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 and why if you are focused on one, you absolutely must be focused on the other in equal measure.

Chair: Ria Hebden

10.05

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

In between each of our sessions today we will hear from retail’s real role models.

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

10.08

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

Do you know how to support your 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 in order to listen when you need to?

Join us as we delve into the concept of allyship. We will look 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, D&I consultant and former D&I lead, ASOS

10.23

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

10.25

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

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

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

Hear from leaders in retail as they candidly share how they assert themselves and offer tips on how you can too.

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

10.50

Break

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

10.55

INTERACTIVE SESSION
Privilege and unconscious bias: find out yours

Nobody likes to think of themselves as privileged and even less so that they might harbour an unconscious bias towards someone else, but the truth is that privilege and bias affect everyone.

Being aware of these things though, can be the first step towards creating a more equitable future. Join us as we examine these notions and look introspectively to learn more about yourself as a result.

Speaker: Toby Mildon, diversity and inclusion architect

11.15

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

11.18

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

There is a lot of talk on social media around 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 is 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 do 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

11.43

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

11.45

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

In our final session of the morning we will chat to a retail stalwart about their career. We will hear about 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 Wickes, executive director,John Lewis

12.00

Closing message

   
  TUESDAY 8 JUNE - Afternoon sessions
14.00

Welcome back

14.05

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

In between each of our sessions today we will hear from retail’s real role models.

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

14.08

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 are 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

14.23

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

14.25

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 will bring business leaders together to share their best tips on what you can do to make your workplace more inclusive and how to get leaders to buy into your ideas.

Speakers: Joanna Allen, chief executive, Graze
Nathanial Wade, co-founder, Wakuda
Monica Rastogi, Director, Corporate Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion and Diversity The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland

14.50

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 has sat on the boards of huge organisations such as ASOS, JLP, Bupa, WWF and Nationwide Building Society. Despite this, she has openly admitted she has struggled with imposter syndrome.

Indeed, around 70% of people say they have experienced feelings of not being good enough and this is thwarting diversity at leadership level. In this candid fireside chat, Rita will share her own experiences in learning to embrace her imposter syndrome and why we all must do it in order to be more empathetic and as such, 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 and authentic leadership style

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

15.05

Break

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

15.15

INTERACTIVE SESSION
The 7 needs of wellbeing and performance

Do you know how to measure your levels of energy or wellbeing? How does that affect your performance? And, crucially, do you know how all this impacts the people around you?

In this interactive session we will look at resilience and wellbeing in a way that will allow you to 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

15.35

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

15.38

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 places you might not have thought they would be. You do not necessarily have to go on 20 training courses a year in order to enhance your chances for progression.

In this session we will hear from leaders who have founded companies on how they spotted opportunities and their best tips on adding more strings to your bow.

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

16.03

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

16.05

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

Referred to by Elle magazine as a 'millennial mastermind’, Chidera Eggerue, also known as 'The Slumflower', is an award-winning blogger and author with a fast-growing audience of over 100,000 across her social media accounts. She is one speaker who is NOT afraid to tell you what she thinks. In this exclusive fireside chat she will share how you can do the same.

We will cover:

  • Identifying what makes you, you
  • Asking for help where relevant
  • Being ok with disappointing people
  • Having difficult conversations with those around you when you need to

Speaker: Chidera Eggerue, blogger and author, The Slumflower

16.20

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