Programme of Events

13th June 2023 12pm - 1pm BST

WEBINAR: Supporting LGBTQ+ Families: Inclusive Policies and Practices 

77% of LGBTQ+ Millennials are either already parents or considering having children, a 44% increase on their elders. Yet when it comes to workplace policies, many overlook LGBTQ+ families. This webinar will give practical guidance on how to ensure your policies and practices are inclusive of LGBTQ+ parents and families and how to support those on fertility and adoption journeys. 

26th September 2023 12pm - 1pm BST

UK National Inclusion Week Webinar Series: Taking Action and Making Impact as Individuals

In recognition of National Inclusion Week and the 2023 theme #TakeActionMakeImpact, this webinar will focus on the actions that individuals can take in the workplace and beyond to create more inclusive environments and be a better ally to underrepresented groups. The webinar will cover the power of allyship, challenging your own biases and how to call out non-inclusive behaviour.

This webinar is aimed at anyone who feels passionately about challenging inequalities and breaking down barriers in the workplace that unfairly impact people from underrepresented groups.

Registration for this webinar will open soon.

27th September 2023 12pm - 1pm BST

UK National Inclusion Week Webinar Series: Taking Action and Making Impact as a Line Manager

In recognition of National Inclusion Week and the 2023 theme #TakeActionMakeImpact, we’re hosting a webinar specifically for line managers and leaders who recognise their responsibility in creating inclusive work environments where their teams can thrive.

This webinar will provide line managers and leaders with the confidence to have supportive conversations about inequalities in the workplace, how to follow up feedback with action, and practical guidance to help them address and challenge their own bias in recruitment and career progression processes.

Registration for this webinar will open soon.

28th September 2023 12pm - 1pm BST

UK National Inclusion Week Webinar Series: Taking Action and Making Impact as an Organisation

In recognition of National Inclusion Week and the 2023 theme #TakeActionMakeImpact, this webinar will explore how organisations can support equality in the workplace and take action to break down barriers that impact people from underrepresented groups. Our panellists will cover the importance of an inclusion strategy and commitments, attracting and retaining diverse talent, supporting the career progression of underrepresented groups, and using data to drive action and measure success.

This webinar is aimed at HR and EDI professionals, Employee Network Groups and senior leadership.

Registration for this webinar will open soon.

16th November 2023 12pm - 1pm GMT

UK National Inclusion Week Webinar Series: Taking Action and Making Impact as an Organisation

To mark Transgender Awareness Week, WiHTL and Diversity in Retail will be hosting a webinar that aims to provide attendees with a better understanding of trans experiences in the workplace. The webinar will explore how organisations can better support trans employees, ensuring your policies and practices are trans inclusive and how to enable cisgender colleagues to be good allies.

Registration for this webinar will open soon.

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Webinar Recordings & Resources

Webinar: Why Psychological Safety Matters in the Workplace

This session explored the concept of psychological safety, what it is and is not, and examine why building a culture of psychological safety is emerging as a high priority on the agendas of many business leaders. Key questions we addressed included: What are the unintended consequences of a workplace that lacks psychological safety?  Why are business leaders focusing on it and arguably most importantly, how do we foster a culture of psychological safety at work where people feel safe to speak up and use their voice?

The session was led by Tracey Groves ACA CEO and Founder, Intelligent Ethics

Available to WiHTL members only. 

LGBTQ+ History Month Webinar

In the UK, LGBTQ+ month starts in February.  2022 marks an important year for Pride organisers in the UK as it is the 50th anniversary of the very first UK Pride held in London 1972. In this webinar we discussed how to get ready for this anniversary, what to do and how to communicate it. We explored Pride history, its language and where it comes from. 

With guest speakers Polly Shute, Co-Founder Out & About, Keiran Bailey Diversity & Inclusion Advisor Whitbread and John Dickinson Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Raytheon. 

Race Equality Week Webinar: Addressing Structural Racism 

In the UK, Race Equality Week runs from 7th - 13th February 2022.  This webinar explored how employers can address structural racism in the workplace.   Guest speakers included Magda Boulabiza, Advocacy Officer from the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and Nii Cleland CEO Flair.

