Key Points
  • Adopting and achieving bold BAME targets to drive progress in diversifying the workplace
  • Exploring the role of visible and transformational leadership in embedding diversity
  • Tackling harassment, countering stereotypes and empowering staff to talk about race
  • Supporting career progression of BAME staff to strengthen talent pipelines
  • Mentoring promising BAME staff to cultivate emerging talent and the next generation of leaders
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Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Cllr Abid Chohan, Lord Mayor of Manchester, City of Manchester
  • 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*
  • Geoff Thompson MBE, Founder and Executive Chair, Youth Charter *2018 Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business*
  • 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. Research also shows diverse teams have 35 per cent better financial returns. **

    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 will explore ways to take visible action to champion and achieve racial diversity in the workplace.

    Hear from award winning public and private sector organisations on how to significantly increase ethnic representation throughout the workforce by setting and achieving recruitment targets.

    Network with industry experts who will discuss best practice on sourcing young diverse talent and nurturing the next generation of BAME leaders.

    Attend this event to learn how to diversify talent pipelines in middle management by minimising barriers to career progression for BAME employees. This event will also explore the transformational role BAME leaders and diversity allies, who champion ethnic diversity within the workplace.

    ** Race at Work Report 2018

    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

    09:15 - 09:45
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking

     

    09:45 - 10:00
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Geoff Thompson MBE Founder & Executive Chair, Youth Charter

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    10:00 - 10:40
    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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    11:00 - 11:30
    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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    11:30 - 12:00
    Refreshments and Networking Break

     

    12:00 - 12:30
    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
    12:20 – 12:30 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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    12:30 - 13:00
    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
    12:50 – 13:00 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Nathan Dyke BAME Network Lead, Auto Trader

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    13:00 - 13:30
    Building Talent Pipelines in Middle Management to Support Career Progression

     
    • Exploring the role of middle management in unlocking diversity throughout the organisation
    • Strengthening the diversity of talent pipelines to remove barriers to career progression for BAME staff
    • Creating a sustainable flow of talented BAME staff to diversify leadership teams long-term
    • Engaging senior leaders in mentoring opportunities to nurture and inspire emerging BAME leaders
    13:20 – 13:30 Questions and Discussion

    13:30 - 14:00
    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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    14:00 - 14:05
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    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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    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

    City Centre Manchester


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