Business Disability Forum conference 2020: Time for business

Ten years on from the Equality Act and a quarter of a century after the landmark Disability Discrimination Act, how do we ensure disability is a business priority in 2020?

Name: Disability in 2020: Time for business

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2020

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Cost: Members and Partners: £299 plus VAT Non-Members: £359 plus VAT

Sponsored by HSBC UK

We’ll be answering this and more at our 2020 annual London conference, this year titled: ‘Disability in 2020: Time for business’.

Following the success of our sell-out annual conference last year, we are excited to announce our programme for this year, where, at the start of the new decade, we will be looking back at where we’ve come from and asking – what’s next?

We have a packed programme for the day with a line-up that includes:

Back to the Future – The Phil & Simon show live!

Disability consultants and Business Disability Forum Ambassadors Phil Friend and Simon Minty have campaigned for disability inclusion for many years – join us as they bring their popular podcast live to the stage!

Business disability debates – What does disability mean in 2020?

Chaired by Guardian Society Editor David Brindle, the first in our series of “Business Disability Debates” will get to the heart of the question of what disability means in 2020. Joining the debate will be Catalina Devandas Aguilar, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Charlie Eckton, Consultant Business Psychologist with Genius Within.

Mind the gap

Learn from our expert panel including Lord Kevin Shinkwin, author of “Able to Excel”, as they discuss what’s needed for today’s disabled graduates to thrive in the workplace. We’ll also be hearing from Tim Jarman, Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusiveness at EY and Allan MacKillop, Disability Lead at the BBC.

The future in mind

We’ll be asking: what is the effect of technology and social media on mental health – is anyone immune from the comparison game – and if not, what measures can we put in place?

Dr Wolfgang Seidl will be joined by a panel which includes Hector Minto, Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft and Liz Douglas, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Anglo American, to explore these issues and more.

Adjustments and beyond: how to embed a culture of inclusion

A conversation with Professor Amanda Kirby on what businesses need to do to reach a point of systemic inclusion; predicting the needs of the whole workgroup so that all talent can be realised.

Disability means business – changing the world together

Business can and does sometimes go beyond the law and can set an inspiring vision of the future – we are starting to see this on climate change and gender equality. We’ll be hearing from businesses who believe that – from concept and production to distribution and marketing – accessibility and inclusion is key to creating a world that is better for all consumers.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Caroline Casey, Founder of the Valuable 500 – to kick start this conversation on the inclusion revolution.

Caroline will then be joined by Debra Ruh, CEO of Ruh Global Communications, who will be leading a conversation with panellists including Aline Santos, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Unilever, Andy Kneen, VP HR Talent Upstream, Shell, and Alison Dalton, Accessibility Manager, Service Integration, British Airways on the power of global brands in driving inclusion and consumer choice and the importance of senior leadership in driving change.

So join us for jam-packed sessions that will leave attendees with food for thought and takeaways, for their businesses in 2020 and beyond.