Virtual Black History Month Special

We are proud to welcome a panel of leading BME business leaders who will be sharing their career journey and secrets to their success

About

This Black History Month, we are proud to welcome a panel of leading BME business leaders who will be sharing their career journey and secrets to their success with the Generation Success network.

In an ideal world, the month would not be necessary, because educational establishments and the national curriculum would fully recognise and appreciate the contribution of black people throughout history. Sadly, that is not the case.

Black History month is an opportunity to share with the world vast contributions from BME leaders. It’s a time to demonstrate pride in the BME community’s creativity, respect for its intellectual prowess and a celebration of its cultural identity which is far too often misrepresented, when it is not being ignored, in the mainstream.

This is an opportunity to hear from a panel of leading BME business figures and discover their secrets to success. If you were ever put off going after your dream job, senior position or starting your own business , please think again – This event is about breaking all those barriers and providing you with guidance!

Through our event you will:

• be inspired by the accomplishments of today’s leading industry figures

• learn techniques that you can incorporate in your life, career and business

• build relationships with like-minded individuals and future colleagues

• learn how to take action and achieve more

Agenda (Preliminary)

6.00 – 7.00 pm – Opening Remarks & Panel Session: Role models operating within the various industries, will be sharing their success stories, insights and tips!

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Meet Our Leaders: Attendees will be able to speak with our speakers & industry leaders & role models.

Making it in the City – Virtual Careers Conference

This event is designed to provide practical tips & techniques to “make it the city”

About

This event is designed to provide practical tips & techniques to “make it the city”.

Learn from industry-leading professionals & Speak to recruiters & Discover how to succeed in your applications

Featuring:

• One to one speed mentoring

• Advice on how to make it into industry

• Senior leaders across different industries

• Employers with live opportunities

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

• Connecting 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 now

• To inspire and help attendees move forward with their career path

• Showcase career options and opportunities available

Agenda (Preliminary)

4.30 – 5.15 pm – Opening Remarks & Keynote Session: TBC

5.15 – 6.00 pm – “Make it in…” Sessions: Getting into and succeeding within the industry

6.00 – 7.00 pm Employer Zone & Speed Mentoring: Employers sharing their opportunities and programmes with our dream hunters & Connecting young people to talk to industry leaders

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Workshops: TBC

Making it in Banking & Finance Special

Our experts will be sharing their years of knowledge, strategies and tactics. In order to give you the tools to make it within the sector

About our speakers

David Matthews

President at ICAEW

David Matthews

David has recently retired from KPMG where he worked since graduating from the London School of Economics in 1982. He qualified in 1985 and became a partner in 1996, working primarily with large multinational organisations which have included AstraZeneca, Bunzl, Diageo, Cadbury, Eurotunnel, Johnson Matthey, United Biscuits and VT Group.

Whilst at KPMG, he held a number of management roles, including a member of both the Board and Executive Committee of KPMG in the UK (2012-2018); Head of Accounting Advisory Services (2008- 2011); Head of Audit for KPMG’S Consumer and industrial Markets group (2004-2007); and Head of KPMG’s Drinks sector (2001-2007).

In addition to being a Council member since 2010, his work with the ICAEW has included membership of the Professional Standards Board (2011-2012) and of the Technical Strategy Board (2012-2018), including as chair (since 2013).

Beyond the ICAEW, David was previously a member of the Working Group and Technical Task Force of the International Integrated Reporting Committee and responsible for KPMG’s relationships with Tomorrow’s Company and the Directors’ Forum.

He is also a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Justice of the Peace and a trustee of the Treloar Trust.

 

Stella Ozuku

Head of Retail Business at FCMB Bank UK Limited

Stella Ozuku

Stella is a Africa-focused Banker with cross-functional experience across Private & Business Banking, Corporate Banking, Risk Management, Product Development, Internal Control & Process re-engineering.

She has built NAMEFCMB BANK’s Retail Banking business from a concept on paper in 2018 to a now thriving division of the bank providing boutique UK Banking services to Businesses and High Networth Individuals. As Head of Marketing for the Bank she leads the brand positioning, social media & advertising content and Partnership Management.

