Diversity is more than just men and women
This week we welcomed Louise Triance back to the show to talk about how recruitment and HR event organisers can increase diversity in speaking panels and how ‘manels’ (all-male panels) may not represent the diversity of the audience.
For the very few people that aren’t aware of Louise, she is the Managing Director of the hugely successful UK Recruiter which runs events, online webcasts and everything from e-Newsletters to online content to inform the UK recruitment industry from new joiners to experienced and established Talent Acquisition Directors.
With over 12 years of experience of organising and delivering recruitment events, Louise is well-informed on the challenges facing event organisers and she tells us “I don’t think, until the last 3 years, I’ve tried to be diverse, I think on balance, I just was”, additionally, she advises us “if you make no effort to find the people with diverse knowledge, you’re going to get more of the same” on event panels.
It shouldn’t be a tick box exercise
Highlighting another challenge for event organisers thinking initially about just gender diversity, Louise tells us “I’ve had more women decline to speak than men”, however she acknowledges, the “reasons for this are more complex”.
Additionally, she has “ total sympathy with people running their first events as it is really difficult” and she said that she would be inclined to “pick people that were well known to speak”, however, the chances are that “more of them would be men”. Louise is also sensitive to new speakers as she tells mentions, “bad panels must be crushing” and she advises that strong panel hosts are key to ensuring a balanced discussion.
As diversity is key, however, nobody wants to be part of a ‘tick box’ exercise, Louise states “unfortunately, until we get to the stage where people are doing this because they are doing it, we have to tick some boxes”, however, as an organiser you should have a “matrix in your mind”.
If that wasn’t enough, you’ll hear Louise talk about:
- Engaging and understanding your event speakers
- Tips to find new speakers
- How topics can influence panel diversity
- Empowering individuals to speak at events
- Events with gender, ethnic and neurodiversity
- Diversity and inclusion