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Fuel The Future Of D&I With Strategies Which Drive Momentum, Embed Inclusive, High-Performance Cultures & Leadership & Bring About Tangible, Lasting Change: Innovative Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging Strategies To Drive Real Action & Results Within Organisations. A VIRTUAL, One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 23rd September 2021. Group Discounts Available! Please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 for more details. 

“The conference on Tuesday was brilliant! I thought it was really well organised and very insightful!” The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Recent Virtual Event Attendee)

27 D&I Professionals Unite At This Virtual Summit To Take Inclusion & Diversity Beyond The Buzz, Develop Inclusive Company Cultures Which Refect Intersectional Experiences, Fuel Social Mobility, Support Employee Mental Health, Secure Leadership, Promote Unbiased Recruitment & Progression, Ready The Business For Pay Reporting & Harness The Allyship & Voices Of Staff Networks:

  1. Maintain Momentum When D&I Is More Complex Than Ever: Push innovation, motivation and the people around you to overcome fatigue and bring about real change
  2. Strong, Inclusive Cultures Aren’t Made Overnight: Two-way, collaborative culture creation to champion inclusion and ensure everyone has a seat at the table - and are heard
  3. Winning Leadership Engagement Strategies: Build champions and visibility within leadership to achieve meaningful inclusion progress
  4. Intersectionality – No One Gets Left Behind! Translate targeted strategies into holistic approaches which see the full picture
  5. COVID19 – Impact On Society, Impact On Organisations: Proactively counter the impact of COVID on individuals in the world of work
  6. Protected Characteristic Deep Dive: Case-study-led examples of D&I initiatives with impact
  7. Mental Health: Remove The Stigma! Strategies to break down hurdles, create open dialogues and support employee mental health
  8. Unbiased Recruitment & Progression To Widen Talent Pools: Attract talent and create pipelines where progression is tangible for all
  9. Pay Reporting – Build Trust, Decipher Data: Gain employee trust to report transparently and accurately and identify opportunities to close pay gaps
  10. Beyond Business, D&I With Wider Influence: How can D&I stretch beyond HR’s remit?
Can You Help Businesses Embed Meaningful D&I Strategies Into Their Business DNA? For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email Secure your package before 5pm Tomorrow and SAVE £1,000!

What's New At The 4th Annual Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Conference?

  • New, Dedicated & Practical Diversity Case Studies! Join us live from the comfort of your own home or office - no travel needed!
  • 27+ Cross-Sector HR & D&I Directors Speaking from Finance, NHS, Pharma, FMCG, Government, Travel, Public Sector, Manufacturing, Sport and many more
  • 96% Satisfaction Rating At Our Recent Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Conference
  • Staff mentoring & Reverse Networking Panel Discussion
  • 6 Networking Breakout Discussions: A) LGBTQ+ B) Neurodiversity C) Disability D) Non-Binary E) Race F)Trans
  • NEW! European Perspectives! New Speakers From Across Europe
  • Dedicated Virtual Networking
  • One-Day, Brand-Led Event

Why Attend This Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Conference - Action, Results, Impact

It’s easy! All you need is internet access and a password which we will provide. In the comfort of your own surroundings, you will be able to:

inspiring speakers

Inspiring Speakers - Listen to market-leading, brand-side speakers as they share their hard-won insights and experiences with hot topic presentations and panels


Connect & Network - Networking is easy with the use of our discussion board, direct messaging facility, meeting request buttons, live polling and social media feed. Have your say and meet the other attendees

live chat

Live Chat - Pose your own questions and comment via the live chat function and interact with other delegates and speakers in real time


Virtual Exhibition - Explore the 'virtual exhibition stands' and speak directly to our carefully-chosen exhibitors to help you tackle your business challenges directly


Virtual Roundtables & Peer Discussions - There will be breakout discussions during the day to discuss specific areas of interest with like-minded attendees to tailor your experience

virtual face to face

Virtual Face-To-Face Meetings - Start a conversation with fellow delegates or exhibitors and discuss your individual needs and challenges one-to-one.

Go Virtual - It’s Easy! All you need is good internet access and a password which we will provide. Presentations and panels are live, and you can type in questions or comments to our Q&A section, live polling or social feed. If you would like to participate in any breakout discussions, it’s just a normal zoom call. You can also direct message or request a meeting with any of the other attendees on the online platform. Sessions will be recorded and will be available as on-demand content for a short while after the event.