 

Dhamesh Patel

Head of Structured FX Sale  at Lloyds Banking Group

Dhamesh Patel

Having completed and achieved a First Class degree in Mathematics in 2004, Dharmesh’s first entry point into the world of markets was with an FX brokerage helping private clients purchase properties overseas. Within 18 months he went from a person in the accounts opening team to the leading private client salesperson and was ready to test himself with more complex products. A move to an associate position at HSBC in 2006 exposed Dharmesh to the world of FX options where his logic and out of the box thinking allowed him to build bespoke FX option structures with ease. A move to Lloyds Bank as an Associate Director in 2010 has seen Dharmesh’s career progress to where he is currently the Head of the Structured FX Sales team in CB Markets. This has given Dharmesh ownership of the FX Option business within Corporate Sales with the main focus of this role to grow the FX Option business and transforming the way Lloyds works with its clients by driving digitization in Corporate Sales. Away from the day job, Dharmesh is very active in opening up career opportunities to people from all backgrounds and is the chair of RISE in Markets, a working group focusing on making Markets a more inclusive place to work.

 

Lucy Izzard

Managing Director at TD Securities

Lucy Izzard

Lucy is Head of Global Operations and Business Services, Europe, at TD Securities.

Lucy joined TD in October 2018 to lead TD Securities’ Global Operations and Business Services in Europe. She is responsible for operational functions performed in the region and services leveraged from core centres of excellence supporting the European franchise.

Prior to joining TD, Lucy spent over 13 years with Goldman Sachs International and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She is highly committed and client-oriented, with a strong track record of building, managing, and motivating local and global teams across diverse businesses and product areas.

Lucy is driving active partnering with Sales & Trading and other lines of business to promote growth by supporting new initiatives and delivering operational excellence.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and was called to the Bar in 2004.

 

Paulo Santos

Wealth Relationship Manager at UBS Brazil

Paulo Santos

Paulo is an experienced entrepreneur having been involved in the set-up of several companies in Brazil and a multicultural banker, based in Zurich, with 15+ years’ experience in the financial sector in Brazil and Europe (London and Zurich).

Having changed his career over 3 times, from real estate to hospitality and banking where he has worked for the past 15 years.

Paulo also mentors social enterprise start-ups and is the COO of Educa Foundation, a UK based charity focused on the education of children in Brazil.

Paulo is an Agricultural Engineer from UFSCar (Brazil) and earned his MBA through IUM – International University of Monaco (class of 2008).

Father of Sarah and Rachel, he enjoys cooking especially barbecues, long walks and spending time acquiring new friends.

 

JAMES ADELEKE

CEO of GENERATION SUCCESS

James Adeleke

Nigerian Born, Dyslexic Social entrepreneur James Adeleke is on a mission to change the world (at least to make it fairer).

He is CEO and Founder of Generation Success, an award-winning social enterprise that started after the London riots. Rising from the riots came a desire to be part of the change. Driving by the fundamental belief, your career should not be defined by your birth and witnessing the struggle that many of his contemporaries in law school faced in their careers, due to social or economic background James set about taken action.

 

He has been involved in a number of projects, reports and commissions centred around enterprise and employability. He has also spoken in parliament and city hall on social mobility, diversity and employability.

He is passionate about creating a world where we all have equal access and equal opportunities to achieving our career aspirations. James has formed a first-class advisory board and management team to help him achieve his mission.

He thrives on motivating others, building productive relationships and creating effective strategies to support the success of stakeholders with whom he works with.

About the event

We are providing you with the unique opportunity to hear from a panel of leading figures within the largest sector of the UK economy to help you discover exactly what the secret formula is for a successful career within the industry. The best part is you don’t need to prepare anything or have any industry-specific qualifications, just a keen interest is more than enough for us – but we’ll leave that to our speakers to tell you more at the event!

Of course we all know a career in the Banking and Financial sector is certainly challenging however it is also extremely rewarding. Progression to senior management can be tough yet seem like a breeze to those who have already unlocked the secret formula – through this event you could be one of them. Our fun and inclusive networking opportunity will not only point you in the right direction as to where to focus, it will also enable you with further support to help you succeed in all your career aspirations.

and thats not all….

 

Through our event you will:

• Be provided with the tools, connections and guidance needed to make it within the banking and finance sector

• Obtain advise from leading business figures and discover their secrets to success.

• Be inspired by the accomplishments of today’s leading industry figures

• Learn techniques that you can incorporate in your life, career and business

• Build relationships with like-minded individuals and future colleagues

• Learn how to take action and achieve more.

