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D&I EXPERT INTERVIEW: Diversity Data at Work – Getting People to Declare

23 September 2020 @ 12:30 - 13:30

Get the latest insights and proven techniques on collecting good diversity data on your workforce.

You would love to have good base line data so you can measure the results of your Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. However, employees aren’t keen to declare all diversity characteristics.

  • What works to persuade your staff to share more information?
  • What other ways or there to collect data?
  • What approach has worked for others?

Join us to learn from the experts.


Sarah Fox – BBC Design & Engineering Inclusion Manager

Sarah joined the BBC as D&I lead in 2019. She is responsible for workforce diversity and inclusion. Previously Sarah was D&I Manager at Northern Trust where she was responsible for the strategy and implementation of a wide variety of diversity and inclusion programmes and initiatives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Before joining Northern trust Sarah led the D&I team at The Law Society, and worked for LGBT charity Stonewall, where she ran their corporate diversity programme. Sarah holds a degree in Law from Kings College London, and grew up in Northern Ireland. Outside of work Sarah’s passion is music. She has trained classically as a singer at The Royal Academy of Music.

Rebecca Salsbury – Head of Product & Deputy Director, BBC Platform

Rebecca Salsbury is Head of Product at the BBC, where she leads software product development teams which create the BBC’s personalised experiences online, and drive customer acquisition. Her department of over 100 staff, in a variety of roles – ranging from product managers, software engineers, and others – collaborate in the process of designing, creating, integrating, and operating the software systems which make the BBC online a top destination in the UK, and globally.

On a day-to-day basis, Rebecca leads teams transforming the BBC from the inside out: the very nature of media is changing – from production to distribution – and the habits of consumers are evolving even more rapidly. Keeping up with the pace of change demands agility and resilience from Rebecca and her teams, and invites creative approaches to old and new problems. She joined the BBC in 2009, since then holding senior roles leading digital product development and software engineering. In addition to her “day job,” Rebecca takes every opportunity to develop others through mentoring schemes, volunteering as a BBC Executive Coach, and contributing to the facilitation of BBC’s leadership development programmes. She’s an advisor and volunteer in the BBC’s Women in STEM network.

Rebecca’s career began after “falling into IT,” having earned degrees in Education with specialisms in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Maine. Her career journey spans education, consumer electronics and media sectors, but always in roles which combine her love of developing (and teaching) people of all ages with her realisation that technology and computing are essential tools for learning and getting on in the world.

This session is for you if:

  • You currently have responsibility for driving Diversity & Inclusion;
  • You are a Director in your company;
  • Your role sits within Human Resources;
  • You are a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner or champion; or
  • You have are keen to measure base line data better to drive D&I in your organisation or would like to review how you gather data.

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.

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