INCLUSION is the annual global business festival dedicated to
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.

19-21 OCTOBER 2021

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DAY ONE: Tuesday 19th October 2021

Creating a diverse, inclusive workplace

If you have a burning desire to sharpen your company’s D&I practices and increase opportunities for all, today’s presentations and panels are here to help you to determine how to ignite change and put new initiatives in place. Get hands-on advice from prominent individuals at the forefront of their professions who are making a real difference on the ground and join our evening networking meetup to connect with speakers and your fellow attendees.



Trailblazers: Setting the stage for change

8:50am  BST

Event Welcome 
  • Introduction to INCLUSION 2021 and what to expect over the next three days
  • Diversity and inclusion in society today and what this means for the workplace
  • Celebrating the launch the Diversity Network Learning Portal, including 100+ hours of on-demand videos, whitepapers, D&I podcasts, latest D&I news, interviews, discussions, networking meetups and more, available 24/7 all year round

Introduction by INCLUSION 2021’s Event Director

Dame Stephanie

9:00am  BST

Keynote: Revolutionising the Workplace

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley is a true workplace revolutionary, having founded a software firm in the 1960s, challenging sexual discrimination, employment law and social convention, and pioneering flexible work options for women. Dame Stephanie, who founded ‘Autistica’ – Diversity Network’s lead charity partner for INCLUSION 2021 – is now a venture philanthropist, devoting her time to supporting strategic projects in the field of autism. 

In this inspirational opening keynote, Dame Stephanie will share:

  • How she drove revolutionary workplace change that has helped thousands of women to have successful careers
  • Her views on how society is regressing as women bear the economic brunt of the pandemic – despite advancement of workplace practices and the rise in homeworking
  • How we can address this and what still needs to be done to reach true equality
  • Her support for inclusion in the workplace, and her views on neurodiversity
Dame Stephanie Shirley, Entrepreneur, Equality Champion and Founder, Autistica
Britt Andreatta

9:50am  BST

Keynote: Brain Science of Inclusion: Moving People to Action 

Recent discoveries in neuroscience provide new insights into the power of inclusion and the devastating effects of exclusion on people and teams. In this session, we will explore the latest research on belonging, inclusion, workplace bullying, bias, and microaggressions. We’ll look at the relationship between long-term exclusion and committing violence to self or others. We’ll focus on six strategies for moving people to action. 

Dr Britt Andreatta, Author and internationally recognised thought leader

Dr Andreatta uses her unique background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, and learning to create groundbreaking solutions for today’s workplace challenges. Britt is the former Chief Learning Officer for (now LinkedIn Learning).

Gurpreet Kaur

10:35am BST

Integrating Accessibility as a Core Business Value, and Accessing its Impact on Employee Wellbeing and Productivity
  • Going beyond compliance – how does that shift from compliance to accessibility inclusion impact the work environment? What practical steps are needed to start that process.
  • What does an accessibility roadmap look like on a global scale? 
  • How can we effectively measure the impact of implementing a business integrated accessibility strategy
Gurpreet Kaur, Head of Global Accessibility, Twitter
Tandalea Mercer

11:00am  BST

Tackling Unconscious Bias: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudices That Shape Everything We Do
  • The roots and ramifications of unconscious bias: the scientific reasons why we have implicit biases, and what has the research shown about the potential impact if we do not mitigate these?
  • What experiments have shown about how social conditions can interact with the workings of the brain to determine responses to other people, particularly in the context of race
  • How learned perceptual biases can shape reactions, and how this might play out in the workplace if left unchecked 
  • What can organisations do to mitigate bias in the workplace? Is unconscious bias training simply a ‘tick-box exercise’ or are some organisations seeing real results?
Tandalea Mercer, PHR (she/her/ella), Professor, California State University
Silke Heinrichs sq

11:20am  BST

Developing a Holistic D&I Strategy for 14,000 Employees, and Beyond to the Wider Community
  • Sharing how Roche developed and implemented a fully integrated and holistic diversity, inclusion and belonging strategy. 

  • Detailing the process, the challenges, the successes and the impact of the strategy within the organisation as well as the wider communities. 