Sound like a plan? well in that case it’s probably best you start getting your burning questions ready through:

Agenda (Preliminary)

6.00 – 7.00 pm – Opening Remarks & Panel Session: Professionals operating within the banking and finance industry, will be sharing their success stories, insights and tips!

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Meet Our Leaders: Attendees will be able to speak with our speakers & industry leaders & role models.

Virtual Law Special

4 Leaders . 4 Stories . Learn their secrets to accelerating your legal career.

This event aims to inspire and support you in building essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to accelerate your career. Our leaders will share with you the secrets behind making it within the legal profession. You will be able to ask questions, listen to advice and build contacts.

Our Panelists:

Arun Birla – London Office Chair at Paul Hastings

Arun is the chair of the London office of Paul Hastings and vice-chair of the global Tax practice. Mr. Birla is widely recognised for significant experience in tax and investment funds. He provides tax advice to UK and international clients on a wide range of matters including, M&A, private equity, private and credit funds, structured and asset finance, joint ventures, financing arrangements, mergers, demergers, reorganisations, and restructurings.

Daniel Winterfeldt – General Counsel – EMEA and Asia at Jefferies and Chair of InterLaw Diversity Forum

Daniel is General Counsel for EMEA and Asia at Jefferies. Daniel founded the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London ( www.tffusllil.com) in 2006 to address US securities issues in the London market across law firms, banks and intermediaries. In 2015 the Forum took a leading role in supporting the London Stock Exchange and Euroclear UK & Ireland (CREST) in designing and implementing the system to allow for the electronic trading and settlement of Regulation S, Category 3 securities.

Rachel Holmes – Chief Executive, Matrix Chambers

Rachel is the Chief Executive of Matrix Chambers and Co-Chair of the LPMA. She is responsible for the overall management of Matrix, including the development of client relationships, marketing strategy, and human resources. She has also worked as a leadership mentor as part of the Manchester Gold scheme at Manchester University and as part of the Women In Leadership scheme, WILpower, at BPP Business School.

Julia Dalton – Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Julia works with Diversity Partners, the other various diversity committees and Partners and staff across the business to drive forward the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

 

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to:

  • Ask this unique panel your questions
  • Receive 1-to-1 mentoring advice
  • Learn about career opportunities
  • Network with professionals in the field
  • Gain advise from leading business figures and discover their secrets to success.
  • Be inspired by the accomplishments of today’s leading industry figures
  • Learn techniques that you can incorporate in your life, career and business
  • Build relationships with like-minded individuals and future colleagues
  • Learn how to take action and achieve more

 

Agenda (Preliminary)

6.00 – 7.00 pm – Opening Remarks & Panel Session: Professionals operating within the legal sector, will be sharing their success stories, insights and tips!

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Meet Our Leaders: Attendees will be able to speak with our speakers & industry leaders & role models.

GS Women’s Special


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We are proud to showcase a diverse panel of some of the UK’s most successful female business leaders.They will be mentoring those who attend

Who is speaking?

Laura Trendall Morrison  Principal Consultant and Managing Director at The GameChanger Consultancy

Cerys Furlong – CEO of Chwarae Teg

Sophia Aluko – Director and COO Ethnicity Co Lead at Barclays

Lin Yue Executive Director at Goldman Sachs

Harvinder Channa – Vice President at Alix Partners

Rashida Chaudhry – Learning Leader of Computer Science & IT at Cox Green School

About

In celebration of International Women’s day, we are proud to be showcasing an inspirational panel of some of the UK’s most successful female business leaders to sharing their career stories.

 

This interactive live webinar, will involve insightful talks and one to one mentoring from our speakers. They will be sharing how they managed to get to the successful position they are in now and guiding us all through how they tackled any barriers that come with being a woman within the workforce.

 

For this event we will be utilising a new and exciting event platform called Airmeet. This platform really gives that ‘proper event feel’ that we are all missing. This is due to the fact that it enables attendees to ask their questions on the stage, move around the different areas of the platform and enables the ability to network one to one or in groups with our business leaders – meaning that you will be able to participate fully unlike zoom!

 

Through our event you will gain:

  • One to one or groups mentoring at the event, with established female business leaders
  • Information about upcoming jobs, that are not publicily advertised
  • Access to apply to our student fellowship career development programme
  • Techniques that you can incorporate into your life, career and business
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and engage with our speakers

 

Agenda (Preliminary)

6.00 – 7.00 pm – Opening Remarks & Panel Session: Female professionals operating within various industries, will be sharing their success stories, insights and tips!

