Experiences to help unlock BAME talent in professional services.

According to the McGregor-Smith Review - Race in the Workplace, the potential benefit for the UK economy from full representation of BAME individuals across the labour market is estimated to be £24 billion a year, representing 1.3% GDP. Yet only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by a BAME person

Successful businesses recognise the benefits that a more inclusive workforce can bring through diverse skills, talent and experiences.  However, a seismic shift is required in the legal sector to unlock BAME talent.

Given the huge impact and opportunities for the professional services sector, business and the UK as a whole, Addleshaw Goddard, in collaboration with BLD Foundation, Manchester Metropolitan University, Ernst & Young and an esteemed BAME panel, has pleasure in inviting you to attend It's ok to talk about race! panel discussion.

This event will provide an excellent platform to:

  • hear from some leading BAME players in the professional services sector
  • hear and learn about the panellists' experiences and obstacles they have had to overcome
  • debate and discuss strategies which the sector should adopt to ensure diversity and BAME inclusion 
  • share positive experiences and tips for success
  • network with professionals and business people interested in this issue

The event will provide a great networking opportunity for individuals looking to embark on a career in law. 

The Moderator

Harold Brako, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

The Panel 

Sally J Penni, Barrister, Kenworthy Chambers

Araba Obodai, District Judge, Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Elizabeth Scott, Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Satinder Gill, Barrister, Five Paper

Sydney Chawatama, Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row 

Event details

21 June 2018

5.15pm – Registration and refreshments

5.45pm – Panel discussion and Q&A session 

6.45pm - Networking

Addleshaw Goddard, 1 St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3DE

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For more information about the event and to reserve your place email Julie Mitchell