7th Annual Global Equality & Diversity Conference & Awards

2020 vision:

Fairness in the Face of a Crisis


Thursday 22 October 2020


In light of COVID-19, this year’s GED Conference & Awards will take place entirely online. Transmitted across the globe, all the presentations will be live streamed, recorded and included in the GED 2020 boxset that each delegate will receive after the conference to inform practice, for staff training and induction.

What will the world look like as we come out of the COVID-19 crisis?

The danger is a lot less equal.

GED 2020 will as in previous years provide a milestone event to review the impacts and the best practice across industry and civil society.

In response to the inequalities laid bare by the COVID 19 crisis the government has set up the “Commission on Race &Ethnic Disparities” chaired by Dr Tony Sewell – report by the end of the year.

We know that minorities are heavily over represented the job functions most likely to be lost, furloughed or shrunk in the sectors hardest hit from hospitality, tourism, travel, retail, agriculture and catering.

And we know also that minorities are over represented in the vulnerable, low paid job functions inside high paying organisations, like finance and outsourced services.

Equalities legislation remains in place even if gender pay reporting has been suspended for a year and race disparity reporting is not yet statutory.

Which organisations will be able to look themselves in the mirror at the end of 2020 and say they behaved inclusively and with fairness and equality in the face of a crisis?

COVID 19 is testing fairness in all existing approaches to diversity, inclusion and equality to the limits.

How will D&I leaders ensure fairness and inclusion through the most difficult economic and social crisis since the 1940s?

Confirmed Speakers for GED 2020

Sewell CBE (Dr)
Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
Nokes (Rt Hon, MP)
Women and Equalities Select Committee
Rees (Mayor)
Mayor of Bristol
Chief Executive
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Byrne (Rt Hon, MP)
IMF-World Bank Global Parliamentary Network
VERCIDA Consulting
Atewologun (Dr)
Director, Delta Alpha Psi
Academic Advisor, The Parker Review

Why GED 2020?

What is the next challenge? Who is spearheading exciting change? Who has protected equality?

GED2020 is a place to showcase best practice – but it will also explore and challenge the conventional wisdom and emerging strategies.

GED2020 is not a one-off event – there are feed-in “Inclusion Summits” and thematic discussions taking place over the series. With special programmes on COVID-19.

Engagement live online or on demand – flexible for all conditions.

These feed-in programmes will generate insight and content packaged into digital boxsets for your organisation to use for induction, briefing, debate and reflection.

And our book with confidence offer allows professionals to book now, safe in the knowledge that, nearer the time, they can decide to participate via the live stream or watch the full boxset on demand after the event.

GED2020 is not just a single event, it is a conversation to inspire action, live and ‘on demand’. Come and join in.

GED 2020 Event Partners

Global Equality & Diversity Supporting Organisations

Key Presentations from GED 2019

This is just an example of some of the presentations delivered at GED 2019

The Road to Inclusion

Doncaster Council

Autism at Work Journey


What can you expect from GED 2020

Watch the 2019 welcome from Dr Jana Javornik

Key topics will include:

Impact of COVID-19 and post-pandemic strategies
Make inclusion real: are we making progress?
Race equality at work: understanding the data
Live bias reviews – how they work, how they are impactful
The new women and equalities landscape
From unconscious bias to awareness in your ‘people systems’
Trans inclusive workplaces and the changing nature of the law

Who Should Register for GED 2020?

The conference will attract business and public sector staff with responsibility for equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation, including:

Private Sector Managers

Board Members, CSR and Equalities | HR Directors | Talent Managers | Heads of Equality and Diversity | Research Directors | Business | Development Directors | Board Members | Academics and Researchers | Business Research and Development | Sector Specific Experts | Recruitment Personnel | Careers Personnel | Charities and Stakeholder Organisations | Workforce Transformation Managers

Public and Voluntary Sector

Councillors – County, District and Combined Authorities | Cabinet Members on Education | Cabinet Members for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion | Council Officers for Growth and Regeneration | Council Officers for Education | University Vice Chancellors | Pro Vice Chancellors, Access and Widening Participation | Chambers of Commerce Directors | LEP Directors | Professional Associations | Trade Unions | Trade Associations | Academic Researchers | Consultancies | Recruitment and Retention Specialists | NHS Employers | Fire, Ambulance and Police Services | Courts and Justice Services

GED 2019 Participants Included:

Chief Executive / Director / Founder / Partner  |  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director  |  Head of Business Development  |  Business Development Manager  |  Business Psychologist  |  Campaigns and Equalities Director  |  Communications Manager  |  Corporate Responsibility Executive  |  Cabinet Lead for Equalities  |  Diversity Adviser  |  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager  |  Education & Engagement Manager  |  Education and Training Co-ordinator  |  External Partners Manager  |  Global Business Development Consultant  |  Head of Diversity & Inclusion  |  Head of Equality Policy Unit  |  Head of Risk, Assurance and Planning  |  HR Business Manager  |  Policy Led on Employment Issues  |  Professor of Public Law and Governance  |  Project Director  |  Race Equality Charter Officer  |  Race Equality Strategic Leaders Group  |  Research Director  |  Senior Claims Adviser  |  Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager  |  Senior Producer  |  Student Conduct Officer  |  Wellbeing and Diversity Officer

Organisations previously represented at GED include:

20-First  |  Aviva  |  Baker Hughes  |  BPP University  |  Bristol City Council  |  Business in the Community  |  Cambridge Consultants  |  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation  |  Centre for Ageing Better  |  Changing Faces  |  Chartered Insurance Institute  |  Common Purpose  |  Conflux  |  CMI  |  Cubiks  |  DAF Trucks  |  Delta Alpha Psi  |  Diversity and Ability Ltd  |  Diversity by Design  |  Doncaster Council   |  enei  |  Equality and Human Rights Commission  |  FHNW University of Applied Science and Arts  |  Frost Included  |  Gambling Commission  |  Gendered Intelligence  |  Greater London Authority  |  Green Park  |  HFW  |  IBM UK  |  Indeed Ireland Operations  |  Intellectual Property Office  |  James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  |  Jane Fordham Consulting   |  Leeds University   |  L&Q Group  |  Legal & General Group plc  |  London Fire Brigade  |  Mermaids  |  Monash University, Australia  |  Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business  |  Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  |  Paioni  |  Runnymede Trust   |  Queen Mary University of London  |  Rugby Borough Council  |  S&P Global  |  Sightsavers  |  South Yorkshire Police  |  Suffolk Constabulary  |  Taylor and Francis Group  |  Thames Valley Police  |  The Centre for Inclusive Leadership  |  The Coal Authority  |  TLT LLP  |  University of Cambridge  |  University of Essex  |  Vercida  |  Women and Equalities Committee

GED Delegate Feedback

What delegates said about the GED Conference and Awards

“I really enjoyed the conference it’s by far the best E & D conference out there!”

“Fantastic event, excellent speakers and I made a number of very useful contacts for future work.  It was good to come and not be forced into task groups to solve fictional models.  Much more beneficial in this format to attend and listen to and learn from presenters and national leaders.”

“Another great event. Well done to all involved. Very engaging and insightful with an enviable line up of speakers. Dr Jana Javornik – thank you for being a constant beacon of light for Equality and Diversity.”

Narrowcast Media Group will be hosting viewing parties around the country that delegates can join for networking and easier access – designed for those with limited budgets, family commitments or who wish to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint.