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One Africa Network: Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in Business

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74 John Bright St

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OAN Inspire Networking Series: Diversity and Inclusion in businesses - Breaking down barriers to boost resilience and success

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Diversity and Inclusive (D&I) growth works to reduce inequalities in the society, creating economic, personal and professional growth that delivers better quality opportunities for all. D&I also matters in business as drivers for achieving superior performance, revenue growth, motivates employees, fostering competitiveness and innovation. Businesses can reap multiple benefits from nurturing an inclusive and diverse workforce, reach new markets, understand and identify new opportunities for unparalleled growth if they foster inclusive customer bases, products and services, value chains and market channels.

To harness and fully realise D&I in workplace, they must adopt principles of inclusiveness, strategies and models to harness a conducive culture. Diversity does not automatically lead to inclusion. Workplace D&I is about valuing every employee as an individual with differing capabilities. However, D&I remains an empty words in much of corporate businesses. Despite regulatory policies, changing economic landscape and positive growth, most agree the full opportunity has not been realised, remain unchanged or had deepened. Many companies invest in diversity efforts, yet are disappointed with the meagre results. Businesses and professionals face common barriers that are significantly hindering success.

Join us at our business networking series where we will break down barriers and discuss idea for accelerating Diversity and Inclusive (D&I) growth and connect with like minded business professionals and entrepreneurs.

Agenda:

18:00 Registration and Networking

18:50 Introduction to One Africa Network (OAN)

19:00 Panel Session and Q&A:

  • Demystifying Diversity and Inclusion: What it means?
  • Creating inclusive organisations: Strategies, regulations and policies
  • Workplace best practices: Leadership inclusivity, cultural sensitivity, unconscious bias and intercultural communication
  • Human capital: Harnessing diverse talent acquisition, recruitment and career progression
  • Creating inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem and growth: The role of ethnic SMEs
  • Accelerating ethnic Women in business, inclusive and gender lens finance
  • Achieving superior performance and growth through diversity

20:00 Open Networking

Panellists

Panel Chair: Eugene Nizeyimana, CEO, SSCG Consulting and Champion, One Africa Network

Professor Kiran Trehan, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, Director of the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership, Economy & Diversity (WE LEAD), Director of Business Engagement, University of Birmingham

Jacynth Ivey, Non-executive directors (NED), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation, Associate NED, Health Education England, NED, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Founder, J2 Consultancy

Cllr Celia Hibbert, Councillor for Penn Ward Wolverhampton

Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods,WMCA Housing & Land Delivery Board.

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Event open to members and non-members alike. Limited spaces available. Early registration recommended to avoid disappointment and join us at Birmingham's premier African business event of the year.

OAN event terms and conditions apply.

ONE AFRICA NETWORK - CONNECTING PEOPLE, IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND PROSPERITY

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