The Power of Inclusion – Inclusive Language

Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The CII and The Insurance Institute of Manchester
The Power of Inclusion – Inclusive Language

Language is one of the most powerful tools we have. When used well, it creates a common understanding. It’s essential for creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and included.

As we move towards a more equal, tolerant world, even little changes like inclusive language can help society as a whole progress. Reflecting on the way we communicate means making the effort to understand the way that language unconsciously makes assumptions about people and reinforces dominant norms.

Whether we realize it or not, our words can affect the people we care about, including those we work with.

We’ll be looking at Inclusive Language through an LGBT+ lens. We’ll look at sexual orientation, gender identity and expression plus more. We’ll look at what’s okay to say, what isn’t and how this affects our workplace and the way we do business.

With a two-hour masterclass, we aim to give each participant insight into the impact Language can have in the workplace. Participants will explore how small changes can have a large effect.

12.30: Registration/Lunch/Networking
1.00: Introduction – Jess Heaton; Diversity Officer, The Insurance Institute of Manchester
1.15: Tali Shlomo; People Engagement Director, Chartered Insurance Institute
1.30: Steven Copsey; National Co-chair of Link, LGBT Insurance Network
2.00: Breakout discussion
2.30: Close

Speaker Biography

Tali Shlomo (Chartered FCIPD), People Engagement Director, Chartered insurance Institute has a career in HR spanning 24 years. Tali has overall responsibility at the CII for: people; diversity & inclusion policy; internal and external engagement; and learning, development and talent programmes. Recent successes include successful IIP Gold accreditation and achieving Diversity in Business Accreditation.

Tali has led the gender pay gap reporting and ethnicity pay gap reporting despite the CII being below the minimum 250 headcount requirement

Steven Copsey is National Co-chair of Link, LGBT Insurance Network and Diversity Champion for the Insurance Institute of Leeds. Link has over 800 individual members and over 300 member organisations. They recently received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the volunteer group equivalent of an MBE.

Currently an Inclusion & Diversity Consultant with Inclusive Employers, Steven previously worked in the insurance industry for 12 years as an insurance broker. He’s spearheaded national diversity and inclusion initiatives with Jelf and global initiatives with Gallagher and Marsh.

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