Racial Equity Digital Focus 2022

Diverse Live: Racial Equity
Digital Focus

Tuesday 8th November 2022

The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in 2020 acted as a catalyst for change – reminding the world about the systemic racism that still exists, giving Black voices a platform to share their experiences and challenges, prompting us to have uncomfortable conversations at home and at work, and resulting in many organisations making pledges around racial equality in a commitment to do better.

Since then, how much progress has been made? How many of the companies that promised more support, funding and activism have followed through on these intentions? Is the ethnicity pay gap closing and are companies publishing transparent reports on this? Do ethnic minority employees genuinely feel a greater sense of belonging and inclusivity at their organisations, and that racial equity has been achieved?

Diversity Network’s 2022 Racial Equity Digital Focus features a mix of insightful presentations and an in-depth panel discussion. Discover lots of practical ideas and resources to help you create a safe, welcoming, inclusive culture that enables all employees to bring their full selves to work.  

At Diversity Network's Racial Equity Digital Focus, discover new tools and resources to support your employees, foster allies, and create an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their full selves to work.

  • 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

Racial Equity Digital Focus Agenda

Tuesday 8th November 2022

Chuck Freiheit

2pm – 2:45pm GMT

Fostering a Culture of Contracting to Make a Difference 

  • Why a fundamental shift in the mindset towards establishing diverse business partnerships is essential if progress is to be made
  • How to establish external partnership with minority-run firms – business benefits and key advice from a trailblazer in this space
  • Practical steps organisations can take to achieve racial equality, not just internally but across their supply chains too

Chuck Freiheit, Chief Operating Officer, F. H. Paschen

Vanessa new

2:45pm – 3:25pm GMT

A New Approach to Racial Equality

  • Why as recruiters it is our duty to be dedicated to creating belonging,  transforming mindsets and behaviours, breaking barriers to create equitable workplaces for organisations and the people powering them
  • How diversity and true inclusion can help to create an empowered workforce to lead the future
  • How organisations recruit more fairly and ensure adequate diversity within teams

Vanessa Johnson-Burgess, CEO, Inclusive Recruiting

3:25pm – 4pm GMT

Racial Inequality: My Story

Hitesh was born with Cerebral Palsy. In this session, he details the challenges of his condition and details his career journey so far.

  • Calling for greater tolerance within the workplace for everyone – no matter their race, beliefs or circumstances
  • Stressing the importance of taking an intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion within your corporation
  • Detailing a diversity and inclusion approach so that everyone can feel fully integrated and supported, no matter their circumstances

Hitesh Ramchandani, author and Paralympic footballer

Joanne Vasquez-Kirby
Sonal Dhulashia
Samuel Clague

4pm – 5pm GMT

Panel Discussion: Discussing the Ethnic Pay Gap 

  • What steps can be taken to tackle the ethnic pay gap?
  • Which organisations have you noticed that are making progress to address this?
  • Will mandatory reporting by organizations to their governments make the biggest impact to close the ethnic pay gap?

Joanne Vasquez-Kirby, Former Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, EF – Education First

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

Samuel Clague, Founder & CEO, Stephen James Partnership

Our Speakers

Sonal Dhulashia

Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing


Samuel Clague

Samuel Clague

Founder & CEO

The Stephen James Partnership

Joanne Vazquez-Kirby

Former Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

EF – Education First

Chuck Freiheit

Chuck Freiheit

Chief Operating Officer

F.H. Paschen

Georgina Wilczek

Event host

Diversity Network

Hitesh Ramchandani

Author; Paralympic footballer

Sport Singapore

Vanessa Johnson-Burgess


Inclusive Recruiting

Elisabeth Galvin

Content Editor

Diversity Network

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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.
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