On Thursday 22 May 2014 the Department of Management, LSE, hosted its second HR Conference. The event, entitled Sometimes You See It, Sometimes You Don’t: Visible and Invisible Diversity at Work attracted over 100 practitioners and academic staff, as well as students.
Talking about the Conference, Dr Connson Locke, Assistant Professor of Management and Chair of the Organising Committee said: “We had an excellent balance of practitioners and academics in the room, which resulted in a lively and engaging conversation throughout the day. I think everyone walked away feeling like they had learned something new about diversity – I certainly did!”
Professor Robert Livingston, Director for the Centre of Leadership, Ethics and Diversity (LEAD), University of Sussex, gave the first keynote address and spoke about understanding and promoting visible diversity. The second keynote address was given by Sarah Churchman, Human Capital Director, who offered the practitioner’s perspective and spoke about diversity and inclusion at PwC.
The Conference also offered the opportunity to showcase some of the excellent work being carried out by researchers and PhD students in the Department of Management, including a PhD poster competition which was won by Jonathan Ashong Lamptey for his poster titled Bicultural Experience & Career Success: The Commonly Ignored Problem with Diversity Research.
Professor Jackie Coyle-Shapiro, Head of the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group, Department of Management, said: “The conference highlighted the complexity of researching and managing the layers of diversity. Who is responsible for managing diversity in organisations and does the imperative for doing so go beyond the business case? It was a thought provoking and engaging day for all!”
Professor Robert Livingston gives Keynote Address
Sarah Churchman gives Keynote Address
Jonathan Ashong Lamptey, PhD Poster Competition winner