In a world where the game is constantly shifting, how do we adapt and adjust to the demands of our roles as leaders?
Now more than ever issues of diversity, equity and inclusion create tensions that challenge our personal and professional commitments and the ability to see the big picture.
Actively implementing workplace inclusivity can help shake up and make way for positive changes — and there is much to be gained by it from a business point of view. When people of different backgrounds and experiences come together to find solutions, a wider variety of angles and approaches are presented that can help solve problems more efficiently and creatively. Positively engaging team members also leads to greater employee satisfaction, motivation, loyalty, and retention, as well as attracting a more diverse group of clients.
The IoD East of England Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference takes an in-depth look at diversity programs which embrace values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds and preferences in the workforce.Please click here to download our brochure
By attending this conference, you will gain an overview of the current issues, challenges and trends surrounding workplace diversity and inclusion. Not only that - but you will discover critical steps and practices to assist your organisation in transitioning from diversity to diversity and inclusion.
You will hear case studies addressing inclusion and diversity journeys, lessons learned, and most importantly the tangible takeaways for your organisation to prepare for the future of work and create inclusiveness in today’s diverse workforce.
Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political and Women's rights activist
Dr Mos-Shogbamimu is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, an author, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. Founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote Women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. She is also the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Africa committee. A political & women’s rights activist, she also teaches intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women's marches and social campaigns. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (LSE); MA (Westminster) and LLB (Buckingham).
Matt Scarff, Director of ITV Creative & ITV Experiences
In addition to Matt’s day job as Director of ITV Creative & ITV Experiences, Matt is co-chair of ITV’s LGBT+ network , ITV Pride and previously chair of InterMediaUK, an LGBT network group for people working across the media industry. He’s a key champion of ITV Pride and on a daily basis, he works closely with the ITV Board, Recruitment and HR teams to promote LGBT+ awareness, support and advice. More recently, Matt has worked with the organisation ‘All About Trans’ to promote trans awareness and inclusion in the workplace.
Samuel Kasumu, Managing Director, Inclusive Boards
Social entrepreneur Samuel Kasumu is currently Managing Director of Inclusive Boards, an agency that supports organisations seeking to improve diversity at board level. He is the youngest member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Group, and Chair of the African-Caribbean Alumni Network (A-CAN) - the UK's largest black professional network, with over 20,000 members, representing 1% of the black population.
Mike Adams, CEO, Purple
In 2013 Mike Adams chaired the national Access to Work Expert Advisory Panel which produced more than 20 recommendations to modernise the Government’s flagship disability employment programme.
Mike’s previous working track record includes being one of the senior management team at the Disability Rights Commission, Director of the National Disability Team for higher education and co-director of a disability research centre at Coventry University. He was also listed in The Disability News Service’s list of the UK’s top 100 most influential disabled people.
Mike was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to disabled people.
Avivah Wittenberg, CEO, 20-first
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of 20-first, a leading international gender-balance consultancy. 20-first works with top management at some of the world’s best-known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how to achieve them. She has written a number of best-sellers in the field, including One Key to Gender Balance, Four Phases to Women’s Careers, Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, How Women Mean Business, and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution, which won the Manpower Business Book of the Year award.
Thomas Duncan Bell. Founder, The Kingsman London
Thomas Duncan-Bell otherwise known as ‘The Bipolar Businessman’ runs two businesses, one providing uniforms and furnishings for luxury hotel chains, and the other providing clothing and apparel for four-legged canine companions. He is also diagnosed with bi-polar and personality disorders, and has balanced his mental health issues while developing his start-ups through the growth journey. Thomas is a proud campaigner for mental health in business and works closely with the IoD to share his experiences with others.
Mark Twigg, Executive Director, Cicero Group
Mark currently runs Cicero’s market research business and is an ambassador for workplace diversity and inclusion policies. As a positive role model for working class gay business owners with mental health issues, Mark Twigg promotes diversity and inclusion every day. Mark is also Cicero’s Mental Health Ambassador and has developed the company’s first mental health and wellbeing programme. He is also a husband and school governor.
Stefanie Thorne, Head of Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship, University of Suffolk
Stef is passionate about the economic impact of higher education institutions and supporting diversity in entrepreneurship. She founded the Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship (SCFE) in 2016 to act as a focal point for supporting diversity in entrepreneurship through events, knowledge exchange and research.
Nick Parker, Immediate Past President, ICAEW
Nick Parker is the immediate past President of ICAEW, and he is a tax partner with RSM UK. He has a wide portfolio of clients including professional partnerships and UK subsidiaries of overseas parent companies, but specialises in the SME sector.
During his time on Council he has chaired a variety of committees including the Members Board, the Committee of Council and the Audit Committee. He was Chairman of Council for three years.
Sergeant Jamie Mills, Essex Police (Interim Chair, Essex
Police Disability Network)
Since 2013 Jamie has also performed voluntary roles as Essex Police Federation branch board Equality lead and now leads the Essex police Disability network. Jamie also holds an Executive committee level position with the National Disabled Police Association and works closely with Kate Nash OBE as an Ambassador to the disability network leaders hub, PurpleSpace.
As Disabled Police Association General Secretary between 2014 and 2017, Jamie was instrumental in championing disability matters at a national level in policing, coordinating across over 40 police force disability support networks in UK policing. Alongside his substantive policing role, Jamie now also performs the role of the Chairperson of the Essex police Disability and Carers network, a staff support network of over 200 members.
Diversity in Leadership
Diversity in leadership supports innovation, creativity and productivity across all sectors so why does it feel it still needs to be engineered? Why does diversity in leadership matter? What steps can businesses take to support diversity and inclusion through their leadership.
Stefanie Thorne, Head of Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship, University of Suffolk Centre of Female Entrepreneurship
What it takes to be an LGBT inclusive workplace
No workplace is the same, so diversity and inclusion cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. Which is why employers need to listen to the needs of their lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees and address the challenges they face. This roundtable will discuss how to: Engage the majority |Lead from the front | The ‘why’ and ‘how-to best practices’ | The implications of ‘not’
Mark Twigg, Executive Director, Cicero group
Preventative approach to Mental Health in the Workplace
When an employee suffers from mental health issues, it can be costly for all involved. A more preventative approach can help safeguard against such issues by creating an open and caring culture that makes staff feel supported and looked after.
Mark Pinches, Head of Coaching, Westfield Health
Implementing Staff Networks
Protected characteristics | Management representation | Reverse mentoring | Peer to peer support | Increasing employee confidence and promoting inclusion.
Jamie Mills, Sergeant, Essex Police (Interim Chair, Essex Police Disability Network)