Inclusive Leadership – Are you building the right culture?

Webinar recording of IT Leaders Forum event 10th December 2020

Katie Gleghorn – “A Leaders guide to diversity and inclusion”
Hannah Parsons, Matthew Metcalfe & Becky O’Farrell – “The Covea D&I journey so far…”
Stacey Forman “Why are we starting a WiT network @ UoL?”

2020 has delivered major changes across the world, and the Diversity and Inclusion conversation has grown bigger and louder. D&I has a major link to how your company performs; diverse teams show greater innovation which can directly link to higher financial results. The more people feel included, the more they speak up, go the extra mile, and collaborate — all of which ultimately lifts organizational performance.

Given this, inclusive leadership is emerging as a unique and critical capability helping organizations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas and talent but are you doing the right things in your role as a leader?….

Katie Gleghorn will kick off the session by giving an introduction on D&I as a critical organisational enabler and will explore our role as Leaders in creating inclusive cultures. She will share research into what hinders the progression of this agenda, as well as practical advice on how to take action and make a positive difference. She brings experience and insights from organisations of all sizes in all corners of the globe, spanning every sector to facilitate a session aimed at supporting all Leaders at every stage of their D&I journey.

Hannah Parsons, Matthew Metcalfe, and Becky O’Farrell from Covéa Insurance will then share some of the highlights of their D&I journey. Sharing what Covéa are doing to make their workplace more equal and productive as a result.

Stacey Forman from University of Leeds will then finish the session by talking specifically about the Gender diversity issues they face and about their plans to provide technical female role models to influence women and girls at the early stages of their learning, in schools and clubs.


Katie Gleghorn

Katie is Portfolio Director and a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant at Charlotte Sweeney Associates. She was previously responsible for the Diversity & Inclusion agenda at a UK based head office with c800 employees. Katie is an experienced mentor and is particularly interested in workplace culture. Katie is accredited as both PRINCE2 Practitioner and Change Management Practitioner. She has a Business Analysis diploma and is Lean Six Sigma yellow belt qualified. Katie joined Touchstone (a UK mental health charity) in 2017 and is both a Board member as well as Deputy Chair for the Finance and Business Development Committee.

Hannah Parsons

Hannah is responsible for D&I strategy and Employee Engagement across Covéa Insurance, cultivating a workplace culture which enables everyone to do their best work by being themselves: real people with real stories and real purpose in service of our customers and communities.

Matthew Metcalfe

Matthew is the Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at Covéa and is responsible for their attraction and recruitment strategy across the company’s UK operation. He has been instrumental in shaping the attraction strategy within the business and was responsible for implementing their plans for using the Apprenticeship Levy, having originally set up Covéa’s first apprenticeship programme in 2012.

Becky O’Farrell

Becky is currently Technology Recruitment Partner at Covea Digital, part of Covéa Insurance, who are aiming to disrupt the insurance industry through human-centred tech innovation. Becky is a passionate advocate for D&I and alongside her colleagues, is a huge supporter of inclusion in the workplace.

Stacey Forman

Stacey Forman has worked in large scale organisational change and project management for over ten years and is currently responsible for IT Projects and Programmes at the University of Leeds as IT PMO Manager. Stacey is passionate about equality and diversity issues and has recently set up a Women in Tech Staff Network at the University of Leeds with the aim of providing technical female role models to influence women and girls at the early stages of their learning, in schools and clubs.

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