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Becoming a DEI changemaker:
How to exert influence to create a healthier company culture

First broadcast on Tuesday 5th December 2023

In a world where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just buzzwords but pillars of progressive organizations, the need for changemakers is more critical than ever. As we navigate the complexities of the modern workplace, the question arises: How can you become an influential force in driving positive change?

Join us for an enlightening webinar that goes beyond the basics, delving into the strategies and insights essential for transforming your company’s culture into one that thrives on diversity and inclusivity.

Here’s what you will gain by attending this webinar:

  – Learn how to strategically position yourself to influence positive change, from the individual level to organizational leadership.

  – Understand the steps to initiate and sustain a transformative journey towards a healthier and more inclusive company culture.

  – Explore the qualities of inclusive leadership and how it can reshape team dynamics, fostering innovation and collaboration.

  – Master the art of communication to convey the importance of DEI initiatives, gaining support from colleagues and leadership.

Agenda

12:05pm EDT / 5:05pm BST 

Panel Discussion: Fostering and Supporting Neurodiverse Individuals at Work

In this panel, join us as we focus on the importance of fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace culture that values neurodiversity and provides accommodations and support for neurodiverse individuals to thrive in their careers.

  – Identifying the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace such as enhanced creativity and problem-solving skills
  – Overcoming common challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals at work such as sensory overload and discomfort, communication barriers and social interaction difficulties, difficulty with time management and organization and challenges with task completion and following through
  – Identifying strategies for accommodating and supporting neurodiverse employees
  – Building awareness and understanding of neurodiversity among all employees
  – Encouraging open communication and feedback

Panellists:

Andrew Eddy, Co-Founder, Untapped

Paul Fox, Vice President, Customer Acquisition (Workplace), Texthelp

Meike Bliebenicht, Neurodiversity Programme Lead, BP

Our Speakers

Paul Fox, Vice President, Customer Acquisition (Workplace), Texthelp

Paul is Key Account Director and UK & Ireland Acquisitions Manager for Texthelp. Working across a number of key sectors including Government, Public Sector, Health, Third sector, Housing and Private Sector SME’s, Paul and his team provide assistive software solutions that help support those organisations in their diversity, inclusion and accessibility journey.

Prior to joining Texthelp in 2017, Paul spent 20 years with a leading Irish bank where he held positions including Area Manager and Head of Direct Sales & Service and more recently has also worked with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Having spent a number of years as Volunteer Director and Chair of Stepping Stones NI and with close personal experience of learning disability, Paul has developed a keen interest in accessibility, diversity and inclusion and is passionate about promoting workplace equality and creating opportunity for all. 

Outside of work, Paul is a dedicated husband, devoted father of three, musician and most recently qualified pilot!

Visit Paul’s LinkedIn profile

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What you will gain:

Flexible access to content

Our online conference portal offers a personalised content experience. You can join in with the sessions at work and on the go, live and on demand, and join in the conversation in-session with fellow attendees. 

An opportunity to make new contacts

After the learning, join us to meet speakers and fellow attendees and make new contacts at our exclusive after-show digital meetup.

Tuesday 5th June 2023 | Agenda

11:00am EDT / 4:00pm BST

Key advice on how to achieve wellness and wellbeing in the workplace 

  – Reviewing the wellbeing strategies which are working at Mazars – tips for other practitioners
  – Highlighting strategies to address anxiety and depression and other mental health issues
  – Protecting physical wellbeing in an age of flexible yet static desk-working
  – Tackling wellbeing issues connecting with the cost of living crisis
  – Measuring levels of content and taking a proactive approach to wellbeing issues

Sonal Dhulashia, Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing, Mazars 

in conversation with Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network

11:25am EDT / 4:25pm BST

Panel Discussion: Improving employee wellness and wellbeing, belonging and inclusion

  – How can organisations ensure that wellbeing is a priority?
  – How is the recession affecting budgets for wellbeing initiatives? What low-cost initiatives still might help?
  – Best practices for including mental health first aid training in your organisation
  – Identifying particiular wellbeing challenges of our age, such as hybrid and remote working
  – Identifying the economic value of investing in workplace wellbeing

Moderated by
Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network

Panellists:

Mark Jones, EMEA Wellbeing Manager, Randstad

Caroline Creven Fourrier, VP Global Head of Wellbeing, Novartis

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Campaign Director, Business in the Community (BITC)

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Our speakers

Sonal Dhulashia, Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing, Mazars

Sonal is an MCIPD qualified inclusion, diversity and wellbeing specialist who brings experience working both strategically and operationally to create inclusive workplaces. Ability to utilise commercial HR experience from a variety of sectors including retail, legal and professional services to drive workplace cultural change.

