Programme of Events

7th February 2023: 12pm - 1pm GMT

WEBINAR: Sorry Not Sorry. Female Empowerment Series 2/3 with Victoria McLean

"Many women in the workplace begin practically every sentence with the word ‘sorry’. They say, ‘Sorry, is this a good time?’ ‘Sorry, can I come in?’ ‘Sorry, can I speak?’ The ‘sorrys’ that we sprinkle through our days make us appear less confident and competent.

How to talk confidently, and unapologetically, about your achievements in an interview is one of the most common challenges we address in our coaching sessions.

Victoria McLean, Founder and CEO of City CV/Hanover Talent Solutions, will discuss the negative impact the ‘apologising habit’ has on careers and how to break that habit for good.

She will share:

• What impact over-apologising has on your career

• Why women apologise more than men, especially in the workplace

• Top strategies to break the habit

This webinar will show you how you can talk confidently, and unapologetically, to get the balance right.

9th February 2023: 12pm - 1pm GMT
WEBINAR: Race Equality Week: Allyship in the Workplace

Race Equality Week is now in its third year and continues to unite thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.

The theme for 2023 is ‘It’s Everyone’s Business’ and this webinar will cover the importance of allyship in the workplace, what it really means to be an ally to people from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and the actions we can take as organisations and as individuals to drive change.

7th March 2023: 12pm - 1pm GMT

WEBINAR: "Hear Me Roar. Embrace Your Inner Lioness." Female Empowerment Series 3/3 with Victoria McLean

Since when did ‘run like a girl’ become an insult? Why are women said to be ‘bossy and men possess ‘leadership’ qualities’? Uncover how women can use superpowers of empathy, passion, intuition and resilience to lead with authenticity. How the words we use can influence choices and behaviour from puberty onwards, impacting female perception, performance and progression. Surprising facts may shock, concern and delight you. Gain practical ways to empower the women you work with.

14th March 2023: 1pm - 4:30pm GMT

EVENT: Employee Network Groups Conference (Virtual)

Due to the success of last year's Employee Network Groups (ENG) conference, we are very excited to announce that we will be hosting the event once again on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th March 2023.

During this completely virtual conference attendees will hear from network Chairs and Executive Sponsors from across Hospitality, Travel, Leisure and Retail sectors, who will share their own experiences and insights on topics including; how to set up Employee Network Groups for success, how to avoid ‘siloed’ thinking, and how best to measure success and business impact.

12th April 2023 12pm - 1pm GMT

WEBINAR: Celebrating Neurodiversity at Work: Attracting and Developing Neurodiverse Talent

The skills and strengths of neurodiverse individuals can bring many benefits to the workplace, from increased creativity and flexibility to diverse and innovative perspectives. But what is your organisation doing to attract neurodiverse talent?

This webinar will explore the value of neurodiversity in the workplace and provide practical guidance on how to attract, support, develop and empower neurodiverse talent, whilst challenging some common stereotypes and misconceptions of neurodiverse people.

May 2023

WEBINAR: Mental health and well-being

More details to follow.

June 2023

WEBINAR: Pride month

More details to follow.

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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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