Stream three

Committing to Championing Race and D&I

Take the lead in driving action to ensure your business is holistically diverse and inclusive. Better recognise what conversations need to take place, where the holes are in your current initiatives, and how we start with educating ourselves and others.

Day one
November 11, 2020
Day two
November 12, 2020
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Online

Opening remarks and CIPD policy overview

Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
CEO, CIPD
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Online

A conversation with Reni Eddo-Lodge - what key learnings can the people profession take away from Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race?

Reni Eddo-Lodge
Author, 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'
June Sarpong OBE
Director of Creative Diversity, BBC

We can no longer shy away from our responsibility to make racial equality at work a reality. Organisational cultures, values, processes, and strategies all now need to be reflective of ethnic minority inclusivity.

As the driving force behind all of these, the people profession needs to step up and take ownership to lead and implement inclusive change in our businesses.

So where do we start? And how do we make the first steps into an equal future?

Join this candid opening conversation with best-selling author and journalist, Reni Eddo-Lodge to ascertain how you can begin making conscious changes happen today.

Closing the ethics gap - helping organisations find their moral compass

Farrah Storr
Editor-In Chief, Elle
Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
CEO, CIPD
June Sarpong OBE
Director of Creative Diversity, BBC
Gina Miller
Campaigner, Co-Founder, SCM Direct

With unique access to employees throughout their careers, as well as opportunities to influence the organisation’s strategy and the way it manages its workforce, the people profession is uniquely placed to empower and embed principled decision-making into daily practice.

Ethics are at the heart of professionalism. To create cultures of transparency and trust, practitioners should demonstrate strong standards of integrity when advising business leaders.

So how do we place ethical practice at the heart of our roles? This panel of experts will discuss.

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
Online

Increasing your influence - unlocking the power of emotional intelligence and vulnerability

Katie Jacobs
Senior Stakeholders Lead, CIPD
Mo Gawdat
Former Chief Business Officer, Google X and Author of 'Solve for Happy'

We're programmed to believe that there is no room for emotion in the workplace. This notion is further cemented by robots becoming a feature in our everyday environment.

But what if the opposite is true? What if the way to become more influential and trusted at work is by tapping into and harnessing our human qualities.

Vulnerability and emotional intelligence are fast being recognised as powerful tools in prominent leaders' toolkits. This session will explore why that is and how you can leverage your emotional capabilities to be heard and trusted in the workplace.

Committing to change - how to go further with racial equality in the workplace

Abdul Wahab
D&I Adviser, CIPD
Grace Moronfolu
Grace Moronfolu MBE
Chair, National Black Crown Prosecution Association
Raafi Karim-Alidina
Author of Building an Inclusive Organization: Leveraging the Power of a Diverse Workforce

Diversity quotas and targets can sometimes feel like a box-ticking excerise, but do they still have a valuable role in making a cultural difference? This session will discuss their advantages, as well as explore how we can create a working environment that supports cultural minorities by empowering open dialogues and breaking down terminology 'taboos'.

Undoing unconscious bias - reversing internalised racism, bias, and conditioning

Andy Lancaster
Head of Learning, CIPD
Sandra Kerr
CBE, Race Equality Director Business in the Community
Frank Douglas
CEO, Caerus Executive
David Johnston
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Police Service of Northern Ireland

- why standard unconscious bias training is no longer the solution
- becoming aware of our own internalised biases and applying useful practices to avoid unconscious racism and discrimination
- how a commitment to learning about other cultural perspectives and norms can reverse your own personal conditioning and assumptions

Bridging the racial pay gap - getting ahead with ethnicity pay reporting

Duncan Brown
Independent adviser, Principal Associate IES, Visiting Professor University of Greenwich
Charles Cotton
Senior Performance and Reward Adviser, CIPD
Dawn Moore
Dawn Moore
Group People Director, The Murphy Group
Aliya Mohammed
Chief Executive Officer, Race Equality First

