The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented by every measure. It has not only triggered a global health crisis, a global economic downturn but also a social awakening moment.

This will represent challenges and opportunities for businesses. As we seek to build back better, people will be at the heart of the recovery agenda. Join us to discuss how to turn this crisis into an opportunity to build a more equal and fair society where diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces are the norm.

Why Attend

  • Be inspired by ideas on how to create a culture of belonging

  • Hear how your peers have overcome barriers to make diversity a priority

  • Find out the tangible solutions to closing your pay gaps once and for all.

Our Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:


Conference Programme

  • 09:45
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    CBI Director-General's keynote address

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director-General, CBI ​
  • 10:00
    Andy Davis
    Andy Davis

    Panel discussion: The next generation of BAME leaders

    Live session

    While the pandemic has highlighted existing inequalities and we still have a long way to go to improve the representation of ethnic minority talent at all levels of UK business, there are some positive stories that give us hope.​ We have seen many from minority ethnic backgrounds who are leading the way and are inspiring and creating opportunities for the next generation of leaders in business or as entrepreneurs in different sectors. ​This session will highlight their journeys and explore what challenges they have faced, key learnings from their career that they are passing on to younger colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds and what they think the future looks like for ethnic minorities starting their own business or going up the corporate ladder.

    Speakers
    • Andy Davis
      Andy Davis Co-founder, 10x10 and Angel Investor, Atomico
    • Kike Oniwinde
      Kike Oniwinde CEO & Founder, BYP Network
    • Rodney Williams
      Rodney Williams Lead Project Manager, National Grid​
    • Tania Kumar
      Tania Kumar Principal Policy Adviser, CBI​
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director-General, CBI ​
  • 11:00
    Colleen McKnight
    Colleen McKnight

    Reflections on the impact of COVID-19

    On-demand content

    In this short film, Colleen McKnight (Vice-President Human Resources, Schneider Electric) reflects on how her organisation has managed the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Speakers
    • Colleen McKnight
      Colleen McKnight Vice President Human Resources, Schneider Electric
  • 11:40
    Alex Vaughan
    Alex Vaughan

    Panel discussion: Mental health and wellbeing

    Live session

    Mental health has become one of the biggest concerns for employers this year with a big part of the workforce working from home on a permanent basis, juggling childcare, people being put on furlough, and the dividing lines between work and life fading. How can employers provide the right level of support in such a challenging time, while also taking care of themselves? What have companies learned from the mental health in a crisis approach that they will be taking forward?

     

    Speakers
    • Alex Vaughan
      Alex Vaughan CEO, Costain
    • Henrietta Jowitt
      Henrietta Jowitt Deputy Director-General, Commercial, CBI
    • Liz Ashford
      Liz Ashford HR Director, TSB
    • Poppy Jaman OBE
      Poppy Jaman OBE CEO, City Mental Health Alliance
    • Susannah Clements
      Susannah Clements Group People Director, Anglian Water Services
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 14:00
    Fiona Hathorn
    Fiona Hathorn

    Panel discussion: The impact of COVID-19

    Live session

    The pandemic has impacted different strands of diversity in different ways. It has exacerbated existing inequalities for groups such as women and people from ethnic minorities. But on the other hand, employers have built more empathy for personal circumstances of their employees such as caring responsibilities, health considerations, disabilities, and mental health. What are the learnings and longer-term implications of the pandemic on D&I in the workplace? How do we ensure that we get underrepresented talent into work in the future?

     

    Speakers
    • Fiona Hathorn
      Fiona Hathorn CEO, Women On Boards
    • Dr James Cusack
      Dr James Cusack Chief Executive, Autistica
    • Matthew Fell
      Matthew Fell Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
    • Pedro Pina
      Pedro Pina VP - Global Client & Agency Solutions, Google
    • Sandra Kerr CBE
      Sandra Kerr CBE Race Director, Business in the Community
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 15:00
    Jane Portas
    Jane Portas

    Reflections on the impact of COVID-19

    On-demand content

    In this short film, Jane Portas (Co-Founder, Insuring Women’s Futures) reflects on the financial impact of COVID-19 on women in work.

    Speakers
    • Jane Portas
      Jane Portas Co-founder, Insuring Women’s Futures and Trustee, Centre for Ageing Better
  • 15:10
    Dr Caroline Casey
    Dr Caroline Casey

    Interview pairs: Creating a culture of belonging

    On-demand content

    Inclusive policies can only take us so far – the next step for D&I is a workforce with a sense of belonging. So how do you instill this in your organisation – especially now when a big part of the workforce is working flexibly and remotely? In this session, two pairs of interviewees will explore their ideas for creating a culture of belonging and will share the challenges they have faced and are facing in the future.

     

    Speakers
    • Dr Caroline Casey
      Dr Caroline Casey Founder, The Valuable 500
    • Hywel Ball
      Hywel Ball UK Chair and UK&I Regional Managing Partner, EY
    • Lewis Iwu
      Lewis Iwu CEO and Co-Founder, Purpose Union
    • Matthew Ayres
      Matthew Ayres Group Managing Director, Bennie 
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 17:00
    Felicity Burch
    Felicity Burch

    Panel discussion: Diversity by design

    Live session

    The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, with clear benefits to businesses, from enabling remote working to reaching customers in new ways. Technology can help to support greater social mobility and more equal outcomes and opportunities – for example, improving the fairness of hiring practices, better support for vulnerable customers and rapidly testing new innovative services. But there is no digital fix to the complex social dynamics that lead to unfairness, with technologies like AI at risk of perpetuating historical biases and power imbalances. Building back better is an opportunity to think about how businesses can harness technology and data in a fair, more inclusive way.

