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QBC'16 - Embodying Equality in Business - Why? & How?

Gender Equality : Sexual Orientation Equality : Racial Equality : Religious Equality

The 'Why' inspires change and the 'How' empowers change

Wednesday, 9th November 2016 - Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. NW1 2BJ

9:30am to 10:00am Registration and Networking. 10:00am Meeting for Worship (for ten minutes). 4:30pm Close.

Many of us are leading culture change and working towards genuine equality and inclusion in the workplace. The work now is to support a deeper shift in attitudes and behaviour. Join us to explore ways of fostering a positive vision and using self-awareness to go beyond policy creation into the very heart of the challenge.

The purpose of the day is to share success stories so we have a positive vision of what is possible in equality work and what it actually takes. We hope that those attending the conference will leave with their own personal intent to embody equality in their organisations at a deeper, more profound human level. Feeling and knowing the difference it will make for their staff, their customers and for the wider community.

We're thrilled to announce our international pioneer speakers:

Satish Kumar, internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues will be speaking on Embodying Religious Equality in Business.

Rehena Harilall, a global management consultant, trained psychologist and coach has worked globally managing large scale, complex business change and socio-political transformation programmes across diverse industries in both public and private sectors. She will be speaking on Racial Equality.

Michael Lassman, has over 30 years' experience following an equality and diversity agenda, speaking on Embodying Gender Equality in Business. Michael set up Equality Edge at the end of 2006 as a vehicle to deliver innovative workshops, one-to-one or small group coaching and public speaking services.

Marcus Alldrick, Head of Digital Risk Management and Compliance at Lloyd’s and served on the Lloyd’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group for several years as the LGBT representative. Marcus will be speaking on equality in sexuality as a founding member of the employee resource group Pride@Lloyds.

The day will be grounded in Quaker Advice and Queries 22:
"Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships. Refrain from making prejudiced judgments about the life journeys of others. Do you foster the spirit of mutual understanding and forgiveness which our discipleship asks of us? Remember that each one of us is unique, precious, a child of God"

There will be speakers and creative activities during the day; and the flow of our four speakers for the day is:-

  1. Gender Equality
  2. Sexual Orientation Equality
  3. Racial Equality
  4. Religious Equality

You can find a brochure for the event here, a flyer here and the full programme here.

The following YouTube video from 'The Love Has No Labels' campaign carries the Spirit of this conference.

So, whether you are involved in a large or small organisation, or a passionate advocate of equality in business, this conference aims to inspire and empower you to go deeper with your equality journey and to take actions when you leave the conference gathering.

From a Quaker perspective the day will help lead people to the opening Advice and Query:
"Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life"

Conference organisers - David Wetton, Alison Wooding, Josephine Matthews