her journey in the DEI space spans over a decade, marked by an unwavering dedication to using competency based practices and initiating meaningful change across global workplaces. Her leadership at CCWE is characterized by innovative approaches using technology like AI and insightful perspectives, which have significantly contributed to enhancing inclusivity and profitability within numerous organizations. Her commitment to challenging the status quo and pioneering competence-based approaches with global organizations has cemented her reputation as a pivotal change-maker in the field. Outside her CEO responsibilities, she actively participates in professional networks, further amplifying her impact by educating and inspiring others about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ashanti Bentil-Dhue's leadership embodies a profound belief: that a robust commitment to diversity and inclusion requires clarity, competency and a compliance driven approach - making her the ideal founder to lead and influence in this evolving sector.

  • Dual discrimination and Equality Act proposed changes
  • Ethnicity and Disability reporting: essential update
  • Case studies and war stories: what happens when it goes wrong

Competencies in DEI

  • Lived experience – the dual edged sword
  • Essential procurement procedures
  • What are the requirements to look for in your service providers? (Hint: probably not what they’re telling you)

End of webinar



10% discount off your first booking. Get the latest training, exclusive HR content, early bird offers and discounts straight to your inbox

By signing up you agree to our privacy policy


Booking training can be daunting but we’re here to help. Whether your team is large or small, and your delegates are beginners or experienced; we’ll make sure you get maximum return for your training investment.