Some might say the events sector is more diverse than any other, this could be true, however, you really need to look more carefully.
Women in the events Industry are not getting past middle management, they’re not in the boardroom or on boards.
The people of colour, on the other hand, are nowhere near middle management. They are not the negotiators, deal makers, primary hosts, venue owners, on Boards or in senior management but serving the drinks, door security or ensuring the hospitality areas are clean and tidy. That’s where some of the elevated diversity stats come from when submitted.
The decision makers have to be diverse, it doesn’t just happen, a conversation about race is difficult, at times uncomfortable; but the reality is, if we don’t talk about it, we’ll never make the progress that’s necessary, there is a global shift be brave and have let’s have that courageous conversation.
The benefit of attending: Hear the experiences of the panel, listen to case studies and suggestions
Take away: Ideas for improving diversity, suggested help, contacts for in-house support
- Carol Ann Whitehead – The Zebra Partnership (PANEL CHAIR)
- Olyainka Seiriki – UK Together
- Leigh Cowlishaw – Winning Edges
- Aaron Hornback – Horizon Health and the Lighthouse
- Holly Gaffney – Lloyds Banking Group
PANEL MEMBER BIO:
Olayinka is an innovative, creative and forward-thinking professional. Having earned a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University College of Wales, Olayinka went on to complete her MBA. She worked as a Commercial Analyst for major blue chip companies in the Finance before taking up the role of Conferences and Arts Sponsorship at Manchester Airport Group.
She founded luxury lifestyle company UKTogether in 2010, drawing upon her considerable experience in the world of corporate sponsorship and hospitality at the highly regarded Manchester Airport Group. There she was responsible for managing arts sponsorship portfolios for over 30 diverse and celebrated organisations in the North West. Among her responsibilities, was organising, planning and executing high-end projects for a range of illustrious corporate and individual clients.
Olayinka went on to apply her exceptional organisational skills, an incredible eye for detail and strong business acumen to UKTogether. This would go on to bring individuals and corporate clients together to enjoy the very best VIP experiences at a host of exclusive venues while providing a platform to network with like-minded people.