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BAME Leadership Conference - Tackling the elephant in the room

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  • This Black History Month we have decided to do something special and create our first ever BAME Leadership Conference to #MoveToEquality
    BAME Leadership Conference...

    aims to connect industry with future talent. At the same time, we want to continue the conversation and the momentum created by the death of George Floyd by equipping those in industry with the tools to move the dial to Equality.

    The Event Theme:

    Tackling the elephant in the room. And helping organisations be colour brave!

    The Virtual Conference features:

    One to one speed mentoring Advice on how to make it into industrySenior leaders across different industries Employers with live opportunitiesAgenda

    4.30 pm - Keynote: Tackling the elephant in the room helping organisations be colour brave by Dr Bijna K Dasanī, Ursula Henry and Rene Carayol

    5.15 pm - BAME Leaders Panel : Showcasing BAME Role Models in various Sectors

    BAME role models from different industry sectors will speak on the subject: “What I have faced as a BAME person in my career and how industry has moved to equality”. We will close with the question of how we can activate change to accelerate the move to equality as individuals and as an industry.

    6.00 pm - Free Time: Attendees have the option of attending one of the following:

    Employer Zone: Employers sharing their opportunities and programmes with our dream hunters Speed mentoring: Connecting to young people to talk to industry leaders Taking a break and returning for the final workshop

    7.00 pm - Workshops: Tackling the elephant in the room. Fierce conversations on race and providing attendees with the tools and techniques to handle situations which currently are left unchallenged

    Can I call you Margret? How to deal with microaggression, the unconscious and conscious bias in the workplace by Geoffrey WillamsI don’t see colour. How to educate well-meaning allies and empower them to move to equality by Gianina Harvey-BrewinHow to become an equality champion and kickstart a programme to move to equality by Fatemaa AhsanHow to break through your own limiters: be brave by Marcus Orlovsky

    The event allows you to either participate or just observe. We recommend you get involved, ask questions, and make connections - to get most out of the day and engaging with the leaders and mentors that we have present.

    Who is speaking?


    Dr Bijna K Dasanī

    Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

    Ursula Henry

    Operations Director Banking Standards Board Board Director of BSB Global Services

    Rene Carayol

    Global Leadership Keynote Speaker CEO at Carayol


    David Neita

    Director at Dave Neita Consultancy

    Movell Dash

    Technical Specialist (Diversity, Inclusion, CSR Team) at Financial Conduct Authority

    Lin Yue

    Executive Director at Goldman Sachs

    Aden Eyob

    Founder CEO at Mind Medication Limited

    Aliza Ayaz

    Founder Chairperson at Climate Action Society


    Can I call you Margret? How to deal with microaggression, the unconscious and conscious bias in the workplace by Geoffrey Willams, Global Head of Diversity Equity Inclusion at Dr Martens

    How to become an equality champion and kickstart a programme to move to equality by Barrister Fatemaa Ahsan, Chairman at No Passport Voice

    How to break through your own limiters: be brave by Marcus Orlovsky, Director at Bryanston Square Foundation

    Employer and Volunteer Zone

    Join sessions with employers, and learn more about their application process. Ask questions and make your next move.

    Virtual Speed Mentoring

    In the speed mentoring zone you will be matched automatically at 10 minute intervals with our industry mentors. You will be able to speak to them via webcam on a one to one basis.

    The processes is automated and is designed to enable you to connect and learn from as many industry leaders as possible.

    You deserve a mentoring experience that connects you to the world of today:Learn from senior leaders as to how they made it in their professions.Benefit from attending small masterclasses where you can engage, learn and discuss how to break into the industry with leading professionals.Learn from HR and recruitment leads the secrets to making a great application, standing out in an interview - to secure that coveted role.Build a professional network and meet people in industry via automated one to one speed mentoring sessions.Feel inspired with new work and volunteering opportunities currently available.Our Mission

    We hope to benefit as many attendees with ongoing support after the event. Support includes mentoring and career days delivered in partnership with our sponsors.

    Some attendees will be selected for ongoing support, including workshops, career days and access to some of our work experience and insight programmes at employers.

    Note there are real active jobs and programmes that you will be able to engage with HR managers about on the day.

    Our aims: Network, Learning, Achieving

    To connect diverse talent to companies looking to hire diverse talent Identifying influential business leaders from the community to share their career stories and the struggles they faced to get to where they are nowTo inspire and help attendees move forward with their career pathShowcase career options and opportunities available

    Our Guarantee:

    A casual, welcoming atmosphere Direct access to Leading figuresTop and secret tips about career progressionDiversity of audienceSpeakers who are inspiring and want to inspire other people (paying it forward)Opportunity to sign up to our mentoring program Why attend?

    The conference is designed to

    Inspire and connect future diverse talent to those in industry. Showcase diverse leaders across different sectorsEmpower allies with knowledge and tools to be part of the change

    It will also enable you to:

    Examine the barriers enablers affecting your progressionReceive hands-on advice coaching for your professional development Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be successful in industryHear from senior Black, Asian Ethnic Minority leaders on how to succeed Network with peers counterparts from across also trying to further their careersHear from inspirational speakers of all grades and levels from across the public and private sectorsBuild your professional network Engage with employers looking to engage with diverse talentWe've gathered mentors and senior leaders from top companies with one goal:To #ActivateChange by empowering our young people and career changers during uncertain times.

    Apply to attend or purchase your ticket today - Make meaningful career progress even from home!

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