Katie Pether led the anti-racism in recruitment discussion, and her personal experience working with the Department of Education to eliminate racism in the recruitment process supported the groups’ discussions. To encourage people to openly discuss overcoming racism, Katie recommended that workplaces introduce a safe space dedicated to talking about race, in which people are encouraged to discuss their life experiences and offer ideas on how the workplace can support all races. She provided wonderful advice on overcoming racism in recruitment, recommending removing unnecessary job role criteria, using software to eradicate bias within the text, analysing recruitment processes to see where fall-off occurs, and consciously challenging discrimination at every point within the process.
Mo Kanjilal hosted the inclusive communication table, where she shared her expertise in neuro-linguistic programming, diverse communication styles and accessible communications. She outlined how important it is to acknowledge that people communicate similar concepts very differently and detailed how important non-verbal communication is in everyday interactions. Discussions focused on how workplaces can overcome certain challenges in communication, and how leaders should consider these diverse communication types.