Defining a digital-first DEIB strategy for a digital workforce

 First broadcast on Tuesday 13th June 2023

In today’s interconnected world, the need for a digital-first DEIB strategy has never been more crucial.

As companies navigate an ever-evolving landscape, it is essential to embrace diversity, foster equity, promote inclusivity, and cultivate a sense of belonging across borders and time zones.

When developing a digital DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) strategy for a digital workforce, it is essential to ensure that senior leaders are committed to DEI and actively support the digital workforce’s diversity initiatives. DEI practitioners also need to work out how best to implement training programs in the digital sphere to educate employees about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. And then there is the small matter of keeping staff united, supported and to protect and support a positive, inclusive culture throughout the organisation, sometimes connecting staff across vast distances.

In this exclusive webinar from Diversity Network, featuring best advice from three active DEI practitioners, join us as we discuss how best to connect staff in the digital age and provide the tools and resources they need to thrive in their roles, both online and in person.


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


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


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.

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Defining a digital-first DEIB strategy | Agenda

11am EDT / 4pm BST

Case Study: Taking diversity, equity and inclusion digital at Skyscanner

  – Connecting staff at Skyscanner over a wide geographic area
  – Adjusting diversity, equity and inclusion approaches to fit in with hybrid working models
  – Best advice on how to unite and build a programme and support people properly in the digital age
  – Digital training and digital mentoring at Skyscanner
  – How to successfully connect communities, such as LGBTQ+ employees using digital technology

Joanne Vazquez-Kirby, Global DEI Lead – Talent Manager, Skyscanner

11:30am EDT / 4:30pm BST

Panel Discussion: Defining a DEIB strategy for a digital workforce 

 – What has Covid taught us? Reviewing modern hybrid working models and how best to connect a scattered workforce
– Uniting and building a programme to support people properly in th digital age
– Instilling digital training to nurture, develop and upskill current employees
– Connecting communities digitally – how ERGs can work online
– Considering digital mentoring – how can this be beneficial?

Moderator: Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network


Alysha M Campbell, CEO, CultureShift HR

Kavaljeet Singh Bhamra, Head of Service Continuity, Allianz


Joanne Vazquez-Kirby, Global DEI Lead – Talent Manager, Skyscanner

As a global DEI & HR leader, Joanne strives to create more diverse, inclusive and equitable workspaces to ensure people can bring their authentic selves to work and truly belong.

Joanne has a wide range of HR related experience, focused on Talent Acquisition, Project Management, and DEI, but has found true purpose within the DEI field. She holds global work experience across APAC, North America and Europe.

She is extremely passionate about empowering organisations to fully leverage their DEI strategy and impact with a global mindset.

In her spare time, she is passionate about learning about other people an cultures through food and travel and being part of an inclusive fitness community.

Click here to connect with Joanne on LinkedIn

Kavaljeet Singh Bhamra, Head of Service Continuity, Allianz

Kavaljeet Singh Bhamra holds over 26 years’​ experience working in multiple segments for BP, and is now responsible for effective service delivery at Allianz.

He holds extensive stakeholder management experience at all levels,  both business-facing and internal, within IT&S.

At BP, he was also Executive Chairman of BP Positive Ethnic Network (PEN), helping to shape the group-wide DE&I strategy and informing IT&S senior level leaders to help shape their DE&I strategy around ethnicity.

He holds strong operational, and team management skills that when combined with a ‘can do’ philosophy results in quality delivery.

Click here to connect with Kavaljeet on LinkedIn

Alysha M Campbell, CEO, CultureShift HR

Alysha M. Campbell is a 4x award-winning, best-selling author and a highly respected Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader with a decade of experience that encompasses all facets of Human Resource Management and DEI. From executing successful multi-million dollar workforce diversity and optimization projects to spearheading inclusive employee culture initiatives, Alysha has truly seen and done it all in the DEI space.

Her passion for the industry has led her to start her own HR Consultancy and Strategy agency – CultureShift HR. As Founder and Principal, Alysha uses her business acumen to help companies utilize and engage their best talent while creating purposeful, diverse, and inclusive work environments that help businesses grow and thrive.

Through her experience and foresight in the Canadian, US and International talent space, Alysha has developed an eye for diversity talent engagement patterns and the resulting effects on culture. As a speaker and entrepreneur, Alysha partners with and teaches organizations her proven process on how to align their talent with corporate objectives to achieve more, increase profitability, and to truly create a sense of belonging for everyone. She enjoys sharing the secrets of the trade to help businesses discover the benefits of a high-performance culture, the increasing value of employee engagement, in addition to the ins and outs of workforce planning and strategy.

Within Alysha’s business practices, she encourages companies to embrace the “Employee First” philosophy that focuses on shifting the culture dynamics and encouraging recognition of positive results and behaviours. Ultimately this leads to greater employee engagement, customer service and recurring revenue allowing clients to stay competitive in their respective industry and labor market.

Alysha is a graduate of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. In 2022, she was awarded IAOTP DEI Leader of the Year in addition to becoming an Amazon Best Selling Author of the anthropology “Building Beyond the 9-5: Inspirational Lessons from Successful Black Women.”

Click here to connect with Alysha 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 digital-first DEIB strategies. Learn from pioneers who have navigated the challenges and harnessed the opportunities that arise when driving DEIB in a digital context.

Empower your organisation: Gain practical strategies and actionable takeaways that will empower your organisation to build a digital-first DEIB framework. Gain the knowledge and resources needed to drive lasting change, foster an inclusive culture, and create a workplace where everyone can thrive.

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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