Silke Heinrichs, Head of Diversity + Inclusion, Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Antonio Bebba

11:50am  BST

Equity and Equality Are Not Equal – Why Deepening Our Understanding is Critical
  • What are the dangers of equity and equality being used as interchangeable terms – how might this hinder progress?
  • Which should we be focusing on to make the biggest positive difference?
  • Equity is often discussed in the context of education, but how do the issues present in the workplace?
  • If we are to prioritise equity in our workplaces, how do we define the needs of the employee and therefore distribute resources appropriately?
  • How can improving equity be measured?
Antonio Bebba (He-Him-His), Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Regional Operations Lead (Europe), Pfizer
Caroline Creven Fourrier
Jasmine Brett Stringer
Susan Schmidlkofer

12:10pm  BST

Demonstrating increased company performance through fostering an inclusive culture and work environment 

There is a great deal of research showing the benefits of diversity in companies. A 2017 Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study identified diversity as a key driver of innovation, finding that diverse teams produce 19% more revenue. Results showed that these companies develop more relevant products because they are more in tune with the customer’s changing needs. Our panel of expert D&I practitioners share: 

  • The importance of positioning D&I as a core business value 
  • How has elevating diversity, inclusion and belonging as a central business function impacted business, internally and externally
  • We know a truly diverse workforce improves productivity, performance, creativity – how has sharing your D&I initiatives boosted brand reputation, marketability and profitability
An interview with Caroline Creven Fourrier, Global Head Diversity and Inclusion, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Followed by a discussion between 
Jasmine Brett Stringer, Professional speaker and author and Susan Schmidlkofer, Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UPS (available soon)
12:45pm BST: Lunch Break and Digital Exhibition Visit
Visit INCLUSION's online exhibition and make new connections
12:45pm - 1:15pm 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 stands!

    Day One Afternoon Sessions
    Strategies and techniques for creating a happier, more sustainable workforce

    12:40pm BST

    What’s Next For Work?
    • We have an opportunity to invent what work looks like in the future – not only the move to hybrid/remote working resulting from the pandemic, but designing something that will help attract the best talent
    • What is the future of the office? Looking at how much of our work requires collaboration and how much requires personal focus – working together in person will still be important but the model can be different
    • Protecting company culture – the importance of considering impact of new policies or ways of working on the work culture and employee satisfaction
    • How are leading companies preparing for the hybrid future and can we draw inspiration?
    Bruce Daisley, Author, Consultant, and ex-Twitter VP

    1:10pm BST

    Increasing Accessibility: Why Ignoring This Topic Isn’t Good for Business 

    In a recent study of more than 100 workplaces, inclusion of people with disabilities was voted the diversity area that required the greatest improvement within the organisation, despite the fact that numerous studies have shown businesses have as much to gain as employees from attracting more workers with disabilities.

    • How and why people with disabilities are perceived in certain ways, and what we can do to challenge our own perceptions and biases balanced approach needed?
    • Accessibility and disability inclusion are often low on the organisation’s radar when it comes to diversity and inclusion priorities – how can you really drive this forward in your organisation to ensure it is just as important as other elements of D&I?
    • Why it is not enough to simply have accessibility policies and procedures in place in your company
    • An estimated seven million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition, yet only half are in employment. How can organisations access this significant pool of untapped talent?
    Neil Milliken, Global Head of Accessibility, Atos
    Theo Smith

    1:35pm BST

    How Neurodivergent Employees Can Boost Your Company’s Productivity  
    • The types of neurodiversity that may exist within your workforce and their characteristics, for example ADHD, autism and dyslexia 
    • How being aware of the strengths and challenges of the various conditions can help you better support a neurodiverse workforce
    • How can hiring and investing in neurodiverse individuals improve your business? Statistics show that neurodiverse people are 30% to 50% more productive than other employees
    • Learn how your entire workplace will benefit from inclusive practices
    Theo Smith, Author, Podcast Host & Neurodiversity Evangelist 

    2:00pm  B35

    Give Your Inclusion Initiatives a Transformational Jolt

    Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” as the #1 song of all time. This is a timely headline that signals how important our work is today. However, in practice, respect is complicated and culturally loaded. It means different things to different people, and it manifests in a multitude of behaviors and gestures.

    Why is that? How does this apply to your inclusion efforts? How do you show respect to people in a way that works for them? Join us for a jolt of insight into respect and its power to bring people together.

