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Diversity-Conference

Organisers

Debbie Atwell
Phone
+27 (83) 651 1664
Email
debbie@knowres.co.za

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 18 - 19 Aug 2021
  • Time: All Day
Category

Next Event

Date

18 - 19 Aug 2021

Time

All Day

Fee

R3,600

Diversity and Inclusion Online Conference

We know that embracing diversity and inclusion is good for business and should be a top priority for organisations as it can enhance engagement, innovation and company performance. A Boston Consulting Group study found that companies with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenues due to innovation. This highlights that that diversity is not just a metric to be strived for; it is an integral part of a successful revenue-generating business. McKinsey Research shows that large companies in the top quartile for ethnic and cultural diversity outperform those in the fourth quartile by 36 percent. Apart from addressing issues of fairness and equity, increased diversity pays by broadening a company’s talent pool, improves decision making and problem solving, increases profitability and creativity, drives employee engagement and improves a company’s global image. Employees with diverse backgrounds bring their own perspectives, ideas and experiences, helping to create organizations that are resilient and effective, and which outperform organisations that do not invest in diversity. Also, forward-thinking companies should be looking for ways to employ and empower more women at work – not just as a moral obligation, but also as a sound business strategy. McKinsey’s most recent Delivering Through Diversity report found corporations that embrace gender diversity on their executive teams were more competitive and 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability. They also had a 27% likelihood of outperforming their peers on longer-term value creation.

However, while we know the business benefits, research shows that even though South African organisations have made great strides in achieving more diversity and transformation, too many people still feel excluded in workplace and much more work needs to be done. The sad reality is that even in this day and age, discrimination, whether it be racism or sexism, is still rife in the workplace. Thus, many organisations today are still struggling to create genuinely diverse and inclusive working environments. Many are re-examining and ramping up their initiatives. The need to listen to employees with different backgrounds and perspectives, promote understanding and awareness, and ultimately drive positive change has become a top business priority — and rightly so. Diversity and Inclusion is an intentional journey that doesn’t just happen – it also cannot be a one-time initiative. Diversity in itself does not create inclusion – an inclusive environment must be intentionally designed, nurtured and supported. Equity is central to an inclusive workplace and organisations need to guarantee fair treatment regardless of gender, race, class and other factors. This includes equitable pay and recognition, as well as equal access to resources, opportunities and rewards for all. Living in an ever-growing and global society, we need to understand cultural differences and backgrounds to build the best teams and businesses to be globally competitive.

So, what will it take to start a workplace revolution that moves us from talk to real action and how can companies make diversity promises that don’t fall flat? Attend the KR Diversity and Inclusion conference which can assist you in moving beyond just tracking demographics and box ticking, but spark real change and drive impact.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • HR Directors and Managers
  • Head of Diversity and Inclusion
  • EE Managers
  • Transformation Directors, Managers and Consultants
  • Heads of OD

REGISTRATION FEES (excl. VAT)

KR Community Member:  R3 600.00 (save R900)
Non Member:  R4 500.00

 