Follow Sonal on LinkedIn

Agenda

11:00am EST / 4:00pm GMT

How setting up an ERG can make a real difference to an organisation 

  – Inclusion focus: which initiatives for disabled people are most useful in the workplace
  – The importance of sharing personal stories 
  – Motivation to keep making change – even when the going is tough

Kyle Bergum, Director, Technology Partnerships, Calix

11:30am EST / 4:30pm GMT

Panel Discussion: Being an Effective DEI Changemaker

  – In difficult economic times, how can DEI teams ensure a fair workplace remains a priority for C-suite leaders? 
  – How important is inclusive leadership?
  – How can measurement and metrics help?
  – What about allyship? 
  – Practical suggestions for those who are keen to make real, marked change in the workplace

Panellists: 

Lorraine Olley, Director, embraceEDI

Bethan Gill, Associate Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Grant Thornton

Natalie Wade, Founder and Principal Lawyer, Equality Lawyers

Our Speakers

Kyle Bergum, Director, Technology Partnerships, Calix

Kyle is an enthusiastic, passionate Cloud Transformation Architect with 25 years of experience solving complex business problems, transforming IT services to enable dynamic business changes, and simplifying the complexity of IT services. He enables Citizen Government digital channel interaction though electronic health records and digital citizen engagement solutions for income assistance services.

He leads global teams in several countries, adding significant financial and functional business value and benefit. delivering business transformation projects to $100M and negotiating merger and acquisition integrations to $2B with exceptional results. He has a career long drive for development and decision support, using structured and unstructured data. Enthusiastic passionate Cloud Transformation Architect with 25 years of experience solving complex business problems, transforming IT services to enable dynamic business changes, and simplifying the complexity of IT services. Enabling Citizen Government digital channel interaction though electronic health records and digital citizen engagement solutions for income assistance services.

Leading global teams in several countries, adding significant financial and functional business value and benefit. delivering business transformation projects to $100M and negotiating merger and acquisition integrations to $2B with exceptional results. With a career long drive for development and decision support, using structured and unstructured data. He specialises in exceptional relationship building expertise to realise partner future state goals, with noted successes.

Click here to connect with Kyle on LinkedIn

Lorraine Olley, Director, embraceEDI

An equalities specialist with extensive experience of working at a senior level in local and central government, as well as in the private sector. A proven track record of working in leadership roles creating and delivering city-wide projects.

Experienced in evidence-based strategy development, project management and successful delivery of marketing, stakeholder and partnership strategies and programmes, contract management, service improvement and transformation, and managing high performing teams. An experienced journalist, which includes working for the BBC as a producer and broadcaster.

Click here to connect with Lorraine on LinkedIn

Bethan Gill, Associate Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Grant Thornton

Bethan is passionate about promoting Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace to create an environment where colleagues can be happier, more engaged and ultimately, more productive.

She has worked part-time for 11 years and am a strong advocate of flexible working for all to support the work life choice that people want to make, without this coming at the cost of career development and progression.

She has worked in Professional Services for 15 years, initially training as a Chartered Accountant and Tax Advisor before focusing on Inclusion and Diversity more recently. This experience gives her a deep understanding of the challenges and rewards of working with clients, and enables her to develop solutions that are commercial, practical and relevant to the wider workforce.

Click here to connect with Bethan on LinkedIn

Natalie Wade, Founder and Principal Lawyer, Equality Lawyers

Natalie is an respected disability rights lawyer and advocate. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Natalie is the Founder and Principal Lawyer Director of Equality Lawyers, a disability-led, disability rights law firm providing premium legal services to the disability community.

Natalie is an authentic leader that believes in designing law reform, public policy and community campaigns through lived experience and expertise.

In 2021, Natalie authors Disability Rights in Real Life, a practical handbook for disabled people, their families and allies on everyday disability rights law.

Natalie holds several senior advisory roles including on the Australian Disability Strategy Advisory Council and the Premier’s Council for Women.

Click here to connect with Natalie on LinkedIn

Elisabeth Galvin, Content Editor, Diversity Network

Elisabeth is content editor at Diversity Network, an organisation committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and creating a better workplace for all. As a journalist and author she has worked in the US, London, Australia and Hong Kong for a range of magazines and newspapers. She is now writing her third biography for the publisher Pen & Sword.

Click here to connect with Elisabeth on LinkedIn

Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network

Georgina is an experienced journalist, researcher, conference producer and event host. She creates market-leading digital content and virtual, hybrid and in-person conferences and events on a wide array of topics and has devised and produced award-winning commercial events for some of the world’s largest events houses. She also spent five years as a Researcher and Producer for BBC Radio 4, producing many high-profile national radio programmes. She is passionate about creating first-class content which can make a positive contribution to society.

Click here to connect with Georgina on LinkedIn

Why attend?

Why Attend?

Gain unparalleled insights: Delve into the latest research, best practices, and case studies from global companies that have successfully implemented diverse supply chains. Learn from pioneers who have navigated the challenges and harnessed the opportunities that arise when establishing greater diversity within all areas of their internal and external operations.

Empower your organisation: Gain practical strategies and actionable takeaways to empower your organisation to build a richer and more diverse supply chain. Gain the knowledge and resources needed to drive lasting change, and help your organisation to establish a solid reputation for its  inclusive culture and best practice principles.

Be at the forefront of the DEIB movement: As the world continues to grapple with complex societal issues, be a part of the movement that is shaping the future of DEIB. Contribute to thought-provoking discussions, challenge conventional norms, and gain inspiration from thought leaders who are leading the charge in creating a more equitable world.

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