     

    Speakers
    • Felicity Burch
      Felicity Burch Innovation Director, CBI
    • Juliet Eccleston
      Juliet Eccleston CEO, AnyGood?
    • Mark Martin MBE
      Mark Martin MBE UK Black Tech
    • Rashik Parmar
      Rashik Parmar Fellow and Vice President Technology, IBM
    • Tabitha Goldstaub
      Tabitha Goldstaub Co-Founder CogX and Chair of the UK Government AI Council
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 18:00
    Jim Hubbard
    Jim Hubbard

    CBI day 1 closing remarks

    Speakers
    • Jim Hubbard
      Jim Hubbard Head of Regional Policy and Co Lead for the LGBTQ+ network​, CBI
  • 09:45
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's keynote address

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 10:00
    Arun Batra
    Arun Batra

    Panel discussion: Tackling racial inequality head-on

    Live session

    The killing of George Floyd and the global Black Lives Matter protests have shone a harsh light on the prevalence of racism and racial injustices abroad and in the UK. The COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated existing inequalities with BAME communities being hit hardest. Businesses have a crucial role to play when it comes to stamping out existing biases and racism in the workplace and many are already taking action. So what is it that businesses can do to get better in speaking about race in the workplace, recruit, retain and promote more BAME talent? And why is it important to invest in BAME-led businesses and supplier diversity?

     

    Speakers
    • Arun Batra
      Arun Batra Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Partner, EY
    • Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry
      Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University
    • Raj Tulsiani
      Raj Tulsiani CEO, Green Park
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 11:00
    Emma Stewart MBE
    Emma Stewart MBE

    Reflections on the impact of COVID-19

    On-demand content

    In this short film, Emma Stewart MBE (CEO, Timewise Foundation) reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on flexible working.

    Speakers
    • Emma Stewart MBE
      Emma Stewart MBE CEO, Timewise Foundation
  • 11:10
    Clare Corkish
    Clare Corkish

    Panel discussion: The next level of flexible working

    On-demand content

    This year has shown how flexible working has helped businesses continue to operate with large numbers of the workforce working remotely. Many roles that were perceived as only office-based have been successfully translated into flexible working. CIPD research shows that employers expect that the proportion of people working from home on a regular basis once the crisis is over will increase to 37% compared to 18% before the pandemic. But what are the opportunities and implications for employers and employees if a big part of the workforce continues to use a high level of flexible working/remote working in the future? And what does it mean for team dynamics, management practices, and assessment and promotion of employees?

    Speakers
    • Clare Corkish
      Clare Corkish Human Resources Director, Vodafone UK
    • Matthew Percival
      Matthew Percival People & Skills Director, CBI​
    • Steve Wilkins
      Steve Wilkins Director of HR Services UK, Fedex
    • Valerie Todd
      Valerie Todd HR Director, Siemens​
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 14:00
    Alderman Vincent Keaveny
    Alderman Vincent Keaveny

    Panel discussion: Driving greater social mobility after COVID-19 

    Live session

    A vast majority of people in the UK do not want to go back to how things were before the pandemic. They want fairer, more diverse, and inclusive workplaces. At the core, this is about equality of opportunity – regardless of protected characteristic, the school a person has gone to or someone’s social background. This is an opportunity for businesses to rethink how they can support more social mobility in society. What are companies doing currently and how can they do more to make society fairer and more equal in opportunity?

     

    Speakers
    • Alderman Vincent Keaveny
      Alderman Vincent Keaveny Senior Alderman, City of London Corporation and Partner, DLA Piper
    • Dawid Konotey-Ahulu
      Dawid Konotey-Ahulu Co-Founder Redington Ltd; mallowstreet and 10,000 Black Interns
    • Matthew Whittaker
      Matthew Whittaker CEO, Pro Bono Economics
    • Professor Lindsey Macmillan
      Professor Lindsey Macmillan Director, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, UCL​
    • Tracy Garrad
      Tracy Garrad CEO, AXA Health
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 15:00
    Yvonne Smyth
    Yvonne Smyth

    Reflections on the impact of COVID-19 

    On-demand content

    In this short film, Yvonne Smyth (Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Hays) discusses how to recruit virtually and inclusively. 

    Speakers
    • Yvonne Smyth
      Yvonne Smyth Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Hays
  • 15:10
    Ann Cairns
    Ann Cairns

    Panel discussion: Doubling down on pay gap reporting

    On-demand content

    As we know from the financial crisis in 2008-9, there is a significant danger that the progress made so far on equality is wiped out. This year we have seen the return of all-male boards in the FTSE 350, the suspension of gender pay gap reporting and widespread BLM protest in response to the killing of George Floyd. But if we want to build back better and create a fairer society companies need to re-focus on diversity & inclusion and pay gap reporting is one of the crucial tools to focus minds on action. How can companies double down on pay gap reporting – introducing ethnicity pay gap reporting – in the current context? What more can they do to make real progress? 

     

    Speakers
    • Ann Cairns
      Ann Cairns Global Vice-Chair, Mastercard ​
    • Naeema Choudry
      Naeema Choudry Partner, Eversheds
    • Sir Philip Hampton
      Sir Philip Hampton Chair, The Hampton-Alexander Review 
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
    • Mary Ann Ochota
      Mary Ann Ochota Host
  • 16:30
    Nathan Coe
    Nathan Coe

    In Discussion with Nathan Coe, CEO, Auto Trader Group

    This session was pre-recorded. It is only available at the scheduled time of 16:30.

    Speakers
    • Nathan Coe
      Nathan Coe CEO, Auto Trader Group
  • 17:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's day 2 closing

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI

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