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Roundtable: BAME Women – London

Apr 02
Date and time
Thu, 02 April  @  09:30  -  14:00
Price
Free to BITC members
Location
London United Kingdom
Audience
BITC members with a race partnership, HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers, Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers
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Audience

BITC members with a race partnership, HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers, Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers and Open to all BITC members
Free to BITC members

Thu, 02 April 2020  @  09:30  –  14:00

The Race at Work Charter survey 2019 with 108 employers found that only one in three employers are taking action to monitor their gender programmes for ethnicity. This event provides a space for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women to come together in a confidential environment to discuss opportunities and challenges in the workplace and explore good practice and solutions.

There will be an emphasis on delegate discussion and the sharing of experiences on the theme of career conversations. This interactive session convenes members from across sectors and race partnership organisations eager to share and learn from one another.

Sandra Kerr CBE OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community (BITC) will share information about the Race at Work Charter survey results and a factsheet and new toolkits, created by the Race Leadership Team. These new resources are designed to support executive sponsors for race and the first call for action of the Race at Work Charter

The roundtable is an opportunity to hear more about employers who are taking positive action and explore what further action is needed. Delegates will:

  • explore practical and effective strategies to have conversations that support BAME women in the workplace on the topic of development and progression
  • gain greater awareness of diversity and inclusion trends and latest research
  • network and make new connections.

Appointing an executive sponsor is the first principle of the Race at Work Charter. They provide visible leadership on race and ethnicity in their organisation and can drive key actions such as setting targets for ethnic minority representation, briefing recruitment agencies and supporting mentoring and sponsorship.

The new factsheet will be freely available in the public domain and the toolkits will be shared with BITC members who hold a race partnership. The toolkits will support in making the business case for action, engaging with employees and stakeholders, and to take targeted action.

Find out more about becoming a BITC member with a race partnership.

The roundtable is an opportunity to hear about some of the challenges facing employees from BAME backgrounds in the area of progression. Delegates can:

  • learn about practical and effective strategies to have conversations that support BAME development and progression
  • hear about the importance of feedback and how this can be used to in creating personal development and career action plans
  • gain greater awareness of diversity and inclusion trends and latest research
  • network and make new connections
  • hear about the executive sponsor for race toolkits and results from the Race at Work Survey.

Aims and objectives

The event will provide a chance to network, and learn and share best practice.

Agenda

  • 09:30 Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 Welcome and introductions
  • 10:15 Patricia Chinyoka, Senior Diversity Adviser, BITC – overview of event and expectations
  • 11:00 Sandra Kerr, MBE OBE Race Equality Director – executive sponsor for race toolkits and Race at Work survey results
  • 11.30 Group discussion – career conversations
  • 12:15 Group feedback
  • 13:00 Networking lunch
  • 14:00 Close

Refreshments
Tea and coffee on arrival and a light lunch will be provided.

Audience
In the first instance, this event is open to BITC Members with a race partnership. BITC Members without a race partnership will be placed on a waiting list and offered 1 place per organisation on a first come first served basis.

This event would benefit BAME women, race sponsors and champions, diversity and inclusion and human resources leads.

Further information and contact details
Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

To book, contact Patricia Chinyoka Diversity Adviser at BITC.

Find out more about BITC’s work on race, which supports employers to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels. Find out more on how BITC is achieving a truly gender-balanced workforce, meaning employers must recruit and progress the best talent – irrespective of gender.