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World experts convene for landmark diversity conference

DUO: IDC’s Jean-Paul Nguegang and Paul Sesay (left) of the National Diversity Awards

NO ONE could disagree that embedding a workplace culture of equality and diversity is of paramount importance in the 21st Century. To implement and maintain policies and practices which ensure fairness and full social inclusion should be an ongoing priority for all ethically aware, proactive organisations. But what about the mechanics, the challenges and the untapped benefits?

The 2016 International Diversity Conference (IDC) in the Isle of Man offers an incredible opportunity for decision-makers in all sectors to learn, engage and develop their understanding of what diversity means for their business, their community and the national economy. Registration for the conference is now open and all business leaders are strongly encouraged to send key delegates who will be able to return to work informed and empowered to help implement at least one positive measure.

What is the International Diversity Conference?

The conference was conceived by Jean-Paul Nguegang MBA, MSc, MCMI, ex chair of Diversity Network within a major financial services organisation on the Isle of Man. Jean-Paul who is now managing director of Global Management Consultancy Limited, a boutique consultancy firm specialising in all matters of offshore structures, also founded the charity Global Community and Sport Foundation, the primary aim of which is to educate, promote and raise awareness of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, good citizenship and social inclusion in the workplace.

In addition to undertaking research, training and educational activities, the Foundation provides mentoring support and financial assistance to individuals and families affected by inclusion issues, helping them to realise their full potential in their professional and personal lives.

Why the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency midway between the UK and Ireland. Not unlike the Channel Islands, it has established itself in recent years as an international business centre. This means that, despite its modest size and offshore location, its workforce has latterly become increasingly diverse and its client base, truly global. The health of the Manx economy is dependent on its ability to be competitive in a fast-changing world.

Research

Embracing and promoting diversity is an essential part of this survival. Jean-Paul said: “Every organisation should reflect and cater for the diversity within its client base. Research shows that fostering a socially inclusive culture results in a more dynamic, efficient and competitive business.

“While the Equality Act has been in force in the UK since 2010, the Bill has yet to be passed by the Isle of Man Government. Therefore, while many businesses here are already in line with national policy, the Isle of Man provides an intriguing test ground: as a small community, do we not have the potential not only to comply with UK policies and procedures but actively embrace them and, in doing so, showcase the many benefits.

Challenging

“The Isle of Man is no different to the UK in that it is, economically-speaking, dealing with challenging times. It simply makes sense for any business leader to embrace policies and practices which give them the best chance of sustainability and success.

“As a small, close-knit community, we have the potential to show how powerfully the message of diversity can be conveyed from the top down. If we can change and adapt to the benefit of our citizens, perhaps we can show how beneficial good practice can be to our neighbours”.

Keynote speakers
he International Diversity Conference is proud to have secured a line-up of widely acclaimed and respected speakers who have all made a difference to the world through their work in the fields of diversity and equality:

- Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE Global Head of Equality, Opportunity and Diversity at the British Council

- Dianah Worman, OBE Research and Policy Adviser on Diversity for the CIPD

- Graeme Whippy, MBE Senior Disability Manager Lloyds Banking Group Disability Programme

- Miranda Wayland, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, ITV

- Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO National Diversity Awards

- Shaun Dellenty, Deputy Headteacher of Alfred Salter Primary in London and founder of the charitable organisation Inclusion for All

- Heather Melville, Director Strategic Partnerships Royal Bank of Scotland

- Karen Bellion, Founder and Managing Director of Othella (Liverpool-based training and development company)

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Sponsorship opportunity
The IDC offers sponsorship opportunities to individuals and organisations alike. If you would like to help make a difference by becoming a sponsor or affiliate, simply email info@idc.co.im or call the hotline No. 0845 299 3824 for more details.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE IDC?
This event is open to employers and employees in the public, private and third sectors as well as diplomatic leaders. It is suitable for any CEO, director, senior manager, manager, supervisor, team leader, HR officer, High Commissioners and any philanthropists. To register for the IDC and for full details about travel and
accommodation, please visit www.idc.co.im or send an Email to info@idc.co.im or call 0845 299 3824.

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