Key Points
  • Reviewing current ethnic representation found at the top of UK organisations
  • Adopting an evidence-based and metric-driven D&I approach to deliver tangible change
  • Cultivating future leaders by offering stretch opportunities to strengthen the diversity of talent pipelines
  • Leveraging reverse mentoring to empower leaders and junior ethnic minority staff
  • Utilising training to build the capacity of leaders as change agents and embed racial equality
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Member of Parker Review
  • Hermann Trepesch, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, O2 Telefonica
  • Jaspal Roopra, Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management and Strategic Workforce Planning, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Jonny Briggs, Group Head of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, AVIVA
  • Julie Foley, Director of Strategy and National Adaptation and RACE Champion, Environment Agency

Join Westminster Insight’s timely Achieving Racial Equality in Leadership Digital Conference to hear from from trailblazing organisations on how to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace at the executive level and beyond.

We will examine how to increase racial diversity at the top of organisations across the UK. You will learn how to harness proactive leadership including allyship, mentorship and training to drive the racial equality agenda. You will also learn how to strengthen the diversity of c-suite talent pipelines to drive ethnic representation in leadership roles.

Jaspal Roopra (D&I, Talent and Workforce Lead for BEIS) will explore how to adopt a robust evidence-based and data-driven approach to diversity and inclusion. Gain insight on how to quantify the value of racial equality to business and services, monitor and report on ethnicity pay gaps and highlight the disparities in staff experiences. We will also consider how to build a culture of trust and transparency to encourage staff disclosure.

You will hear from Hermann Trepesch (Diversity and Inclusion Manager) on how to empower staff networks and D&I professionals through flexible leadership. You will also explore how to leverage staff networks to capture data, facilitate positive action initiatives and foster cultures of belonging.

Gain practical insights into creating culturally intelligent leaders to build the capacity of leaders as change agents and advocates of racial equality throughout the organisation. Hear best practice in recognising the unique and individual differences of staff to successfully navigate the intersections of race, ethnicity and other competing identities.

Agenda
Start

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

 

09:15 - 09:45
Keynote Address: Presenting the Business Case for Racial Equality in Leadership

 
  • Reviewing the current state of leadership boards, progress made, and work still yet to be done
  • 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
  • Appointing senior sponsors for race and ethnicity to create chains of accountability and establish racial equality as an organisation priority
Questions and Discussion – 09:35 – 09:45

Speakers

Yvonne Thompson CBE Member, Parker Review

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09:45 - 10:15
Adopting an Evidence-Based and Metric-Driven Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

 
  • Quantifying the value of racial equality to business and service to acquire executive level buy-in
  • Setting bold targets, monitoring ethnicity pay gaps and tracking progress around racial equality issues through the use of data
  • Building a culture of trust, transparency and belonging to enable staff disclosure
  • Converting data and insights into action plans to deliver long-term tangible change
Questions and Discussion – 10:05 – 10:15

Speakers

Jaspal Roopra Skills, Capabilities and Talent, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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10:15 - 10:45
Empowering Staff Networks and D&I Professionals Through Flexible Leadership

 
  • Adopting “freedom within diversity and inclusion frameworks” to empower D&I professions to utilise in-house expertise in full
  • Resourcing staff network chairs with additional capacity and pay to maximise their diversity and inclusion capabilities
Questions and Discussion – 10:35 – 10:45

Speakers

Hermann Trepesch Diversity and Inclusion Manager & Past-Chair, O2 Telefonica & Surrey Police Association for Culture and Ethnicity (SPACE)

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10:45 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:30
Delivering Effective Talent Management to Create and Retain Ethnic Minority Leaders

 
  • Leveraging data to identify disparities in career progression and inform organisational strategies
  • Delivering mentoring schemes and resourcing networks to support the career progression of ethnic minority staff
  • Developing an offering of stretch working opportunities to support the career development of ethnic minority staff
  • Sponsoring ethnic minority staff to expand professional networks and inspire emerging leaders
Questions and Discussion – 11:20 – 11:30

11:30 - 12:00
Utilising Reverse Mentoring to Empower Leaders and Junior Ethnic Minority Staff

 
  • Exploring the capabilities of junior staff to support racial diversity and inclusion in the workplace through reverse mentoring schemes
  • Leveraging reverse mentoring to break down stereotypes, expand staff’s professional networks and expose senior staff to alternative and competing perspectives
  • Delivering reverse mentoring opportunities to drive the retention of ethnic minority junior staff Formal and informal sponsorship
Questions and Discussion – 11:50 – 12:00

12:00 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Leveraging Training and Transformational Leaders to Foster Cultures of Belonging and Inclusion

 
  • Utilising positions of leadership to visibly dictate change and combat inequality at the highest levels of an organisation
  • Adopting diversity training as a requirement for career progression to achieve employee and delivery level buy-in
  • Breaking down the concept of allyship into ways that employees - particularly executive leaders and middle management - can actively uplift and support the racial equality agenda
  • Recognising and celebrating the unique and individual differences of staff to successfully navigate the intersections of race, ethnicity and other competing identities

Speakers

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

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Julie Foley Director of Strategy and National Adaptation and RACE Executive Champion, Environment Agency

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12:50 - 13:00
Chairs Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

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

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Julie Foley Director of Strategy and National Adaptation and RACE Executive Champion, Environment Agency

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Jaspal Roopra Skills, Capabilities and Talent, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Yvonne Thompson CBE Member, Parker Review

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Hermann Trepesch Diversity and Inclusion Manager & Past-Chair, O2 Telefonica & Surrey Police Association for Culture and Ethnicity (SPACE)

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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