Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace 

17th September 2019, Birmingham | 23rd January 2020, London

Despite the current climate, BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) representation in the leading positions of UK workplaces remain stubbornly low. One in eight of the working age population are BAME background, and yet just one in sixteen top management positions in the UK is held by somebody from an ethnic minority background. Improving the employment rate and workplace progression for people from ethnic minorities could contribute £24 billion per year to the UK’s gross domestic product, making the business case for diversity in the workplace unavoidable. With organisations being pushed to publish their ethnicity pay gap data, it is time to start addressing the disparities that exist in our workplaces.   

The conference offers practical advice on removing the barriers that are preventing BAME representation in the workplace. We will explore how best to recruit and promote a more representative workforce, and how to encourage a positive culture change at all levels of your place of work. 

This unique event particularly encourages attendance from professionals who do not identify as BAME. The day offers attendees a space for productive discussion surrounding diversity and inclusion, and an opportunity to explore their role in the conversation.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace
  • Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph
  • Mohamed Jogi, National Programme Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, NHS Employers
  • Bernadette Thompson, SCS HR Business Partner, Ministry of Justice & Co-Chair of Race to the Top G6/7 Network
  • Nahida Ahmed, Talent and Capability Business Partner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency 
  • Pamela Brown, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, West Midland Ambulance Service
  • Jug Sahota, Senior Advisor, Acas

 

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to boost staff engagement in your organisation 
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around race equality back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures in workplace race equality
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and fellow colleagues

 

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: HR managers/officers; line managers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.

 

Dates and Locations

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace | Birmingham | 17th September 2019

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Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace | London | 23rd January 2020

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For registration queries please contact:

Annaliza Battiston

0207 593 5739
conference.admin@dodsgroup.com

Agenda

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

10.00

 

Understanding the barriers faced by BAME colleagues

  • The business case for diversity and engaging non-BAME colleagues in the process
  • Achieving leadership buy-in
  • Moving from unconscious bias to race fluency
  • Analysing race in the workplace and using targets to drive diversity and inclusion forward

Nahida Ahmed, Talent and Capability Business Partner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency ​and Chair of  DVSA EmbRACE group

Mohamed Jogi, National Programme Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, NHS Employers

11.30

Networking break

12.00

 

Recruitment and development

  • Targeting BAME talent at the recruitment stage
  • The correct use of positive action and when it is appropriate
  • Responsible line management: boosting engagement within your workforce and tackling the under- utilisation of skills
  • Understanding the ethnicity pay gap and gap reporting

Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

Jug Sahota, Senior Advisor, Acas

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Culture change & making workplaces more inclusive

  • The role played by networks, sponsorship, mentors & champions
  • Addressing inappropriate behaviour:  tackling microaggressions in the workplace 
  • Discussing whether the BAME label helps or hinders workplace diversity
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • Meeting the requirements of each individual group under the BAME umbrella

Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph

Bernadette Thompson, SCS HR Business Partner, Ministry of Justice & Co-Chair of Race to the Top G6/7 Network

Pamela Brown, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, West Midland Ambulance Service

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

16.00

Close