Notice regarding scam WhatsApp messages targeting Learn More are delighted to support Ireland’s second National Diversity and Inclusion Conference - InclusionWorks2021. The event is hosted by DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Irish Centre for Diversity and will take place virtually on Thursday 15th April. 

The conference will feature contributions from national and international thought leaders, Diversity & Inclusion practitioners and a number of Dublin City University academic experts and specialists. The event offers organisations the opportunity to hear from experts, leaders and specialists on key diversity and inclusion topics. A major area of focus will be providing attendees with practical insights and learnings on how to shape more inclusive, diverse workplaces in challenging times. 

As part of the sponsorship activity, will host a Practitioner Room on the topic of attracting diverse talent into the public sector, which will be moderated by Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for D&I. The discussion will include a range of speakers including CEO Shirley Comerford, Charmaine De Souza - Assistant Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Greater London Authority, Yazmine Laroche - Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Paul Franey - Superintendent in the Balbriggan District of An Garda Siochana, and Karen Davis - Talent Acquisition Manager at ESB. 

The session will highlight and discuss examples of progressive and innovative approaches in the Irish public service, and internationally, to attract and recruit diverse talent. The contributors will discuss how inclusive recruitment practices and strategies can help to build more diverse workplaces, as well as examining trends, barriers, opportunities, and good practice in attracting a workforce that reflects the communities the public sector serves.

Speaking about the conference, Shirley Comerford, Public Appointments Service CEO said; 

“We all know a public service that is energised and enriched by the contribution of employees from all sectors of society supports the delivery of more responsive and inclusive public services. Inclusive workplace cultures also play a key role in attracting and retaining talent, driving business and team performance and supporting collaboration and innovation.”

 In addition, Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for D&I commented;

“2020 has been a year like no other, bringing about unprecedented challenges and upheaval to many organisations who have grappled with working alongside a global pandemic. Organisations have had to change at a rapid pace and more than ever, there is a need to maintain a focus on inclusion and diversity, to deliver the best business, people and customer outcomes.”

“A major focus of InclusionWorks2021 is on the practical application of diversity and inclusion in the workplace - particularly as organisations adapt to a new post COVID workplace."

“We learn from one another – and this conference will give attendees access to the very best in terms of thought leadership and best practice approaches. Practitioners will gain the knowledge needed to successfully move the diversity and inclusion agenda forward in their organisations.”

In addition to the contribution on attracting diverse talent into the Public Sector, the conference will feature a wide range of international senior leaders and diversity and inclusion experts from organisations including Google, Pfizer, Indeed, Matheson, Bank of Ireland, Independent Living Movement, SmartRecruiters, Irish Life, AMCK Aviation, Fidelity Investments and Nestlé. 

Be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter at #inclusionworks2021.