    Jorge Vargas, Managing Director, RW3 CultureWizard

    Sean Dubberke, Principal & Director of Learning, RW3 CultureWizard
    Cornell Verdeja-Woodson
    Leslie Gray

    2:25pm BST

    Panel Discussion: Working Towards a Racially Just Workforce: One year on from Global Black Liberation Uprisings 2020

    According to both quantitative and qualitative data, working Black people still face obstacles to advancement that other ethnic minorities and white people don’t. They are less likely than their white peers to be hired, developed, and promoted. In addition their lived experience at work is demonstrably worse even than that of other people of colour.

    • How have the commitments made by companies to address racial inequalities across the world since June 2020 translated into action? Has adequate progress been made in the short term? 
    • What should companies be aiming for in regards to quotas, and what are the pitfalls when quotas are the only driver for race diversity
    • How can companies create a safe work environment for Black and people of colour – what actions can be implemented?
    • There is also an emotional tax associated with being Black in the workplace – what are companies doing to ensure the wellbeing of their BIPOC employees?
    • Who is getting it right and from where can we draw inspiration?

    Cornell Verdeja-Woodson (He/Him), Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace, Founder & CEO, Brave Trainings 

    Leslie Gray, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO, Mozilla

    Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion, WarnerMedia International
    Nadia Younes
    Paul Rupert

    3:15pm BST

    The Future of Flexibility: Addressing the Seismic Changes to Working Practices in 2021 and Beyond
    • What does real employee flexibility mean? 
    • What changes do managers need to make in managing teams and operations
    • How can we build a trusting workforce to support the case for flexible working
    • What is the disproportionate impact of pandemic work practices had on marginalised groups, and how can this be addressed/combated 
    • Intergenerational workforces – how can we ensure the generational knowledge transfer from older employees 
    Nadia Younes, Global Head of Employee Wellbeing & Diversity, Zürich Insurance

    Paul Rupert, Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Organizational Design 

    3:45pm BST

    Activating D, I & B Strategy on a Global Scale

    Conscious inclusion is the number one strategic objective for McCann Worldgroup, one of the world’s 4 biggest advertising agencies.

    Recognising the value of a globally integrated community, their D, I & B focus centres around a ‘Day for Meaning’ – a whole day of reflection, every year, dedicated to learning, discussing and deciding which local actions to take forward and make a difference to the lives of their employees and the communities around them.

    Join us as they share the story of how they activated this on a global scale across 45 countries and 100 locations. The aim: to address challenges, bias, themes and opportunities to be a more diverse and inclusive organisation now, and in the years to come.

    Lucy McKerron, D, I & B Leader, McCann Synergy
    Joseph Nwosu

    4:05pm BST

    Is your Business Ready to Support Networks and ERGs? 
    • What is the difference between a network and ERG?
    • What infrastructure does your business need to ensure ERGs and networks are a factor in the organisation’s strategy rather than just a temporary tick-box exercise?
    • What if employees are ready to launch a network but the business isn’t?
    Joseph Nwosu, Co-Lead of the Black at Experian Network (ERG), Experian
    Mahdis Gharaei
    Putri square
    Nidhi Singh

    4:25pm BST

    Developing a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy for a Global Workforce
    • Identifying key challenges when the organisation operates around the world
    • Navigating different cultures globally, and each country’s demographics
    • Creating a global culture and standard for workplace conduct/behaviours
    • Ensuring a safe working environment for all employees in every country the business operates 
    Mahdis Gharaei, Co-Founder & CEO, the female factor

    Putri Realita, 
    Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Danone 

    Nidhi Singh (she/her/hers),
    Head – Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (LATAM, EMEA & APJC), Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    Amanda Kirby
    Jen Smith
    Sarah Fennell

    5:25pm BST

    Panel Discussion: How Can We Support Role Models?
    • Why are there so few visible role models, particularly at senior levels?
    • How important are role models in creating more inclusive working environments, and are there ways in which we can encourage more visibility of role models?
    • ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ – is the lack of role models having an impact on talented individuals not progressing to senior positions?
    • What can we do to ensure that diverse talent can see they can progress and succeed at the most senior levels?
    Moderator: Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO and Co-Founder, Do-IT Solutions
    Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead & Chair, UK Disability ERG, Microsoft 

    Sarah Fennell,
    Head of D&I and Pride ally, Macquarie 

    Jen Smith,
    Head of Inclusion, British Film Institute

    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
    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

    DAY THREE: Thursday 21st October 2021

    Together We Are Stronger

    Day Three includes Workshops, Discussions, Interviews and Interactive Networking throughout the day, providing key resources, tools, strategies and skills to turn D&I ideas into action.

