The global challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have shone a spotlight on inclusion and diversity threatening to undo decades of progress. Previous global financial downturns suggest economic recovery is hugely vulnerable when diversity is not leveraged. Inclusion & Diversity must remain a strategic priority and is critical for business resilience, recovery and renewal.
With this in mind, we are excited to announce a series of monthly webinars taking place throughout 2021, where we will explore, challenge and celebrate the many aspects of inclusion & diversity through the power of personal stories.
The programme is detailed below, including recordings and key themes from each session.
For further information contact Angela Fletcher.
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Her Story, His Story, Their Story
To mark LGBT History Month, our panel shared their personal stories including experiences of privilege and allyship – how they have supported others and how allies have supported them, both from within, and external to, the LGBT+ community.
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Will COVID-19 set gender equality back by a generation?
In recognition of International Women's Day, our panel explored how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted gender inequalities and progression and representation at work.
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Workplace wellbeing: Improving resilience and preventing burnout
For organisations, supporting the mental wellbeing of our teams and addressing the potential for burnout has never been more important. During this virtual discussion, our panellists will share their expertise and insights - from strategic organisational initiatives essential for creating workplace environments for optimal performance, through to how individuals can create a sustainable balance to life regardless of the pressures.
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Black Lives Still Matter: Where Are We Now?
During this session we will discuss whether things have changed for our Black colleagues, friends and family in the past year, hear from allies about changes they have made which have stuck, and consider what more is needed to ensure we continue to advance equality, understanding and allyship.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Social mobility: The Importance of an Intersectional Approach
In order to create greater access to opportunities for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, it is crucial we understand intersectionality of identities and how this impacts our lived experiences.
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Asians Speak Out: Exposing the myth of the 'Model Minority'
Over the past year, there has been a marked increase in attacks against Asians in the UK and across the world. We talk about what it means to be Asian in Britain, including the contributions made by Asians to British society, and how we reconcile our identities in today's world.
Thursday, 9 September 2021
Post #metoo – what has really changed?
During this session we will explore this and what more we can all do to recognise the challenges when addressing sexual violence and inappropriate behaviours and attitudes at work. We will focus on sharing practical solutions on what has worked well for organisations in unlocking a speak up and speak out culture.
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
The intersection of race and mental health: Beyond the stigma
Join us during Black History Month when our expert panel will explore the impact of race on mental health and wellbeing. We will discuss the racial disparities across minority ethnic groups and share examples of effective employer initiatives including tips on changes you can make as individuals.
Thursday, 11 November 2021
Social Mobility: A new opportunity to accelerate change?
During this fireside chat with Dr Sam Friedman, Professor in Sociology at the London School we will explore the latest themes relating to social mobility. In particular, whether disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic - for example the impact on education and working conditions outside the office - could prove damaging to longer term social mobility, or potentially spur greater momentum through the use of technology and heightened awareness.
Thursday, 2 December 2021
Invisible disabilities: Removing barriers to participation at work
Having an open culture that acknowledges disabilities and creates an inclusive environment is key to ensuring full participation for all. During this session we will explore practical steps to encourage removal of barriers to participation at work, including the senior leadership needed so that organisations can implement this change.