Events

We host many events and webinars on a broad range of D&I topics throughout the year. These events are specifically produced for our Members.

21st September 2022: 12pm-1pm BST

WEBINAR: Intersectionality Series (1/2)

More details to follow shortly.


6th October 2022: 12pm-1pm GMT

WEBINAR: Jodi Goldman Series (1/3) – Queen of Boundaries

How to set, maintain and protect your boundaries as a woman. Stop people-pleasing, putting your needs last, and struggling to do it all.

20th October 2022: 12pm-1pm GMT

WEBINAR: Intersectionality Series (2/2)

More details to follow shortly.

1st November 2022: 12.30pm-5pm GMT

IN-PERSON EVENT: The WiHTL & DiR Inclusion Summit at the ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

Join us for what promises to be a spectacular event celebrating the individual and collective achievements of our Collaboration Communities in the diversity and inclusion space across the hospitality, travel, leisure and retail industries. The Summit will provide a unique opportunity to expand your network, create meaningful connections and renew our commitment and call to action for the industry to become even more inclusive and progressive.

2nd November 2022: 1pm-2pm GMT

WEBINAR: Jodi Goldman Series (2/3) – Visibility Vortex

Being seen, known, and remembered is key for career success but for a lot of women this isn't something that comes naturally. Whether its self-promoting and talking about achievements, or networking in and out your biz, it's time to be seen (even if you're an introvert).

16th November 2022: 12pm-1pm GMT (TBC)

WEBINAR: Reverse Mentoring

Speaker: Patrice Gordon, Director Commerical Strategy Development, Virgin Atlantic

1st December 2022: 12pm-1pm GMT

WEBINAR: Jodi Goldman Series (3/3) – Magnetic Leadership

How women can truly step up, stand out and shine in their careers and lives by embracing both their masculine and feminine power. The four levels of leadership and fully owning your role as a leader in your business and industry.

14th December 2022: 12pm-1pm GMT

WEBINAR: Disability History Month

More details to follow shortly.

"The Diversity in Retail webinars are a great learning resource. They are a brilliant way of connecting with people in the industry. Everyone that is part of the conversation is there to make positive change and this platform has allowed that open conversation."

LGBT+ History Month webinar attendee

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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 DiR members only

Webinar: LGBTQ+ History Month


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.

Webinar: Race Equality Week - 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 or employee resource groups (ERGs), 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 ERGs, 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 are currently collating the key learnings into a toolkit which will be available to DiR and WiHTL members only and be published at the end of February.

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: Moving Past ‘Diversity’ to ‘Intentional Inclusion'

Speakers: Ivié Itoje- Anti-racism Expert, Flair and Georgina Warren, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager, IHG


This webinar sought to explore the limitations of ‘diversity’ without organisations adequately creating an intentional culture of inclusion. Ivié and Georgina delved 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: Mental Health in an Unequal World

Speakers included: 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, will be discussing Mental Health trends within D&I space, how to support different communities and what practical steps businesses can take to support ALL their people, equally.


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Nominations for the Global Female Leader Programme will open soon

  • The Global Female Leader Programme (FLP) is a unique, comprehensive cross-industry programme designed provide a series of experiences and learning opportunities to support career progression for high potential female leaders in the Retail industry

  • The 10-session programme aims to identify the challenges facing women who wish to progress to the highest levels of leadership and provides practical strategies & advice to overcome them. The importance of role models and hearing real-life experiences is at the core of the programme and participants will benefit from virtual C-Suite roundtables

  • Participants will also be allocated a cross-industry Mentor to help support their journey

  • Email info@diversityinretail.com to find out more


Webinar Recordings

Webinar Recording - Global HR Leaders Virtual Roundtable

On 2nd December, Tea Colaianni chaired a panel discussion with Global HR Leaders from Australia, Greater China, Continental Europe and the UK and explored the people challenges facing businesses in different geographies at this time of great uncertainty.

Guest speakers included -

  • Len Jillard, CPO International Markets, McDonald’s Restaurants

  • Ying Ying Koh , VP HR Greater China, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

  • Rosie McArdle, Executive Director, Compass Group Australia

  • Michael Custers, CMO, SD Worx

Webinar Recording: The Impact of Menopause at Work - White Paper Launch

We launched a new white paper in partnership with Lauren Chiren, Women of a Certain Stage, on the impact of the menopause in the workplace . 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.

Webinar Recording: Measuring Inclusion

New York based Diversity & Inclusion experts, Lisa Magill and Paolo Gaudiano from Aleria PBC, shared their unique, human-centric framework to define and measure inclusion. They explained why inclusion should be the most critical element of any D&I strategy, and to show how to link specific D&I inclusion initiatives to traditional business KPIs and to employee satisfaction.