Employee Networks in HTL & Retail Conference 

Employee networks groups (ENGs), representing different and specific groups from diverse communities, can help to create an inclusive environment in which everyone in an organisation feels like they belong.  

On 2nd February,  we brought together employee network leaders to share best practices and explore what companies across the HTL and Retail sectors are doing with regards to ENGs, how they can be used to support D&I goals, what opportunities leaders have to improve their reach and engagement and assist to create a culture that allows employees to bring their whole selves to work.  

We have produced a toolkit outlining key learnings from this event and best practices on how to set up an ENG.

Transgender Awareness Webinar Recording: How to Create a Supportive Workplace for All

To shine a spotlight on the challenges faced by transgender employees in the workplace during this Transgender Awareness Week, we hosted an incredibly insightful discussion on how organisations can move the dial on creating a fully inclusive environment.
Our speakers included recent Hero Award winner at the European Diversity Awards, Bobbi Pickard who shared her moving story and experiences as a member of the trans community. We were also joined by Polly Shute, Co-Founder of Out And About LGBTQ who revealed some fascinating albeit shocking statistics on the lives of those who identify as transgender, and Matthew Case, Regional Operations Manager for Premier Inn who described how being an ally to the trans community within his organisation brings greater awareness of discrimination and helps initiate uncomfortable but necessary conversations.

Black History Month Webinar Recording: Moving Past ‘Diversity’ to ‘Intentional Inclusion'

Speakers: Ivié Itoje- Anti-racism Expert, Flair and Georgina Warren, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager, IHG

Join Flair Impact, an organisation dedicated to building anti-racist cultures through performance tracking and data-driven solutions, to discuss how to drive intentional inclusion.  This webinar seeks to explore the limitations of ‘diversity’ without organisations adequately creating an intentional culture of inclusion. Flair will delve into how we define intentional inclusion, why intentional inclusion is important and how to retain a diverse and satisfied pool of talent. Championing an inclusive and equitable organisation goes much deeper than overseeing diversity numbers.

World Mental Health Day Webinar Recording: Mental Health in an Unequal World

Speakers:  Dr. Andres Fonseca, Co-Founder/CEO, Thrive, Amanda Scott, Director of Talent, Learning and D&I, Compass UK&I, and Dr. Sonia Ponzo, Head of Clinical Research, Thrive

This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day is "Mental Health in an unequal world". 2020 highlighted a number of inequalities due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, which has contributed to record numbers for UK citizens requesting Mental Health support from the NHS.

Experts from the NHS approved Mental Health app, Thrive,  discussed Mental Health trends within the D&I space, how to support different communities and what practical steps businesses can take to support ALL their people, equally.

Webinar Recording - Social Mobility - Creating a Level Playing Field for All

During this webinar the speakers, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, Founder of Social Mobility Pledge and former Minister for Women, Donna Catley, Chief People Officer Compass Group (UK&I), André Flemmings, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing at WHSmith and Tracey Groves, CEO Intelligent Ethics & Partner, StoneTurn, discussed what we mean by the term 'social mobility', if the pandemic be a catalyst for change within the HTL (and other) industries, how can companies seize the opportunities that now present themselves, particularly in the demand for Talent and how an organisation might measure its success and impact in driving change.

Webinar Recording:  The Impact of Menopause at Work - An Insight into HTL - White Paper Launch 

WiHTL launched a new white paper in partnership with Lauren Chiren, Women of a Certain Stage, on the impact of the menopause in the workplace in the hospitality, travel and leisure industry.  The webinar contains insights from our unique research along with recommended key actions for employers and a call for employers to provide support in order to create a gender-inclusive environment that benefits all.

Listen to the Podcast - 'The Voice of Leaders With Paul Pomroy' 

Leaders have a powerful voice when it comes to creating a culture where diversity of thought is valued and people feel included and they belong.

Join Tea Colaianni, Founder and Chair of WiHTL, as she interviews Paul Pomroy, Corporate SVP International Operated Markets, McDonald's about his leadership journey, career lessons learnt along the way, being an advocate for inclusivity and belonging, their views on why diversity matters to all stakeholders.

If you want to be inspired by ‘real’ models, this podcast is for you.  You can listen now  listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts -

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