2020 Events Programme

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July 2020

VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES WITH CEOs - WiHTL MEMBERS ONLY

We regularly run virtual roundtables "In Conversation with CEOs". Attendance is by invitation only and is restricted to high potential female leaders of member companies. Maximum 10 attendees per roundtable.

Webinar Series: The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP)

As organisations focus their energy and resources on reopening and welcoming their employees and customers back into a safe and enjoyable environment, WiHTL is delighted to launch The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP).

The ILP is the most comprehensive cross-industry programme ever put in place to support leaders across HTL create, nourish and sustain diverse and inclusive environments where people can bring their self to our companies.

The ILP will take leaders across HTL on a journey of discovery, awareness, education and action that will cover three modules as well as a foundation module and will conclude in October 2020.

The ILP is aimed at Leaders in HTL who already or aspire to influence decision making at a senior level. The programme includes a series of webinars, toolkits and resources to support leaders across HTL create the best possible conditions for inclusive environments.

Module 1 of the ILP series is open to all to attend and will explore Race & Ethnicity. It will specifically focus on how as a leader you can tackle racism and has been developed in partnership with Greene King and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).

Modules 2 & 3 of the series will explore how creating a truly inclusive organisation takes courage & commitment from ‘the top’ to take the actions needed to make meaningful change.

The ILP will be supplemented by unique to the HTL industry, evidence based, action driven research conducted in partnership with PWC and The MBS Group.

More information regarding the first sessions can be found below.

18th August - Webinar: The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Foundation Module - The Change Principle

Part 1: Inclusive Influencers – How to Make Culture Change Stick

Time: 10.00 - 11.00 BST

Creating a truly inclusive organisation takes courage & commitment from ‘the top’. Part 1 of the ILP Foundation Module will equip Leaders with the knowledge and insight on how to use their positions of influence to make meaningful change. It has been designed to help Leaders to avoid the pitfalls of culture change and to give you a framework to shape a more inclusive culture in your organisation. This highly participative event has been created specifically for those that can influence the culture in their organisations and will ensure that Leaders are able to make an informed decision about how ready their organisation is to create an inclusive culture and bridge the key chasms that prevent real, lasting cultural change.

This session will be for WiHTL members only to attend. Please enquire below to be sent the registration link.

25th August - Webinar: The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Foundation Module - The Change Principle

Part 2: Inclusive Influencers - How to Build High Performing Inclusive Teams

Time: 10.00 - 11.00 BST

This practical workshop looks at inclusion through a different lens. How do we build teams that are both genuinely inclusive and high performing? The focus of the session is born from many conversations that suggest that diversity and inclusion are achieved at the detriment of organisational or team performance. While numerous pieces of research suggest otherwise, performance and inclusion in teams continue to be treated as separate elements in most discussions. During the course of the event, we will explore factors that both support high performance and influence inclusive team cultures. We will also help participants to overcome the specific barriers they face in the journey to creating a genuinely inclusive culture within their team.

This session will be for WiHTL members only to attend. Please enquire below to be sent the registration link.

Autumn 2020

7th September - Webinar: The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Module 1 - Race & Ethnicity at Work - How Leaders Can Ensure Racial Equality

Part 1: Women from ethnic minorities

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 BST

Gender equality has become a priority for organisations across Europe making progressive leaps to counter discrimination against women, improving representation in leadership, and moving toward equal pay and conditions. However, how far do these numerous initiatives benefit all women? An emerging critique of diversity policies is that they fail to address the specific barriers faced by women from ethnic minorities in the workplace i.e. diversity policies are not intersectional; they do not address how discrimination and inequality on the basis of gender is experienced with other forms of discrimination, such as racism and religious discrimination. This webinar provides practical solutions and actions that can support leaders & organisations on adopting an intersectional approach to remove the discrimination, exclusion and inequality experienced by women from ethnic minorities

NB. The term ‘woman’ is used here to include all those self-identifying as women and is deliberately inclusive of members of the non-binary and transgender communities.

Speakers include Michael Privot, Director & Juliana Santos Wahlgren, Senior Advocacy Officer, ENAR. The session will be chaired by Tania Holcroft, HRD, Greene King Plc.

Open to all to attend.

9th September - The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Module 2: The Inclusive Organisation - Identifying Barriers & Solutions

Part 1: Using Data to Drive Inclusivity– Leaders, Be ‘Brave’ to Lift the Lid

Time: 12.00 - 13.00 BST

Creating a truly inclusive organisation takes courage & commitment from ‘the top’. To understand fully what these actions need to be, Leaders should understand the ‘building blocks’ of building an inclusive organisation, specifically the assessment of company’s culture, understanding how to maximise potential by embracing difference and harnessing the power of data to inform decision making.