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - 18 August 2021

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome and introduction
Laura James, Senior HR manager, Globeleq (Chair of the Gender Diversity Working Group, South Africa Wind Energy Association)
Speakers:
Laura James
09:00 - 09:45
Equipping people to create an inclusive culture with Cultural Intelligence
Buhle Dlamini, Global Consulting Speaker on Future of Work, Organizational Culture and Diversity, TomorrowToday Global
09:45 - 10:30
Dealing with race disputes in the workplace: Challenges & lessons learnt
Dr Angela du Plessis, Mediator, Labour Relations and OD Consultant, Conflict Dynamics
Speakers:
Dr Angela Du Plessis
10:30 - 11:00
Morning break
11:00 - 11:40
The legal context for Diversity, Inclusion & Transformation
Johan Botes, Partner and Head of Employment Practice, Baker McKenzie
Speakers:
Johan Botes
11:40 - 12:30
Critical reflections on privilege and complicity in the workplace
Professor Melissa Steyn, South African National Research Chair in Critical Diversity Studies; Director of the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS) Co-Author of Differences at Work: Practicing Critical Diversity Literacy)
Speakers:
Professor Melissa Steyn
12:30 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 14:00
The Psychological impact on marginalised people: How we unwittingly exclude and marginalise in the workplace
Pierre Brouard, Deputy and Acting Director, CSA&G
Speakers:
Pierre Brouard
14:00 - 14:45
The status of gender inequality in the workplace
Dr Nitasha Rampersad, Director Leader Support, Dept. Public Service and Administration AND Vanisha Balgobind, Executive Head of HR, Exxaro AND Snowy Mahlangu, Head Talent Learning & Inclusion at Marsh Middle East and Africa
Speakers:
Dr Nitasha Rampersad, Snowy Mahlangu, Vanisha Balgobind
14:45 - 15:00
Afternoon break
15:00 - 15:45
Building more Inclusive workplaces: Exploring the critical need developing inclusive practices of differently abled employees in the workplace
Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales Development & Strategy Leader - Africa, Oracle AND Michael Smith, Group HR, Tetra Pak AND Losh Pather, Head of Learning and Development, Liberty Group
15:45 - 16:30
Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organisations around the world
Nene Molefi, Founder, Mandate Molefi (Chair of the Board of The Centre for Global Inclusion) and Author of A Journey to Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa AND Julie O’Mara, President and Board Chair, The Centre for Global Inclusion (USA)
Speakers:
Julie O’Mara, Nene Molefi
16:30 -
Wrap up of day 1