You'll Be In Safe Hands. Here's What Previous Attendees Have To Say:

'Very interesting, of the moment and great food for thought!' Standard Life

'A good mix of industry sectors represented and a great set of informative speakers.' Vodafone

‘Thought provoking, engaging and insightful.’ United Utilities

27 Diversity & Inclusion & HR Directors Give Powerful, Practical & Inspiring Case Studies In 1 Day! Real Live Vs. The Buzz • Inclusive Cultures • COVID: Impact On Society, Impact On Organisations • Intersectionality • Beyond Business • Mental Health • Leadership: Go Beyond Buzzwords • Unbiased Recruitment & Progression • Pay Reporting: Build Trust, Decipher Data • Powerful Networks & Reverse Mentoring

Fuel The Future Of D&I With Strategies Which Drive Momentum, Embed Inclusive, High-Performance Cultures & Leadership & Bring About Tangible, Lasting Change: Innovative Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging Strategies To Drive Real Action & Results Within Organisations. A VIRTUAL, One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 23rd September 2021. Group Discounts Available! Please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 for more details. Download The Complete Agenda Here >>

08.50 Log In, Watch The GIC Welcome Video & Explore The App

09.00 Morning Chair’s Welcome & Opening Remarks

Lucy Adler, She/Her, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group

Ian Adams, Director of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution


09.10 Maintain Momentum, Embed D&I Into Organisational DNA… OK Great, But How?

Wow! Inclusion and diversity are certainly buzzwords and more front of mind for so many people than ever before, which is great! But this is real life, not buzzwords and the pandemic has only increased the complexity of our task. With greater visibility comes greater criticism and it can feel exhausting to try to fix the world in one go… so when you can’t do right for being wrong, how can you overcome fatigue and keep momentum going?

Thinking outside the box doesn’t come easy… where are there actually opportunities to flip inclusion strategies on their head to prevent stale approaches, achieve different results and visibly see the impact on your workforce’s happiness and productivity?

Alvine Trémoulet, Global D&I Lead, Pfizer


09.30 Develop Inclusive Company Cultures: Engage Every Employee & Welcome Their Whole Selves With C-Suite Champions & Visible Representation, Staff Networks & Strong, Enthusiastic Allies Throughout The Organisation

  • Welcome on board! Clearly outline the culture you want to create during onboarding so colleagues can see support evidenced and engage with initiatives from day one
  • The company is not just the “office workers”: how can you foster inclusivity amongst front-line workers and keep the spark alive for deskless or hybrid colleagues?
  • What about when areas of your business culture aren’t up to scratch? How can you create more allies when people are focused on their busy day-to-day?
  • This isn’t a one-way street! Culture cannot just be dictated, so how can you empower everyone in the organisation to help shape it?

David Jenkins, He/Him, Client Director & ED&I Business Champion UK & Europe, Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavelin Group

Debs Chapman, She/Her, Director of Reward, Inclusion & Colleague Experience, The Very Group

Lynne Connolly, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Polly Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Royal Academy of Engineering

Jen Veevers, She/Her, Head of Employee Experience, Engagement & Inclusion, Virgin Media


10.00 How Can Organisations Proactively Counter The Impact Of COVID On Individuals & Fuel Social Mobility Through Inclusive Hiring, Training & Employee Support Programmes?

  • With young people, women and people of colour disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID, how can businesses best drive support and protect
    long-term talent pipelines?
  • Laying long-term foundations… from laptops for schoolchildren to apprenticeship or care-leavers programmes, how can your organisation actively nurture the talent of the future?
  • Working from home has been challenging for some – and a gift for others! Embed flexible working into your long-term employee strategy to offer the best of both worlds

Laura Heeley-Archer, Senior Governance & Planning, Manager, HomeServe

10.20 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


10.50 Difference Cannot Be Seen Through One Lens! Translate Targeted Networks & Initiatives Into Holistic Approaches Which Cater To Intersectionality, Nuances & Allow Greater Participation

  • People aren’t boxes! Pivot your organisation and D&I engagement to reflect the many lived experiences and the additional pressures some people experience
  • Explore the greatest hurdles to looking at diversity holistically… and the steps you can take to break down the barriers
  • Where are we losing people in our D&I efforts? Prevent individuals missing out on the support and engagement they need

Edleen John, She/Her, International Relations, Corporate Affairs & Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, The Football Association

Israil Bryan, Regional Head of Diversity & Inclusion, EMEAA, Standard Chartered Bank

Marc McKenna Coles, He/Him/His, EMEA Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Lead, Spotify

Isabella Chan, She/Her, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, University of the Arts London


11.20 Go Beyond The Scope Of Business To Bring About Real, Societal Impact

Black boxes on Instagram. Press announcements backing BLM. Blocking hateful accounts on Twitter. Consumers have a laser focus on what organisations are doing in terms of their inclusion and diversity strategies, but how much is paying lip service and how much has translated into real, systemic change?

