Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace

 24th April 2019, London | 23rd May 2019, Manchester

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. 

 

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Elijah Lawal, Google UK & Ireland Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Google
  • Elliott Rae, Head of Project Race, Defra and Founder, Music.Football.Fatherhood
  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace 
  • Rukasana Bhaijee, Senior Manager of Workforce Advisory, EY
  • Jagtar Singh, Diversity and Inclusion expert
  • Franstine Jones, Vice President, National Black Police Association 
  • Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph
  • Bernadette Thompson, Co Chair Race to the Top G6/7 Network, Ministry of Justice
  • Yasmin Bukhari, Bridging Cultures Coordinator, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, and National Chair, Asian Fire Service Association

 

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to remove the barriers to progression in the workplace
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around workplace diversity back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures in BAME inclusion
  • 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: employers; HR managers/officers; 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 | 1 America Square, London | 24th April 2019

 Register for London Here 

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace | Central​ Manchester | 23rd May 2019

 Register for Manchester Here

 

Please see further venue information on the venue page here

For queries regarding registration please email: 

020 7593 5556
conference.admin@dodsgroup.com

 

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

Wayne McColin, Vice Treasurer, Asian Fire Service Association

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

Elijah Lawal, Google UK & Ireland Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Google

Rukasana Bhaijee, Senior Manager of Workforce Advisory, EY

Elliott Rae, Head of Project Race, Defra and Founder, Music.Football.Fatherhood

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
  • 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 

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

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Culture change & making workplaces more inclusive

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

Franstine Jones, Vice President, National Black Police Association 

Bernadette Thompson, Co Chair Race to the Top G6/7 Network, Ministry of Justice

Marcia Morgan, Reconfiguration Team, Prison Estate Transformation Programme

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Wayne McColin, Vice Treasurer, Asian Fire Service Associastion

16.00

Close

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

Jagtar Singh, Diversity and Inclusion Expert

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

Rukasana Bhaijee, Senior Manager of Workforce Advisory, EY

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
  • Boosting engagement within your workforce and tackling the under- utilisation of skills
  • Understanding the ethnicity pay gap and gap reporting

Yasmin Bukhari, Bridging Cultures Coordinator, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, and National Chair, Asian Fire Service Association

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

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Culture change & making workplaces more inclusive

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

Franstine Jones, Vice President, National Black Police Association 

Atiha Chaudry, Chair, Greater Manchester BME Network

Rosie Clark, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant - North, Inclusive Employers

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Jagtar Singh, Diversity and Inclusion Expert

16.00

Close