Be Inspired Virtual Conference 2021

  TUESDAY 8 JUNE - Morning sessions
10.00

Chair welcome
The difference between diversity and inclusion – and why it’s vital you know it

Join us as we kick off our 2021 Be Inspired Virtual Conference with a galvanising opener on the distinction between diversity and inclusion. If you’re focused on one, find out why you absolutely must pay equal attention to the other.

Chair: Ria Hebden

10.06

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

Between each of our sessions today, we'll will hear from retail’s real role models.

From the hurdles they’ve jumped and the biases they’ve faced, to their greatest achievements and what they believe an inclusive future holds, our short film series will give true insight into the people that really make retail what it is.

10.13

KEYNOTE
Allies: how to find them and how to be one

Do you know how to support friends and colleagues who might be the targets of prejudice? Are you getting the balance right between amplifying issues when they need shouting about and staying quiet to just listen when you need to?

Join us as we delve into the concept of allyship. We'll be looking at how you can engage with this work on a continuing basis, how to empower others and why it is OK to feel a bit uncomfortable along the way.

Speaker: Leng Montgomery, diversity and inclusion consultant and former diversity and inclusion lead, Asos

10.29

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

10.35

PANEL
Taking a stand: how to speak out with confidence when you need to

Our previous workshops have helped you build confidence and muster gravitas but how do you harness this when you need to take a stand on an issue?

It's not easy to speak out against authority, without feeling you may jeopardise your job, but it's something many people have to do over the course of their career.

Hear leaders in retail speak candidly about how they assert themselves and their tips for how you can do the same.

Speakers: Clodagh Moriarty, retail and digital director, Sainsbury’s
Lucy Aylen, chief executive, Neverfullydressed
Sally-Anne Newson, chief digital officer, Reiss

11.06

Break

Take five minutes to grab a coffee, let the dog out, or check a few emails before we're back on.

11.11

INTERACTIVE SESSION
Understanding unconscious bias: smarter thinking, better decisions

As human beings we all have implicit biases which are automatic and unintentionally impact on our decision making. It is a result of the way our brains are wired and the product of social conditioning. Being aware of our preferences though, can be the first step towards creating a fairer future.

Join us as we examine these notions and look introspectively to learn more about yourself and the way you think.

Speaker: Toby Mildon, diversity and inclusion architect

11.36

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

11.42

PANEL
Beyond positive Instagram posts: how to really take care of your mental health

There’s an abundance of tips on social media about how to look after yourself mentally and an abundance of tips: go for walks, take a bath, read a book, no screens after 8pm, and so on. It's good to be reminded of these pillars of self-care, but when you have deadlines looming and 10 meetings to cram into one day, how can you really take care of your mental health?

Join our panel of leaders as they reveal how to juggle high-powered positions while maintaining a sense of calm.

Speakers: Rosemary Wilkins, director of logistics, B&Q
Chris Brook-Carter, chief executive, retailTRUST
Martyn Sibley, co-founder and chief executive, Purple Goat Agency

12.12

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

12.17

FIRESIDE CHAT
Career-defining: the people and advice that shaped me as a leader

In our final session of the morning, we'll chatting to a retail stalwart about their career - the moments that challenged them most, the times they felt most proud and how they built the name and reputation they have today.

Speakers: Pippa Wicks, executive director, John Lewis

12.30

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  TUESDAY 8 JUNE - Afternoon sessions
14.00

Welcome back

14.06

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

Between each of our sessions today we'll hear from retail’s real role models.

From the hurdles they’ve jumped and the biases they’ve faced, to their greatest achievements and what they believe an inclusive future holds, our short film series will give true insight into the people that really make retail what it is.

14.10

KEYNOTE
What will the retail sector look like in five years’ time? How you can make a difference

A new retail sector is emerging as a result of the pandemic. Consumers are placing a greater emphasis on purpose, sustainability and responsible retailing, and spending online has increased.

How can you be ready for this transformation and ensure you're best-placed to make the most of it? And how can we lift the sector up together? Find out here.

Speakers: Shimona Mehta, managing director EMEA, Shopify

14.31

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

14.35

PANEL
Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility: changing company culture from within

We all know by now that culture is not just the responsibility of HR teams. But how do you go about making a difference when your role has nothing to do with diversity and inclusion? What can every individual do to influence this agenda?

In this panel we're bringing business leaders together to share their best tips on making workplaces more inclusive and getting leaders to buy into your ideas.

Speakers: Joanna Allen, chief executive, Graze
Nathaniel Wade, co-founder, Wakuda
Monica Rastogi, Director, director for corporate cultural relevancy and inclusion and diversity Estée Lauder

15.00

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

15.05

The importance of empathy and why it’s time to ‘love your imposter’

Rita Clifton CBE is a writer, leader and media commentator, also known as the ‘brand guru’. She's sat on the boards of huge organisations such as ASOS, John Lewis Partnership, Bupa, WWF and Nationwide Building Society. Despite this, she openly admits she's struggled with imposter syndrome.

Around 70% of people say they've experienced feelings of not being good enough and this is thwarting diversity at leadership level. In this candid fireside chat, Rita will share her experience of learning to embrace her imposter syndrome - and why we must all do the same to be more empathetic and so more human, in the workplace.

We will cover:

  • Why empathy is so important
  • Why feeling imposter syndrome is not always a bad thing
  • How to tackle feelings of inadequacy
  • How to discover your strengths
  • How to build a distinctive, authentic leadership style

Speakers: Rita Clifton, portfolio chair, non-executive director and author

15.25

Break

Take five minutes to grab a coffee, let the dog out, or check a few emails before we're back on.

15.32

INTERACTIVE SESSION
The seven needs of wellbeing and performance

Do you know how to measure your levels of energy and wellbeing? How does this affect your performance? And, crucially, how does it impact the people around you?

In this interactive session we'll look at resilience and wellbeing to help you understand what you need to be the best version of yourself at work, at home, and in all areas of life.

Speakers: Suki Thompson, founder and chief executive Let's Reset

15.54

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

16.00

PANEL
Upskilling, reskilling and adding more strings to your bow: how to spot opportunities for personal development

Our careers are ever-evolving and opportunities to develop can often be found in the places you might not expect. You don't have to go on 20 training courses a year to enhance your chances for progression.

In this session we'll be hearing from company founders on how they spotted opportunities and their best tips on adding more strings to your bow.

Speakers: Mandeep Singh, founder, Trouva
Victoria Jenkins, founder, Unhidden and brand ambassador for Models of Diversity

16.25

Short film screening
Retail’s real role models: showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector
in partnership with The Gap Partnership

16.30

FIRESIDE CHAT
Finding your authentic self and bringing that to every day

Described by Elle magazine as a 'millennial mastermind’, Chidera Eggerue, also known as The Slumflower, is an award-winning author with a fast-growing audience of more than 100,000 across her social media accounts. She is one speaker who's not afraid to tell you what she thinks. In this exclusive fireside chat, she will show you how to follow her example.

We will cover:

  • Identifying what makes you you
  • Asking for help where relevant
  • Being OK with letting people down
  • Having difficult conversations with those around you when you need to

Speaker: Chidera Eggerue, author, The Slumflower

16.45

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