Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace 

 23rd January 2020 | Etc. Venues, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, 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.

 

Key speakers: 

  • Gift Ajimokun, Early Careers Coordinator, Penguin Random House UK and Top 10 BAME Workplace Hero 2019, The Ethniciy Awards
  • Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph
  • Tony Vickers- Byrne, Chief Advisor for HR Practice, CIPD
  • Rob Neil,  Head of Embedding Culture Change, Department for Education
  • Dianne Greyson, Director, Equilibrium Mediation Consulting
  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

 

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 | Etc. Venues, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London | 23rd January 2020

 Register now 

 

For registration queries please contact:

Ivana Picone

0207 593 5739
conference.admin@dodsgroup.com

Agenda

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

Rob Neil,  Head of Embedding Culture Change, Department for Education

10.00

 

Keynote address: Race in the workplace: the 2020 landscape

Gift Ajimokun, Early Careers Coordinator, Penguin Random House UK and Top 10 BAME Workplace Hero 2019, The Ethniciy Awards

10.30

Addressing the barriers faced by BAME colleagues

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

Tony Vickers- Byrne, Chief Advisor for HR Practice, CIPD

11.30

Networking break

11.50

Keynote address: The ethnicity pay gap: your responsibilities and how to fulfil them 

Dianne Greyson, Director, Equilibrium Mediation Consulting

12.20

Workshop: 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

Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

13.20

Networking lunch

14.20

Keynote address: Belonging as the next step for culture change

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

14.45

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

16.15

Chair’s closing remarks

Rob Neil,  Head of Embedding Culture Change, Department for Education

16.30

Event close