Panel discussion: Race, progress, and lasting change at work

We're bringing together some of the most innovative diversity and inclusion leaders in business to share fresh perspectives and action-orientated advice on how leaders can keep the momentum going and embed lasting change at work

Fiona Daniel, Founder, Black Leaders Network 

16:00 BST / 11:00 EDT, 19 August 2020 | From your home offices, dining tables and across borders.

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WHY ATTEND?

When the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery hit the headlines in the US just a few short months ago, the Black Lives Matter movement was flooded with unprecedented levels of support

The need to become an anti-racist company was catapulted onto the C-suite agenda, and we saw public outpourings of support from all kinds of businesses, alongside personal commitments from CEOs to play their part.

But as D&I and people leaders have long known, it takes more than messages of support to create long-lasting change and dismantle systemic inequalities.

So what can organisations do to embed lasting change and create more equitable workplaces after the media buzz has died down?

Join founder of the Black Leaders Network Fiona Daniel, M&C Saatchi’s Sereena Abbassi, and author of ‘Inclusive Growth’ Toby Mildon, as they share fresh perspectives and action-orientated advice on how leaders can keep the momentum going and embed lasting change at work.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Join Fiona, Sereena and Toby as they discuss what anti-racism at work actually looks like and share perspectives on:

  • Why culture change is the key to creating lasting change at work and how to kickstart it
  • The role for white people in dismantling systemic racism at work, how to check in with your privilege if you are a white people leader, and how to mobilise your non-Black workforce 
  • How to move the needle on the day-to-day experience of Black people in your organisation (and why having conversations about race aren’t enough) 
  • Practical ways to turn awareness into action
  • How to create an Allied organisation when your budgets are cut and you have low existing Black representation
  • How to use your data to create sustainable change in a performative way

There will also be an open Q&A for all attendees.

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ABOUT FIONA DANIEL

Fiona Daniel is an HR qualified diversity and inclusion leader and D&I company award winner with over 15 years’ experience of leading and growing the global diversity & inclusion agenda for one of the largest banking and financial service organisations in the world, including leading the UK as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

Fiona is passionate about people and inclusion and works tirelessly for the implementation of a holistic strategic approach which underpins all aspects of people decisions in business. She is an awards judge, speaker, panelist, thought leader, mentor and career coach.

After great success at HSBC she has established her own consultancy business FD2I, focused on driving action which aspires to move from diversity to inclusion. She is also the co-founder of Inclusive CEOs a peer to peer network connecting and engaging CEOs and their C suite executives to Commit, Act and Lead on the diversity and inclusion agenda. As if that was not enough, she has recently co-founded and established the Black Leaders whose aims being a positive force for change for Black inclusion and equality.

Fiona is a company member of the UN Women National Committee UK, chaired by Baroness Sandhip Verma supporting the Trustees in their aims for better gender equality UK and globally.

ABOUT SEREENA ABBASSI

Sereena Abbassi is committed to creating organisational transformation that is grounded in a deep-seated belief that all our liberations are tied to each other. Her approach is both creative and strategic – and done with lots of heart. She is the Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion at M&C Saatchi Group, an Activist, an Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Facilitator/Trainer, Public Speaker and Writer.

Having gone to The Brit School as a teenager, and later continuing her studies as a Visual, Performance and Sound Artist at The University of Brighton, and more recently pursuing an M.A. in Postcolonial Culture & Global Policy at Goldsmiths University; her practice is deeply holistic.

Where the visceral and intellectual come together as one.

Sereena has worked with organisations such as Airbnb, Facebook, ICA, Kew Gardens, The Mill, Ustwo and Creative Equals, and has spoken at D&AD, Campaign 360, UCL, LSE, Liverpool University, Royal Albert Hall, Viacom and Monzo to name but a few. She has written for Campaign Live, Communication Arts, The Drum, has featured in The Observer and has appeared on CNBC, Foundation Radio, It’s Nice That’s podcast Lectures in Progress and Fiverr’s podcast Nine Twenty Nine.

She is a Board of Trustee for the charity Sour Lemons and sits on the Advisory Board for the social enterprise The Other Box.

Last year Sereena was nominated as one of Campaign’s 50 Trailblazers of the Future and Stars of 2018, Pitch Magazines 100 Creative Superwomen, and The Dots 100 top Black Creatives. Sereena currently sits on the advisory board for The Other Box and had previously sat on the board of Diversity in Marketing and Advertising Summit (DIMA). She is a Sour Lemons Trustee.

Sereena has spoken at D&AD, Campaign 360, The Mill, ICA, UCL, Liverpool University, Viacom, Monzo, Ustwo, YCN, Bloom and the Oxford Media Convention, to name but a few. She has written for Campaign Live, Communication Arts and The Drum and was recently featured in The Observer; she will be judging this years’ New Blood D&AD category, Mckinsey Design & The Case For Her.

Sereena is currently working towards a part-time masters in Postcolonial Culture & Global Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London.

She is British, Persian-Iranian, Jamaican and has lived and worked in the U.S, the Netherlands, Iran, Spain & UK.

ABOUT TOBY MILDON

Toby Mildon is a Diversity & Inclusion Architect and founder of Mildon, a consultancy and advisory business. Toby works with businesses to re-engineer processes and systems to minimise the impact of bias and build a culture of inclusion. Prior to setting up his business, Toby worked as an in-house diversity and inclusion manager at the BBC and Deloitte.

OUR OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS IN THIS SERIES

Join Siemens’ Nichelle Grant, Group M’s Lukeisha Paul, and HBR author Karen Brown on 20 August 2020 as they share fresh perspectives and action-orientated advice on how leaders can keep the momentum going and embed lasting change at work.

The three will discuss and share their perspectives on:

  • Why culture change is the key to creating lasting change at work and how to kickstart it
  • How to keep education going but turn critical awareness into action
  • Maintaining momentum and keeping conversations about race going long after the media buzz has died down
  • Practical tips on how to diversify your talent pipeline, even when your budgets get cut
  • How to shift mindsets in even the hardest-to-reach leaders by meeting them where they are
  • Why progress on increasing racial diversity work has been slow to date and what to do about it
  • Which approaches to DEI are antiquated and which pragmatic actions you can take to  drive immediate action

There will also be an open Q&A for all attendees.

ABOUT INCLUSION WORKS BY HIVE LEARNING

Hive Learning — the peer learning platform — gives organisations a radically faster route to inclusion, collaboration and innovation.

At Hive Learning, we're on a mission to create a more inclusive world.

That’s why we created Inclusion Works from Hive Learning — a digital toolkit for building an inclusive culture.

The programme is designed to take participants on a journey from unconscious bias to conscious action by embedding tiny but powerful daily habits of inclusion as a daily routine.

 If you have any questions about our Inclusion Works programme or would like to see a demo, please do also get in touch below.

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