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Be mentored by Our Leaders: Attendees will be able to be mentored by speakers & other female role models

 

Our guarantee:

• To give you direct access to leading figures

• To provide you with top secret tips in regards to career progression

• A diversity of audience – displaying our own values of diverstiy and inclusion as well as this event specifically

• Showcasing speakers who are inspiring and are also keen to inspire others

• A casual, welcoming atmosphere

• An opportunity to sign up to our highly recommended mentoring program.

STEM Careers Fair

Connecting you directly to professionals within the STEM sector and recruiters looking to hire.

About

We are delighted to share with you an exciting opportunity to get a foot on the career ladder. Our STEM Careers Fair will feature a panel of established professionals and recruiters.

Our panel includes professionals from leading technology companies. They will be sharing their career journeys and as well as advice on how to kickstart your career!

This is a unique opportunity to understand more about the STEM sector and put yourself in front of those who are recruiting for those jobs. You will be able to speak on camera with the recruiters. Ask questions and more about what it takes to be a successful applicant.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get ahead of the competition.

Through our event you will:

• learn how to reach potential employers

• be inspired from our panel

• speak directly with recruiters and find out about their newest employment opportunities

Agenda (Preliminary)

6.00 – 7.00 pm – Opening Remarks & Panel Session: Professionals operating within the STEM sector, will be sharing their success stories, insights and tips!

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Meet the recruiters: Attendees will be able to speak with recruiters and hear about their upcoming opportunities

Who’s speaking?

Saroj Bains

For over 19 years Saroj Bains has been working within the software technology space. She has worked her way up from a receptionist to a junior internal sales person, to an incredibly successful field saleswoman honoured with several sales awards at her Company’s International Sales Leadership Conferences, including achieving Elite status as the region’s top performer. Saroj now brings her sales expertise garnered over the years to software companies with ThinkGrowSales. ThinkGrowSales’s offering is a unique combination of training and enablement that help software companies achieve the much-needed growth in a crowded market. Saroj lives in the Midlands, UK .

Tara Huddless

Tara graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 with a Degree in Recreation Management. At school she was an avid scientist, but the career advice I received was un-inspiring.

She began her career in events management. Since then she have changed career twice. First into pharmaceuticals and then into technology. She has been in the technology sector since August 2014. She now advocates for STEM careers, specialising in working with people from less privileged backgrounds – like myself, and women in business.

Mag Dutka

Mag is a Talent Acquisition Lead with multiple industry recognised qualifications for HR Leadership, Recruitment Strategies and Recruitment Management. He uses his experience and knowledge to lead the full recruitment strategy for a global software development company that creates application server products, and therefore Mag has a lot of insight into STEM industries from both this role as well as previous roles supporting other companies in their talent hiring for Life Science, Technology and Engineering sectors. Alongside being a Talent Acquisition Lead, Mag is a mentor and consultant for people looking to find employment and has a long track record of delivering top tips and advice .

GS STEM Fair

GS STEM Fair is aimed at those who are not in education, employment or training as part of our Mayor of London Programme

About this Event

Welcome to the Generation Success STEM Fair!

This event aims to engage young individuals (aged 16-21) who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) with careers within the STEM sector.

Through our event we will be:

  • Educating NEETs on where to find and how to reach potential employers
  • Sharing inspiring success stories
  • Raising awareness on and showcasing the career opportunities within the STEM sector
  • Offering speed mentoring sessions

Agenda

6.00 pm – Opening Remarks & Panel Session: Professionals operating within the STEM sector, will be sharing their success stories, insights and tips!

7.00 pm – Attendees have the option of attending one of the following:

  • Workshop: “Where to find and how to reach potential employers – platforms to look at”
  • Speed Mentoring: Connecting young people with professionals who walked the same route
  • Expo: We will have employers, who are willing to employ NEETs, through their apprenticeship programs, showcasing their opportunities

Making It In the City – Careers Conference

This event is designed to inspire, equip and connect our talented dream hunters with employers dedicated to equality.

About this Event

Conference Theme: “Preparing for the new dawn” – Economic recovery from COVID and life after Brexit, how to prepare to tackle/ succeed in our new environment

The Virtual Conference features:

  • One to one speed mentoring
  • Advice on how to make it into industry
  • Senior leaders across different industries
  • Employers with live opportunities including BT, PWC, Google

Who’s Speaking?

