Diverse Live: The Future of Work Digital Focus Day


Diverse Live: The Future of Work
Digital Focus Day

Wednesday 5th May 2021

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At Diversity Network's Future of Work Digital Focus Day, discover insights and tools that will help your business prepare for the 'next normal' and the future of the workplace.

Now is a crucial time to implement new strategies, tools and technologies to ensure you can compete in the market for both talent and customers. 

With the global pandemic having provided a powerful catalyst for workplace change, organisations must continue to adapt to meet the demands of their current and future workforce – looking at everything from hybrid working and talent management to employee wellbeing and social impact. 

Organisations have been forced to navigate a rapidly changing environment in recent times, having to quickly respond to addressing remote working requirements, developing corporate responses to social justice and political events, finding new ways of onboarding and supporting staff and more.  

As the landscape continues to change at pace and present challenges, businesses must be agile to remain competitive, and this will require people and technology working together to innovate and drive change.


At this exclusive Digital Focus Day, discover expert insights, strategies, tools and technologies that can help you build a strong, productive workforce for the future.  We will cover:

  • Effectively managing hybrid working and mitigating against related bias
  • Redefining physical office spaces to be accessible to all
  • The benefits of flexible working for greater inclusiveness of all minorities
  • How leadership will need to step up, supporting employees personally and professionally to enable them to perform at their best
  • The importance of transparent pay gap reporting
  • New accessibility tools and technologies to aid staff day to day
  • Effective staff recruitment in the future work landscape – how skills gaps might be closed by accessing a wider, remote-working talent pool 

Through solo presentations and panel discussions, Diversity Network’s Future of Work Digital Focus Day is packed with practical ideas and resources to help you make a real difference to your staff’s wellbeing and your company’s office re-integration strategies over the year ahead.

  • Discover new software tools and strategies to benefit diversity and inclusion in your organisation
  • Ignite passion for diversity and inclusion initiatives within your organisation and facilitate greater change for good
  • Connect with other professionals also looking to upgrade their D&I strategies and work together to advance change

The Future of Work Digital Focus Day | Agenda

Wednesday 5th May 2021

1pm – 2pm BST

Fireside Chat: Career Pathways that will Drive Diversity at the Top

In this case study from Capita, discover:

  • Why this project is so crucial in ensuring a diverse workforce moving forward
  • How a more joined-up approach, with senior buy-in, is helping to increase understanding of the challenges that aspiring leaders from minority groups face, and how this can be addressed across the business with improved career pathways that facilitate equal opportunities
  • The detailed research the company has undertaken to gain insights, and how they intend to measure progress
  • The proven benefits of the organisation’s senior leaders working closely with Employee Networks to listen, gain insight, and take targeted action
  • How they are approaching the issue of lack of visible and diverse role models at senior levels
  • Next steps and measures of success

Gary Clarke, Head of Performance & Development, Capita

Eileen Lewis, Performance & Development Manager, Capita

2pm – 3pm BST

Panel Discussion: Creating More Accessible And Inclusive Working Environments for the Future

  • How much progress has been made to improve accessibility, and what more needs to be done to ensure accessible working environments for the future workforce?
  • How the pandemic has impacted accessibility and businesses’ attitudes; how we can ensure a continued, long-term focus?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Insights on making your processes more inclusive, from recruitment to flexible working
  • What tools are readily available to help business leaders and HR teams?
  • How can we measure progress?

Rhian Smith, Medical Negligence Solicitor, JCP Solicitors, and Disability Subcommittee Chair, Cardiff & District Law Society

Meghan Reed, Training and Innovations Lead, Diversity and Ability (D&A)

3pm – 4pm BST

The Evolution of Employee-Centric Workplace Design

  • The pandemic has accelerated workplace transformation – what are world-leading organisations doing to reimagine a workplace fit for the future?
  • How experts in workplace design are responding to the increased demand for an employee-centric approach, catering for a combination of in-person and remote workers
  • Listening to your employees – taking into consideration their working patterns and individual requirements to ensure accessible, inclusive work spaces
  • Water-cooler moments – ways to facilitate informal conversations and idea generation virtually to encourage innovation and creativity
  • Tools and technologies that will enable productivity, focus, and collaboration

Nicole Zack, Senior Designer, NELSON Worldwide

4pm – 5pm BST

Panel Discussion: Improving the Employee Experience to Meet the Needs of the Future Workforce

  • Remaining competitive – what do organisations need to do to attract and retain future talent from all backgrounds? From flexibility and fairness to culture and collaboration
  • Strategies for boosting employee engagement – understanding how their expectations and engagement needs are changing, and how technology-based human experience management tools may be able to help
  • More inclusive approaches taken during the pandemic that should be continued in the post-pandemic world – such as different ways of working that have benefited those with disabilities / neurodivergent conditions / additional responsibilities at home
  • What is the future of the physical office space – what do businesses need to consider for the needs of their hybrid workforce? How can spaces be designed to maximise productivity, innovation and collaboration?
  • Why you need to focus on wellbeing, and strategies you can implement to prevent burnout
  • Performance management is a key element of the employee experience, and an analysis by Gallup suggested that only 2 in 10 employees say their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work, showing that there is much work to be done. How can you make your process more flexible, forward-looking, and collaborative?
  • Ideas on how to energise and inspire your people to maintain a productive, high-performing workforce going into the future


Kim Lessley, Global Director, Solution Marketing, SAP SuccessFactors

Jodi Williams, Office Leader, Washington, D.C., CallisonRTKL

James Jackson, Director, NXTGEN Learning Ltd and Co-founder, #Spacetotalk

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, Co-founder and Neurodiversity Specialist, Inclusively Tech

Our Speakers

Eileen Lewis

Performance & Development Manager

Gary Clarke

Head of Performance & Development

Kim Lessley

Global Director, Solution Marketing

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer

Co-founder &
Neurodiversity Specialist

James Jackson

Co-founder of #Spacetotalk
& Director

Nicole Zack


Rhian Smith

Medical Negligence Solicitor & Cardiff Law Society Disability Subcommittee

Meghan Reed

Training & Innovations

Jodi Williams

Office Leader,
Washington, D.C.

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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.

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Hands in the Air
Thank you very much for an excellent and thought provoking conference. Many thanks to the team for organising such a great event.
Great to be able to share our own experiences and tips but also to learn from other sectors.
Thank you... You are opening up a whole new realm of tech that I didn't know existed.
Thank you very much to you all for putting on a highly professional and great show!!

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