The event will provide a full programme of resources. Talks, panels and workshops, hosted by a variety of companies and organisations, will showcase best practice, offer training materials, address and facilitate important conversations around inclusion and diversity.

Please note we reserve the right to amend this agenda and timings are subject to change.

Day 1 – LGBTQ+ Programme – Tuesday 20 October 2020
09:00 – 09:30 hrs
Registration and Online Networking
10:00-10:40 hrs 
Role of the Trade Union
#MeToo has been effective in focusing the eyes of the world on the problem of sexual harassment at work. But the voices of LGBT people haven’t been heard clearly enough in discussions around this issue. We wanted to change this and foreground LGBT people’s voices and experiences in the ongoing debate and search for solutions. We therefore conducted the first survey of its kind on this issue.
10:40-11:40 hrs 
Preventing Trans Discrimination at Work 
(inc Q & A)

Katie will tell the very personal story of her long walk to womanhood, with passion and with humour.  After telling her extraordinary story she will answer ANY questions from the audience – no holds barred!  She will then outline why trans-awareness training is needed and discuss two recent discrimination tribunals highlighting what can go wrong when D&I best practice is not followed.  Delegates will then be asked to discuss what action can be taken to prevent trans discrimination in the workplace, to create some actionable points for them to take back to their organisations.

11:40 -11:50 hrs 
11:50 – 12:35 hrs 
Panel Discussion – Inclusive Language
The language we use about people and issues can have a powerful impact. Language used about sexual orientation and gender identity continues to develop as there has been increased visibility, awareness and discussion in recent years. To support and include people it is important to be sensitive to social change. There can be confusion caused by an increase in the diversity of terms and language used. This panel discussion sets out to provide suggestions about current use of language and what organisations can do to help train staff in the correct use of language within an LGBTQ+ perspective.
12:35 – 13:05 hrs 
Lunch Break
13: 05 – 14:05 hrs 
Networks & Alliances – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Want to know how to set up an LGBT+ network or workplace community? Learn about the good, the bad and the downright terrible from someone who has first-hand experience. In this session you will get a better understanding of the steps that you and your organisation can take to establish your community. There is no one size fits all approach but insight and experiences from others can help you understand the challenges you may face on your journey. The topics and processes covered have been designed to be applicable for large or small organisations, this session is for everyone with plenty of discussion and chances to ask questions.
14:05 – 15:00 hrs 
Unconference (including breakouts into smaller groups)

This session will provide the audience to shape the conversation around LGBTQ+ in the workplace and will provide a platform for open discussion.

Wrap up of the day and the opportunity to ask any further questions. 

Day 2 – Wednesday, 21 October 2020 – BAME Programme
09:30 – 10:00 hrs
Registration and Online Networking

Integration of BAME apprentices in the workplace. How organisations can attract the skills and talent of BAME people and recognise their skills and abilities to benefit their organisation.

10:55  -11:55 hrs 
Cultural Awareness / Stereotypes and Unconscious Bias (inc breakouts into smaller groups)
Explaining the different types of cultures within a BAME context and presenting the different types of headwear for different cultures and showing that one size does not fit all and no one type of BAME individual should be a representative of all BAME cultures. There are differences and these differences should be made aware to organisations.
11:55 – 12:25 hrs 
Lunch Break
12:30-13:00 hrs 

Helping organisations to build knowledge, strengthen internal capabilities and lend support to develop a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. 

13:00-13:30 hrs 
Ethnic Entrepreneurship Reconsidered: Tell Me Something New!? 
The first generation of migrants faced barriers when finding employment in the UK, this inaugurated ethnic entrepreneurs. The second and later generations overcame those barriers, entered white-collar jobs, but still face challenges. Why? Learning from previous experiences, this reconsideration will co-create strategies the present generation can use to tell something new.
13:30 hrs 
Wrap up and close
Day 2 – Wednesday, 21 October 2020 – Women’s Programme
14:00 – 14:30 hrs
Registration and Online Networking

14:40-15:10 hrs

Menopause in the Workplace
With an ageing population and more women climbing up the career ladder, there are more older women in workplaces today. Jane will offer advice to employers on how to support women going through the change and will offer coping mechanisms for the workplace to women experiencing symptoms.

15:10-15:55 hrs 

Impostor Syndrome
This session will explore the impact of impostor syndrome in a work environment and will offer coping strategies to overcome this syndrome, enabling women in the workplace to become more confident.
15:55 – 16:10 hrs 
Coffee Break

16:10 – 16:55 hrs 

16:55-17:40 hrs

Millennials and Gen Z
Preparing for the next generation of workers, why and how they are different from their predecessors.

Wrap up of the day and the opportunity to ask any further questions. 


This Is Us 2020

20 – 21 October 2020

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