Unless you are a specialist in equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), the subject can seem confusing. The common message we hear among peers is that project management and ED&I do not tend to be the best bedfellows in an organisation – project management is often used as a tool for core strategic programmes, whereas the ED&I agenda can often get tagged on like a poor cousin. Our experience has shown that this is wrong. Project management can be very effective not just in helping clear the mist that sometimes surrounds ED&I, but also in helping embed ED&I best practice within an organisation. What’s more, ED&I can also improve organisational effectiveness if it is embedded in all stages of the project management cycle – yes, they are symbiotic (even a love affair waiting to happen!).
This webinar delivered on Tuesday 24 May explored why it’s important not to work in silos; acknowledging and embracing a spirit of interdependence is vital for success and making a positive impact on any agenda we are working on.
We know it’s challenging bringing together conflicting ways of working, styles, and processes when engaging on a project or aiming for a common goal, however the benefits are far greater. The same goes for the challenges of ED&I, managing difference in an organisation is not easy or for the faint hearted – hence the need for organisations to give structure to ED&I through effective project management. Marrying the two agendas can increase collaborative working, cross team knowledge sharing, building leadership skills across levels of employees involved, keeping work interesting helps with employee engagement and hence improves productivity.
This webinar shared some practical steps on how project management provides the perfect tools with which to truly embed, monitor and deliver ED & I in all organisations.
Amit and Jaspal have very kindly allowed their presented material to be made available for viewing.
The slides on APM Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.
Their article from Project Autumn 2021, is available to read as an additional resource Use projects to deliver real diversity.
This webinar content is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.
Amit Popat has worked as a D&I specialist for over 20 years holding senior positions as an in-house specialist and consultant. Amit is a D&I advisor to Enneagram Worldwide organisation (Narrative Tradition) and is set to be a ICF certified Enneagram Teacher/Coach. Amit was a Visiting Fellow of the University of Essex lecturing on D&I and previous Diversity Advisor for UAL as well as heading the Diversity Unit at the Bar Standards Board. Throughout his career Amit has published numerous D&I articles, most recently for Counsel magazine, No place for systemic racism, and the Think Publishing journal Project, Making Diversity Happen, how using a project management framework can instil ED&I and for Diversity Exchange journal April 2006, Achieving real diversity in the arts world. He currently holds the position of Deputy Director, Leadership Inclusion and Organisational Experience and delivers an anti-racism development programme for six thousand staff at the University of the Arts as a consultant.
Jaspal Kaur-Griffin is a fellow of the APM and a project professional with 20+ years of experience in delivering portfolios, programmes and projects in the scientific, medical and legal realms in Asia and in Europe. Her expertise is also in customising governance and risk management strategies and in collaborating with key stakeholders to devise solutions around change management. She is a published author in the scientific and project management fields and recently helped launched the APM mentoring pilot and contributed to the APM podcast on Why Mentoring Matters. She is a certified Mental Health Champion who currently works at the Bar Standards Board to oversee the delivery of legal programmes of transformational change. She is fluent in Mandarin and Punjabi but thinks irony is best expressed in English.
This webinar is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.
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