Lindsey Rowe – Chief of Staff COO / Head of People & Programmes Office at SAP

Daniel Winterfeldt – Partner at Reed Smith and Founder/Chair InterLaw Diversity Forum

Lizzy Buss – Executive Director at MUFG Investor Services

Katerina Boscari – Tax Reporting and Strategy Manager at PwC

Nina Ma – Technology, Data & Analytics Senior Associate at PwC

Tara Huddless – National Account Manager at Vodafone

Sandy Gill – Co-Founder at Circle of Power Academy

Moe Hashimi – Leadership Coach at Choice Matters

Richard Fallon – Speacialist Trainer and Coach: Communication Skills at Communicate Now

Laura Trendall Morrison – Principal Consultant and Managing Director at The GameChanger Consultancy

Femi Bola – Development Consultant

Fahd Ndanghwa – Associate at PwC

Imogen Henry-Campbell – Graduate Trainee at Tokio Marine Kiln

David Neita – Director at Dave Neita Consultancy

Yousra Abdelmoneim – Business Risk and Control London Senior Associate at PwC

 

Agenda

4.30 pm – Keynote: Preparing for the new dawn” – Economic recovery from COVID and life after Brexit, how to prepare to tackle/ succeed in our new environment

5.15 pm – “Make it in…” Sessions : Getting into and succeeding in the industry

Session led by industry leaders within:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Consulting
  • Law
  • Technology

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:

  • How to be more adaptive? – Post Covid & Brexit by Laura Trendall Morrison
  • How to plan your future? by Moe Hashimi
  • Unlocking true potentials and initiating career transformations by Sandy Gill
  • Powerful, Positive Impact – How to Create a Top First Impression by Richard Fallon
    • Preparing your CV & for your interview by Femi Bola

 

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.

Employer and Volunteer Zone

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

  • BT
  • PWC
  • Google
  • Tokio Marine Kiln
  • Markel International

Note BT are starting a new recruitment drive this month. Get ahead of the game and meet the recruiters who are leading this drive.

Virtual Speed Mentoring – One to One with industry

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.

Virtual Speed Mentoring – One to One with industry

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.

Virtual BAME Leadership Conference- Tackling the elephant in the room

Welcome to BAME Leadership virtual conference!
#MoveToEquality with GS

Welcome to the long-awaited Virtual BAME Leadership Conference!

This Black History Month we have decided to do something special and create our first ever BAME Leadership Conference, connecting 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:

The conference is designed to

  • Showcase BAME leaders across different sectors
  • Empower allies from outside the BAME community with knowledge and tools to be part of the change
  • Most importantly to educate, empower and connect future BAME talent to those in industry.

4.30 pm: Keynote:

Our Key Note Panel: Will speak on the event theme tackling the elephant in the room. And helping organisations be colour brave!

5.15 pm: Breakout Session 1 – BAME leaders panel – Showcasing BAME Role Models in various Sectors

Panel Theme: What I have faced as a BAME person in my career and how has industry moved to equality. We will close with the question of how can we activate change to accelerate the move to equality as individuals and as an industry.

  • Law
  • Technology
  • Banking and finance
  • Creative sector
  • Finance and consulting

6pm – 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

7pm – 8pm – Final Break Out Sessions: 

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
  • I don’t see colour. How to educate well-meaning allies and empower them to move to equality
  • How to become an equality champion and kickstart a programme to move to equality
  • Demystifying the perceived and real barriers for BAME candidates from getting into industry
  • Starting my professional career. What it is like as a BAME trainee/apprentice/graduate scheme hire in industry

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.

The #CityCareer experience:

  • Talks and keynotes from industry professionals
  • Breakout Sessions / Masterclasses
  • Application zone where you will be able to learn from HR professionals and recruitment leads
  • Employer & Volunteer zone where you will be able to engage with volunteering opportunities and employers looking to connect with talent.

On our virtual platform you can: Explore the Stage, Networking, Sessions, and Expo.

Why attend?

  • Examine the barriers & enablers affecting your progression
  • Receive hands-on advice & coaching for your professional development
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be successful in industry
  • Hear from senior Black, Asian Ethnic Minority leaders on how to succeed
  • Network with peers & counterparts from across also trying to further their careers
  • Hear from inspirational speakers of all grades and levels from across the public and private sectors
  • Build your professional network
  • Engage with employers looking to engage with diverse talent
  • We’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!

