Marsh & McLennan Companies Pride: In This Together - Day Conference

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Information for the conference TOMORROW!


We look forward to seeing you at the Tower of London. Please enter via the Middle Drawbridge, where staff from the Tower will be on hand to direct you to the New Armouries Banqueting Suite.

For security, only those who signed up via our events registration page will be able to join the conference.

Marsh & McLennan Companies Pride: #InThisTogether - Day Conference

Marsh & McLennan Companies will be hosting a day conference on Friday 1st September at the Tower of London titled ‘#InThisTogether – Intersectional Diversity’. The day will be split into topics which will look to unbundle diversity, race, disability, and mental health through discussion and understanding why these topics are still relevant today.


  • Let's Talk About Race
  • Engaging Customers & Clients
  • Unbundling LGBT + Disability
  • Keynote Address: Claire Harvey, CEO - Diversity Role Models
  • HR As Inclusion Driver
  • Unbundling LGBT + Mental Health
  • Engaged Allies


We welcome colleagues, clients and prospects to a day conference packed full of informative sessions to engage, educate, and empower attendees on LGBT+ topics and their intersections with other aspects of diversity in the workplace; through a range of discussions, guest panels, and Q&A sessions.

Please select the sessions you would like to attend. If you are unable to attend a session, please update your selection to ensure all that would like to attend, can.


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  1. Session/ Topic Details (Morning & Afternoon)

  2. Topic Timetable

1. Sessions:

Morning Session

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE

Discussions on race within the business world have often felt uncomfortable or even taboo, but avoiding these topics has only increased the challenges faced by BAME colleagues. In this session, Kiran Sihra from iCan (Insurance Cultural Awareness Network) will help us to understand why we need to start talking about race in the workplace. Alongside Kiran Sihra, Rosa Morgan-Baker from the Brokerage Citylink will be part of a panel discussion to throw open sensitive topics, on how best to approach this topic. What is the right language? Why is some language hurtful? Who has permission to use certain terms? The panel will share good and bad experiences of being an ethnic minority in the workplace and highlight where employers are doing well and where they could do better. During the discussion, the panel will also look at the additional challenges people who are LGBT+ and from an ethnic minority face in the workplace and beyond.

ENGAGING CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS ON DIVERSITY

Good businesses want to partner with others that fit their culture. Diversity & inclusion is now an integral part of a busi­ness’s brand, and it’s critical to be driving the right actions to equip your business with the right D&I credentials. Guy Carpenter CEO, James Nash explains why talking to clients and customers about diversity is important to businesses, sharing experiences of how he has addressed this at Guy Carpenter. The panel will explain tactical and strategic business benefits that they have achieved by promoting diversity & inclusion. How do you start a conversation with a client or supplier on D&I issues? How would you broach the subject of LGBT inclusivity? Are there any aspects of D&I that are off limits in the business world? Is it easier to have these conversations if you’re part of a minority? The panel’s expertise in this field will provide the audience with a toolkit to start their own conversations with their customers.


UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY IN THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY

Disability in the workplace is a sensitive topic and one individuals find difficult to talk about. We intend to throw open discussions on the Social Model of Disability with an LGBT+ theme. Whilst many businesses have implemented the necessary changes to meet regulatory requirements, but are struggling to complete the culture shift required to recruit and support employees with impairments, and break down society’s barriers to enable a truly inclusive environment.

The panel will discuss different impairments that affect employees within the modern workforce and identify the barriers these employees face. We’ll also hear practical steps around what businesses need to do to support their employees, as well as their own business goals.

Afternoon Session

HR AS A DRIVER OF INCLUSION

For many years, HR has been at the forefront of driving a more inclusive approach within business. D&I has moved from a reporting exercise to a differentiator in attracting, progressing and retaining the right talent. Moreover, businesses with the most inclusive cultures outperform their competitors, because happy and empowered employees bring their “authentic selves” to work, allowing them to perform at their best. In this session, Mercer’s HR Director, Siobhan Martin and Marsh's HR Director, Iain Gibson will explain the issues businesses are currently facing in their efforts to create an inclusive environment, leading a panel discussion on how businesses are using novel and innovative approaches to respect diversity and achieve inclusivity.

LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health issues are the single greatest cause of lost work days each year in the UK. Most of us have been affected directly or indirectly by mental health issues. In this workshop, our panellists Monty Montcrieff - CEO, 'London Friend' charity, Alessandro Storer - Equality Improvement Manager, 'MIND' charity & Helen Jones - Director, 'MindOUT' charity will share their personal stories and experiences to help us understand the challenges faced by those with mental health issues. We’ll learn practical advice on identifying, approaching and supporting colleagues (and friends) who may have mental health issues and learn to feel more comfortable to talk about this sensitive and important issue.


SUPERCHARGED DIVERSITY ALLIES

So you’ve built up a network of LGBT allies around your organisation, but now what? How do you leverage their support? How can your allies help you progress your D&I agenda? What is the imposter syndrome? And who has cracked it? For this session please join our fantastic panellists: Louise Bradley - Marketing Manager, Oliver Wyman who was also nominated for the British LGBT Awards, Top 10 Allies. Charlotte Sweeney, has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for nearly 20 years and was recognised by The Economist as one of the Top 50 D&I Professionals in the world. Rhian-Mari Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer for Barclays and senior co-sponsor of Spectrum; she sits on Barclaycard’s Diversity Council and featured in our Top 50 list of Leading Ally Executives in 2016. And finally Matt Elliott, People Director at Virgin Money, senior sponsor for Diversity at VM, he also featured amongst our Leading Ally Executives list consecutively for the past couple of years. In this session we will learn more about super-charging your diversity allies.



Topic Timetable

Timetable

Morning Session


08:30 – 09:00 Arrival, Coffee

09:00 – 09:15 Opening Address: Fiona Dunsire

09:15 – 10:00 Let’s Talk About Race Panel Discussion

10:00 – 10:45 Engaging Customers & Clients Panel Discussion

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 Unbundling LGBT + Disability Panel Discussion

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Speaker


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch


Afternoon Session

13:30 – 14:15 HR as Inclusion Driver Panel Discussion

14:15 – 15:00 Unbundling LGBT + Mental Health Panel Discussion

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:15 Engaged Allies Panel Discussion

16:15 – 16:30 Closing Address: Mark Weil

16:30 – 17:00 Networking


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