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Diversity and inclusion conference

Who should attend

Those responsible for diversity & inclusion and employment policy, directors and human resource and employee relation specialists, in-house lawyers and learning & development professionals.

Synopsis

Whilst policy focus in the UK has long been on “levelling up”, the pandemic has exacerbated many equality issues at the forefront of such strategies. The pandemic has also left in its wake a greater shift in societal attitudes and working expectations, with an appreciation of the speed at which change can be effected. Increasingly, such issues are also subject to external influences, such as growing pressure from investors, customers and suppliers for improved staff diversity.

Organisations face a period of reflection and renewal as post-pandemic challenges are addressed. Making real progress in meeting evolved expectations will also require recognition that diversity and inclusion strategy offers positive solutions to the future of work, not additional burden.

Organisations need to understand not only their areas of legal and reputational risk but, also where and how they should manage new expectations internally and externally. Only by bespoke evaluation can employers plan and implement a suitable strategic approach. The climate is also still evolving, requiring a degree of organisational stealth and flexibility.

We will hear from Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission on her vision for the Commission and future direction.

Chaired by Diane Gilhooley and Naeema Choudry, our expert speakers will offer insight into some of the diversity and inclusion challenges facing employers and where attention should and can be focused, including:

  • highlighting aspects of the existing equality legal framework its evolution through recent court cases and high profile online campaigns and exposés
  • how COVID-19 has changed and continues to influence the equality landscape
  • the key external pressures for progressing D&I strategy and how employers are responding
  • how a training programme can be a sword and shield for an organisation but, wrongly targeted, can prove a chink in its armoury
  • what is stopping businesses from achieving racial equity?

Programme

9.30 (BST)

Start and opening remarks 

 

The Covid challenge - disparate impact and renewed D&I strategy

 

Pay gaps

 

The importance of training - for legal compliance but also internal auditing

 

A panel discussion – on what is stopping businesses from achieving racial equity

 

3 break-out session options:

  • womens’ health (menopause, parenthood, mental health, long-Covid, domestic abuse);
  • mens’ health issues (mental health, long-Covid)
  • international picture on positive action

13:00 (BST)

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Speakers

Diane Gilhooley - Partner and Global Practice Group Head of Employment, Labor and Pensions, Eversheds Sutherland

Diane is the Global Head of the Eversheds Sutherland Employment, Labor and Pensions Practice, leading the group of over 250 Employment, Labor and Pensions Lawyers. Diane is also a member of the firm's Senior Management Team and International Steering Group.

Diane qualified as a lawyer in September 1994 and joined the firm in 1999. She is a highly regarded employment law specialist with over 26 years' experience of handling high profile cases and providing strategic employment advice on a national and international basis. Diane conducts a full range of contentious and non-contentious work. She has conducted complex and high-profile employment tribunal claims and employment litigation, many around issues of equality and discrimination. Diane also advises on organisational issues (including large scale redundancy and restructuring programmes, industrial relations issues, mergers and collaborations, equality and diversity strategies); international collaborations and cross border issues and has recently supported clients on their strategic responses to COVID. She is also a recognised speaker and trainer on equality issues.

Diane is listed as a key individual in Chambers & Partners where clients comment that "she is extremely knowledgeable and very responsive - her advice is succinct and timely" and "she knows her stuff and has a very quick mind". 

In 2018 Diane was asked to lead the international gender network for our people and in 2019 she was appointed Diversity and Inclusion Partner Sponsor with responsibility for leading and accelerating the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Diane is the Global Head of the Eversheds Sutherland Employment, Labor and Pensions Practice, leading the group of over 250 Employment, Labor and Pensions Lawyers. Diane is also a member of the firm's Senior Management Team and International Steering Group.

Diane qualified as a lawyer in September 1994 and joined the firm in 1999. She is a highly regarded employment law specialist with over 26 years' experience of handling high profile cases and providing strategic employment advice on a national and international basis. Diane conducts a full range of contentious and non-contentious work. She has conducted complex and high-profile employment tribunal claims and employment litigation, many around issues of equality and discrimination. Diane also advises on organisational issues (including large scale redundancy and restructuring programmes, industrial relations issues, mergers and collaborations, equality and diversity strategies); international collaborations and cross border issues and has recently supported clients on their strategic responses to COVID. She is also a recognised speaker and trainer on equality issues.