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.

The Virtual City Careers Conference 2020 is for you.

An hour of some of our speakers time is the same value as a bar of gold. It’s an evening not to be missed.

Event Agenda

4.15 pm: Pre-event Networking

4.30 pm: Welcome, Opening Remarks and Keynotes (In main room)

5.15 pm: First Break out Session

Showcasing BAME Role Models in different sectors. Select your industry-focused sessions

6 pm: Free time:

Here you can move around the platform and decide to do any of the following things:

  • Speed Mentoring
  • Application Zone
  • Employer and Volunteer Zone
  • Or decide to take a break

7 pm: Final Break Out Sessions:

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

8 pm: Closing remarks and event Engs

Free Time Employer and Volunteer Zone

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

Free Time – Virtual Speed Mentoring – One to One with industry

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.

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 now
  • To inspire and help attendees move forward with their career path
  • Showcase career options and opportunities available

Our Guarantee:

  1. A casual, welcoming atmosphere
  2. Direct access to Leading figures
  3. Top and secret tips about career progression
  4. Diversity of audience
  5. Speakers who are inspiring and want to inspire other people (paying it forward)
  6. Opportunity to sign up to our mentoring program

Virtual – Activate Change Conference- Move To Equality

Do you believe in a world where your career is not be determined by your birth?
Would you like to know how you can move your company, your industry and society to equality?

If‌ ‌yes,‌ ‌then‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌clicked‌ ‌onto‌ ‌the‌ ‌right‌ ‌event‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌destined‌ ‌to‌ ‌ACTIVATE‌ ‌CHANGE!‌ ‌

The‌ ‌event‌ ‌is‌ ‌designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌the‌ ‌awareness,‌ ‌tools‌ ‌and‌ ‌network‌ ‌for‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌to‌ ‌initiate‌ ‌change‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌organisations‌ ‌and‌ ‌society‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌equality‌ ‌for‌ ‌all.‌

‌You‌ ‌will‌ ‌hear‌ ‌real‌-‌life‌ ‌examples‌ ‌of‌ ‌those‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌activating‌ ‌change‌ ‌within‌ ‌industry‌ ‌and‌ ‌society,‌ ‌starting‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌ government‌ ‌minister for‌ ‌Business‌ ‌and‌ ‌Industry.

Workshops will be led by world-renowned experts (including published authors) within activism, citizenship, social mobility and diversity and inclusion.

We‌ ‌need‌ ‌‌YOU‌‌ ‌to‌ ‌register,‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌us‌ ‌make‌ ‌the‌ ‌change‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌wants‌ ‌to‌ ‌see!‌ ‌

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4.30‌ ‌pm‌:‌ ‌To‌ ‌make‌ ‌it‌ ‌a‌ ‌memorable‌ ‌day‌ ‌Nadim‌ ‌Zahawi‌ ‌, the‌ ‌Minister‌ ‌for‌ ‌Business‌ ‌and‌ ‌Industry‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌our‌ ‌keynote‌ ‌speaker.‌ ‌He‌ ‌will‌‌ ‌‌make‌ ‌a‌ speech regarding the Ministers ambitions for diversity across business and industry and the steps to achieve it.

5:15 pm‌ ‌–‌ ‌6p m:‌ ‌First‌ ‌Breakout‌ ‌Sessions‌ ‌

You‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌choice‌ ‌of‌ ‌6‌ ‌breakout‌ ‌sessions‌ ‌led‌ ‌by‌ ‌our‌ ‌industry‌ ‌experts‌ ‌focused‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌ different‌ ‌approaches‌ ‌to‌ ‌narrowing‌ ‌the‌ ‌equality‌ ‌gap‌ ‌and‌ ‌making‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌fairer.‌

‌‌Join‌ ‌us‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌how‌ ‌words‌ ‌are‌ ‌translated‌ ‌into‌ ‌actions!‌ ‌

6 pm:‌ ‌Free‌ ‌time‌ ‌ ‌Attendees‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌option‌ ‌of‌ ‌attending‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌following:‌ ‌

