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D&I EXPERT INTERVIEW: Closing the Gender Pay Gap with Polly Williams

27 February 2020 @ 12:30 - 13:30

Find out what works to close the gender pay gap and review and update your own action plan – with Polly Williams, Royal Acad of Engineering
  • What can you do to close the gender pay gap?
  • What is working for others?
  • What is just window dressing, and what is actually shifting the numbers?

Join us to hear from Polly Williams about the latest research from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

She will share findings and recommendations from recently published research on the gender pay gap in engineering, undertaken by the Academy and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). She highlight the most effective evidence-based actions employers can take in recruitment, retention and career progression to close their gender pay gap with recommendations for CEOs, pay and reward specialists, and line managers.

A great way to evaluate and update your gender pay gap action plan with the latest evidence and insights so you can achieve gender parity in pay.

Polly Williams – bio

Polly is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Royal Academy of Engineering. She has a background in developing and delivering equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) activities at both the strategic and operational level.

Prior to joining the Academy, Polly worked for 6 years for the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, leading several high-profile programmes including the Society’s diversity programme where she developed and implemented their first diversity strategy and programme of activity.

Prior to this, Polly worked for Equality Challenge Unit as a Senior Policy Adviser advising EDI practitioners in higher education and she spent 5 years at the Equality and Human Rights Commission as a Specialist Adviser and then Policy Manager advising individuals and employers on discrimination legislation and assessing government departments and local authorities compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Polly is also a Trustee for the MS Society.

This session is for you if:

  • You currently have responsibility for driving Diversity & Inclusion; with a special focus on gender pay gap
  • You are a Director in your company;
  • Your role sits within Human Resources;
  • You are a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner or champion; or
  • You have a keen interest in D&I and want to start embedding it where you are.

Practical details:

This is a virtual session and it will be run on the Zoom video call platform. When you register you will receive an invite with the link.

For those that would like to join the session but can’t make the date, the session will be recorded. Please do register to receive the recording.

What people say about The Big Fish Academy events:

“What a thought provoking and inspiring day. I was truly blown away by the different speakers – they all covered interesting topics and their passion was great! I’m looking forward to the next event!” – Rosie Hutton, HR manager CBRE

“A really well-balanced day, insightful panel contributions and thought-provoking discussions. Feel energised to go back to my senior management team with a strategy and plan!” – Nicky Ormrod, General Counsel at SEGA UK

“It has been great to hear honest and practical experience of other D&I practitioners, get new insights and bring greater focus to my work” – Jo Stansfield, Global Lead Diversity & Inclusion at Aveva

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