The full list of speakers has been announced for the inaugural Diversity in Wholesale conference, with former England Rugby player Shaunagh Brown revealed to be the guest speaker for the event taking place this September in London.
Senior managers from the likes of Blakemore and Parfetts will also be in attendance, with Retail Express editor Megan Humphrey also chairing a panel of retailers on the topic how to create the most friendly in-depot environments.
The conference will be covering seven pillars: Gender age, wellness, disability, LGBTQ+, ethnicity and neurodiversity with tickets and full-line up available at the link below:
Venue: 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
10:20am – Supporting SquigglyCareers
Kelly Tucker, Managing Director, HR Star
10:40am – Making a Difference with Employee Groups
Nic Storey, Sales Senior Director, Impulse, Pepsico
11:00am – Having Brave Conversations
Holly Pennington, HR & Training Manager, Parfetts
11:20am-11:50am COFFEE BREAK
11:50pm My Journey into Leadership
Vipin Patara, newly appointed Managing Director of SOS Wholesale
12:10am Creating an Inclusive In-Depot Experience
Megan Humphrey, Editor of Retail Express hosts a conversation with three leading convenience retailers on how to create the most friendly in-depot environments.
Welcome from Co-Chairperson, Jason Finch, Director of We are Unicorn.
1:20pm Fostering an LGBT+Friendly Culture
Ellie Krupa, Customer Director, UK Grocery, Premier Foods
1:40pm Access all Areas: Employability
Megan Berkinshaw, Employer Engagement Manager, FareShare
2:00pm Supporting Disability at Work
Helen Cooke – CEO & Founder of MyPlus
SESSION BREAKOUTS – Grab a coffee and choose your workshop!
WORKSHOP 1: Parental Leave Panel
Session chair: Melanie Tucker, Head of Out of Home, Boitiful
Panelists: Rebecca Long, Trading Manager at A.F. Blakemore; Victoria Lockie, Head of Retail, Nisa; Sarah Walley, Off Trade Sales Director, Lucky Saint.
WORKSHOP 2: Age & Menopause
Michelle Painton, Global HSE Lead, Mondelez
Additional Workshops TBC.
3:30-4:10pm GUEST SPEAKER
Shaunagh Brown, former England Rugby Player
Professional Rugby player, former firefighter, commercial diver, and British Gas Engineer, Shaunagh embodies the values of hard work and determination. Her session will focus on the challenges she encountered as a black woman in an elite rugby team. Her story will motivate you to act and be the catalyst for change.
4:10pm – Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
4:15pm – Conference End
4:15pm-6pm – Networking & Drinks