Race Equality in the Workplace Summit
Time: 09:15 - 17:00 BST (if you can't attend live, register to watch the recording)
Cost per attendee: £250 + VAT
Platform: Zoom - An encrypted zoom platform with password access. Click here for further information and to test access
A truly diverse workforce includes going above and beyond just the legal specifications, by creating an environment that fosters total inclusivity to help employees maximise their potential. Racial equality in the workplace is a vital part of this and this summit looks to bring together some of the country’s leading equality, diversity and inclusion speakers to address and tackle the real issues facing employers and employees today.
Not only is it morally right, but making the business case for diversity in the workplace is unavoidable - according to the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace, the benefits of Improving the employment opportunities along with workplace progression for people from black and ethnic minorities could contribute £24 billion per year to the UK’s GDP.
Research also shows it transforms an organisation into an employer of choice with benefits including: increased productivity, loyalty, retention, employer and customer reputation. Ultimately, when someone feels valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate, progress and succeed in the organisation, everyone benefits.
Why attend this online summit?
- Learn how to start race conversations in the workplace and find out how you can take those findings, craft initiatives with impact and position your organisation as a truly diverse, inclusive and equal opportunities employer
- Hear from hand-picked industry leaders, recognised for their ground-breaking, culture shaping initiatives in race equality in the workplace
- Engage in panel discussions on sustainable institutional change
- Understand why your current initiatives might be failing
- Hear effective strategies to recruit, retain and grow more racially diverse talent
- Ethnicity pay gap reporting: move beyond box-ticking
- Learn how to move beyond rhetoric and actually make real changes
- A great range of lived experience from expert speakers across all industry sectors: learn directly what your colleagues really need and how to deliver solutions
- Understand effective company-wide transformation: key lessons to implement in your workplace
- Debate the external protests and what the workplace response should be
- A packed day of real-time debate, conversation, expert plenary sessions and important keynotes
Feedback from our last summit
This event follows our sell-out Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Online Summit, where over 100 senior level decision makers from medium and large organisations came together to transform their workplaces. Attendees said:
10/10 "The key difference between this and other events is that every speaker was of a very high quality - very credible and great speakers."
10/10 "Very well done, loved it and learnt from it too."
8/10 "Great speakers, really engaging."
We will run several of the sessions as real-time conversations to give the chance for more voices. Uniquely, we don’t want this event to be an echo chamber, but promote debate and action so delegates can understand how to be the catalyst for change inside and outside their own organisations and lobby for real change.
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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
How about a freebie? Learn how to have race conversations at work: join our free one hour webinar with CIPD, BT and Do It Now Now, Thursday 12th November 2020, 1100 - 1200. Click here to register.
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.
Chair's welcome and introduction
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.
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.
David Isaac CBE
Former Chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commission. Partner at , Pinsent Masons LLP
David recently stepped down as the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the public body that promotes equality and protects human rights in England, Scotland and Wales. He is the Provost elect of Provost at Worcester College, Oxford, Chair of the University of the Arts London and a partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons. He has worked in the equality and human rights field for over 25 years in his roles as Chair of Stonewall and as a Trustee of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. During his term as Chair of Stonewall, huge progress was made in delivering legal equality for LGB people as his period of tenure saw, amongst other things, the abolition of Section 28 and the introduction of Civil Partnerships. He has also been involved in driving gender and LGBT equality in the City of London and was on the board of DiversCITY which encouraged businesses in the City to support the recruitment of diverse talent. He chairs the D&I group at Pinsent Masons - until last year the number 1 employer for LGBTI staff in the UK in the Stonewall Equality Index. In his various roles he speaks frequently about the importance of diversity and human rights. He was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to equality and diversity. He was ranked 27th in the OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT executives published by the FT in October 2018 and recognised as a Diversity Role Model in the legal sector by The Lawyer.
Moving beyond rhetoric: affecting sustainable institutional change
Chief Growth Officer , Capita Plc
Ismail Amla is Chief Growth Officer at Capita Plc, the UK’s largest tech-enabled BPO provider and is recognized as one of the top 100 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the UK tech sector. Ismail has a technology-focused career, spanning Europe and North America, having held leadership roles at Accenture, CapCo & IBM. Ismail has a track record of delivering value from large, strategic transformations across a diverse range of industry in both the public and private sectors. In a fiercely competitive environment, Ismail’s experience has delivered innovative services, which solve business challenges, enhance services and make organisations more efficient and effective. Specific skills include strategy formulation; technology innovation, sales, marketing and business development; business transformation; project management; and human capital development. As well as an MBA from Manchester university and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton, Ismail holds a number of board positions including: UK Sport; The University of East London; and is an advisor at the Weissman Centre for International Business in New York.
