Diverse Live: Women at Work Digital Focus Day

Diverse Live: Women at Work
Digital Focus Day

Tuesday 11th May 2021

This in-depth online event features a mix of insightful presentations, interviews and case studies, a live panel discussion and an interactive meetup session. 

Gender equality in the workplace is one of the most-discussed aspects of diversity and inclusion, but there is still a long way to go to reach true parity.

While some progress was being made with developments such as mandatory gender pay gap reporting, the obligation to file reports for 2019-20 was suspended due to the pandemic, and research has shown that COVID-19 has had a substantially greater impact on women than on men.

In many cases, it is women who are taking on most of the home-schooling and caring responsibilities, while trying to balance this with working from home. Over a prolonged period, this could potentially lead to burnout, lower productivity, and less chance of being able to pursue progression opportunities.

Therefore, it is more important than ever to focus on supporting and developing female employees, to avoid the pandemic resulting in long-term negative effects on women’s career prospects.

At this exclusive Diverse Live: Women at Work Digital Focus Day: 

  • Determine how to better support your female employees and listen to their challenges
  • Gain expert guidance on ways to nurture female talent, retain them and help them progress through the organisation to senior leadership level
  • Discover how mentoring and role models can be beneficial
  • Learn the most effective ways of measuring gender equality progress

Discover the practical ideas and resources you need to make real progress towards greater gender equality in your organisation, as part of an intersectional approach.

  • Discover new software tools and strategies to benefit diversity and inclusion in your organisation
  • Ignite passion for diversity and inclusion initiatives within your organisation and facilitate greater change for good
  • Connect with other professionals also looking to upgrade their D&I strategies and work together to advance change

Women At Work Digital Focus Day | Agenda

Tuesday 11th May 2021

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12pm – 1pm BST

Succession Planning with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Lens

  • Growing your culture from within and understanding how inclusion and succession work hand in hand
  • Identifying and utilising the talent you have in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs – also known as Business Resource Groups or Employee Networks)
  • How to utilise your talent internally and externally

Cheryl Carty, D&I Consultant, Inclusive Employers, and Former Chair of Women at Warner Bros

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1pm – 2pm BST

The Impact of Covid-19 on Women in Work: How Can We Counter the Regression?

  • The pandemic has had a significant impact on women, and for many working women, it has affected their work-life balance and is impacting their physical and mental health. How can we ensure that there is not long-term harm to women’s careers? What can employers do to mitigate the disproportionate impact on women at work?
  • Support for returners to the workplace continues to be crucial, to avoid losing talented women at key stages of their careers. What can be done before a parental leave or career break, during the break, and upon the return to ensure women are informed, supported, and provided with the tools to continue progressing?
  • As the workforce becomes hybrid, will this be an opportunity or a further challenge for working women? 

Amandeep Khasriya, Senior Associate, Moore Barlow LLP, and Founder, Women Back to Law

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2pm – 3pm BST

Addressing Menopause in the Workplace: How to Support the Fastest Growing Demographic in Today’s Workforce

  • Understanding the changing context for menopause transition and the threat it poses to gender equality in the workplace
  • How to talk about menopause in an inclusive way
  • Demystifying the menopause transition – stages, variances, tell tale signs of menopause
  • Building a roadmap to remove the stigma around menopause – educating, equipping & empowering colleagues in and out of the workplace

Lesley Salem, Founder, Over The Bloody Moon

Lynn O'Connor

3pm – 4pm BST

Changing the Pipeline: Working Towards Global Gender Parity

  • Why is it so important to encourage more women into STEM and how can this contribute towards closing the gender pay gap?
  • The current challenges – lack of role models, stereotypical views, and opting out of certain career choices too early
  • Ways to build the pipeline by focusing on very young children and teaching them about STEM, and further into the pipeline looking at stretch opportunities, sponsorship, visibility, and creating the right culture for everyone to succeed
  • How the pandemic has made the workplace more accessible and levelled the hierarchy in some ways – but what we need to watch out for as we move into a hybrid approach
  • Steps we can all take to challenge the stereotypes in order to change the narrative and outcome for women

Lynn O’Connor, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, Sage

Emma-Jane Hendry
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4pm – 5pm BST

Panel Discussion: How Effective Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Can Help Keep D&I High On The Agenda

  • How to keep staff motivated in the drive towards greater D&I
  • Should ERGs be owned by the business or employees for the best outcomes?
  • Senior sponsorship and buy-in – what difference can this make to the success of the ERG?
  • How can organisations measure the success of their ERGs?
  • Should ERGs work together to ensure an intersectional approach – how can this be driven?


Emma-Jane Hendry, Director of Business Development and Partnerships, Distribution at BBC Global News, and Chair of Women at the BBC, BBC

Cheryl Carty, DEI Specialist & Former Chair of Women at Warner, Warner Bros

Ian McDonald, Head of IT Optimisation & Transformation and Co-chair, Women In Tech Network, TalkTalk

Our Speakers

Cheryl Carty

D&I Consultant at Inclusive Employers and Former Chair, Women of Warner Bros

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Warner Bros

Lynn O'Connor

Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion Director


Emma-Jane Hendry

Director of Business Development & Partnerships, BBC Global News, & Chair of Women at the BBC


Amandeep Khasriya

Senior Associate & Founder of
Women Back to Law


Ian McDonald

Head of IT Optimisation & Transformation & Co-Chair, Women In Tech


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An opportunity to make new contacts

After the learning, join us to meet speakers and fellow attendees and make new contacts at our exclusive after-show digital meetup.

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Hands in the Air
Thank you very much for an excellent and thought provoking conference. Many thanks to the team for organising such a great event.
Great to be able to share our own experiences and tips but also to learn from other sectors.
Thank you... You are opening up a whole new realm of tech that I didn't know existed.
Thank you very much to you all for putting on a highly professional and great show!!

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