Race Equality in the Workplace Online Summit

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Learn how to create an environment that fosters total inclusivity to help employees maximise their potential through race equality at work

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Platform: Zoom - An encrypted zoom platform with password 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.

Please note: If you might like to endorse or sponsor the event, please see how to get involved here.

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.

09:15 Welcome and introduction from your co-chairs

Nichole McGill-Higgins, Co-chair EmbRACE Race Equality Staff Network, CIPD

Elizabeth Smith, Director of Research, Business Forums International Ltd

19:25 Opening address

David Isaac CBE, Former Chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commission.

Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP

09:50 Ice-breaker breakout

Delegates will be split into small groups for a short ice-breaker in breakout rooms to discuss what they hope to get out of the day

10:00 Moving beyond rhetoric: affecting sustainable institutional change

  • 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

Ismail Amla, Chief Growth Officer, Capita Plc

10:30 Stretch your legs

10:35 The legal imperatives: always a good place to start

  • 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

Natalie A Carter, Senior Associate, Greenberg Traurig LLP

11:05 Panel - Intentional leadership practice: HR as a force for workplace change

  • 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

Lucy Yu, Director of Public Policy, Voi

Bayo Adelaja, Founder & CEO, Do It Now Now

Pawiter Rana, Head of Service Enablement, Fujitsu UK

11:35 Time for a brew

11:45 Changing your culture to make your workplace truly inclusive and diverse: a roadmap

  • 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

Dr Sola Adesola, Senior Lecturer and EDI Champion, Oxford Brookes University

12:15 Why your D&I strategy might not be working: a clinic

  • 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

Dayo Akinrinade, Financial Times Top 100 BAME Technology Leaders, Founder of Africlick

Sam Shah, Chief Medical Strategy Officer, Numan

12:45 Lunch break

13:45 Panel - Pipeline, recruitment and retention strategies to grow race talent

  • 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

Dr Claudia Natanson, Chief Security Officer, Security Practitioners LLC

Bola Abisogun OBE, Executive Director / Chairman, DiverseCity Surveyors

Remi Olajoyegbe, Founder, Mentor & Strategic Coach, I am Remi Ltd

14:15 Panel - Ethnicity pay gap reporting: real action to reduce inequality or box-tick?

  • Lessons from Gender Pay Gap reporting
  • The arguments for and against mandatory reporting
  • Achieving the necessary scale and consistency to make a real difference
  • Going beyond reporting to make real change happen
  • Understanding and addressing underlying prejudices

Nuzhat Ali, National Lead for Health Improvement, Public Health England

14:45 Stretch your legs

14:50 How to have race conversations at work: practical steps to take your company to real inclusion

Edosa Odaro, FT Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leader & Chief Business Officer at, Theory+Practice

Azeem Akhtar, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), BT Global Services Division, BT Group Plc

15:20 Effective transformation and training company-wide

  • The role of network groups and internal communities
  • What role can ordinary employees play?
  • Company-wide transformation, what it looks like at Virgin Media

Leanna Edwards, Co-Chair of Virgin Media UK’s Empower Network & Digital Producer, Virgin Media

Dev Mistry, Co-Chair VM's UK Empower Network & Internal Communications Executive, Virgin Media

15:50 Stick the kettle on

16:00 Debate - external protests and the workplace response

  • 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

Umar Kankiya, Media Lead / Leadership Team Member, Dope Black Dads

Cec Richards, Founder & CEO, Slenky

16:30 Closing address: where are we heading now?

  • 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?

Ali Khan, Senior Medical Education Manager, NHS

16:50 Next steps, action plans and wrap up

17:00 End

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