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S8 02 Disability - Challenging the Soft Bigotry of Lower Expectation

In this Extended Episode, host Julia Streets is joined by Yasmin Sheikh, Founder of Diverse Matters and James Melville-Ross, Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment of FTI Consulting to discuss disability.

During the episode they explore how organisations can empower their workforce to be disability confident through the use of technology and by broadening the diversity discussion. Through their personal stories and experience, Yasmin and James highlight why disability is still perceived as the poor relation in the diversity and inclusion family. Mindful of how working practices have changed as a result of Covid-19, they discuss both the imperative and opportunity of why organisational practices must not and need not return to the way they were.
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    We hope you enjoy this episode and from us all, thank you for all your support. We wish you all a very happy and healthy festive season and look forward to returning with more interviews with industry leaders next year. Thank you for listening.
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  • S6 03 - Looking at past legislative change and the future digital universe Recorded: Oct 16 2019 37 mins
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    In the final episode of Series Five, Dominie Moss, Founder of the Return Hub, and Reggie Nelson from Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), discuss Returners and those beginning their career in the City. The two consider senior female returners heading back to financial services or transferring their skills to other sectors and reaching the talent pool of young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. They focus on what can organisations do to attract, motivate and retain young and returning talent, the future of work and how the outsourced recruitment process needs to change.
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For each episode of DiverCity Podcast we invite recognised leaders and influencers – people who are pioneers in their own right – to talk about areas of transformation and aspects of D&I that need greater focus. Our contributors offer their insight and practical ideas to help organisations and individuals drive change.

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