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
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!
After the learning, join us to meet speakers and fellow attendees and make new contacts at our exclusive after-show digital meetup.
11:00am EDT / 4:00pm BST
– 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
11:25am EDT / 4:25pm BST
– 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
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.
11:00am EST / 4:00pm GMT
– Just how much sustainability and DEI have in common as conceptual quagmires and emergent corporate business units
– The value in allyship and the challenges against making the connection happen
– Why both areas face similar challenges and why the are the key to untapped value for companies
– Why Europe and the UK are further along than other parts of the world in making sustainability initiatives meaningful
– Focusing on practicalities: how to get around competition for resources, executive time and attention
11:30am EST / 4:30pm GMT
– Why HR needs DEI to change the culture and push the ESG agenda forward
– Saying what you mean: Why clear communication and authenticity is key to customer trust
– Summarising the situation in Hong Kong and ESG and DEI progress to date
– Recommendations for weaving sustainability and DEI into core company strategy in a combined manner
11:55am EST / 4:55pm GMT
– What is needed to upskill staff to work towards interconnected goals of DEI and ESG?
– What are the benefits of teams working together on these two issues – eg executive buy-in, strength in numbers
– Determining the business case for aligning ESG and DEI
Johanna envisions a world with empowered women and purpose-driven businesses. At Dream Impact, Johanna is leading the ESG Advisory team and matching corporate social partnerships for 100+ social ventures, strategically implementing social innovations and environmental impact solutions from grassroot projects to corporations. She co-founded ethical brand RIL CREED under social venture LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability).
Simon is an experienced professional who is passionate about Inclusion & Diversity and its importance to organisational success. He works successfully with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and seek to establish effective networks. He welcomes the challenge of working with others to create an inclusive working environment, and putting in place the structure to support that environment.
Ericka is an HR strategist with over 10 years of experience in diversity practices, corporate social responsibility & social impact. Throughout her career, she has been able to marry her passion for DEI theory with practical implications to design, execute, and deliver numerous diversity, philanthropic and advocacy initiatives to clients. She is extremely passionate about people development, strategic partnerships and attacking problems; not people.
Kari Selander is a social scientist that works as a strategy and sustainability consultant. Her current portfolio of work is focused on developing sustainability strategies and tools for businesses and philanthropies. She just completed a more than year investigation into the binding constraints to solving homelessness in the United States. Prior to her time working in sustainability and development, Kari worked in a range of news and production roles in New York, Hong Kong and London.
Her work as director of OPM U.S. focused on business development and corporate social responsibility initiatives in a highly matrixed organization, working directly with the organization’s C-suite: building partnerships with mission-aligned development organisations to deliver innovative research and strategic guidance. She was the Founding Director of OPM’s Oxford Policy Fellowship Programme, OPM’s flagship CSR initiative. Kari’s consultancy work focused on natural resource governance, political economy programming, and law and development. Her PhD focused on environmental law and justice in the context of oil exploitation in Nigeria.
She was previously an EC Marie Curie research fellow, and Consultant at Oxford Policy Management in the Economic Policy Programme. She was also a visiting research fellow at Columbia Law School’s Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (Now CCSI) and UCLA’s Department of Political Science working on fuel subsidies. Personal interests include: climate change adaptation and mitigation.
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.
Elisabeth is a content editor at Diversity Network, 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 based in Australia writing her third biography for the publisher Pen & Sword.
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.