  • ‌‌Activate‌ ‌Change‌ ‌Zone‌ ‌
  • Speed networking

7 pm‌ ‌–‌ ‌8 pm:‌ ‌Final‌ ‌Breakout‌ ‌Sessions‌ ‌

Are‌ ‌you‌ ‌a‌ ‌huge‌ ‌supporter‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌BLM‌ ‌and‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌changes‌ ‌be‌ ‌made‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌system‌ ‌then‌ ‌this‌ ‌session‌ ‌will‌ ‌show‌ ‌intangible‌ ‌evidence‌ ‌of‌ ‌organisations‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌happy‌ ‌to‌ ‌share‌ ‌their‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌and‌ ‌actions‌ ‌regarding‌ ‌narrowing‌ ‌the‌ ‌Equality‌ ‌Gap.‌ ‌Sectors‌ ‌covered‌ ‌include:‌ ‌

  • Technology‌ ‌
  • HR‌ ‌
  • Law‌ ‌
  • Banking‌ ‌and‌ ‌Finance‌ ‌

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We‌ ‌cannot‌ ‌be‌ ‌bystanders‌ ‌and‌ ‌not‌ ‌help‌ ‌to‌ ‌ACTIVATE‌ ‌change‌ ‌within‌ society/organisations!‌ ‌

This‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌amazing‌ ‌event‌ ‌you‌ ‌definitely‌ ‌do‌ ‌not‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌miss‌ ‌out‌ ‌on.‌ ‌It‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌incredible‌ ‌energy,‌ ‌positive‌ ‌ambience‌ ‌and‌ ‌inspiring‌ ‌leaders,‌ ‌giving‌ ‌you‌ ‌the‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ ‌ask‌ ‌any‌ ‌burning‌ ‌questions‌ ‌you‌ ‌have!‌ ‌

By‌ ‌signing up ‌ ‌today,‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌help‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌become‌ ‌a‌ ‌step‌ ‌closer‌ ‌to‌ ‌equality!‌ ‌

Meet some of our workshop facilitators

Duncan Exley

Consultant

Helping organisations reach & involve people from ordinary backgrounds

Workshop: Removing non-educational barriers to recruitment

Bio

I have over 20 years experience in recruiting, developing and retaining people; initially as supporters/volunteers in voluntary sector organisations, and later as staff and board members. My success in this has earned me places on industry advisory panels and seen my work featured as case studies. I am a specialist in involving people from ‘ordinary backgrounds’ (i.e. the majority of the population whose parents were neither university graduates nor in professional/managerial occupations; disproportionately including those from BAME groups and regions outside London and the South East). My expertise comes from having been CEO of the Equality Trust and author of a book on social mobility & opportunity “The End of Aspiration?” (Policy Press, 2019) among other publications, as well as from my own experience. I work with a variety of organisations to analyse their involvement journey (from understanding the requirements and attributes of underrepresented groups, to opportunity design, outreach & promotion, and onboarding through to development and retention), identifying barriers and potential opportunities.

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Mona Vadher

Associate Education Consultant

TG Consulting Ltd

Workshop: Demystifying social mobility in the wake of Covid-19

Bio:

Mona is a multi-award-winning employability expert, with experience in programme development, project and stakeholder management across Higher education, social impact and the charity sector. She is passionate about advancing social mobility, boosting inclusion and raising awareness around equality and diversity in the workplace. Her expertise centres around boosting employability prospects, creating educational programmes and networks, raising aspirations and increasing confidence for young people, from less-advantaged backgrounds to succeed. She also has an in-depth knowledge of trends relating to the UK skills agenda, the awarding gap, social mobility and embedding employability in the curriculum. She has led teams to share best-practice nationally and internationally and has achieved award-winning initiatives to drive social innovation and impact.

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Kerry North

Programme Manager

Volunteering Matters

Workshop: Grassroots – building active citizenship

Bio: I’ve spent most of my career helping businesses to do the right thing and be better in a way that makes commercial sense – either through improving their resource efficiency and environmental performance, or developing and executing social impact programmes that align with their brand and strategy, utilise their skills and assets (including employees!) and resonate with customers. I passionately believe that businesses can do both – be successful and be good for our communities, people and planet

Event Agenda

4.15 pm – Pre-event networking

4.30 pm – Welcome, Opening Remarks and Keynotes (In main room)

5.15 pm – First Break Out Sessions

6pm – 7pm Free Time

Here you can move around the platform and decide to do any of the following things:

  • Networking
  • Activate Change Zone

7pm: Final Break Out Sessions

8pm: Closing remarks and event Ends