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How to Have Workplace Race Conversations (WTDTW #20)

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 (if you can't attend live, register to watch the recording)

Cost per attendee: FREE

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When your employees are involved in honest, respectful and real conversations at work, those values of inclusion and tolerance will have a huge impact in the outside world. And at a time when organisations are being held up to the light by customers and clients, your inclusion strategy needs to be far deeper than lip service.

As HR professionals, we are perfectly placed to lead change and tackle workplace bias. This important webinar features experts and thought leaders who will show you how to start and continue workplace conversations to ensure your inclusion strategy is effective and workable.

Recent speakers at our recent sell-out diversity summit said:

'Diversity, inclusion and belonging means acceptance and fairness for all - for me, there is one race - the human race. But there is also a fear of difference and a lack of understanding. Simple solution; listen, learn and take action.' Nichole McGill-Higgins, Co-chair, EmbRACE, CIPD

'For me, diversity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords; they are the bedrock of creating fairer and kinder workplaces' Fudia Smartt, Partner, Spencer-West

We are taking those words seriously and producing a FREE one-hour webinar to give HR professionals the tools to start conversations in their own workplaces.

  • learn the language to use and the questions to ask
  • reduce anxiety around race conversations for your employees and managers
  • what's gained and lost when race is highlighted
  • what tools and resources must you think about providing
  • how can you facilitate conversations safely under social distancing?
  • 'Islam is not a race' - how Muslim colleagues can and should be involved in race conversations and some preconceptions tackled

Please note: If you have a topic to suggest or might like to speak at, endorse, or sponsor the event, please see how to get involved here.

Need more in-depth training?

We deliver tailored diversity and inclusion in-house training for organisations, find out more here. 

Please also click here to see our upcoming: Race Equality in the Workplace Summit, Wednesday 9th December 2020, 0915 - 1700 GMT

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.

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Introduction and welcome

Why should you encourage race conversations?

Nichole McGill-Higgins

Nichole McGill-Higgins

Co-Chair, EmbRACE Race Equality Staff Network
CIPD

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Nichole McGill-Higgins

Co-Chair, EmbRACE Race Equality Staff Network , CIPD

Nichole McGill-Higgins is Co-Chair of the CIPD’s EmbRACE group, the group was launched in June 2018 to encourage conversations about race amongst employees and to promote understanding and take joint responsibility for creating a healthy working environment for all people. Nichole joined the CIPD, the professional body for experts in people at work, in 2016 where she is Volunteering and Systems Officer. Since EmbRACE launched she has helped organise numerous internal and external events to help break down barriers and open up conversations about race. Nichole has spoken at numerous external events on this subject matter. In her day to day role Nichole works on the CIPD’s Steps Ahead Mentoring programme which she is also a volunteer for, supporting numerous individuals from diverse backgrounds into employment. Nichole has been externally recognised for her volunteering and recently won the National Mentor of the Year Award 2019. Nichole is also a trustee for the Croydon BME Forum. Croydon BME (black & minority ethnic) Forum is the umbrella organisation for Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector; engaging people, building capacity, and promoting equality and cohesion. The Forum was established to maximise the engagement of BME communities in all aspects of living and working in Croydon. Prior to working at the CIPD Nichole worked across a range of sectors including insurance and the NHS, where she managed several multi-cultural teams. Nichole has a master’s degree in marketing and an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management.

  • learn the language to use and the questions to ask
  • reduce anxiety around race conversations for your employees and managers

Getting started: an essential toolkit

Bayo Adelaja

Bayo Adelaja

Founder & CEO
Do It Now Now

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Bayo Adelaja

Founder & CEO , Do It Now Now

Bayo Adelaja is the founder and CEO of Do it Now Now; which she founded in 2016 in response to gaps in the support available to Black innovators building tech companies and social enterprises in the UK and across Africa. The initiatives Bayo developed for Do it Now Now have led to awards by both Harvard University and Oxford University's Business Schools for her work to create and foster opportunities for under-served communities through technology. 3 communities/initiatives she designed to support underrepresented people in tech, were named "Top in Europe" by FT-backed digital news platform, Sifted. Prior to setting up Do it Now Now, Bayo was a Social Policy Researcher at the London School of Economics, where her work garnered press coverage, including being quoted by former prime minister David Cameron. Bayo has also been a Grant Awarding Judge for USAID, Entrepreneurship Programme Mentor at the Tony Elumelu Foundation and designed the UK’s first-ever enterprise support program for women of colour, the BAME Female Founders Incubator for Hatch Enterprise. She was also recently the Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at Google for Startups UK and is a Fellow at Included VC as well as the Royal Society of Arts. ​In 2018, Bayo was named one of the most influential women in social entrepreneurship in the UK, by Natwest bank, has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in 2019, Bayo was chosen as one of the top 100 most influential BAME leaders by the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards. Bayo has a wealth of experience and knowledge on open innovation, mentoring, educating business on diversity and inclusion and delivering crucial social impact programs. Her initiatives have received coverage in The Metro, CNN, Huffington Post, Financial Times, The Independent, TechCabal, Ventureburn and Disrupt Africa.

  • what tools and resources must you think about providing
  • how can you facilitate conversations safely under social distancing?
  • external training companies - pros and cons

'Islam is not a race' - how Muslim colleagues can and should be involved in race conversations and some preconceptions tackled

Azeem Akhtar

Azeem Akhtar

Global Lead CTO in Resources, Manufacturing & Logistics
BT Group Plc

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Azeem Akhtar

Global Lead CTO in Resources, Manufacturing & Logistics , BT Group Plc

CTO in BT’s Global Services division, Azheem is responsible for articulating BT’s digital transformation vision (‘Digital GS’) to key focus clients globally with a view to taking them on a journey to deliver clearly identified, specific, time bound business benefits. Providing authoritative thought leadership to clients at C-Level on Future Networks, Cloud, Collaboration and Security. Azeem is also Chair of Active Essex and sits on the board of Sport England.

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