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DKUK Talking Cultural Diversity

25 February 2020
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What is it and how does it impact the modern workplace, and importantly how does your company/employer deal with it? Diversity is many things Including faith, gender, ethnicity to mentioned but a few.

25 February 2020
10:00 – 13:00
Gowling WLG
4 More London Riverside
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Members: £20 incl. VAT Members: £40 incl. VAT + eventbrite fee *Special discount available for YP's. Read the tab below.

This mid-morning conference is aimed at business leaders and influencers who set the agenda and drive the path for the best possible diversity mix across all axes.  It will be the place to learn from and liaise with fellow members with a common interest in the practice of diversity in the workplace.  How does cultural diversity impact innovation, engagement, competitiveness, bottom-line results, etc. With a strong panel of industry leaders, we are looking for them to share their knowledge and perspectives from their respective industries.

The discussion will be moderated by Kim Bildsøe Lassen, Danish/UK news correspondent and The Bureau Chief for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s office in London. As well as moderating and funneling your questions and comments to the panel, he will take an interest in how diversity can be used in the context not only of innovation and the corporate bottom-line but also how to ensure you have a healthy and diverse team in your organization.

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10.00 Registration & networking

10.30 Welcome and introduction by Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility, Gowling

10.40 Panel discussion moderated by Kim Bildsøe Lassen, Danish/UK news correspondant: 

  • Charlotte Valeur, Chair, Institute of Directors (IoD)
  • Rene Carayol, Global Keynote Speaker, Leadership Guru, Writer, Broadcaster and Author
  • Suki Fuller, Strategic Advisor, Analytical Storyteller and acclaimed Keynote Speaker
  • Cliff Crown, Chair, Brentford Football Club
  • René Rechtman, Co-founder and CEO, Moonbug

11.40 Q&A

11.50 Lunch and networking

13.00 End of event

Presenter: Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility

Lorna Gavin is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility at the international commercial law firm Gowling WLG.  For the 14 years prior to taking up the role in 2006, she was a practising corporate lawyer and latterly a partner.  In her role, Lorna oversees the firm’s award winning pro bono, volunteering and charitable giving programmes, diversity and wellbeing initiatives and environmental management systems.  Lorna also liaises with clients and suppliers to identify opportunities for collaborative working on community, environmental and inclusion and wellbeing programmes.

Lorna sits on the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Homelessness Taskforce, representing the business community.  She also chairs the Southwark Business Forum.  In 2017 Lorna was named Birmingham Law Society’s Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro bono lawyer of the year and in 2018 she was named Inspiring Leader by Birmingham Future.

Moderator: Kim Bildsøe Lassen, Danish presenter and journalist

Kim Bildsøe Lassen is a well-known and respected Danish presenter and journalist. He was reported from many parts of the world, have lived in Asia, South America, USA and is currently The Burau Chief for Danish Broadcasting Corporations office in London. Kim Bildsøe Lassen har also for more than a decade been DR News main tv presenter.

Panellist: Charlotte Valeur, Chair, Institute of Directors (IoD)

Charlotte Valeur has over 35 years of experience in finance, primarily as an investment banker in Denmark and UK. She has an extensive portfolio career with a number of Non-Executive Directorships and Chair roles – as well as delivering training and advising boards in corporate governance through her company Global Governance Group.

Charlotte’s board roles in listed organisations have taken in Chair of FTSE250 Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc, NED of FTSE250 3i Infrastructure Plc and Chair of Blackstone/GSO Loan Financing Ltd, Charlotte’s unlisted experience includes being a Non-Executive Director of the international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke and Chair of The Institute of Directors (UK).

Charlotte is the Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice – a not for profit organisation set up to improve the pipeline and diversity of board-ready Directors.

Panellist: Rene Carayol, Global Keynote Speaker, Leadership Guru, Writer, Broadcaster and Author

René’s focus is on inspirational leadership and high performing cultures, bound together with his compelling ‘spise’ philosophy founded on his own board level experience

He is not just one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEO’s and their executive teams, but he has also actuallybeen Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses. He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before. 

