14 March at 8:00am-10:00am

Power of Inclusion Social Mobility Workshop Series: Breaking Down Bias

The Sutton Trust’s ‘Speaking Up: Social Mobility and Accents’ report in November 2022 found that ‘29% of senior managers from working-class families have been mocked for their accent at work’. What can we do to address the impact of accent bias and other forms of socioeconomic bias in our workplaces? The next event in our Power of Inclusion social mobility workshop series will explore how we can identify and overcome bias. You will hear from expert speakers and other organisations about the impact on individuals, and the wider workplace, of bias related to socioeconomic background, including accent bias.

This workshop will be chaired by Dan Robertson, Director of FAIRER Consulting and chair of the Power of Inclusion Senior Leadership Forum.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s Power of Inclusion initiative aims to create a City that is inclusive and open to everyone regardless of background. From 2022-2024 the programme is focused on social mobility and will enable your business to gain expert insights from others, share effective practice on policies and programmes, and collaborate for effective change.

This workshop is a practical session suitable for senior leaders, DEI champions, HR professionals and social mobility experts. You will hear keynote speeches and engage in group discussions exploring the following themes and questions:

  • What does socioeconomic bias look like?
  • The impact of hidden socioeconomic bias (assumptions about an individual’s background based on information like their accent, education or appearance) in recruitment
  • The value of storytelling to raise awareness of experiences of bias and discrimination in the workplace and how organisations can develop internal storytelling initiatives
  • The benefit of the workplace of creating an inclusive workplace where individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds feel able to bring their whole selves to work.

The workshop will be kindly hosted by Howden at 1 Creechurch Ln, London, EC3A 5AF.

This event is free to attend and if you would like to join the conversation at the workshop on Thursday 14th March, 08:00 - 10:00am, please reach out to request a place ASAP as spaces are limited.

You can reserve your place by emailing Imogen Chaillet at inclusion@thelordmayorsappeal.org with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Job title
  • Organisation
  • Sector


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