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Potential Over polish Speaker Series

Date: 28th November 2022
Location: Virtual and in person

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our #PotentialOverpolish speaker series.

Over the next few months we will feature high profile social mobility and diversity experts.

They will discuss the benefits and challenges involved with social mobility. We urgently need to prioritise potential over polish as we make hiring and promotion decisions.

There is a great mis-pricing of talent happening right in front of our eyes. In addition to the more visible diversity traits like gender and ethnicity, less visible ones like socioeconomic diversity often go unnoticed and are ignored within DEI.

Typically showing up in a lack of so-called ‘polish’, societal biases stack the odds against individuals from disadvantage and less privileged backgrounds. This shows up in representation across senior roles within our industry, with Bridge Group research showing that 89% of senior level employees come from professional backgrounds.

Over the next few months we will feature high profile social mobility and diversity experts. They will discuss the benefits and challenges involved with social mobility.

We urgently need to prioritise potential over polish as we make hiring and promotion decisions.

Listen to their thoughts on:

  • How social mobility can add to diversity of thought
  • Overviews of the business and moral cases for social mobility and greater levels of socioeconomic diversity
  • The political and corporate backdrop to social mobility in the UK
  • Practical interventions for early career and progression success
  • Best practice lessons and case studies for individuals & companies
  • Insider stories and career advice
  • Imposter syndrome, gravitas, growth mindset and accent bias

We will host five engaging live sessions in this series, scheduled at regular intervals over the next few months.

Please click on the topics below to view videos (if available) or to register.

Series Agenda

Rebel Ideas and Diverse Backgrounds with Matthew Syed

Please join us in this exclusive webinar with Matthew Syed who will use his Rebel Ideas framework to help us discuss how the finance industry is looking in narrow talent pools, overlooking socioeconomic diversity and missing out on diversity of thought.

He will share his radical tips on success that can as easily be applied to business as it can to everyday life.

He challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about where the best ideas really come from.

28 September 2022 14:00–15:00: virtual. No on demand content available.

Matthew Syed, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

Ashleigh Cowie , Head of Video, Schroders

Disrupting Class

Disrupting class: 01/11/2022: 2pm-3pm virtual

Please join us for the second in the series from our #PotentialOverpolish campaign where guest speakers Dr. Louise Ashley, Karis Stander and Stephanie Lieber discuss why socio-economic diversity matters and how to cultivate it in the workplace.

Dr Louise Ashley, Fellow, The Bridge Group and Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Karis Stander, Managing Director at Investment 20/20

Stephanie Lieber , Acting CEO of UpReach

Host: Ashleigh Cowie, Head of Video, Schroders

A corporate social mobility case study

A corporate social mobility case study: 28/11/2022

Potential over Polish session at the Diversity Project’s #ImpactThruInclusion Annual Event – A corporate social mobility case study.

Join for the whole annual event from 1.45pm to 6pm (in person or dial in) or just dial in for this specific session 2.30pm to 3.05pm selecting virtual for your registration.

Sarah Atkinson, CEO, The Social Mobility Foundation

Tom Lyas , Talent Acquisition Manager for the law firm Browne Jacobson

David Aujla, Deputy Fund Manager - Multi Asset, Invesco

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Hidden secrets and success stories

Hidden secrets and success stories – Thursday 19 January 2pm-3pm – virtual

Lessons from socially mobile industry insiders.

Mitesh Sheth, MBE, CIO - Multi-Asset, Newton Investment Management

Maisy Salisbury, UK Institutional Sales Support, JP Morgan Asset Management

Kelly Mullane , Senior VP, Senior New Business Consultant, EMEA Sales at Northern Trust Corporation

David Aujla, Deputy Fund Manager – Multi Asset, Invesco

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The business and economic case for greater socioeconomic diversity

The business and economic case for greater socioeconomic diversity – date TBA – virtual

Andy Haldane, CEO of the Royal Society for Arts and former Chief Economist at the Bank of England

David Aujla , Deputy Fund Manager – Multi Asset, Invesco

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