There has been a real emphasis on improving equality in the workforce with many employers focused on Diversity and Inclusion.
In more recent times, social mobility and socio-economic diversity has been at the forefront of this. Employers can, and should, be doing more to help people from all backgrounds succeed in the workplace.
VMAGROUP is delighted to be joined by three brilliant speakers, all experts in their field, who will discuss the importance of socio-economic diversity, before taking part in a Q&A. Join us on the 2 June at 5pm to find out more about this ever important subject and how you can improve socio-economic mobility in your organisation.
We are delighted to present our panel:
Alexandra Sufit, Former Head of Employer Communications at the Social Mobility Commission
Alex recently completed a year long project for the Social Mobility Commission (central government), working with their commissioners and senior business leaders to drive socio-economic diversity across the UK workforce. Prior to embarking on a career in the public sector, Alex spent almost nine years at Walgreens Boots Alliance, spearheading internal communications to an audience of c.80,000 employees and was MD of an award-winning production company. She is also actively involved in gender equality campaigning, most recently as a UK delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Tom Goddard, Head of Communications at KPMG
Tom is Head of Communications for KPMG in the UK, responsible for external, internal and strategic communications. KPMG was the first business in the UK to publish comprehensive data on the socio-economic background of its workforce in 2016 and since then has been consistently recognised as one of the leading employers on the Social Mobility Employer Index. Prior to this role, Tom built KPMG's Strategic Communications team, which focuses on reputation strategy and management, internal and external campaigns, crisis communications and telling the firm's story to the wider world. Tom has strong experience in building and developing high performing internal and external communications teams both in the FTSE 100 and Professional Services, having previously been Head of Communications for HSBC’s Commercial Bank in UK and Europe.
Mona Vadher, Senior Policy and Programme Manager of the Socio-Economic Mobility Taskforce
Mona is an experienced programme and policy manager and consultant, who’s experience centres around social impact and boosting social mobility and employability prospects. This involves creating educational programmes, raising aspirations and increasing confidence for young people, from low, socio-economic backgrounds to succeed, perform and progress. Currently, she manages a Government commissioned taskforce (BEIS and HM Treasury), which seeks to boost and improve socio-economic diversity at senior levels within UK Financial and Professional Services. This is an independent taskforce led by City of London Corporation and Mona also runs the secretariat, manages delivery partners and is developing this taskforce’s strategic communications roadmap.