- assessing your organisation and the people in it and focusing on progression rather than recruitment
- recognising ethnicity pay gap reporting as an opportunity to create stronger relationships with your people and making a commitment to a more inclusive organisation
- establishing a trusting environment and an internal communications plan to collect sufficient data for reporting

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Online

Opening remarks

Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
CEO, CIPD
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Online

Speaking truth to power - how our everyday choices affect workplace culture

Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
CEO, CIPD
Professor Megan Reitz
Professor of Leadership and Dialogue, Hult Ashridge Executive Education

Enabling people to speak up is now imperative in order to access vital knowledge and to reduce the risk of wrong-doing, inequality and misconduct at work. Leaders are encouraged to say their doors are always open and whistleblowing hotlines are set up, yet such organisational interventions are often too simplistic to make any sustainable change to organisational culture.

Simply asking people to ‘speak up’ and encouraging leaders to ‘engage in conversation’ without thoroughly appreciating the impact that power differences - and prevailing social and cultural norms - have on what can be spoken, and what is heard, is naïve at best. At worst it leads to organisational cynicism, as an issue of critical practical importance becomes trivialised into ritualised listening, consultation and training exercises.

This keynote will focus on the choices we make everyday, and how to facilitate a value-driven culture that maintains an effective balance of knowing when to listen, speak up, stay silent, or discount others' opinions with the greater ethical considerations in mind.

11:00 am - 11:50 am
Online

Advocating for inclusive flexible working

Claire McCartney
Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, CIPD
Kamal Shergill
Group HR Director, United Living
Charlotte North
Assistant Director, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS

- making the distinction between flexible working and home working
- achieving a hybrid approach to home and workplace working
- building a culture of inclusive flexibility for the long term

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Online

When diversity meets resistance - how to manage adversity

Katie Jacobs
Senior Stakeholders Lead, CIPD
Fleur Bothwick
EMEIA, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at EY
Aggie Mutuma
Managing Director, Mahogany Inclusion Partners

It is important that we are prepared for potential resistance against any large-scale people-centred initiatives. This session will explore how to effectively overcome challenges in the workplace when communities clash,
reconcile conflicting attitudes towards inclusion in order to reach practical compromises, and how best to communicate the value and purpose of inclusion policies to garner understanding and buy-in.

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

Facilitating a neurodiverse workforce as a standard practice

Abdul Wahab
D&I Adviser, CIPD
Bill Budd
Legal Director, Virgin
Kirsty Cook
Head of Neurodiversity Advisory Services, Auticon Ltd
Leena Haque
Leena Haque
Neurodiversity Lead, BBC

- embedding a culture that is accomodating to different people's working styles
- overcoming the challenges of managing neurodiversity in remote working setups
- educating people on the importance of a neurodiverse workforce to gain buy-in and encourage collaboration

How do we open up our recruitment channels to support a truly inclusive business?

Mel Green
Research Adviser, CIPD
Christos Tsaprounis
Christos Tsaprounis
People & Culture Leader, Auto Trader UK
Becky Coleman
Becky Coleman
Senior HR Business Partner Sales and Marketing, Ferrero
Dev Modi
Dev Modi
D&I Thought Leader
Emma Cusdin
Co-Director, Global Butterflies

- creating diverse pipelines effectively
- promoting a culture of equality and inclusion to make your organisation accessible and welcoming
- leveraging your Employee Resource Groups to help recruiters better understand and overcome biases and barriers

4:05 pm - 5:00 pm
Online

Managing the crisis - how the people profession can become heroes of business today

Josh Bersin
Founder and Dean, Josh Bersin Academy
Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
CEO, CIPD

In this research-based presentation, Josh Bersin will delve into the four stages of this pandemic to help achieve clarity and perspective on what's coming next. He will explore the responsibilities of the profession during this process, as well as highlight new opportunities for growth, renaissance, and business betterment. The people profession has a critical role to play to help ensure organisational and economic success around the world, we just need to recognise our capabilities, and how we can add even greater value in the year ahead.