Key Points
  • Adopting and achieving bold diversity targets to drive organisational change
  • Leveraging visible and transformational leadership to embed diversity across the organisation
  • Supporting career progression of BAME employees to strengthen talent pipelines
  • Mentoring emerging BAME talent to cultivate the next generation of BAME leaders
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Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Geoff Thompson MBE, Chief Executive, Youth Charter *2018 Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business*
  • Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Management Institute
  • Rob Neil OBE, Lead of Project Race & Head of Culture Change & Leadership, MoJ and DfE *Investing in Ethnicity Workplace Hero Award 2018*
  • Nathan Dyke, BAME Network Lead, Auto Trader *2018/9 12th Most Inclusive Employer UK*
  • Raj Kalia, Chief Executive, Broadband Delivery UK
  • Stuart Love, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council
  • Emma Dillon, Senior Programme Manager Greater Manchester, Uprising
  • Laura-Jane Rawlings, Chief Executive, Youth Employment UK
  • Dr Sammy Li, Equality & Diversity Advisor for Students, University of Birmingham


Organisations with diverse talent represented throughout the workforce are capable of drawing on a wide range of experiences and expertise and can engage with an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders.

Diversity is good for culture, good for performance, good for business.

Westminster Insight’s timely Race in the Workplace Forum will feature contributions from trailblazing private, public and third sector organisations, who have successfully championed racial equality and diversity in the workplace.

Hear from award winning public and private sector organisations on how to significantly increase ethnic representation throughout the workforce and empower BAME staff networks.

Network with industry experts who will share best practice on creating inclusive work cultures, diversifying talent pipelines and minimising barriers to career progression for BAME employees. This event will also feature best practice on creating, tracking, and reporting on diversity targets.

This event follows on from our highly successful Race in the Workplace Forum (London). Here's what some of the delegates on the day had to say about the event:

“Incredibly inspirational & informative. Brilliant selection of panel members. Well organised.” - Lyndon Campbell, Equalities Delivery Manager, Independent Office for Police Conduct

“Very thought provoking and worthwhile. Fantastic speakers.” - Laura Stokes, HR Business Partner, DEFRA

“Engaging, authentic, relevant and inclusive” - Julia Quinn, People Services Manager, MK College

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:15
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Geoff Thompson MBE Founder & Executive Chair, Youth Charter

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09:15 - 09:45
Keynote Address 1: Be Bold – Achieving Success Through Diversity

 
  • Outlining the business case for organisational change by exploring the benefits of a diverse workplace
  • Adopting bold diversity targets to challenge the slow progress in diversifying the workplace
  • Reviewing the achievements of the gender equality agenda to identify learnings for the ethnicity agenda
  • Recognising the intersectionality of diversity issues to prevent working in silos
10:20 – 10:30 Questions and Discussion

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Ann Francke Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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09:45 - 10:30
Keynote Address 2: Moving the Needle Forward

 
  • Exploring the findings of the BITC Race at Work 2020 Report
  • Adopting the “Race at Work Charter” to take practical steps towards tackling barriers to ethnic diversity in the workplace
    Adopting EDI performance objectives for managers to incentivise the promotion of diversity throughout the organisation
10:15 - 10:30 Questions and Discussions

Speakers

Sandra Kerr CBE Race Director, Business in the Community

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10:30 - 11:15
Panel Discussion: Creating Diverse and Transformational Leadership Teams

 
  • Exploring the transformational role leadership has in embedding diversity throughout the organisation
  • Appointing a senior sponsor for ethnicity to build leaders’ capacity as change agents
  • Ensuring BAME leaders and diversity champions are visible to make ethnic diversity a priority
  • Introducing flexible working policies for C-suite roles to grow inclusive leadership teams 

Speakers

Raj Kalia Chief Executive, Building Digital UK (DCMS)

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Stuart Love Chief Executive, Westminster City Council

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11:15 - 11:30
Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Organisational Transformation: Creating an Inclusive Workplace and Culture

 
  • Adopting EDI performance objectives for managers to incentivise the promotion of diversity throughout the organisation
  • Tackling harassment by challenging bias, countering stereotypes and empowering staff to discuss and embrace cultural differences
  • Resourcing staff networks to empower the voices of BAME employees
11:50 – 12:00 Questions and Discussion

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Rob Neil OBE Lead of Project Race and Head of Culture Change & Leadership, Ministry of Justice and Department for Education

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12:00 - 12:30
Achieving Bold Recruitment and Retention Targets

 
  • Measuring, tracking and reporting on ethnicity at all levels of the organisation to inform workforce planning and organisational policy
  • Undertaking a deep analysis of recruitment practices to remove barriers to diverse recruitment
  • Creating inclusive recruitment panels to prevent hiring ‘in our own image’
  • Building diversity requirements into contracts with recruitment partners to incentivise diverse talent acquisition
12:20 – 12:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Nathan Dyke BAME Network Lead, Auto Trader

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12:30 - 13:00
Case Study: Proactively "Turning the Dial" on Race

 
  • Sharing how to leverage the energy around social justice issues to inspire organisational change
  • Exploring the necessity and benefits of adopting a proactive stance on racial equality and inclusion to position the organisation as a leader on race
  • Capturing and reporting on data to gain comprehensive insight into structural inequalities
  • Being fearless in reflection: identifying areas of improvement to inform organisational strategies
12:50 – 13:00 Questions and Discussion

13:30 - 13:40
Panel Discussion: Attracting and Nurturing Young Diverse Talent

 
  • Exploring the role of young people in increasing ethnic representation throughout the workforce
  • Recognising the barriers BAME young people experience entering underrepresented industries and workspaces
  • Adopting mentoring schemes to cultivate and inspire the next generation of ethnic leaders
  • Proactively being present in non-mainstream spaces to attract and engage young diverse talent

Speakers

Emma Dillon Senior Programme Manager Greater Manchester, Uprising

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Dr Sammy Li Equality & Diversity Advisor for Students, University of Birmingham

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Laura-Jane Rawlings Chief Executive Officer, Youth Employment UK

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13:40 - 13:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Geoff Thompson MBE Founder & Executive Chair, Youth Charter

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End

Speakers

Emma Dillon Senior Programme Manager Greater Manchester, Uprising

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Nathan Dyke BAME Network Lead, Auto Trader

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Ann Francke Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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Raj Kalia Chief Executive, Building Digital UK (DCMS)

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Sandra Kerr CBE Race Director, Business in the Community

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Dr Sammy Li Equality & Diversity Advisor for Students, University of Birmingham

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Stuart Love Chief Executive, Westminster City Council

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Rob Neil OBE Lead of Project Race and Head of Culture Change & Leadership, Ministry of Justice and Department for Education

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Laura-Jane Rawlings Chief Executive Officer, Youth Employment UK

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Geoff Thompson MBE Founder & Executive Chair, Youth Charter

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Venue details

Digital Live Broadcast


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