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CBI Conference Series: Diversity & Inclusion

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What is preventing diversity in the boardroom? How can we accelerate the closure of pay gaps? Our D&I conference on 28 April will help to answer those questions and more.

Why you should attend:

Open to all business leaders, the third annual CBI Diversity & Inclusion Conference will explore the challenges facing your business and root out the reasons for the frustrating stagnation in progress.

Despite the accepted business case for diversity and inclusion, and the introduction of gender pay gap regulation, progress has been slow. Too many boards are’ stale, male and pale’, too many payrolls still show disparity in earnings, and in some places, there still seems to be a lack of understanding about how prioritising D&I can improve the growth of businesses. When there are so many fantastic examples of businesses embracing D&I, why is this not universal?

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Caroline Casey, Founder, Valuable 500

Naeema Choudry, Partner, Eversheds

Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI

Daniel Gerring, Partner, Travers Smith

Lewis Iwu, CEO and Co-Founder, Purpose Union

Jeanette Makings, Head of Financial Information, Close Brothers

Sue Morgan, Director of Architecture and Built Environment, Design Council

Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, CBI

Jane Portas, Co-Founder, Insuring Women's Futures

Mona Shah, Founder, Chocolatier and Managing Director, Harry Specters

Jon Spiers, CEO, Autistica

Featured sessions:

09:00 Progressing parity

The diversity debate is well trodden and there is a widespread understanding of the huge benefits that equality can bring. However, the action taken hasn’t matched the talk around the subject and it is now paramount that business accelerates the progress on parity. This session will tackle the difficult questions about D&I and will explore the catalysts needed to make D&I a priority across the board.

09:50 Creating a culture of belonging

Inclusive policies can only take us so far - the utopia for D&I is a workforce with a sense of belonging. So how do you instil this in your organisation? In this session, two pairs of interviewees will explore their ideas for creating a culture of belonging and will share the challees that they have faced along the way.

10:30 Stirring up the stagnation of pay gap progress

On the surface, it seems that the necessity for equality in pay has been acknowledged but in reality there was below 1% improvement in the gender pay gap last year. Why is it so hard for businesses to close the gap? What more can be done to make real progress? What lessons can be learned from gender pay gap reporting for ethnicity and disability pay gap reporting?

11:30 Breakout sessions

  • Ageing workforce – how to keep your older employees for longer

  • Financial health and wellbeing – how to help your employees manage their personal finances

  • Inclusion beyond gender and ethnicity

12:30 Keynote: Diversity by design – the influence of AI


Conference Programme:

08:00 Registration

09:00 Opening address and interview: Progressing parity

09:20 Keynote address and Q&A

09:50 Interview Pairs: Creating a culture of belonging

10:30 Debate: Stirring up the stagnation of pay gap progress

11:10 Coffee Break - Networking and Exhibition Showcase

11:30 Breakout Sessions

12:30 Keynote: Diversity by design – the influence of AI

12:50 Closing Remarks

13:00 Lunch - Networking and Exhibtion Showcase

14:00 Close


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This event is open to CBI Members and Non Members alike. CBI members receive a complimentary ticket, saving £450.

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