Day 2 - 19 August 2021

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome back
09:15 - 10:00
The business case for diversity and moving beyond just ticking boxes!
Dr Preeya Daya, Research Associate, University of Cape Town and Executive Director, Leadership Dialogue (co-editor: 12 Lenses into Diversity in SA)
Speakers:
Dr Preeya Daya
10:00 - 10:45
Neurodiversity: Building and supporting inclusive workplace
Theo Smith is a VP of a HR tech start-up Zinc.Work
Speakers:
Theo Smith
10:45 - 11:15
Morning break
11:15 - 12:00
Impact of Unconscious Bias on Diversity and Inclusion
Dominic Gaobepe, Managing Director, Cohesion Collective
12:00 - 12:45
How to talk about race at work: lessons learnt from Cisco
El Cavanagh Lomas, HR Vice President (EMEAR), Cisco
Speakers:
El Cavanagh Lomas
12:45 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:15
Creating space for religious diversity at work
Prof. Dion Forster, Public Theology and Ethics, Departmental Chair: Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch
Speakers:
Prof. Dion Forster
14:15 - 15:00
Gender based violence and harassment in the workplace: Achieving Diversity and Inclusion through the Promotion and Protection of Dignity in the Workplace
Dr Penny Abbott, Independent HR Practitioner, Researcher and Consultant AND Zanele Masoek, Legal Practitioner, Tokiso
Speakers:
Dr Penny Abbott, Zanele Masoek
15:00 - 15:15
Afternoon break
15:15 - 16:00
Passion Is Not Enough – The skills you need to successfully lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Rendani Baumgartner, Managing Director, RMB Diversity and Inclusion Advisory AND Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba, Group Human Resources & Transformation Director, Netcare (Co-Author of Differences at Work: Practicing Critical Diversity Literacy)
16:00 -
Close of conference
Laura James
Laura James
Senior HR manager, GlobalEQ (Chair of the Gender Diversity Working Group, South Africa Wind Energy Association)
Laura oversees all people-related matters at Globeleq South Africa, including developing HR and organisation development strategy and overseeing implementation. She also plays a leading role in group-wide people management and development projects which involve all Globeleq’s operating countries.
Dr Angela Du Plessis
Dr Angela Du Plessis
Mediator, Labour Relations and Organisational Development Consultant
Angela specialised in Social Work at the Workplace and has had a number of roles over the years, including Company Social Worker, CCMA Commissioner, Organisation Development Consultant and Mediator. She was invited to start the first postgraduate course in Occupational Social Work at Wits and ran an Honours and Masters Programme for 10 years. She consulted widely during this time to the Mining and Financial Services sectors.
Johan Botes
Johan Botes
Partner and Head of Employment Practice, Baker McKenzie
Johan Botes heads Baker McKenzie’s Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Johannesburg. Johan is experienced in employment law and labour relations, focusing on South African and sub-Saharan African employment law and employee relations. He regularly advises multinational clients on industrial relations, employment negotiations, labour dispute resolution, change management, and organisational restructuring. His team manages multijurisdictional employment and employee relations projects on behalf of various multinational clients. His practice spans a range of industries including financial services, consulting, aviation, media, retail, manufacturing and mining. He focuses on multijurisdictional employment law and employee relations projects, from amending contracts, benefits and policies across multiple jurisdictions, to employment aspects of legal entity integration and post-transaction integration, to restructuring and reductions in force in various locations. His experience also includes advising on voluntary and involuntary termination of employment, collective labour law issues, as well as labour disputes and strategic advice in relation to trade unions. Johan is well regarded for his comments around employment matters and often appears in radio and television interviews concerning various employment law issues.
Professor Melissa Steyn
Professor Melissa Steyn
South African National Research Chair in Critical Diversity Studies, Wits University
Professor Melissa Steyn has been developing Diversity Studies as a field in Higher Education since she began studying Intercultural and Diversity Studies at UCT in 2001. She is the founding director of the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS), and has held the South African National Chair (SARChI) Chair in Critical Diversity Studies since 2014. She is best known for her publications on whiteness in post-apartheid South Africa. Her MA thesis, written while a Fulbright Scholar at Arizona State University, was published as Whiteness just isn’t what is used to be: White identity in a changing South Africa, in a series edited by Henry Giroux. It won the 2002 Outstanding Scholarship Award in International and Intercultural Communication from the National Communication Association in the United States. Melissa was also a recipient of UCT’s Distinguished Teacher’s Award (2009) and a CHE/ HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching Award (2010), and was a Diamond Jubilee Fellow, University of Southampton (2014-2018). In 2013 she was featured as one of Routledge’s Sociology Super Authors. Her forthcoming co-edited books include Decolonising the Human: Reflections from Africa on Difference and Oppression.
Pierre Brouard
Pierre Brouard
Deputy and Acting Director, CSA&G
Pierre is the Deputy and currently Acting Director of the CSA&G and a registered Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in HIV since the mid 1980’s and at the CSA&G since 2001 as a manager, researcher, writer, facilitator and teacher. His interests include sexualities, gender, diversity, transformation and human rights. He has written a number of opinion pieces on aspects of HIV and AIDS, worked with media AIDS projects in South Africa and contributed to a booklet on healthy sexualities for Soul City. Pierre is an external examiner for MA theses, a peer reviewer for a number of journals, sits on the board of the Human Rights Development Initiative, is a member of the Executive of the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa, is a member of the Tuks AIDS Reference Group and has served on the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities.
Dr Nitasha Rampersad
Dr Nitasha Rampersad
