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DIAL Global Virtual Summit: Google, Amazon, Unilever execs talk about diversity and inclusion

Lianna Brinded
Head of Yahoo Finance UK

The world has been plunged into a new way of working, following the coronavirus pandemic. However, leaders around the globe are gathering, digitally, to discuss “Leading, Winning & Well-Being through Inclusion, in response to COVID-19.”

The DIAL Global Digital Summit, where Verizon Media is a strategic partner, brings together leaders from a range of the largest companies and organisations in the UK and US. They include:

  • Google

  • Unilever

  • Amazon

  • The Commonwealth Games Federation

  • Ipsos Mori UK & Ireland

  • Just Eat

  • Siemens

  • The United Nations Global Compact Network, and many more.

The event starts at 11am BST and continues until 7pm BST. All executives will be sharing “how to achieve organisational success by placing diversity, inclusion and belonging at the forefront of the business strategy, even during these unprecedented times.”

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Photo: Getty

Agenda (all times in BST):

11:00 – 11:15:   Welcome

Leila McKenzie Delis, CEO, DIAL Global

Campbell Fitch, Advisory Board Member, DIAL Global

11:15 – 11.45:  A view from the top: Examining how to lead and win through inclusion and how organisations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge. 

Ben Page, Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Mori UK  Ireland
David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Commonwealth Games Federation

Christopher Kenna, Chief Executive and Founder, Brand Advance.

12:00 - 12:45:  Embracing the power of diversity, inclusion, belonging and leadership in the pandemic era 

Ramcess Jean-Louis, Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Verizon Media 

Valerie Todd CBE, Human Resources Director, Siemens PLC

Mira Magecha, Chief People Officer, Just Eat

13:00 – 13:45:   Healthy body, healthy mind & healthy business

Experts from the Health and Wellness arena discuss the impact of physical and mental health on organisations and wider society give us their recommendations on how to navigate through this extraordinary challenging time, supporting ourselves and others.

Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, NHS Employer
Geoff McDonald, Mental Health Campaigner & Founder, Mind@Works
Alaana Linney, Commercial Director, Bupa

14:00 – 14:45:   Winning hearts and minds through diversity, inclusion and belonging and ensuring this remains core to all levels of business and wider society

We talk to D&I leaders in global businesses about why now is not the time to put diversity, inclusion and belonging on hold and the potential consequences if we did.


Sarah Churchman, Chief Inclusion, Community & Well-Being Officer, PwC

Karina Govindji, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion EMEA, Google

Emily Heath, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Verizon Media & One Young World Ambassador

15:00 – 15:45:   Future-proofing the workplace and shaping the new and better ‘normal’ with people at its core

Executive leaders explain how they’re preparing for the future, however uncertain that may be, and tell us about their perception and challenges ahead in our new world of work.

Ann Pickering, Former CHRO & Chief of Staff, O2 (Telefonica UK)

Suzie Welch, Group Chief People Officer, Odeon Cinemas Group

LaFawn Davis, Vice President Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging,

16:00 – 16:45:   Strategic insights into the holistic business case for inclusion and integrating work and life in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

Our panel of business leaders share valuable insights on the role of diversity, inclusion and belonging and how looking after our personal wellness, and that of others in our respective teams, aids both commercial strategy and long-term sustainable business success.


Fiona McDonnell, Managing Director, Amazon Advertising, Amazon

Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Cross Cultural Marketing, Unilever

Sam Dickson, Director, Trading & Merchandising Operations, Waitrose

17:00 – 17:45:   Leveraging the power of data analytics and social engagement to drive diversity, inclusion and belonging behaviours across modern, 21st century organisations

We hear from industry leaders on how and why data analytics and social engagement is crucial to drive the future diversity, inclusion and belonging strategies in a globally interconnected world.


Gavin Lewis, Managing Director, BlackRock

Ian Workman, Managing Director Head SME UK, Barclays

Sanjay Bhandari, Chair, Kick it Out

18:00 - 18:45:  From role models to real models - harnessing the power of intersectionality through Business and Employee Resource Groups.

The power of Employee Resource Groups. Learn how to foster workplace inclusion through Employee Resource Groups and how these communities are creating a huge impact within the wider workplace.

Chris Gray, Managing Director, Accenture

Tara MacLachlan, Vice President of IIoT Strategy, Inmarsat 

Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

Fiona Ibanez-Leach, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, International Markets, Walgreens Boots Alliance

18:45 - 19:00  Closing Remarks by Leila McKenzie Delis, CEO, DIAL Global & Campbell Fitch, Advisory Board Member, DIAL Global