    Practical Strategies to Increase Workforce Support

    9:00am  BST

    Panel Discussion: Unravelling Complexity and Culture in the New Normal

    Join us as we exploring the intersection of culture and inclusion in the workplace at the start of the ‘new normal’. 

    Moderator: Joshua Sturtevant, Principal, VP, Chief Technology Officer, RW3 CultureWizard

    Ben Delk, Director of Global Programs, Expedia

    Putri Realita, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Danone

    Theresa White, Head of Employee Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, G4S plc

    Nicci Take

    9:40am  BST

    LGBTQ Allyship: A Different Approach 
    • How LGBTQ equality can be tackled with humour
    • Bringing transgender into the boardroom 
    • How to effectively speak to those who are resistant to change  
    Nicci Take, Head of Growth (Interim), Mercer, and Chairwoman, m62 Vincis
    Lesley Salem new

    10:05am  BST

    The M Word: Menopause in the Workplace
    • Context: why is menopause a hot topic / why it demands attention in the workplace
    • Demystifying menopause: a quiz to discover more about menopause stages and variances
    • Spotting the signs: a quick tour of the signs but also the benefits of menopause transition
    • Be Menopause Ready: key steps to becoming menopause friendly and case studies
    Lesley Salem, Founder, Over The Bloody Moon
    Fiona Skinner new

    10:35am  BST

    The Hidden DEI Issue: Infertility in the Workplace
    • Why infertility is a workplace issue
    • How line managers and HR teams can be empowered to support colleagues
    • Only 17 per cent of businesses have a fertility policy: here’s how to change this in your organisation
    • The business case for building a network of support 
    Fiona Skinner, Founder & CEO, The Fertility Coaching Company
    Sathya Bala new

    11:00am  BST

    Connecting Women of Colour

    Sathya Bala (She/Her), Founder of My Skin My Story, will share why and how she started a cross-industry community for women of colour to connect, empower and elevate each other, and the impact this has on women of colour at work and beyond.

    Sathya Bala (She/Her), Former Head of Global Data Governance at CHANEL & Founder, My Skin My Story
    Aaron Morgan

    11:30am  BST

    Increasing Accessibility in Racing Through Technology

    Aaron Morgan shares how Team BRIT have used technology to make racing accessible to all, how these made him feel included and valued, and how he was able to realise his dream to drive a formula car a reality. 

    Aaron Morgan, Racing Driver, Team BRIT

    12:00pm  BST

    Panel Discussion: Taking Your Employee Resource Group to the Next Level
    • How executive sponsors can drive high-performing ERGs – what support, energetically and financially is needed 
    • How proper financial investment in, and senior level engagement with ERGs can improve innovation and performance
    • Elevating ERGs to a core business value – not only D&I activity but overall business strategy
    • How do we ensure that marginalised groups are not further marginalised through being part of an ERG
    • How to engage allies, and deepen allies understanding of the intersectionality of discrimination
    Moderator: Sarah Garrett MBE, Founder, SPM Group Ltd and Founder, British LGBT Awards


    Gurchaten Sandhu, Non-Discrimination and Equal Pay Programme Officer, International Labour Organisation (ILO) 

    Rachna Patel, Director of Reward, Workforce Planning, Diversity & Inclusion, The Walt Disney Company

    Ratidzo Starkey, Head of Outreach & Education, Member of the Secretariat, Financial Stability Board (FSB) 

    12:45pm  BST

    Panel Discussion: How Employees Can Drive D&I Change From The Ground Up 
    • Where does responsibility lie for driving diversity and inclusion – what role should employees themselves play in pushing for change?
    • How to mobilise the wider workforce 
    • How allies can play a key part in ensuring underrepresented groups are heard
    Moderator: Rikia Birindelli-Fayne, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, EMEA, Catalyst




    Zaheer Ahmad, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Consumer Healthcare, GSK 


    Marta Pajon (she/her), Head of Technical, Inclusion & Diversity, innocent drinks 


    Wil Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer, Experian