Diversity targets are vital to promote a better workplace culture where employees feel safe and comfortable in bringing their whole selves to work. Though setting inclusion targets is a positive step for organisations, it is still just one part of the equation when it comes to employee engagement levels.

If HR truly wants to promote a diverse workforce then it needs to work hard to create a sense of belonging within its organisation in order to boost retention rates and improve employee engagement.

If you are from a diverse background, walking into a room full of people who do not look, sound or act like you can be overwhelming. Feelings of alienation and discontent can soon grow, potentially leading to the employee eventually leaving the business.

That’s why the latest HR lunchtime debate, in partnership with Glint, will explore why it’s more important than ever for employees to feel a clear sense of belonging in an organisation and how HR can prioritise employee happiness despite restricted budgets and other constraints.

Thought leaders will discuss:

-How to encourage a sense of belonging
-Measuring ‘belonging’ in the context of employee engagement
-Simple steps to boost retention rates
-Developing HR’s diversity and inclusion strategy beyond recruitment
Shubhang Davé
Head of People Science, EMEA - Glint
Shubhang Davé is the Head of People Science, EMEA, at Glint. He has spent nearly a decade advising people and clinical executives on talent and engagement strategies, previously leading survey consulting and research teams at The Advisory Board Company. Davé has extensive experience facilitating c-suite dialogue on workforce and culture challenges; he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in health administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Angela O’Connor
Founder and CEO - The HR Lounge
O’Connor’s experience in HR spans over 30 years with roles as chief people officer at the National Policing Improvement Agency, HR director roles at the Crown Prosecution Service and three London local authorities.

Her deep sector knowledge spans across the whole HR spectrum particularly in complex, difficult and confidential areas. O’Connor’s real passion lies in making HR simple and stress-free for clients and helping to create flourishing work environments where people succeed. She is an ILM qualified executive coach, mediator and NLP practitioner.

Angela is the immediate past president of the HR Society and a member of the employer’s advisory panel for the Recruitment Employment Confederation and a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University.
Joanne Conway
Deputy head of diversity and inclusion - EY UK&I
Joanne Conway is the deputy head of diversity and inclusion for EY UK&I and works hard to champion diverse talent, ensuring all voices are heard and is passionate in her role as a mentor internally at EY and externally.

She has been listed on the Northern Power Women’s Future top 50 list and has previously led the Global D&I strategy for EY. Conway is an accredited facilitator in Inclusive Leadership and has completed a Masters in HR Management with a dissertation in Psychological Safety in minority groups.

With a background in Finance and Psychology, Conway builds trusting relationships and focuses on outcome-driven results to build sustainable culture change. In addition to her role at EY, Joanne is a part time associate lecturer with the University of Salford.
Dawn Morton-Young
Senior HR consultant, career coach and diversity and inclusion consultant
Dawn Morton-Young is a senior HR consultant, career coach and diversity and inclusion consultant. She has worked within the people space for over 12 years, in a variety of sectors including tech, insurance, fintech, non profit and education. – she also spent a number of years working for local government, spearheading various diversity initiatives, mentorship programmes, and apprenticeship and diverse graduate schemes.

She is the owner of consultancy MLHR and has been featured in Forbes magazine. An advocate for minority women and parent carers of disabled children, Morton-Young speaks and trains organisations on diversity with a solutions- based approach, integrating resilient strategy with engagement to create inclusive culture within businesses.
Beau Jackson
Deputy Editor of HR magazine
Jo Gallacher
Editor - HR magazine
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