Join us on 8 March at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London
We’ve come a long way in terms of equality. Equal rights for women, ethnic minorities, the LGBT+ community and those with disabilities have all improved significantly.
But as enlightened as we might feel today, there is so much further to go.
This is as true of financial services as it is of society with women making up only 18% of executive teams and only 13% of people employed in financial services coming from a BME background.
There is however, a very clear link between diversity, inclusion and business performance.
Join us and a wide range of speakers as we explore how to unlock the value in diversity.
Our speaker line up
Michelle Hoskin (chair)
Standards International / Little Miss Woww
Michelle is the founder and director of Standards International with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the leading and most successful financial services practices.
We are all so beautifully unique…
We’re all human at the end of the day, and whether we mean to or not we have been guilty of judging others for being different to us. Michelle Hoskin opens the day by asking the audience to consider the value in these differences between us, and how we can grow our relationships and our businesses by treating everyone as equals.
Dame Helena Morrissey
Legal & General Investment Management
Dame Helena Morrissey is Head of Personal Investing at Legal and General. As the founder of the 30% Club and the Diversity Project, she is one of the most influential women in financial services and a prolific champion for diversity in the industry.
It's a good time to be a girl - don't lean in, change the system
Helena will explain why it’s a good time to be a girl, drawing from her own thirty year career, experiences as a mother of nine and observations from the 30% Club. She sets out what makes it different this time around and why it is so important to see the unprecedented opportunity before us. Helena will also outline the risks of not seizing the moment, why we need to work with men to achieve progress and last but not least some career advice.
Kirsty is chief people officer at Nucleus, a people geek at heart and a long-time champion of ‘humans’ rather than ‘resources’ in the HR profession.
Thank you from tomorrow
Nucleus is acting now to influence tomorrow. By taking action to make our organisation a more inclusive and open place for people to do their best work, we’re laying the groundwork for a more diverse workplace. Kirsty, our Chief people officer, will take us through the importance of executive support for diversity and inclusion and talk about the importance of clarity, having open conversations and creating legacy to ensure your hard work endures.
Yasmin Sheikh is the founder of Diverse Matters, a consultancy specialising in disability issues in the workplace.
Disability, a desirable disadvantage
Yasmin Sheikh, the founder of Diverse Matters will speak about how we can include disability on the diversity agenda and think about disability differently. How employers can attract disabled talent, both visible and non-visible disabilities and create businesses where employees feel comfortable and supported in talking about their needs as well as giving practical advice on the ‘right way’ to deal with what may be regarded as taboos when working with someone with a disability.
Iain is an expert in public policy and complex corporate communications issues with over 20 years’ experience, and a Stonewall ambassador.
Building a diverse workplace in a small business
Iain Anderson will take a look at diversity from the perspective of small businesses and why getting inclusion and diversity on your agenda isn’t just for big corporations. Drawing from his own personal experience, he will address the benefits of a diverse workforce for small companies, and why diversity needs to be addressed at all levels, not just in executive teams.
The Young Money Blog
Iona Bain is the founder of the Young Money Blog, the UK’s only blog dedicated to young people’s finances.
Young investors: the opportunity and how to adapt to meet their needsIona Bain will tackle those assumptions and misconceptions about young people and their finances, and how financial planners could be losing out by not taking steps to understand how to adapt to cater to this valuable and diverse market. She recommends starting with not lumping all “Millennials” in the same basket and some advice on how advisers can catch up by being mindful of young peoples’ lifestyles and habits, particularly with regard digital solutions.
Graham is the Director of Learning & Development with Boundaries Edge Ltd. He is an expert on the effects of unconscious bias on businesses.
Part 1: The human mind and bias | Part 2: Perception bias
In his morning session, “The human mind and bias”, Graham Cox explains why we are biased (and we all are), looking at the human mind, particularly the conscious and subconscious mind. He will also demonstrate through some interaction with the audience how bias is an ‘emotional response’. In the afternoon he will explore the 6 rules of Perception and how/why they change our perception of others. This will be an interactive session that shows how perceptions form in the human mind and why it is so difficult for companies to change organisational behaviour. Across the two topics, we will cover everything from recruitment to buying to planning and how bias can influence your decision making.
Anna Sofat is founder and Managing Director of Addidi Wealth, a financial services boutique for women. Anna has 20 years’ experience of advising private clients and managing financial advisory firms.
Inclusive business - better by design
Building a diverse and inclusive business creates value for all. Employees thrive in a lively and supportive environment that brings out the best in everyone and it's good for clients and the bottom line. Anna Sofat explains why and how she built Addidi Wealth, a boutique wealth management business for women, to reflect this principle. She shares the highs and lows of her business story. Anna also asks us to consider some of the key factors that we often overlook when we question the value of creating a diverse and inclusive business.
Neil is an entrepreneur and Founder of Be-IQ Ltd, a leading financial behaviour specialist.
Debunking the myths surrounding gender-based decision making
There are many myths, entrenched in society’s DNA, around the different way in which males and females approach decision-making. This includes decisions involving risk and ambiguity, and a belief that different genders take different approaches. However, recent research is starting to dispel these myths, and paint a different picture to the one that that society currently accepts. Neil Bage will debunk some of the myths surrounding gender-based decision making.
The Red Plate
Suzy is Managing Director at The Red Plate, a consulting firm specialising in complex people & cultural initiatives.
Past, Present & Future: The Legacy & Opportunity of Diversity
Participants will get a chance to take a factual look at the history of the breadth of diversity and inclusion and Britain over the last century – from mental health to sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity. They will also walk away with a clear understanding of how far we have come today, and how far we have yet to go. But perhaps most importantly, they will have a chance to look why diversity might be just important enough to create competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Andrew Fairbairn brings 20 years of experience across investment banking, corporate venturing, entrepreneurship, angel investing and consulting, always with a strong focus on community service. As founder of SEO London in 2000, Andrew has been involved in diversity and inclusion issues for 18 years as a trustee of the organisation. He recently returned to the executive seat as CEO.
Registration and breakfast
The importance of diversity in your business
Coffee and networking
Planning for diverse needs
Lunch and networking
Creating and running a diverse business
Close and post event drinks
BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, St. James's, London, W1J 9EU