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D&I in corporate comms: Externalising your approach and avoiding diversity washing

A partnership event with The Financial Services Forum

online
09:00, 22 June 2021

Financial services is not an industry renowned for its diversity. In a 2019 report, the FCA estimated that the banking and financial industry won’t achieve gender equality for another 88 years, whilst a 2018 Randstad report revealed fewer than one in ten management jobs in UK financial services was held by a member of the BAME community.

Whilst businesses are aware of their need to improve, there is a slow rate of change across the financial sector. It is important to approach D&I from the perspective of both an employer and service provider to create a safe culture for both staff and customers, however it is crucial that businesses do not engage in diversity-washing.

In this panel discussion we will cover:

  • How organisations can maintain continuity between their communications and D&I status
  • Communicating your commitment to become a better organisation, whilst steering clear of diversity-washing
  • Externalising your internal approach to D&I
  • Creating real and meaningful change

Panellists:

  • Anna Langdon, Senior Talent Manager and Inclusion and Diversity Lead, Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Zandile Nhkata, Head of Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity at Investec Group
  • Maxine Benson MBE, Co-founder, everywoman

Chaired by Tony Langham, Chief Executive and Co-founder, Lansons

DI Corporate Comms Event by FSF Forum and Lansons

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Events Speakers

Anna Langdon

Anna Langdon

Senior Talent Manager and Inclusion and Diversity Lead, Hargreaves Lansdown

Anna Langdon joined Hargreaves Lansdown in November 2019 as Inclusion and Diversity lead and Senior Talent Manager. She is responsible for outlining the Talent Management strategy for the organisation which includes the approach to building an inclusive culture and increasing diverse representation, from early careers through to leadership roles. Anna started her career at UBS where she held a variety of roles across the People Function, including HR Business Partner and Talent Partner. She has since worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and, more recently, at Bristol Community Health as Head of Organisational Development.

Zandile Nkhata

Zandile Nkhata

Head of Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity at Investec Group

Zandile Nkhata is Head of Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity at Investec Group. In this role, Zandi is responsible for driving a vision and strategy where ‘it’s easy to be me’. A Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (UK) with an Executive MBA, Zandi is also a Doctoral student at Middlesex University where she is exploring how to create organisational cultural shifts through building an inclusive work environment. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the corporate and academia sectors across the UK and South Africa. She has worked with both Senior and Executive Management including, Cabinet Ministers, Vice Chancellors and Executive Television Producers. Zandi is married, lives in Blackheath and, since lockdown, has taken up (very slow) running!

Maxine Benson

Maxine Benson MBE

Co-founder, everywoman

Maxine's career experience encompassed the airline industry in Sydney, the film industry in New York, giving her two decades of experience living and working overseas before she returned to the UK to co-found everywoman in 1999. The UK’s first online community for women in business, everywoman's ambition to unlock the talents of women globally remains as relevant today as it did 21 years ago. Everywoman's mission to positively change the landscape for women in the workplace for future generations, saw Maxine awarded the MBE for services to women's enterprise in 1999.