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The value of diversity and inclusion: (very) unfinished business


Panel Discussions


Please note this event will be held on Zoom Webinar

Speakers: Alison Maitland - Co-author of “INdivisible: Radically rethinking inclusion for sustainable business results”, Dr Heather Melville OBE - PwC, Chris Parke - Talking Talent, the panel moderator will be GWLP Director, Dr Canan Kocabasoglu Hillmer

The Global Women’s Leadership programme (GWLP) at The Business School (formerly Cass) is delighted to welcome our expert business leaders to discuss the value of diversity, inclusion, and what businesses need to do to capture it.

Recent world events have brought the importance of diversity & inclusion to the forefront: it is time for serious reflection and action. Join our panel as it looks at the changing landscape and addresses the benefits of effective diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Some of the questions the panel will address:

1) What are the benefits of effective diversity and inclusion initiatives? Economic, societal, HR-related, innovation-related?
2) What are the strongest enablers in institutionalizing diversity and inclusion in firms?
3) What practices, against your expectations, proved to be least effective in nurturing diversity and inclusion?

More about our speakers

Alison Maitland - Co-author: “INdivisible: Radically rethinking inclusion for sustainable business results”
Alison Maitland is an international writer, speaker, adviser and coach. Her key areas of expertise are: the changing world of work; building inclusive organizations; new models of leadership; and the importance of gender balance in business. She is a former long-serving Financial Times journalist, and is co-author of the books INdivisible (2020), Future Work (2014) and Why Women Mean Business (2009). Alison is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London, where she chairs the Executive Board of the Cass Global Women’s Leadership Programme. She is Vice-Chair of the International Women’s Forum UK and is a Senior Fellow in Human Capital with The Conference Board. She is a professional coach, trained in Co-active® Coaching and Conversational Intelligence®, a member of the International Coach Federation, and an alumna of the Collective Leadership programme.

Dr Heather Melville OBE - PwC
Heather Melville, OBE is a thought-leader on leadership, an innovator in business and has a notable track record of delivering strong financial performance, building high performing inclusive teams across both financial and professional services. Her newly appointed role as Director and Head of Client Experience for PwC UK, sees Heather leading a dynamic team of Data Scientists, established Marketers and client feedback specialists Client Relationship programmes (specifically designed for our CSuiteclients) who are clearly focused on delivering an exemplary single experience for our 65k clients and 22k employees, every time they engage with PwC. As well as the above, Heather continues to support the development of BAME talent, from early school right through to that first role they may have secured in the corporate workplace. In 2018 Heather delivered a series of Black led thought-leadership forums, with the support of the Group CEO to address the lack of Black talent being pulled through into leadership roles. Heather presented the board directly with bios of BAME employees, which last year resulted in 2 promotions.

Chris Parke - Talking Talent
Chris Parke is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity. After a career in investment banking with Barclays and in organisation consulting with PwC he re-trained as a business psychologist at INSEAD. During that year he wrote his Thesis on how organisations could better support women’s career paths as they navigate the transition to parenthood. Chris used his research as the springboard to launch Talking Talent a coaching and consulting practice which focuses on leadership, inclusion, and talent management with a depth of expertise in gender diversity. Talking Talent now works with over 150 multinational clients from offices in Europe, US and Asia. The team have coached over 30,000 women since 2005, but perhaps more importantly, have worked with many of the line managers and leaders of those women. This work helps clients develop inclusive cultures where diverse talent can thrive. Systemic and behavioural change is at the heart of their work.

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When and where

5.30pm - 7.00pmMonday 5th October 2020

Contact Details

Cass Global Women's Leadership Programme

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom

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