DAY TWO: Wednesday 20th October 2021

Hiring, Retaining and Advancing Diverse Talent

Hiring, retaining, developing and advancing diverse talent is no small task. In Day Two, discover how can you educate staff to make sure that they support and honour your company’s D&I approach, and what can senior management do to support a culture of inclusion. Gain practical advice on mentoring, inclusive recruitment, staff monitoring and effective D&I planning, to improve the employee experience and make your company a better place to be.



Equal Opportunity, Equal Pay

9:00am  BST

Inclusive Leadership: Practical Advice On How To Navigate Critical Culture Changes
  • Create an inclusive culture where differences are valued

  • Make sustainable change a reality

  • Experience the power of vibrant teams

René Carayol MBE, Global Leadership Keynote Speaker, & EVP of ESG, Medallia
Deneva Shelton

9:25am  BST

Closing the Wealth Gap For Marginalised Communities 

Deneva Shelton, the Vice President and Community Manager for Sacramento, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. will share their commitment to closing the wealth gap for marginalised communities, particularly for Black and Brown communities, outlining the strategy and process, including holding listening circles, and offering financial literacy workshops to organisations.  Devena will also discuss the importance of organisations thinking beyond their own workforce and think holistically about the communities they sit in, and how diversity, inclusion and belonging strategies can incorporate Black and Brown communities.

Deneva Shelton (She/Her), Vice President | Community Manager | Sacramento, JP Morgan Chase & Co
Emanuela Pozzan new

9:40am  BST

Equal Pay for Equal Work: Why Do Significant Pay Gaps Still Exist, and How Can We Close Them?
  • Current statistics and the rate of progress globally 
  • What  are the trends from earnings data year-on-year – are we moving in the right direction towards equal pay?
  • Which marginalised groups are most affected by pay gap discrepancies and how does this impact the workplace
  • Actions organisations can take to close the pay gap – considerations for closing the pay gap strategy development and implementation
Emanuela Pozzan, Senior Regional Specialist on Gender Equality,
International Labour Organization (ILO)

10:00am  BST

From ‘Me’ to ‘Us’: An Evidence-Based and Inclusive Approach to Developing Leaders

Carl Akintola-Davies and Kim Peters will provide an overview of probably the best-evidenced leadership theory there is, why you probably haven’t heard of it, and how it’s being deployed with senior managers at the UK Parliament to help them be more effective – and more inclusive – leaders.

Carl Akintola-Davies, Head of Learning and Organisation Development, The House of Commons, UK Parliament

Kim Peters, Professor in Management, University of Exeter Business School

10:30am  BST

Unleashing the Potential of your Workforce Through Digitisation
  • Why it is essential to be creative and reimagine task execution, communication, and collaboration to improve the way your workforce communicates

  • Discover the benefits of optimising labour and employee engagement by reducing manager workloads and giving employees the tools to easily manage availability, time off, schedule changes, swaps, filling open shifts and more
  • Improve productivity through better task execution, higher retention, better labour efficiency and lower costs
Tim Wheeler, VP of Sales, Europe, WorkJam
Selina Flavius square

11:00am  BST

Panel Discussion: Closing the Pay Gaps – Moving Beyond Compliance

Managing pay equity effectively builds trust in leadership, increased engagement and reduces turnover. Meanwhile, inequities can lead to employee dissatisfaction and risk of litigation and shareholder disapproval.

Due to the pandemic, UK Government cancelled gender pay gap reporting requirements in 2020, and many were concerned that this undermined the importance of gender equality issues in the workplace. Of course, it is not only gender; pay gaps relating to ethnicity, disability and more pervade. In this discussion, our expert panellists will discuss:

  • The positive uplift in the number of companies reporting voluntarily on the gender pay gap – is this cause for optimism?

  • There is no law in place yet to report on any other pay gaps – is this what it will take for employers to actually do so? The government said it would introduce mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap (EPG) reporting, but it has yet to do legislate on this. Therefore, according to PwC only 23% of employers calculated their EPG data for 2020. Is this likely to change without legislation?

  • Should employers be required to release their pay gap data to the public, or should they do this voluntarily – even if the data is poor?


Selina Flavius, Founder, Black Girl Finance

Dagmar Albers,
Diversity and Inclusion Lead UK, Pfizer

Kimmy Dickson, Founder, HyperTribe
Felizitas Lichtenberg

11:45am  BST

Case Study: Positioning D&I As A Central Core Value – Developing The Strategy 

Felizitas Lichtenberg, the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at SumUp, will share their story of how SumUP positioned diversity, inclusion and belonging as a core business imperative, detailing the process, creating the strategy, and assessing the impact and ongoing work .

Felizitas Lichtenberg, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SumUp
Online Exhibition Visit and Networking
Visit INCLUSION's online exhibition and make new connections
12:15pm - 12:40pm BST

Visit INCLUSION's online exhibition and make new connections

Come and explore our online interactive Diversity & Inclusion exhibition with prizes on offer for all those who make it round all the booths!