Diane is listed as a key individual in Chambers & Partners where clients comment that "she is extremely knowledgeable and very responsive - her advice is succinct and timely" and "she knows her stuff and has a very quick mind".

In 2018 Diane was asked to lead the international gender network for our people and in 2019 she was appointed Diversity and Inclusion Partner Sponsor with responsibility for leading and accelerating the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Naeema Choudry - Partner, Employment, Labor and Pensions, Eversheds Sutherland

Naeema is a partner and an expert on equality law and heads up the firm’s discrimination and employment litigation practices. Naeema advises on all aspects of employment law for clients in the public and private sector, including for a number of large employers who are household names. Naeema is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on equality issues and, in particular, racial equality in the workplace. She contributes to a variety of publications and broadcast media. Naeema is also Co-Partner sponsor of the Eversheds Sutherland ethnicity network, Verve. In addition, Naeema is a Trustee of the Eversheds Sutherland Charitable Trust, is an Ambassador for Women on Boards and a member of the Business in the Community Race Leadership Team.

Baroness Kishwer Falkner - Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Kishwer Falkner, Baroness Falkner of Margravine was appointed Chair of the EHRC in December 2020. She is also a non-aligned member of the House of Lords. She was the Chairman of the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee in the House of Lords (2015-19). Prior to her ennoblement as a peer in 2004, Falkner worked for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons and party headquarters including as Director of International Affairs and Policy. She also worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Chief Executive of Student Partnerships Worldwide. In 2008 she was appointed as the chancellor of The University of Northampton. She is a member of the Bank of England's Enforcement Decision Making Committee, a Visiting Professor at The Policy Institute at King's College London and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

Sally Isaacs - Legal Director, Employment, Labor and Pensions, Eversheds Sutherland

Sally is a Legal Director specialising in equality and discrimination issues, with particular emphasis on equal pay. Sally has been responsible for a number of high profile equal pay cases over the last 15 years including defending mass equal pay litigation and the pro-active management of pay grievances. Sally acts for clients in the public and private sector, and has significant experience of job evaluation systems, implementing new pay and grading structures through changing terms and conditions of employment and the strategic management of industrial relations issues. Sally regularly advises clients on gender pay gap reporting issues and has significant experience of undertaking equal pay audits/pay equity studies.

Suzanne Caveney, Principal Associate, Employment, Labor and Pensions, Eversheds Sutherland

Suzanne is a Principal Associate specialising in employment and pensions law and advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Suzanne has acted in tribunal claims since 2011, defending complex discrimination claims as well as advising on pre-litigation complaints of discrimination. Suzanne also supports clients in relation to gender pay and equal pay, including assisting clients in the calculation of their gender pay gap, drafting the required gender pay statements and supporting with equal pay audits to assess whether clients have a significant risk of successful equal pay litigation.

Dr Naeema Pasha, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Henley Business School

Naeema is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and lead researcher on Henley’s Equity Effect paper on Race Equity in UK businesses. She also currently leads on Professional Development, People & Future of Work in Henley and established World of Work (WOW) to explore future of work readiness. She also led the EY-HENLEY Strategy Project on Skills Led Recovery and Future of Work. Naeema’s work focuses on the transformations in workplaces from new technologies and societal impacts, including the impact of the pandemic. Naeema’s recent research on Future of Work provided the foundation for building WOW looking at the range of influences on work such as, AI and Automation, Diversity & Inclusion and Quad-Generations. Her doctoral research sheds light on key factors that enables people and organizations to succeed against the backdrop of future of work changes such as building adaptability in times of huge uncertainty. Her interests include Side hustles, Gig and Hybrid working, AI and workplaces, Quad Generations and Four-Day Week. She has written and spoken extensively for publications such as Forbes and People Management Magazine. She was named as one of the Ifpc-online Top 50 Worldwide Influencers on AI Ethics in 2020 and is also Principal Practitioner with the Association of Business Psychologists. She is co-author of Futureproof Your Career: How to Lead and Succeed in a Changing World, Bloomsbury.

Cost: £225

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30/09/2021
virtual online
09:30 - 13:00 (Local time)

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