Al CIPR di Londra si è parlato di diversità e...business
Ecco il resoconto (in inglese) del primo convegno organizzato dalla FERPI anglosassone sui temi della diversità.
Ecco il report del convegno intitolato 'Business means Diversity', organizzato il 19 ottobre scorso dal Chartered Institute of Public Relations di Londra.Talking about... the Business of DiversityThe first CIPR conference dedicated to Diversity took place the 19th October 2006.A resounding success, delegates were eager to hear about how to enhance their communications skills in an increasingly diverse UK. They were also given exclusive insight into the new CIPR 'The Business of Diversity' report, launched at the conference.Wide range of speakersChris Genasi, Chair of the CIPR Diversity programme and Past President, kicked off by setting the scene and talking about the report, which focuses on diversity in the PR industry.Guest speaker Zena Martin from Acknowledge Communications, who worked in the US PR industry before coming to London, enlightened the audience with some great parallels between multi-cultural communication practice in the US and Great Britain. It was stimulating to have this international approach and learn from some experiences already in place.
Transport for London's Paul Mylrea delighted delegates with anecdotes about the ethnic media strategy of their busy press office, dealing with a city where more the 300 languages are spoken. Paul also presented a brand new TfL ethnic minority internship scheme which they launched at the conference and which the CIPR proudly supports.
After coffee, conference delegates heard from Rakhee Vithlani at Weber Shandwick about their recently launched Multi-Cultural Communication division in the London office, and how it operates. Key tips on how to handle multi-cultural communication schemes were highlighted and discussion centred on the market for similar organisations.
The presentation from Kate Nash from the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) changed the tone and was a key moment in understanding how to engage with disabled people. Kate explained the various meanings of disability, talked about market opportunities amongst disabled people, and the way PR practitioners should communicate with this audience.
The conference closed with a presentation from Helene Martin Gee from recruitment company Hays. She highlighted the many benefits of having a diverse workforce and how to find suitable staff, as well as commenting on examples of what to do when things go wrong' with diversity policies.
A lively networking session followed the conference with speakers and delegates exchanging ideas and contacts. More information on this and other CIPR conferences can be found at www.cipr.co.uk/training
What the delegates thought...
"We fitted a lot into the afternoon"."It made me consider things I hadn't thought of before"."I gained an insight into how much needs to be done in our workplace"._____________________________________________________________________The Business of Diversity is available for CIPR members to download from the Member Area of the website.Non members can purchase the report for £50+VAT - visit the publications section for more information.
Selected presentations from the conference are available on the Diversity Matters website, which contains information and resources on diversity in the PR industry.