Flexible working and remote working:
Fostering connection, belonging and trust

First broadcast on  Tuesday 29th August 2023

In this webinar, we explore the ins and outs of flexible and remote working, and how organisations can set themselves up in a suitable way to benefit both business and individuals in this digital-facing era.

Embracing flexible working and remote working not only acknowledges the diverse needs of the workforce but also empowers employees to find a comfortable balance between their personal and professional lives. The freedom to choose when and where to work enables them to be their authentic selves, leading to reduced stress and enhanced wellbeing. Moreover, these practices contribute to a stronger sense of belonging in the workforce. When employees have the autonomy to tailor their work arrangements, it communicates that their contributions are valued, building trust and fostering a cohesive work culture.

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

  – Discover how to set up adequately flexible working arrangements for both employees and employers

  – Find out how to implement flexible working policies in various industries and organisational structures

  – Learn how to best enhance productivity and work-life balance through flexible working options

  – How to overcome potential challenges and address concerns related to flexible working and working out the best route forward

  – Determine best practices for creating a supportive and inclusive work environment that embraces flexible working arrangements


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

Women at Work Digital Focus Day

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)

Access BITC’s latest report

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


11:00am EDT / 4:00pm BST

Fireside Chat: Advantages of measuring flexible working

  – Identifying the main drivers for why people increasingly want to work from home
  – How flexible working and hybrid working began with the smartphone and has been accelerated through Covid
  – Why we developed a tool to show how flexible an employer’s work policy really is 
  – Preventing a disconnect between what companies say they offer and what they actually offer
  – Reviewing the results of the index so far 

Interviewer: Elisabeth Galvin, Content Editor,Diversity Network

Interviewee: Rob Sadow, Co-founder, Flex Index

11:00am EDT / 4:00pm BST

Panel discussion: Flexible working and remote working: Fostering connection, belonging and trust

  – How should flexible-working advocates tackle the argument from managers who prefer their staff to be in the office? 
  – How can we design an adequately encompassing and successful policy for remote and flexible working? 
  – What are the challenges for creating an inclusive workforce when employees work remotely? 

Moderator: Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network


Alice Arkwright, Policy Officer – Equality and Strategy Department, TUC 

Catherine Rees, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Morrinson Wealth Wellbeing

Our Speakers

Rob Sadow, Co-founder, Flex Index

Robert Sadow is the Co-Founder and CEO at Scoop and Flex Index. He is also an Angel Investor at Hardfin, LayerZero Labs, Vergo, MakerSights, Kickoff, and Modern Animal. Robert graduated from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School with a BSE in Management, Legal Studies & Business Ethics.

Click here to connect with Rob on LinkedIn

Catherine Rees, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Morrinson Wealth Wellbeing

Catherine helps organisations boost their employee Financial Resilience , Financial Wellbeing and Money Mindset, by making the topic accessible for all.

She is also a passionate Communication, Public Speaking and Positive Presentation coach.

Click here to connect with Catherine on LinkedIn

Alice Arkwright, Policy Officer – Equality and Strategy Department, TUC

Alice Arkwright is the Policy and Campaigns Support Officer in the TUC’s Equality Team. She leads the UK Trade Union Congress’s work on flexible working and the TUC Equality Audit.

Click here to connect with Alice 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

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

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.

Register here

* indicates required
Fill in the form below and we will send you the access link via email shortly:

Please tick the email check box below so that we can send you a welcome email, and email you the links to access the event portal and on-demand sessions in due course.

We respect your privacy. By clicking 'Continue', you agree to having your details shared only with the event's direct sponsors who may promote similar products and services related to your area of interest, subject to their privacy policy. See the event website for confirmed sponsors. You have the right to object. In addition, you will receive our periodic e-newsletter, including information on future related DEI learning opportunities. For further information on how we process and monitor your personal data, and information about your privacy and opt-out rights, view our Privacy Policy here. You can email us at to be removed from our list immediately.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to register, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Large group of hr managers in formalwear standing in row
Smart working and video conference
Corporate Learning & Development Summit
Thank you very much for an excellent and thought provoking conference. Many thanks to the team for organising such a great event.