This goes beyond the realm of HR to carefully examine everything from supplier relationships to advertising and product design… so what can we do to help foster a D&I-first, truly human-centric company culture which doesn’t just conform to the status quo? How can we prove that diversity and inclusion is NOT just for D&I and HR professionals? We can’t take it all on ourselves, so how do we find, and win over change champions throughout the business to bring about real, societal impact?

Caroline Rhodes, She/Her, Global I&D Director & HR Director, HR, CR & Legal, Diageo

11.40 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner


12.10 Peer-To-Peer Breakout Discussions


B) Neurodiversity

Sam Pearce, Head of Employee Engagement, Balfour Beatty

Scott Williams, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty

C) Disability 

Felicity de la Torre, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Kier Group

D) Non-Binary 

Anastasia Karageorghis, DIBE Lead, Graze

E) Race

F) Trans

12.40 Lunch For Delegates, Speakers & Partners

13.40 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Owen Marks, Head of Rare Diseases UK, Pfizer



Lisa Jane Gillespie, Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, DK

13.50 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

Debs Chapman, Director of Reward, Inclusion & Colleague Experience, Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions


14.10 Remove The Stigma, Remove The Hurdles: Proactive Strategies To Create Open Dialogues & Support Employee Mental Health

  • As mental health is increasingly placed centre stage, how can businesses play their role in providing support, breaking the ‘taboo’ of talking about mental health and wellbeing at work and provide direct avenues to help struggling colleagues?
  • Mental health days, first aiders, counselling services… what does good mental health support look like in practice?
  • Following lockdown after lockdown and the slow “return” to our new hybrid ways of working, how can we actively look after our teams and maintain the support needed?

Speaker To Be Announced


14.30 Recession-Proof Inclusion Strategies To Ensure Leaders Dedicate Time, Effort & Resources & Push For Meaningful Impact

  • Mentoring, sponsorship, interaction: how can leadership actively take a role in developing the careers of people of difference throughout the organisation?
  • Lead by example! Whether visible representation or strong allies, produce passionate inclusion champions amongst leadership who go above and beyond to empower employees and push initiatives forwards
  • What does inclusive leadership look like in a digital age and how will it continue to evolve?
  • Demonstrate the human and business impact of D&I on wellbeing, retention, performance to secure ongoing backing

Barry Boffy He/Him, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, British Transport Police

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


15.20 Hire For Success! Revolutionise Recruitment Practices To Widen Talent Pools, Attract Diverse Talent & Create Pipelines Where People Can See Their Future With The Business

  • How can you interrupt the usual hiring process to actually step away from what you know, and take a fresh approach? What opportunities are there to
    drive true innovation in recruitment?
  • Who is it you are looking for? Why do these attributes matter? Reassess selection criteria to broaden the talent pool and proactively appeal to a
    wider group of candidates
  • Tangible steps to remove human unconscious bias from candidate selection, from software to talent pools to training hiring managers, what actually
    delivers the greatest impact?
  • People leave businesses because they can’t see their future… reduce turnover and retain staff with visible representation at the top, a focus on L&D and inclusive talent pipelining structures
  • What does success look like? Benchmark progress to review your recruitment and talent strategies to drive ongoing improvement

Mannie Neville, Resourcing & Talent Manager, The Football Association


15.40 Same Work = Same Reward? Gain Employee Trust To Report Transparently & Accurately & Identify Opportunities To Close The Pay Gap

  • Following the publication of the gender pay gap report, what impact have you seen on your organisation’s culture, reputation and the wider industry?
  • If you haven’t historically captured data on broader protected characteristics - what steps can you take to gain the trust of your workforce to disclose their characteristics and prepare your organisation for pay reporting on race and disabilities?
  • With so much sensitivity around pay reporting, how can you communicate this effectively to staff?
  • As awareness of intersectionality increases, how can we address the problem for people who may be disadvantaged by the pay gap in multiple ways?

Speaker To Be Announced


16.00 Further Your Staff Networks & Reverse Mentoring Success To Drive Cross-Business Engagement & Fuel D&I Initiatives Throughout The Organisation

  • Community first! What are the top tips to ensure successful staff networks and effectively take build their insights and feedback into the business?
  • The pros and cons of maintaining network momentum and reverse mentoring relationships while working in a remote or hybrid model
  • Working in silo? How can we better align or integrate our staff networks to serve all and address the need for intersectional groups?
  • Tearing up the rulebook on how we communicate

Dr Julie Humphreys, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Reach plc

Raj Morjaria, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Direct Line Group

Maria St. Louis, Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Channel 4

16.30 Co-Chairs' Closing Remarks

16.40 Official Close Of Conference

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