No organisation will be able to make meaningful change or its commitment to diversity and inclusion taken seriously until it collects, scrutinises and is transparent with its workforce data to measure progress against its aspirations. In this webinar, Katy Bennett, Director of People Consulting, PwC & David Whitfield, CEO, HR DataHub will provide an insight into data strategy best practice, including data organisations should be collecting and how to gain the trust of your employees to provide it.

This session will be for WiHTL members only to attend. Please enquire below to be sent the registration link.

14th September - Webinar: The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Module 1 - Race & Ethnicity at Work - How Leaders Can Ensure Racial Equality

Part 2: Race & Religion in the Workplace

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 BST

In partnership with ENAR & Greene King, this webinar will provide invaluable insights for Leaders wishing to fully engage in creating an equal, dignified and diverse workplace by respecting religious diversity within their workforce. The webinar will examine the main challenges and barriers of accommodating religious minorities in the workplace and how to practically respond to those challenges. The webinar will also cover the overlap between religious and other forms of discrimination, identifying the need to find specific and more inclusive approaches to accommodate religious minorities in the workplace.

Speakers include Michael Privot, Director & Juliana Santos Wahlgren, Senior Advocacy Officer, ENAR. The session will be chaired by Tania Holcroft, HRD, Greene King Plc.

Open to all to attend.

16th September - The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Module 2: The Inclusive Organisation - Identifying Barriers & Solutions

Part 2: Attracting Diverse Talent with LinkedIn

Time: 12.00 - 13.00 BST

With more than 675+ million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. It is also the most important platform for organisations to showcase your company culture, leadership journeys to make your employer brand stand out and connect with the Talent you need to be successful. In this webinar we will hear from Janine Chamberlain, Director Talent Solutions and Julie Niblock, Senior Account Director at LinkedIn on how to harness the platform to find & engage Diverse Talent.

This session will be for WiHTL members only to attend.

21st September - Webinar: The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Module 1 - Race & Ethnicity at Work - How Leaders Can Ensure Racial Equality

Part 3: Race & Mental Health

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 BST

In partnership with ENAR & Greene King, this webinar outlines the relationship between racism, mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the context of the workplace. It explains how these manifests at the individual, organisational and structural levels. The webinar also aims to highlight the importance of understanding how racism and discrimination at the interpersonal level impacts the mental health and wellbeing of employees and colleagues. Interpersonal racism may include instances of aggression, threats, bullying, harassment, but also more casual situations including prejudicial statements, ‘casual’ slights and micro-aggressions.

Speakers include Michael Privot, Director & Juliana Santos Wahlgren, Senior Advocacy Officer, ENAR. The session will be chaired by Tania Holcroft, HRD, Greene King Plc.

Open to all to attend.

24th September - The Inclusive Leader Programme (ILP) - Module 2: The Inclusive Organisation - Identifying Barriers & Solutions

Part 3: Identifying Barriers + Bias & Widening Opportunity

Time: 14.00 - 15.00 BST

Attraction is only part of the story; the entire employee life cycle must be a key focus to drive any meaningful change. There are potentially many reasons for diverse Talent to thrive & succeed and it is vital that organisations invest in understanding what these reasons are before jumping to conclusion or implementing widespread unconscious bias training with little context or impact. In this insightful webinar, Dev Modi, Head of Inclusive Leadership EMEA, YSC will explain how organisations can critically assess the reasons behind what their data is telling them and the practical actions to mitigate them

Open to all to attend.

29th September 2020 - Masterclass: Life on the Leadership Team - Industry Leaders

Time: 14.00 - 15.30

This event will now be run as a webinar. The link to register is coming soon.

October 2020 - 2nd Women to Watch in HTL Index Launch

The inaugural Women to Watch in HTL Index in 2019 was a huge success - featuring the profiles of 90 high potential women from across the hospitality, travel and leisure industry. Nominations for the 2020 edition are now being taken and will close 31st August. Please see our homepage or email info@wihtl.com for further information

8th October 2020 - Masterclass: Race and Ethnicity in HTL - Black History Month

Time: 11.00 - 12.30

This event will now be run as a webinar. The link to register is coming soon.

13th October 2020 - Masterclass: Women on Boards - Are You Board Ready?

