20 August 2023

Bristol Women in Business Series: Recruiting for difference in 2024

Join us on September 20 at 6:00 PM for insight to help you plan to attract different talent in 2024, through an intersectional approach.

Event Description:

Are you a business leader or HR professional looking to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce? Have you tried a number of approaches that haven’t yet made the impact you need?

At our event, the first in our newly launched ‘Bristol Women in Business’ series for business leaders and HR/DEI professional, you can learn from industry experts, network with like-minded professionals, and gain practical insights to elevate diversity and inclusion for all women within your organisation to plan for success in 2024.

Event Highlights:

Gain Insights from Industry Experts: Our professional panel will share their expertise and practical advice on inclusive recruitment practices. Learn effective ways of attracting diverse talent and mitigating unconscious biases in the hiring process.

Best Practices and Case Studies: Hear real-world success stories from companies that have successfully embraced diversity in their hiring and benefited from it.

Lived experience: Be inspired and gain invaluable insights from those who’ve triumphed over challenges. Our remarkable Lived Experience Panel, will share real-life stories which will ignite hope, resilience, and positive change.

Q&A Session: Get your questions answered by our panel of experts and industry leaders.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals who are passionate about fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We’ll network before and after the speaker panels with complimentary drinks and canapes provided.


Networking with drinks and canapes.

Welcome and Introduction

Panel One – Professional Panel

  • Sangeetha Wynter, Training and Inclusion Manager, Babbasa, will share case studies on the youth empowerment and inclusion work Babbasa do with companies in Bristol, she’ll talk about the importance of the employee life cycle for under represented groups (recruitment, onboarding and retention).
  • Dr Caroline McKinnon, Equalities Charter Manager, University of Bristol will talk about the work she is doing to support neurodiverse staff at all career stages, whilst also highlighting neurodivergent voices and lived experiences.
  • Karen Cooke, Head of Capability and Engagement Hargreaves Lansdown, will highlight a project create a women returners programme, especially for mums who are far away from work and in receipt of state benefits.
  • Other speakers TBA

Panel Two – Lived Experience Panel

  • Trish Uwanogho, Senior Portfolio Manager at the Ministry of Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre. With a passion for STEM and over 23 years of experience across various sectors, she is the Intersectionality Lead for the Defence African and Caribbean Network (AfCab) where she provides support by helping to improve inclusivity within the workplace.
  • Amy Davies, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon, well-established co-chair of their disability network, BEnabled. Amy is active in promoting and supporting the interests of professionals with disabilities, long-term health conditions (including mental health conditions) and neuro-divergences.
  • Other speakers TBA

Closing Remarks and Takeaways followed by networking with drinks and canapes.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business Leaders and Executives
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Hiring and Talent Managers
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals

Why Attend:

In today’s competitive market, embracing diversity is a strategic advantage, but even employers who are searching for diverse applicants can struggle to find it:

  • 48% of employers say they struggle to find diverse candidates because they have limited access to diverse networks. (LinkedIn)
  • A study in the UK found that racial discrimination in hiring is still prevalent, with minority ethnic applicants facing significant disadvantage compared to white applicants. (Centre for Social Investigation, University of Oxford)
  • 75% of HR professionals and hiring managers are influenced by their own unconscious biases when making hiring decisions. (Harvard Business Review)

This event will empower you with the knowledge and tools to create an inclusive workplace that attracts top talent, by sharing insight, lived experience and case studies. By broadening your search for different talent, you’ll unlock the potential for innovation, creativity, and increased employee satisfaction.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the movement towards a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

Join us at the first of our new series of events focused on deepening the knowledge for HR professionals. Lets embark on this journey together to make Bristol a more equal city for all women and celebrates uniqueness and fosters inclusivity.

For enquiries or group bookings, please contact info@bristolwomeninbusinesscharter.org

As we are an ambassador of WIBC we are happy to share a discount link with you here.

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