René specialises in delivering leadership and culture, which show precisely how contemporary inspired leaders can electrify an audience through a powerful and authentic emotional connection.

Panellist: Suki Fuller, Strategic Advisor, Analytical Storyteller and acclaimed Keynote Speaker

Suki Fuller, globally recognized advisor, speaker, board member, VC, and mentor. Founder, Miribure; Strategic & Competitive Intelligence; Co-lead, FiftyFiftyPledge to increase women in Venture Capital. Seventeen years experience as an intelligence advisor from chemical engineering to security. Lived and worked globally (EMEA, China, UK and US) within Academia, National Security, Law Enforcement, and Private Corporations. Member of renowned, The Council of Intelligence Fellows; Computer Weekly Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2019; Financial Times, Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leader in UK and Tech Nation, 50 Most inspiring prominent and influential black voices in UK Tech 2019.

Panellist: Cliff Crown, Chair, Brentford Football Club

Cliff Crown trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in a small firm in the City before moving to Levy Gee in 1981.

He became a partner in 1985 and after a two year spell running their Manchester office in the early 1990’s he returned to London to start the Media Group in 1995 which he led throughout the rest of his time in practice. The firm floated on AIM in 2001 under the name Numerica and after a number of subsequent acquisitions became part of RSM in 2010. 

Cliff left the firm in October of that year to join his largest client Smartodds as CFO. Smartodds is owned by Matthew Benham who was at that time a minority shareholder in Brentford FC. He was elected to the Club Board in June 2012 when Matthew took control of the club and in June 2013, Cliff replaced Greg Dyke as Club Chairman, a position he continues to hold. 

He was part of the team that acquired the land where the new Brentford Community stadium is being built and which is due to open in July 2020, a brand new football stadium in the heart of West London with a 17,500 capacity.

Furthermore, Cliff served for 3 years  from 2016 to 2019 as a member of the Board of the EFL ( English Football League) and was Chairman of the FA Cup Committee in 2018/19. He is currently a member of the FA Council and currently spend half his time on football club matters and the other half overseeing all financial aspects of Mr Benham’s various business interests.

Panellist: René Rechtman, Co-founder and CEO, Moonbug

René Rechtman is co-founder and CEO of Moonbug, a global children’s entertainment company. Combined, Rechtman has more than 20 years of experience in media, entertainment, and technology. 

Previously, Rechtman was Head of Non-Linear Media Networks at The Walt Disney Company. He joined Disney through its acquisition of Maker Studios in 2014, where he served as president of International. 

Prior to that, he was CEO of AOL BeOn, and SVP of AOL International. He joined AOL when Goviral, where he was CEO, was acquired in 2011. Earlier, he spent eight years at TradeDoubler, where he was instrumental in leading the company to a successful IPO in 2005. 

Rechtman is an angel investor in several disruptive media, game, and tech businesses and holds several board positions. He has twice been listed on the Wired Europe Top 100 most influential list.

Representatives from the following companies have so far signed up to attend. Should your company not be part of it as well? 

Danfoss Ltd
Danske Bank
Danske Bank
German British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
IPM Global Mobility
Kromann Reumert
Møller Institute
Oakhill Europe
Pink Shirtmaker
Pluma Style
Royds Withy King
The Guardian Foundation
Visually Connected Worldwide Ltd
UHY Hacker Young

DKUK Young Professionals members: £10 incl. VAT

Other DKUK member: £20 incl. VAT

Non-member (Young Professionals): £20 incl. VAT + eventbrite fee

Non-member (Others): £40 incl. VAT + eventbrite fee

The Young Professionals (YP), part of the Danish-UK Association, is a social networking organisation offering a base for young professionals in an age group up to 35 years of age with an interest in Trade, Culture and Friendship between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Denmark. The YP organises a number of exclusive events every year for YPs and as well as access to any of Club Quarters’ 4 London locations offering business lounge facilities, desktops, free wifi, free refreshments, amongst other. 

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The YP’s are pleased to organise and present this program to the wider network.