Time: 14.00 - 15.30

This event will now be run as a webinar. The link to register is coming soon.

20th October 2020 - Masterclass: Menopause in the Workplace - World Menopause Month

Time: 14.00 - 15.30

This event will now be run as a webinar. The link to register is coming soon.

25th November 2020 - Masterclass: Life on the Leadership Team - Industry Leaders

Time: 14.00 - 15.30

This event will now be run as a webinar. The link to register is coming soon.

For further information on the Webinars and Masterclasses, please contact us at info@wihtl.com

Partner Webinars

On-Demand - SD Worx Webinar: How Covid-19 is elevating the role of HR Directors

When the pandemic first hit, the spotlight was on HR leaders to guide and support the workforce. As we emerge from the lockdown, many HR Directors are working beyond their own organisational remit, in tandem with the rest of senior leadership, to make critical strategic decisions.

In terms of business continuity and resilience, the weight of these strategic decisions over the next six months is make or break. Digital adaption, employee engagement and staying afloat are all pressing issues, and key enablers for success are the systems and data an organisation uses.

WiHTL Webinar Recordings

Webinar Recording: Measuring Inclusion

On 1st July, New York based Diversity & Inclusion experts, Lisa Magill and Paolo Gaudiano from Aleria PBC, shared their unique, human-centric framework to define and measure inclusion. They explained why inclusion should be the most critical element of any D&I strategy, and to show how to link specific D&I inclusion initiatives to traditional business KPIs and to employee satisfaction.

Webinar Recording: Race & Ethnicity in HTL

On 10th June, we gathered together leaders from across the HTL industry to share practical advice on how to build an inclusive culture in your workplace as well as how to be supportive. Guest speakers included -

· Sandra Kerr - Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

· Patrice Mantey - Head of Joint Ventures & Commercial Planning, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.

· Dare Ilori - Group Head of Sustainability, Merlin Entertainments

· Hannah Tengnah - Legal Counsel, McDonald's Restaurants

The webinar recording is free to download and also contains links to other useful resources.

Webinar Recording: CV Review Workshop

On 22nd May, Sam Seigler from Executive Search firm, The MBS Group, along with the WiHTL team give guidance on how to prepare a CV in the light of COVID-19 including what are employers looking for and what experience is critical in the current climate. Sam also takes participants through how to approach and work with head-hunters or recruitment agents as well as how to present your profile on LinkedIn, interview tips and how to broaden your network.

Webinar Recording: Planning & Leading Your Next Response to COVID-19 Through Organisational Design - Part 1

On 30th April, Sylvia Baumgartner, OD expert, consultant & lecturer delivered the first of a 2-part series to leaders in hospitality, travel and leisure on how to plan the next stage response to the Covid-19 crisis through Organisational Design.

Webinar Recording: Planning & Leading Your Next Response to COVID-19 Through Organisational Design - Part 2

On 19th May, Sylvia Baumgartner, OD expert, consultant & lecturer delivered the second of a 2-part series to leaders in hospitality, travel and leisure on how to plan the next stage response to the Covid-19 crisis through Organisational Design.

Webinar Recording: Leaders in HTL - Responding to Covid-19

On Wednesday 6th May, a panel of guest speakers explored the global challenges facing leaders across our industry as well as reflect on what organisations need to consider when preparing for the 'never normal again' phase.

Speakers included Matthew Blagg, CEO, Criticaleye, Elliott Goldstein, Partner, The MBS Group and Olly Purnell, Managing Partner, Q5.

Webinar Recording: HR in HTL - Responding to Covid-19

Please note that our 'HR in HTL - Responding to Covid-19 weekly webinars are only available to HR leaders working in HTL. If you meet this requirement and would like to catch up on what you have missed, please email us.


Listen to 'The Voice of Leaders' - Our New Podcast

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, CEO, McDonald's UK & ROI 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 and subscribe to the WiHTL 'The Voice of Leaders' podcast channel on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts - smarturl.it/voiceofleaders

WiHTL Latest News

Following the success of the Women to Watch in HTL Index in 2019 in partnership with The MBS Group, we are delighted to launch the Women To Watch in HTL 2020 Index - again supported by the wonderful team at The MBS Group.

The women featured in last year's Index have inspired many others to progress within our industry, and have become mentors and role models. The 2020 Index will include two categories:

We are now seeking your nominations for this year's Index. Nominations will close on the 31st August. Please use the links above to complete the nomination forms. The Women to Watch in HTL 2020 Index will be published in October 2020.