Director Leader Support, Dept. Public Service and Administration
Dr Nitasha Ramparsad is the Director for Leadership Support at the National School of Government. Nitasha has been published extensively in international, peer-reviewed journals and is frequently invited to speak at conferences on her expertise. She was recently nominated for the Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2019 in the category Positive Role Model. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. She the author of Gender Equality, published by KR
Snowy Mahlangu
Snowy Mahlangu
Head Talent Learning & Inclusion, Marsh Middle East and Africa
Snowy is an engaging, authentic and passionate senior HR leader with deep expertise in Learning & Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching and Diversity and Inclusion. With over 17 years’ experience working across multiple industries driving global brands through transformation and a clear focus on strategy and execution. She currently heads up Talent, Learning and Inclusion for Marsh Middle East and Africa regions. Prior to Marsh Snowy was with Vodacom for 11 years where she was head of Learningand Leadership Development. She has experience working with senior Executives and Board of Directors. Snowy has also worked extensively with Bursars, Graduates and Young adults and supported them with coaching, mentoring and career counselling. She is passionate about community development and also support youngsters in their spiritual growth. She has an MBA from Milpark Business School and Digital Strategy Certificate from INSEAD. She has also completed ICF accredited Coaching courses.
Vanisha Balgobind
Vanisha Balgobind
Executive Head of HR at Exxaro
Vanisha is a registered industrial psychologist with more than 18 years’ experience in the mining industry. She was appointed as an HR assistant at Mondi Kraft in Richards Bay in 1996 and went on to join the (then) Iscor Mining in 1997 as an HR trainee. She was then employed at Kumba Resources as an HR consultant and talent management consultant between 1998 and 2006. Vanisha was appointed at Exxaro as the manager for talent management and staffing for five years, and the manager for corporate projects and HR optimization for two years, before doing a short stint as the group manager: talent and learning. She was appointed to her current role in 2016. Vanisha has BA Honours in Industrial Psychology, and an MA in Industrial Psychology. She has also completed the Management Development Programme at GIBS.
Julie O’Mara
Julie O’Mara
President and Board Chair, The Centre for Global Inclusion
Julie is President and Board Chair of The Centre for Global Inclusion. For over 40 years, she was an active DEI consultant as president of O’Mara and Associates, an organisation development consulting firm. She is considered a pioneer for her work having been engaged in numerous successful initiatives with major clients. She is active in several diversity organisations and often collaborates with others to advance the field. She is a shareholder and former Board of Directors member of Berrett-Koehler Publishers and is an Authorised Partner for Wiley’s DiSC® and Five Behaviours products. A former National President of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD), Julie was instrumental in developing professional competencies for the training and development field. She is co-author of Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage, a bestseller published by Jossey-Bass, and author of Diversity Activities and Training Designs, published by Pfeiffer and Company. She has received several awards for her leadership and diversity work, including named to the Economists Global Diversity List 2015; a Diversity Legacy Leader by The Forum on Workplace Inclusion; Pioneer of Diversity by the Diversity Journal; ASTD’s Torch Award for outstanding service; the ASTD Women’s Network Professional Leadership Development Award; the Honoured Instructor award for outstanding service from the University of California Extension, Berkeley; Ben Bostic Trainer of the Year Award from ASTD’s Multicultural Network; and ASTD’s Valuing Differences Award. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Nene Molefi
Nene Molefi
President and Owner, Mandate Molefi
Nene is the President and owner of Mandate Molefi HR Consultants. She is an experienced consultant with a track record that spans over 22 years. She was born in Soweto, South Africa. Her work involves consulting & facilitation in Whole System Culture Change; Transformation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Values Driven Leadership interventions for large and medium-sized organisations. Nene is an international speaker with a creative storytelling approach to sharing complex issues of South Africa’s journey to democracy - helping participants navigate the difficult terrain of race and intersectionality in society and their workplace. She has facilitated numerous dialogue sessions and moderated courageous conversations with Boards, Executive Committees & Senior leadership across different countries and a variety of industries and sectors. She has written many articles and is an author of a book, A Journey of Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa: Guidelines for Leading Inclusively. She has been mentioned in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index report of 2018 as an example of an international thought leader on Diversity and Inclusion. She sits on the Advisory structure of the Auditor General of South Africa. She is a board member and Secretary of The Centre for Global Inclusion. Nene studied at the University of Fort Hare (SA), University of Cape Town (SA) and York St John University (UK) where she obtained Masters in Leading Innovation and Change. Her aim is to use dialogue to show leaders how to lead equitably and inclusively in meeting their organisational objectives and advance social cohesion in society.
Dr Preeya Daya
Dr Preeya Daya
Senior Lecturer at the UCT Allan Gray Centre and Academic Director at the Achievement Awards Group.
Dr. Preeya Daya has a Ph.D. in Business from UCT, and Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Preeya moved into academia and consulting following a global career as a Human Resource Practitioner. She has since worked with numerous business schools and co-convened a Ph.D. programme in Leadership, Systems Thinking and Complexity. Preeya leads the thought-leadership team at the Achievement Awards Group; and her research at UCT’s Allan Gray Centre relates to Organisational Behaviour, focusing on Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Leadership, and Personal Mastery. Dr. Daya serves as expert faculty for Master Leader, Get Smarter and Masterstart online learning programmes, and Chairs the HR forum for the Durban Chamber of Commerce. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and is the co-editor of the book, 12 Lenses into Diversity in South Africa.