    Afternoon Sessions
    Improving Employee Retention and Longevity Through Inclusion and Wellbeing

    12:40pm BST

    Workplace of the Future: Designing the Employee Experience
    • Re-designing work environments for a hybrid workforce post-pandemic – centred around the employee experience
    • How more points of physically distanced and virtually connected spaces, indoor and out, can help respond to the physical, social and emotional needs of the workforce of tomorrow
    • How are innovative systems and concepts being implemented to re-engineer the office?
    • Ways that companies can prepare for evolving needs through flexible configurations
    • Collaboration remains crucial – designing spaces that promote teamwork
    • Enhancing employee happiness through biophilic design and colour theory
    Jodi Williams, Global Lead of Workplace Strategy, CallisonRTKL

    1:00pm BST

    Panel Discussion: How Can D&I Practitioners Drive an Inclusive Workplace Culture?
    • What are the challenges in building a more inclusive culture and how can we overcome barriers?
    • How has the move to a hybrid workforce impacted culture, and what are the ways in which we can adapt existing programmes or strategies?
    • How collaboration with employee resource groups can give valuable insight into the opinions of those from underrepresented groups
    • Strategies for engaging senior leaders to ensure inclusion is driven from the top
    Moderator: Yahye Siyad, Founder, Inclusive Horizons


    Cecilia Weckstrom (She/Her), Senior Global Director, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation, LEGO Group

    Lena Tsvetinskaya, Culture & Talent Leader, PepsiCo

    David W Kim, Vice President Global Diversity Equity Inclusion, Zendesk
    Josephina Smith

    1:55pm BST

    Reimagining Reward: Keeping Employees Valued, Engaged and Productive
    • Why employee attitudes towards reward are changing, especially for the younger generations – increased focus on elements other than compensation, such as wellbeing programmes, flexible working and more
    • How to gain insight from your workforce to ensure your reward structure reflects changing needs and desires
    • Will the concept of reward become more personalised, with greater options for employees rather than a ‘one size fits all’ package?
    • The impact of reward on talent retention and the recruitment of a diverse talent pool
    Josephina Smith, Head of Reward/Reward Director, YouGov

    2:10pm BST

    Panel Discussion: How Can Workplace Inclusion Be Tracked and Measured?
    • The importance of measuring D&I activity cannot be underestimated if we want to see genuine improvement across the board, and the inclusion aspect is harder to measure due to its subtlety and complexity
    • What are the most effective ways of tracking progress?
    • Are employee surveys enough or are there other tools and methods we should be using?
    • Should organisations be more transparent and publish their goals and results when it comes to inclusion?
    Moderator: Andrea Yusim Meltzer, Co-Founder and CEO, Compatibility LLC
    Rashmi Verma (She/Her), Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, HUGO BOSS

    Michael Anaman,
    Head of Service Delivery & Head of Inclusion, NOW

    Silke Muenster,
    Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International 

    2:45pm BST

    Panel Discussion: Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World – Defining Expectations and Reprogramming Routines
    • What impact has the pandemic had on employee wellbeing over the last year – can this be measured, and if so, how?
    • As many organisations move to a hybrid workforce model, what should be considered and implemented in terms of employee wellbeing?
    • What steps can and should leaders take to role-model behaviours, to promote a culture of wellbeing among their workforce?
    • Why is a more holistic relationship between work and life more beneficial and what has been the impact of the pandemic
    • How can you stay agile and review the approach to wellbeing in response to changing external factors?

    Dr Shaun Davis,
    Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability, Royal Mail

    Praveen Gopalan, Environmental Sustainability & Employee Engagement Programme Manager, BBC Studios

    Anna Mouchref, MBA(She/Her),
    Leading Culture & Diversity, Siemens Digital Industries
    Addressing the Intersectional Imbalance from Recruitment to Training
    Carol Fishman Cohen

    3:25pm BST

    Relaunchers: Finding A Hidden Workforce  
    • Highly skilled but hidden: why organisations should unearth a goldmine of potential employees
    • What the business benefits are to recruiting in this sector 
    • Success stories 
    Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder, iRelaunch

    3:50pm BST

    Panel Discussion: Taking Diversity Talent Recruitment Strategy to the Next Level 
    • Creating a talent recruitment strategy with diversity as a core business value 
    • What needs to be considered at attract diverse candidates
    • What adaptations to the recruitment process can be applied
    • Developing a diversity talent pipeline, and measuring its impact
    Samuel Clague, Founder and CEO, Stephen James Partnership

    Danielle Rutigliano,
    Global Head of Talent Management, VICE Media

    Joel Torres,
    Talent Acquisition Manager – Americas, Twilio

    4:40pm BST

    Panel Discussion: Encouraging More Diversity 
    • Why are there still so few visible role models from underrepresented groups?
    • What can we do to ensure that diverse talent can see they can progress and succeed at the most senior levels?
    • How can we accelerate the number of diverse or marginalised representatives in leadership positions?
    Moderator: Charlene Solomon, President, RW3 CultureWizard


    Vikki Leach, Diversity and Inclusion Director,  Zalando

    Aidan Healy, CEO, Lexxic

    Sofia Skrypnyk (she/ her), Global Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leader, IKEA (Ingka Group)

    5:25pm BST

    Panel Discussion: The Future of Workplace Evolution and Transformation
    • The pandemic has accelerated workplace transformation – what are world-leading organisations doing to reimagine a workplace fit for the future? 
    • What are the main obstacles to achieving greater accessibility at work, and what are the risks to the future success of an organisation if accessibility is not prioritised?
    • Insights on making your processes more inclusive, from recruitment to flexible working
    • How can we measure progress from a diversity, inclusion and belonging perspective
    • What tools are readily available to help business leaders and HR teams?

    Tinisha Agramonte, Chief Diversity Officer, Motorola

    Annie Yu,
    Chief of Staff, Vox Media

    Stuart Sherman, CEO, IMC, & Founder, Biasproof



    6:15pm BST

    Delegate Networking Hour