Series of events planned to address gender recruitment issues

Bristol City Centre

A major new event series for employers on how to improve recruitment and retention across gender equal talent pools is being launched by Bristol Women in Business Charter (BWIBC).

The inaugural event, ‘Hiring for Difference: 2024’, consists of two panels, one of employment experts and another hearing from people with lived experience. It will focus on how to hire through an intersectional lens in a complex jobs market.

The Hiring for Difference event, being held at the offices of charter signatory TLT, includes drinks, canapes and networking with a wide cross section of some of the region’s largest employers.

Due to be attended by some of the region’s largest employers, the event will provide a safe forum to share challenges, solutions and best practice in delivering better workplace equality for all, particularly while the economic outlook remains unsettled.

The event is on September 20th between  6-8pm at 1 Redcliff St, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6TP.

The event will be hosted by the BWIBC team and panels are as follows:

Panel One: Professional Panel

Sangeetha Wynter, Training and Inclusion Manager, Babbasa

Dr Caroline McKinnon, Equalities Charter Manager, University of Bristol

Karen Cooke, Head of Capability and Engagement Hargreaves Lansdown

Mel Rodrigues, CEO, Gritty Talent

Panel Two: Lived Experience Panel

Trish Uwanogho, Senior Portfolio Manager at the Ministry of Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre

Amy Davies, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon

More TBC

Sandra Gordon, director of the Charter, said: “This is a pivotal event, coming at an important time for employers.

“Across many areas we have seen significant investment in developing a more gender equal and inclusive workforce – and the time is now to reinforce this thinking and impact.

“Research consistently shows business and the wider economy do better when we have diverse workforces actively involved in problem solving and developing new solutions for the future.

“The UK – and indeed Bristol’s – reputation for being a global centre of industry and creativity depends on us building these better places to work where everyone can bring their A-game to improve output.

“This event will help employers plan for the year ahead and make real inroads into improving prosperity across the board.”

BWIBC is an independent CIC working with small to large businesses to build a community actively making a difference for the women who work for them. Collectively, these businesses represent circa 45,000 Bristol-based employees.

From Bristol University, UWE, and City of Bristol City College; to Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council; to Burges Salmon Triodos Bank and Hargreaves Landsdown, the Charter is designed for cross-industry collaboration and learning.