No offence but… Minding your language in the workplace
One of the challenges of having a diverse workforce is knowing how to create a work environment of inclusion that allows all employees to reach their full potential. The use of language in the workplace; what we say and how we say it, can have significant implications on our own behaviour and those around us. So, what do we need to do to change the way we think and speak towards each other as we strive to achieve a fairer, more inclusive, and more effective workplace?
Join pro-manchester’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee for an interactive and informative event where we will be discussing;
- What are the impacts of ‘everyday’ language?
- What are the challenges from employers on language equality and diversity issues?
- Approaches to changing unconscious bias
- How do I use language to liberate and empower people?
About the Speakers:
When Simone became the Director for a campaign supporting women in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry she was asked to be a champion for the Government Equalities Office – then gender equality grew to be her passion.
Peter Fahy served as a police officer for 34 years spending 5 years as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester. He held national responsibility for the Prevent anti-extremism programme and for policy on race and diversity. On leaving policing he became Chief Executive of the street children charity Retrak later merging it with the anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice. He is Chair of Plus Dane Housing Association and is Chair and founder of We Stand Together which he started after the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 to promote community cohesion. He was knighted for services to policing in 2012.
Natasha is the Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing lead for Mills & Reeve. She has over 20 years’ experience of working within the diversity and inclusion field and has carried out roles including the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Victim Support. Natasha led the organisation to become a Stonewall top 100 employer (including top charity), Top trans employer and achieve the ‘Leaders in Diversity’ accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity and the charity was the first national charity to achieve ‘Leaders in Diversity’ status.
Natasha also worked as the Head of Development for Equal Approach. Equal Approach is a leading inclusive recruiter, diversity consultancy and training provider, supporting organisations to attract, recruit, recognise, retain and promote diverse talent, and make workplaces more inclusive.
Natasha currently works at Mills & Reeve part time and continues to run her own Diversity and Inclusion consultancy Diverse Matters.
Over the years Natasha has gained a wealth of experience in working within the Black and Minority ethnic community, disabled community including mental health, LGBT+ community and young people. She also set up and managed a ‘highly commended’ regional mentoring programme and is also experienced in leadership development.
Graham was born in the small former mill town of Bacup in Lancashire in 1974. It was whilst working in a factory near Oldham and also supplementing his income by working two nights a week in a local youth club, that a chain of events resulted in him realising his passion of working with people.
It’s been a privilege for him to work with young people in differing roles. After more than a decade in the youth work field, Graham lost his sight which left him with some significant challenges to overcome.
Now his work continues with a disability awareness company and national sports charity StreetGames, as National Doorstep Sport Advisor; it’s important to Graham to work with others in order to understand fairness and difference and the positive role people can play in contributing to society, In his opinion, becoming blind was the making of Graham. To have no sight at all, he says, gives you a very special view on people, to not know how they look, to not judge on what they’re wearing and to just purely work with them as individuals is a unique opportunity.
Heather Lacey is a multi-award winning disabled activist, D&I writer and speaker. As a young woman embarking upon life at university, Heather became heavily involved in disability advocacy online and began her website nosuperhero.co.uk as a way to spread awareness of the barriers faced by disabled people in the UK. Her writing – though candid and oftentimes hard-hitting – illuminates yet celebrates the disabled experience and her personal experience of chronic pain, fatigue, mobility issues and mental illness.
Heather has worked with a plethora of organisations and charities including Scope, the BBC and Huffington Post, and is an Ambassador for Inclusive Minds, North West Champion for AccessAble and contributing columnist for Able Magazine. Heather recently acted as judge for the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards, and has spoken at conferences and seminars including chairing a panel at The London Book Fair with Ade Adepitan and Cerrie Burnell, and featuring as part of BAFTA’s Changemaker Strand at the Children’s Media Conference 2018. Heather holds B.A. and M.Res. degrees in English, and has been published in academic journals and presented work from her research thesis at various events.
Heather is actively involved in promoting disability rights in the workplace and sits on pro-manchester’s EDI committee. During her time at Eversheds Sutherland, Heather has promoted and contributed to the firm’s D&I strategy, acting as a Network Lead for the disabled colleagues and carers network, Ability, and contributing to the LGBT+ network Perspective. She is currently part of ManchesterAbility’s Steering Committee, and regularly attends BDF’s Northern England Network forums.