Key Points
  • Appointing executive sponsors to achieve change through transformational leadership
  • Adopting an evidence-based approach to tackle ethnicity pay gaps and career progression
  • Actioning inclusive recruitment and retention strategies to achieve diverse representation through the organisation
  • Building managers' capacity to be change agents and embed inclusive work cultures
  • Nurturing the next generation of ethnically diverse leaders to strengthen talent pipelines
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Sanjay Bhandari, Chair and Member, Kick it Out and 2020 Parker Review
  • Bayo Adelaja, Chief Executive Officer, Do it Now Now
  • Juliet Bertie, Project Race Director, Department of Education
  • Jonny Briggs, Group Head of Talent Acquisition and D&I, AVIVA
  • Sanjay Aeri, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, HM Treasury
  • Juliet Bertie, Project Race Director, Department of Education
  • Stuart Love, Chief Executive Officer, Westminster City Council
  • Sarah Mukherjee, Chief Executive Officer, IEMA
  • Rohini Aggarwal, Senior Policy Advisor & Co-founder, Department for International Trade & Ethnic Minority Women’s Forum
  • Honey Sansui, Citizen Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Haleema Ali, External Relations Officer, Uprising
Research continues to show diversity is good for [1] culture, [2] for performance, [3] for business. Diversity, however, begins with transformational and visible leadership.

Westminster Insight’s Achieving Racial Equality in Leadership Digital Conference will feature contributions from trailblazing private and public sector organisations on how to take meaningful action to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace at the executive level.

Hear from award winning organisations on how to develop and deliver inclusive recruitment and organisational development strategies to drive diversity in leadership. You will hear from industry experts who will discuss how to best source and support young ethnically diverse talent to cultivate and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Join this event to hear from expert speakers on how to develop your own evidence-based Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) function to support ethnicity pay gap reporting, inform organisational strategies and achieve long-term systemic change. You will also learn how to strengthen the diversity of talent pipelines, develop dynamic leadership teams, and support career progression of staff.

Join us in exploring the impact of transformational leadership on embedding racial equality and anti-racist practices throughout organisations.

[1] (2020) Race at Work (BITC) Report
[2] (2018) McGregor-Smith Review
[3] (2017) Parker Review

Agenda
Start

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

 

Speakers

Sandra Kerr CBE Race Director, Business in the Community

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09:15 - 09:45
Keynote Address - Achieving Racial Equality in Leadership

 
  • Reviewing the current state of leadership boards, progress made, and work still yet to be done 
  • Contextualising the challenges specific to achieving racial equality at the top of an organisation
  • Making the business case for ethnically diverse leadership boards in order to achieve buy-in from employees, managers, and senior leaders alike, for long-term organisation-wide change  
09:35 – 09:45 Questions and Discussion

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Sanjay Bhandari Chair and Member, Kick it Out and 2020 Parker Review

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09:45 - 10:15
Recruitment and Retention Strategies: Achieving Diverse Representation Throughout the Organisation

 
  • Establishing and maintaining an inclusive workplace culture to both attract and retain ethnically diverse employees at every level of an organisation
  • Attracting ethnically diverse leaders and employees through apprenticeships, campaigns, and inclusive recruitment boards 
  • Retaining ethnically diverse talent at the top: progression, retention and succession planning
10:05 – 10:15 Questions and Discussion

10:15 - 10:30
Break

 

10:30 - 11:00
Practical Case Study: Embedding Long-Term Change Through Transformational Leadership

 
  • Exploring how to lead from the front and hold space for collaboration and innovation when tackling racial inequality in the workplace
  • Implementing a zero-tolerance policy towards race-based bullying and harassment to empower and uplift ethnically diverse employees
  • Appointing senior sponsors for race, nominated to take accountability for ensuring better racial diversity across the board
  • Ensuring visible and vocal race champions to facilitate strong pipelines for ethnically diverse talent to reach the top  
10:50 – 11:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Sanjay Aeri Head of Diversity and Inclusion, HM Treasury

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11:00 - 11:45
Conversations in Leadership: Executive-Level Race Allies and Champions

 
  • Breaking down the concept of allyship into ways that employees - particularly executive leaders and middle management - can actively uplift and support people from ethnically diverse backgrounds in the workplace
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable to successfully broach the subject of race
  • Exploring how executive-level allies can lead the way in proactively supporting ethnically diverse leaders to reach the top and thrive once there
  • Utilising positions of leadership to dictate change and combat inequality at the highest levels of an organisation 

Speakers

Stuart Love Chief Executive, Westminster City Council

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Sarah Mukherjee Chief Executive Officer, IMEA

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Jonny Briggs Group Head of Talent Acquisition and D&I, AVIVA

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11:45 - 12:15
Empowering Authentic Black Voices in the Workplace – How To Deliver Executive-Level Change

 
  • Exploring where progress has and hasn’t been made since the previous year, and how organisations can best hold themselves accountable for improving racial equality in leadership
  • Data tracking, reporting, and transparency around targets and ethnicity pay gaps
  • How to avoid “virtue-signalling”, what this means, and what authentic and long-lasting organisational change looks like for the future 
Questions and Discussions - 12:05 – 12:15

Speakers

Juliet Bertie Project Race Director, Department of Education

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12:15 - 12:55
Future Leaders – Nurturing the Next Generation of Diverse Talent

 
  • Discussing what the next generation can learn from the lived experiences of established ethnically diverse leaders navigating underrepresented spaces
  • Sharing the challenges faced by young ethnic talent, and discussing how we can support the next generation of young leaders navigate racism, exclusive professional spaces and employability disadvantages
  • Exploring how organisations can best source and support young ethnically diverse talent, from proactively engaging with ethnically diverse spaces, to forming support networks to connect young employees with senior leaders

Speakers

Rohini Aggarwal Senior Policy Advisor & Co-founder, Department for International Trade & Ethnic Minority Women’s Forum

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Bayo Adelaja Chief Executive Officer, Do it Now Now

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Haleema Ali External Relations Officer, UpRising

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Honey Sansui Citizen Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Sandra Kerr CBE Race Director, Business in the Community

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End

Speakers

Bayo Adelaja Chief Executive Officer, Do it Now Now

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Sanjay Aeri Head of Diversity and Inclusion, HM Treasury

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Rohini Aggarwal Senior Policy Advisor & Co-founder, Department for International Trade & Ethnic Minority Women’s Forum

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Haleema Ali External Relations Officer, UpRising

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Juliet Bertie Project Race Director, Department of Education

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Sanjay Bhandari Chair and Member, Kick it Out and 2020 Parker Review

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Jonny Briggs Group Head of Talent Acquisition and D&I, AVIVA

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Sandra Kerr CBE Race Director, Business in the Community

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Stuart Love Chief Executive, Westminster City Council

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Sarah Mukherjee Chief Executive Officer, IMEA

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Honey Sansui Citizen Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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