- Making D&I a mission-critical function
- Practising authentic leadership: what does that look like and who is driving it?
- Advocates and change agents: if they’re not working, here are the difficult questions to ask
- Holding role models and leaders accountable
The legal imperatives: always a good place to start
Natalie A Carter
Senior Associate , Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Understanding the current and possible future law to ensure compliance and avoid discrimination claims
- An anti-bias legal checklist
- Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy and guidelines
- Policy and complaints procedures
- Recent case law and lessons learned
Panel - intentional leadership practice as a force for workplace change
Financial Times Top 100 BAME Technology Leader & Director of Public Policy at , Voi Technology
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.
Head of Service Enablement , Fujitsu UK
- Building inclusivity through shared purpose
- Analysing data and pushing back: key difficult questions to ask your organisation
- Avoiding affinity bias: essential, if uncomfortable, questions to ask
- Changing the narrative to include POC in leadership
- Challenging bias and stereotype: where might you be making mistakes?
- The importance of acknowledging feelings in the move towards inclusion and safe workspaces
Changing your culture to make your workplace truly inclusive and diverse: a roadmap
Dr Sola Adesola
Senior Lecturer and EDI Champion , Oxford Brookes University
Dr Sola Adesola, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is an innovative, talented, entrepreneurial and versatile professional with over 20 years post graduation experience that spans the public sector, legal industry,manufacturing and the academia. She is a Senior Lecturer , academic board member, diversifying leadership champion, and Chair, Brookes Africa Forum, which she single-handedly initiated and developed in 2008 at Oxford Brookes University. She has many years experience of international collaboration. She serves as external validation panel expert and Buddy to Nilai University, Hong Kong, IIMT India, Visiting Professor to Kigali University, Rwanda. Responsible as internal and external examiner for PhD and MSc programmes as well as Buddy for PhD mock viva. Sola completed two funded research totalling over £64,500 on enterprise education projects for academics and students in Nigeria. She was involved in the design, delivery and income generation of executive programmes at Oxford Brookes University of over £52,000. She has contributed immensely to advancing higher education in/for Nigeria, an advocate for strengthening the UK-Africa higher education partnership in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. She chaired and acted as invited speakers at conferences, and workshops. Previously she was a Research Fellow at Cranfield University on a 3 year EPSRC funded research project in supply chain positioning and coordinating the Human Performance Modelling Network. She has successfully produced four PhDs and currently has three PhD researchers as both Director of Studies and supervisor. She has published widely in national and international peer reviewed publications. She is a multi-award winner for her contributions to Education.
Business Architect , Avanade UKI
- Defining and communicating your values to achieve company-wide buy-in: potential challenges and solutions
- Embedding a diverse culture
- Applying accountability from the top down: who needs to be in the team?
- Making inclusive conversations possible: what needs to change?
- What does an effective employee resource group need?
- Making a difference outside work
- Promotion and progression
Why your D&I strategy might not be working: a clinic
Financial Times Top 100 BAME Technology Leaders. Founder of , Africlick
Chief Medical Strategy Officer , Numan
Professor Sam Shah is Chief Medical Officer for Numan and Director of the Faculty of Future Health with Ulster. Sam’s interests span digital health, clinical leadership and public health. Sam is a digital health technology advisor to a number of healthcare and technology companies, spanning a range of industries including telecommunications, assessment of apps, scaling new technology into the NHS and workforce solutions. Sam was previously Director of Digital Development for NHS England and NHSX, where he was responsible for digital development of the ecosystem and leading on a number of national transformation programmes. Sam has worked on a number of initiatives including the flagship project to digitise urgent care in the NHS. Sam headed up the national learning and development programme for NHS England, which considered different channels to access healthcare using technology. He has also been involved in the assessment of healthcare technology through a number of grant schemes and accelerator programmes. Sam continues to work in the NHS within primary care and champions a range of agendas including improving diversity within the workforce.
- Mentorship, role models and allies: good, bad and ugly
- Where D&I sits in the organisation and where should it be optimally?
- Ensuring inclusivity in remote working: formal and informal strategies to maximise community and belonging
Panel - pipeline, recruitment and retention strategies to grow race talent
Bola Abisogun OBE
Executive Director / Chairman , DiverseCity Surveyors
Dr Claudia Natanson
Chief Security Officer , Security Practitioners LLC
Dr Claudia Natanson is a highly respected, thought leader, information and cyber security professional and consultant within the international arena. Recognised as a top technology influencer by the Financial Times, she works across diverse industry sectors, FTSE 100, Fortune 500, government and growing organisations. A European Commission information and cyber security expert, she has over 15 years’ experience in helping organisations meet global compliance and regulations obligations. She is Founder of the Corporate Executive Programme (CEP), a body that unites senior decision-makers from leading companies and public sector organisations across the world to discuss business impacting risks, and security related issues and threats.
