Working with Diversity
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 from 09:30 to 13:00 (GMT)
This is a joint event between Hereford & Worcester and Gloucestershire branches and is the third bi-annual Diversity event held in memory of Heather Ross. Heather was a local HR practitioner and CIPD Member who was a volunteer with both the Gloucestershire and the Hereford & Worcester Branch committees.
Heather was passionate about Diversity and after her unexpected death these branches held a diversity conference in 2013 in her memory. This Seminar will begin with a presentation of the Heather Ross Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The award will be presented by Patrick McCloskey, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the Award Winner in 2015.
Do you know a worthy recipient of this Award for 2017? We are currently accepting nominations until 17 February 2017. Please click here for further information and for an application form. Let's celebrate the achievements of our colleagues who have made a difference. Tell us about their contribution to diversity and inclusion in their professional work. Let’s share and celebrate their experience with all our CIPD Members.
All delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the following workshops:
The main focus of this workshop will be examining the subject of ‘everyday racism’. Sadly or perhaps even tragically, the topic is not only current but in fact difficult to avoid for anybody following the main stream media or perhaps even developments in their local communities. Is that an exaggeration? Participants will explore the roots and subtleties of racism and how it can reveal or actually mask itself in today’s society. We will focus on most recent data and case studies, the role of media and how they shape the public debate. Predictably, we will explore the role of employers and HR/L&D professionals in combating racism. Recruitment, fostering and development of human talent provides a unique opportunity to do so. The results could be reaching far beyond our workplaces and deep into our local communities.
Tom Piotrowski is Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Fortis Living which is a regional housing association comprising of 15, 000 properties concentrated predominantly in Worcestershire but extending also into Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and a couple of other neighbouring counties. Tom joined Fortis in late November 2015. From the beginning, his role has included both internal and external aspects of Diversity and Inclusion. In practice it means having a close working relationship with Fortis L&D team to ensure that the profile of the 700 strong team at Fortis reflects the demographics of local communities. Tom also believes that as a large employer in the area, Fortis has not only an obligation to ensure the diversity of its staff but that it should also actively celebrate the organisation’s inclusive culture with partners. In relation to how Fortis provides services to its customers, Tom’s role is mainly around an effective use of equality profiling, ensuring that community engagement is responsive to current needs and that it stays tuned into the current national debates around diversity and equalities.
Prior to joining Fortis, Tom held a number of roles which most recently included working as a business development manager for a regional charity in Hampshire, managing a central government- funded migration project on behalf of a local authority in Worcestershire. Tom holds a Graduate Diploma in Law/LLB from Staffordshire University and BA in Philosophy from the Catholic University in Lublin Poland.
Since Laura Bates founded the #EverydaySexism project four years ago, the website has seen 100,000 entries from male and female victims over 25 countries airing their experiences. Wolf-whistles, cat-calling, indecent proposals and comments on what a woman wears, says and does - the spectrum of everyday sexism is broad, and has happened to most of us at some point.
This practical session will focus on relevant legislation and case law pertaining to everyday sexism in the workplace, as well as the role employers have in combating sexism.
Jennifer Jones is Head of Employment, Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors. She is a specialist employment law barrister with over 20 years’ experience. Known for her “pragmatic and insightful” advice to employers, Jennifer is proficient in all areas of employment law and has particular expertise in equal pay, discrimination and whistleblowing. She is regularly called upon to give strategic board-level HR advice to businesses and public sector organisations and sits part-time as an Employment Judge, an appointment she has held since 2004.
The seminar will conclude with an expert panel session.
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Registration will be open from 9.30am. The seminar will start at 9.45am. The seminar will conclude at 1.00pm, when lunch will be available.
Coffee will be served from 9.30am, and at 11.00am. Lunch will be served at 1.00pm.