Theo Smith
Theo Smith
VP of a HR tech start-up Zinc.Work
Theo Smith is a VP of a HR tech start-up Zinc.Work, and previously, the Recruitment Manager at NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Based in the UK, he was selected to be part of the Resourcing Leaders 100 (RL100), Europe’s leading network of resourcing leaders. Prior to this he was the Resourcing Manager at TMP Worldwide UK, now part of PeopleScout. He is also the host of several podcasts including ‘Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes’.
El Cavanagh Lomas
El Cavanagh Lomas
HR Vice President (EMEAR), Cisco
El Cavanagh-Lomas is VP for People & Communities for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. El leads the business partnering and country consulting support to all functions within the region ensuring the alignment of global & regional strategy, and she is passionate about driving business outcomes which have the employee experience at the heart. El joined Cisco in April 2010 as part of the acquisition of Starent Networks and early in 2011 El became the Employee Relations EMEAR lead. El directed the ER strategy for EMEAR to enable the delivery of ER services to 12000+ employees across 60+countries. In Oct 2012, El moved to lead HR for the Emerging Markets region – 84 countries clustered in 3 super regions (Russia/CIS, Middle East & Africa). El’s driving force in this role enabled the implementation of an HR strategy that encouraged all leaders, managers & local employees within Emerging to build and nurture community, regardless of function. In 2014 El took on the additional responsibility of HR for the Sales organisation, and in November 2015 became VP for the HR EMEAR organisation. El has since been the ambassador and advocate for some major global and regional people initiatives, including the Cisco People Deal, Conscious Culture and the Pavelka Wellbeing program. Prior to joining Cisco and Starent, El spent 8 years with Aspect Software, a US$ 600+ million global software communications company with 2,000+ employees which focused on enterprise software for the Contact Centre industry. El is FCIPD qualified, with a BSc. Honours in Law & German and is an Employment law expert for the EMEAR Region. El is also a qualified Business and Performance Coach and an NLP Practitioner and has a passion for the development of HR professionals.
Prof. Dion Forster
Prof. Dion Forster
Public Theology and Ethics, Departmental Chair: Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch
Dion Forster holds two doctoral degrees. A PhD in Systematic Theology (D. Th, SA, 2006) and a second PhD in New Testament studies and Empirical Theology (Ph. D, Radboud University, Holland, 2017). Dion is a Rated researcher with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. He was formerly the Dean of John Wesley College, the seminary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Dion now serves on the full-time faculty of Stellenbosch University, as the Departmental Chair of the discipline group of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, the Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, and as an Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Ethics, (with a focus on Public Theology).
Dr Penny Abbott
Dr Penny Abbott
Independent HR Practitioner, Researcher and Consultant
Penny researches and writes in the Human Resources Management field, and serves in a voluntary capacity as the Research and Policy Adviser at the SA Board for People Practices since retiring as Head of the HR Research Initiative at the SABPP in 2016. Penny joined the SABPP in 2012 after a long career in HR management including 16 years in various industries at executive level in South Africa and globally, and after spending 4 years doing her Masters and then Doctorate at UJ. She also practised as a partner in the talent management consultancy MDQ Associates, taught a Master’s degree module at UJ and co-supervised at PhD level. One of her main areas of interest over the last three years has been helping HR practitioners deal with handling the difficult issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. She coordinated a multi-disciplinary team which put together the Sexual Harassment Toolkit for HR practitioners, published early in 2020. For the SABPP she authored a series of monthly Fact Sheets, several Position Papers and policy contributions. She edited and wrote several chapters for the SABPP’s book Ethical Competence in HRM Practice, published in 2015, and designed and facilitated Ethics workshops for HR practitioners. She co-authored, with the then CEO of the SABPP, the late Marius Meyer, the first book on HR Risk Management, published in 2017, and the first book on HRM Standards, published in 2019.
Zanele Masoek
Zanele Masoek
Legal Practitioner, Tokiso
Zanele Masoek is an admitted attorney with experience in facilitating relationship building processes, chairing disciplinary enquiries, grievance hearings and performance hearings. Zanele has also conducted training in disciplinary processes and sexual harassment as well as conducted investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Zanele has experience working as a project manager on large budget projects as well as smaller projects with a focus on conflict management through multi-stakeholder engagements and relationship building. She has experience in pension funds law, company law, landlord and tenant disputes as well as labour law with a keen interest and focus on alternative dispute resolution processes and system design. Zanele is skilled in specialised legal advisory services, litigation in the various areas of practice, Fund Rule amendments of large Pension Funds within the security sector and Metal and Engineering Industry. With a continued focus on social justice, Zanele volunteered with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies participating in a workshop geared at educating the community of Guguleth on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill in preparation for the public hearings. Zanele later completed an internship with the Legal Resources Centre where she was tasked as a researcher for the Silicosis class action case.

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