Founder, Mentor & Strategic Coach , I am Remi Ltd
Remi Olajoyegbe is a Strategic & Executive Coach, Systemic Facilitator, Mentor and Social Entrepreneur supporting leaders of all ages to wisely and strategically navigate rising in their industries and lives. She works with CEOs, senior leaders, celebrities, trailblazers and change makers in Finance, Fashion, Technology, TV and Law. Previously, she led the ECM Syndicate Desk at Goldman Sachs and was Global Head of Equity Syndicate at Renaissance Capital. She was also voted Top 100 Women in European Finance and Financial News' 100 Rising Stars and is one of the BBC's BAME Expert Voices.
- Are your recruitment processes inherently racist? A checklist to ensure your organisation avoids biased hiring
- Who have you been ignoring? Ensuring your recruitment programme is compatible with real social justice
- Being diverse in sponsorship, apprenticeship, mentorship and internship initiatives: avoiding the common mistakes
- How to practice absolute inclusion all the way to the board
Panel - ethnicity pay gap reporting: real action to reduce inequality or box-tick?
National Lead for Health Improvement , Public Health England
Collaborative and engaging inclusive system leader with passion and commitment to make a real difference to population health and well-being outcomes and the individual lives of people in our organisations and communities. Nuzhat Ali is a National Health Improvement Lead for Public Health England and is also Co-Chair for the Civil Services Muslim Staff Network. She was awarded the inaugural Civil Service Championing Faith and Belief Inclusion Award in October 2019. Recognised for extensive contributions to diversity and inclusion. Nuzhat is passionate about inclusion and advocating for intersectionality. She is an active steering group member for her organisation’s BAME network and champions the wider diversity inclusion agenda Nuzhat began her career in the NHS as a front-line clinician, nearly 30 years ago. She has since worked across various health sector settings locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, in leadership roles, with a proven ability to build robust partnerships that facilitate transformative change. Skilled in creating added value through people. Passionate and committed to developing/designing inclusive work environments. Qualified and experienced in Organisation Development, Quality Improvement, Service redesign and diversity and inclusion leadership She is relentless about engaging with and mobilising communities and stakeholders to tackle the persistent causes of inequalities through her work in Government and in her multiple voluntary roles. Nuzhat is Chair and Founder of a London based women’s voluntary group, which aims to engage and connect with ‘seldom heard’ local women to encourage participation in civic activity and develop resilience. She is also Trustee on the Board of a national and a local voluntary sector organisation, and also provides visible leadership to various forums.
Business Coach & International Workforce Consultant
- Lessons from Gender Pay Gap reporting
- The arguments for and against mandatory reporting
- Achieving the necessary scale and consistency to make a real difference
- Global update: the regulatory route worldwide
How to have race conversations at work: practical steps to take your company to real inclusion
FT Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leader & Chief Business Officer at , Theory+Practice
Edosa Odaro is a global cross-industry leader and the mind behind unconventional #SpeedInjectionModel and #ConnectingSilos innovations helping global household brands become increasingly indispensable. In his current role, as Chief Business Officer at Theory+Practice, he is pushing the boundaries - beyond deploying effective AI and data solutions; and beyond applying behavioural economics for solving complex real-world problems - to developing services that predetermine the actual return on clients Data, AI & Technology investments. In a previous role, he was a Head of Data at the world's second-largest financial services company and responsible for driving significant people, data and cloud transformation - and delivering business performance accelerations in excess of 24x. He has been accountable for data vision, strategy, architecture, artificial intelligence, engineering, science, digital, eCommerce, governance and operations. He has also been accountable for product development, marketing, business development, planning, projects delivery, communications, stakeholder relationship management and organisational culture. Over the years, Edosa has had the privilege of helping over 20 household international, multinational and multilateral organisations achieve significant impacts through data analytic insights and interventions, including: leading a multinational data programme for mitigating the risk of future, global, financial systemic, failure; and helping to establish the world's largest globally available, digital, hazardous chemical, information platform. Edosa is passionate about the brand of inclusion that is underpinned by a diversity of minds; a keen advocate for its associative benefits; and has been named a Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Leader.
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.
