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The 2016 Lord Mayor's Power of Diversity breakfast series continued on 6th October with our sixth breakfast titled Creating mentally healthy workplaces. The event was hosted and sponsored by Mayer Brown. The Lord Mayor Alderman the Lord Mountevans was in attendance and was proud to share how in its first year The Lord Mayor’s Appeal This is Me – in the City campaign has already potentially reached over 420,000 employees, helping to reduce stigma around mental health in the City.

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Approximately 70 D&I professionals and senior leaders from the City and City related companies attended the event. Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, chaired the event and opened the session by sharing a thought provoking video from Time to Change, available to view here. We were delighted to have Angus Duncan, Partner at Mayer Brown and The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman the Lord Mountevans both warmly welcome guests and set the scenefor this vitally important City topic. Our expert speakers included:

  • Steve Exall, Health & Wellbeing Lead at BT
  • Poppy Jaman, CEO of MHFA England and Martin Coyd, MHFA Instructor and former Lendlease employee
  • Paul Martin, Operations Director at Aon Benfield Global
  • Justine Thompson, Senior Inclusion & Diversity Manager at Baker & McKenzie

Both Paul Martin and Justine Thompson talked about their experiences of running the This is Me – in the City campaign. Paul said their This is Me video is “the most liked and commented on article on the intranet ever” while Justine claimed it “has been the most impactful D&I campaign they have ever run”.

The session ended with an active Q&A session between the audience and panellists followed by more networking.

The full programme and biographies of the speakers can be viewed here.

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Key dates

The first breakfast in the 2017 Power of Diversity Series is on Tuesday 25th April 2017. To find out more about the series, please contact Rose Grissell on 020 7332 1050 or at