Do you ‘fit’? – Introducing the panellists

On Tuesday 18 February 2020, Kent Business School will be hosting their second Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) event of the year – Do you ‘fit’? Do your bit for Race, Sexuality & Disability in Business

The event which will take place at the Sail and Colour Loft, Medway will discuss how we can help to develop the UK Business Sector to ensure it is offering inclusive workplaces where no one feels a sense of inequality. Your FREE ticket includes food, refreshments, an audience Q&A as well as a panel discussion, featuring the following panellists:

Mark Lambert, Higher Education Account Manager at Stonewall

Mark is the lead for the Higher Education sector at Stonewall. His work focuses on embedding LGBT inclusion in universities through the Diversity Champions programme, which is designed to create LGBT-inclusive workplaces and services for employees and students alike.

Through this programme, Stonewall works with over 850 organisations, all of whom share a core belief in the power of a workplace that is truly equal. Through them, they’ve helped create inclusive and accepting environments for almost a quarter of the UK workforce.

Jagdeep Rai, Regional Director, South & East Business Banking, HSBC

Jagdeep is an experienced and dynamic leader, with a reputation for driving sustainable growth through core principles of strong people engagement and focused customer-centric activity and by making a positive impact in local communities.

She feels strongly about the gender and multicultural diversity agendas, in particular, the development of females and BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) individuals into senior positions, as well as supporting the development and growth of young adults. Jagdeep is also passionate about the female entrepreneurship agenda and has initiated and led market-leading initiatives in this area.

She regularly contributes as a key-note speaker and panellist across a wide variety of forums and has received significant external recognition over recent years. Most recently, Jagdeep is proud to be listed in the 2019 Cranfield School of Management50 Women to Watch’.

Lisa Shoko, Advocate for the Decolonise UKC Movement, University of Kent

Lisa was part of a student-led research project to empower BAME students at Kent to ‘decolonise’ their curriculum. Their research findings informed a Manifesto that identified steps to enhance inclusivity, identity and academic performance at Kent. Lisa presented their Manifesto to Rt Hon John Bercow MP earlier this year.

There is now a dedicated Diversify the Curriculum website set up by students and a podcast series, created by students, called Stripping the White Walls. Students who led the Decolonize UKC movement alongside Lisa also presented the Manifesto to Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, at a joint SOAS/UUK event in June on ‘The BAME Attainment Gap.’

They inspired the establishment of a Kaleidoscope Network at Kent for staff and students who support the principles of race equality; the establishment of a BAME Network for Staff of Colour at Kent; and the implementation of new training in cultural competency as part of Kent’s PGCHE. Further events are planned, including a conference at Kent in Spring 2020 that will focus on “whiteness and empowering colleagues promoting BAME inclusion”.

Neil Shorthouse, Founder & Chief Executive of Shorthouse Hospitality

Shorthouse Hospitality International was founded by Neil Shorthouse in 2014 following more than two decades of experience in creating industry-leading, revenue-driving platforms for companies ranging from mid-size businesses to Fortune 500s.  Shorthouse has launched business endeavours for multi-national corporations and led excellent teams of hospitality professionals.  His portfolio includes:

Neil will be discussing his background in HR and EDI matters in Global Recruitment.

Tickets are FREE but limited, you can register for yours on our Eventbrite page

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