The topic

Why gather diversity data? What are the benefits? What are the challenges, and how can we overcome them? And what are the data protection implications?

This free panel discussion and workshop will explore the myths, the facts and the obstacles around D&I data gathering and sharing, with the aim of generating some practical guidelines for organisations looking to up their diversity game. Beginning with a talk on the legal aspects of gathering sensitive personal information, panellists from the patent, trade mark and general legal sectors will then share their own experiences of D&I data collection and use.

This is also a chance to help decide what IP Inclusive does about D&I data reporting. Should individual Charter signatories collect their own data? Should IP Inclusive do it for the whole sector? What role should the regulators and membership bodies play? What can we learn from other sectors? Breakout sessions later in the event will allow us to exchange ideas and ensure the efforts of individual organisations can be complemented by the work IP Inclusive does in the wider IP community.

The speakers

Confirmed speakers include data protection and employment lawyer Matthew Clayton of Willans solicitors; D&I specialist Stella Chandler from Focal Point Training; Susan Gregory, Head of HR at Haseltine Lake Kempner; and Pauline Beck, Head of Social Research and Statistics at the UK Intellectual Property Office, who will advise on general aspects of survey design and analysis.

Locations and timings

This event will take place via Zoom. Access details will be sent out to registrants nearer the time. It will begin at 4 pm prompt, with the final, post-breakout plenary session finishing by 6 pm at the latest.


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