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Policy Event

Difficult Conversations: An IoD Inclusive Business webinar series

21 Aug 2020
Online, Online

The IoD's Inclusive Business campaign aims to enable and elevate conversations around diversity and inclusion within the business community.

In this webinar - Asking the Unaskable Questions - our panel of experts will be discussing topics such as:

  • How might concerns around the pandemic be affecting your workforce?
  • Does the reality of remote working expose vulnerabilities for some of your staff?
  • What impact might increased uncertainty in areas such as childcare have for your people?

If you have thoughts or questions about how recent changes are raising issues for your workforce, join us for this informal, open conversation about some of the challenges of being a director in such unprecendented times.

About the Inclusive Business Campaign

In our experience, directors are eager to broach the sometimes difficult conversations around these key issues, and there is often uncertainty about where to start. 

The Inclusive Business campaign, launched in 2019, builds from the success of the IoD’s previous work on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace. The campaign draws on the knowledge of a distinguished panel of experts who include representatives from leading organisations across the diversity and inclusion agenda.

Now, with their help, we want to provide you with an open forum in which to learn more, share experiences, ask questions, and start having those crucial but sometimes difficult conversations on diversity and inclusion.

Register now 
to join the discussion in this must-attend webinar. All sessions will observe Chatham House Rules and there will be a mechanism for submitting anonymous questions. A joining link will be issued to all attendees closer to the event date.

We look forward to welcoming you all. 

Key details

Date & time: 21 Aug 2020 15:30 - 16:30
Location: Online, Online
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Mrs Sophie Breeden
Contact phone:
020 8078 4073


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Avivah Wittenberg-Cox 

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is a global expert on all things gender balance. She is the CEO of 20-first, a global consulting firm working with companies interested in capturing the competitive advantage of gender, nationality, and generational balance. 
Her ground-breaking thought leadership is accessible through several seminal books and regular contributions to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. She’s done several TEDx talks, has been recognized by ELLE Magazine as one of the Top 40 Women Leading Change and was recently celebrated by PWN Global with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Gender Balanced Leadership. 
Avivah's book, Why Women Mean Business, was awarded the MANPOWER Best Book of the Year Prize. 

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Dr J Harrison

With 20+ years of experience as a Service Designer/ Business Analyst using agile processes to build software, mixed with their talent for really understanding clients, combined with being out as Non-Binary GenderQueer for well over 10 years, Dr J brings queer theory (with a slice of humour) into the tech space.
They are looking at the problems technology and business are solving and how to make great teams deliver real value.
Dr J represents the self defining future -  their job title is 'Harbinger of Change' and their gender is 'Transgressive Non-Binary GenderQueer' (yes officially, they have all the paperwork for it!)
Dr J's passion? How you can do things better with just simple changes - bringing Service Design thinking into both the Technology and the Diversity and Inclusion spaces.
Challenging. #queernuisance

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Judeline Nicholas

Working with organisations to enrich opportunities to develop their people to be the best they can be for the business, Judeline has more than 30 years’ supporting clients in the public, private and charitable sectors on training and consultancy projects in the UK and the US. Her key specialism is equity, diversity and inclusion: reviewing diversity policy and working practices; designing and delivering diversity training programmes to build capacity and give businesses a competitive edge.  
Judeline coaches C-Suite, Boards, and aspiring leaders through challenging conversations to achieve their personal and business aspirations.  
Her approach?  Accentuating the Positive and Releasing the Potential because there are Limitless Possibilities!



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