Discriminating: Is Diversity the Mother of All Creativity?
About this Event
In our third event of the 2019/20 Midtown Big Ideas Exchange (MBIE) programme we will focus on SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. The world is ever-changing and wonderfully diverse, this isn’t necessarily reflected when looking at the company floor and certainly not the corporate boardroom. At this event we will discuss whether it is businesses’ bottom-lines that are losing out.
The business case for diversity seems intuitive – building teams from a variety of backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations offers different viewpoints and a wider range of experiences. Diverse teams are more representative of customers, can improve decision making and ultimately are able to innovate and problem-solve.
While improvements have been made in recent years, there is still much to do to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace and make organisations reflective of society, for the benefit of all stakeholders.
At this event you’ll be able to hear from Midtown business leaders who are tackling the issue of workplace inequality head-on and learn why diversity is offers commercial advantage.
What to expect – attend this event and learn:
• How to nurture an inclusive company culture
• What elements need to be tackled to create a fully inclusive workforce?
• What steps companies in Midtown are taking to narrow the gender pay gap
• The importance of unconscious bias training
• How diversity can improve innovation
• What practices make a company an enabler or blocker for reduced inequality?
Chair: Michael Wilson, Business Broadcaster and writer
• Ben Murray, CEO of Carbon Smart, a Midtown-based consultancy helping businesses take on the challenge of sustainability. Clients include several UK Government departments, Rathbone Brothers, Lloyd’s of London, and BNP Paribas
• Jennifer Healy, Chief People Officer for Mindshare and founder of various talent development and attraction programmes; a schools’ engagement programme to support diversity and social mobility; and the Performance Management Social Network platform
• Sonia Campbell, Partner in the Dispute Resolution department at Mishcon de Reya, and Head of BAME Diversity & Inclusion
• Sumita Singha, award-winning architect, academic and author, founder of Eco=logic. Founder of Architects For Change, the Equality forum at the Royal Institute of British Architects and a past Chair of Women In Architecture