Effective transformation and training company-wide
Co-Chair of Virgin Media UK’s Empower Network & Digital Producer , Virgin Media
Leanna Edwards is the Co-chair and a founding member of Virgin Media’s Empower Network, which represents employees from underrepresented ethnic groups at Virgin Media. Growing up in Birmingham, Leanna graduated from Birmingham City University and has gone on to work in communications and digital roles across various industries, at companies such as Interserve and ITV. Her previous experiences within these roles, gave Leanna a deeper insight into how different industries regard ethnicity and inclusion alongside ‘business as usual’. Currently Leanna works as a Digital Producer for Virgin Media working on website production for mobile and cable products, championing user experience and accessibility for a diverse range of needs. Alongside her day job, and through her role as Co-chair for the Empower Network, Leanna advocates for sustainable change in behaviour and internal policy, challenging the business to address issues that affect people from underrepresented ethnic groups, educating and engaging people from across the company through her work. Leanna has recently led on the business’ first Black History Month campaign, which focussed on celebrating the achievements of Black figures and communities throughout history and the modern day. Outside of work, Leanna is a budding entrepreneur, who exerts her creative passions through digital design and hairdressing, whilst also championing Black owned businesses through her social media presence.
Co-Chair VM's UK Empower Network & Internal Communications Executive , Virgin Media
Dev Mistry Is the Co-chair and a founding member of Virgin Media’s Empower network, which represents employees from underrepresented ethnic groups at Virgin Media. Born and bred in Leicester, Dev studied PR at Bournemouth University before embarking on a career in the Automotive sector, working for brands such as Honda, Subaru and Isuzu. Whilst at Honda, Dev managed communications between head office and dealership staff in the UK, whilst also managing the European CSR function and implementation. Through his role at Subaru, Dev manged media relations and implemented a new company purpose and rebrand. Dev currently works for Virgin Media in the Internal Communications team, working on campaigns and product launches, as well as supporting leadership communications and events. In his role as Co-chair for the Empower network, Dev aims to use his passion for communications and engagement to drive a shift in culture at Virgin Media, whilst making real change for people across the business, through visibility, education and celebration. Bringing together both his day job and his role as Co-chair, Dev is also heavily involved in communicating a culture of Belonging and inclusion at Virgin Media, ensuring that people across the business are engaged and actively present in conversations. Outside of work, Dev is a firm advocate for diversity and inclusion as an Advisor for the Blueprint kite mark, mentoring on the #BMEPRPros scheme and chairing events for both BAME and LGBTQ+ charities and organisations.
- The role of network groups in shaping internal communities
- What role can ordinary employees play?
- Companywide transformation, where do you start?
- What does change look like at Virgin Media?
Debate - external protests and the workplace response
Media Lead / Leadership Team Member , Dope Black Dads
Umar is a Communications Specialist who regularly advises politicians, corporations and other groups around Inclusion and Diversity and Wellbeing in the work place and beyond. In addition Umar is able to provide insight into what is happening on the ground from a real perspective and has appeared on platforms such as the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Guardian, Independent newspapers to provide such views. Umar is a former Solicitor with over 10 years of experience in Mental Health, Community Engagement and political engagement. Umar has regularly been active in the political sphere often speaking about law and politics in the media and in the community. Umar regularly engages in speaking engagements with corporations, community groups and public sector organisations especially around Mental Health and the impact of this particularly in the Black Community. Umar is seeking new opportunities to continue this work in organisations who are seeking an expert in this field.
Founder & CEO , Slenky
- Aligning corporate values and messages
- Social media: a force for justice or a legal minefield? Policy, use and the corporate role
- Conversations and guidelines to acknowledge, address and diffuse workplace tensions
- Key elements of a corporate response: making a difference in society
Closing address: where are we heading now?
Founder NHS Wide BAME Network Chair’s Forum & Senior Medical Education Manager , NHS
Ali is an inspirational thought leader with a demonstrable record of creating and executing a compelling vision to embed diversity & inclusion at the heart of an organisation. Ali provides strategic direction, thought leadership and champions the embedding of an inclusive culture by integrating diversity practice into all aspects of the organisational business. Ali is the Founder of NHS Wide BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) Chair’s Forum. Ali has led diversity, inclusion and continued professional development initiatives, whilst working in the private and public sector. Ali is a workforce race equality standards expert and an exemplary role model and advocate for equality and social justice. Ali advises organisations at developing, refining processes, policies and programs that support an inclusive work environment. Ali is passionate about developing and embedding an inclusive culture that values human differences and similarities at every level of the organisation. Ali has a master’s degree in English Language & Linguistics and an undergraduate degree in Economics. Ali is also the founder of Learning & Development Professionals Club & Global Diversity & Inclusion Group on Linkedin.
- Messages from your networks: how to be an effective listener and how to translate that into action
- Workforce race equality: how to ensure D&I is embedded at all levels
- Moving past policy and procedure and the business case: what will a truly diverse workplace look like from now on?