Programme of Events

24th May 2022 – The Do's and Don'ts on Allyship: How to Become an Authentic Ally

Time: 12.00 - 13.00 BST


The importance of allyship in creating an inclusive and equitable organisation is now a topic of key focus. Not least as according to a recent Forbes article, the impact of effective allyship is directly linked to business outcomes that include innovation, productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction. Effective allyship also helps alleviate feelings of burnout and fatigue and reduces employee turnover from those who may opt to leave because they do not feel they belong or are valued for their whole self.


Everyone can be an ally but how does a person do it in an authentic way? As an ally there is much to learn and potentially unlearn and people are worried about making mistakes. Join us for this insightful webinar we explore the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of allyship and what allyship really means in practice.


Speakers: Polly Shute – Founder, Out & About LGBTQ and Ellen Muthu – Inclusion & Racial Equity Lead, Flair

Open to all

1st June 2022 - Stay Visible in a Hybrid World

Time: 13.00 - 14.00 BST

Designed for anyone who works flexibly or from home, this webinar explains what visibility means in the workplace and why it's important, and provides practical solutions and tips for staying visible even when you're not in the office.

But how do you do this when you're sitting behind a computer screen at home? And what if you're working from home, but your colleagues are in the office? In this webinar, we explore:

· What visibility means in the workplace

· Why it's so important and the benefits in can bring to your career

· The visibility framework and how it can empower you to perform your best work

· Practical tips for staying visible while you're working from home

· How you can help your team and colleagues become more visible

This webinar will be delivered by Victoria McLean, CEO of City CV and Director at the Hanover Group.

Open to all

29th June 2022 - The Importance of Being an Executive Ally

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 BST


Is executive commitment and interest around DEI fading? Is “diversity fatigue,” or exhaustion from discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion a very real issue at many companies? Are employees becoming discouraged or disillusioned about the progress being made? If so, what can senior leaders do to mitigate this potential issue?

In our second webinar on allyship, we discuss the importance of keeping diversity and inclusion at the forefront and heart of organisational strategy with a panel of C-Suite leaders and why it plays such a key role in driving business performance. We also explore how senior leaders use their platform and voice to become authentic and impactful allies.

Speakers TBC

Open to all

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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 - smarturl.it/voiceofleaders

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