A day like no other, designed by the industry for the industry with one key goal- 

make diversity everyone’s business.

What's included?

Tickets are £175+vat per person

Connect Learn Inspire

Thursday 15th October 2021

Over 1,000 FMCG professionals will come together to connect, learn and inspire change in D&I practice across the grocery sector.

Tackling important and difficult topics, the unique format of the day is a product of grassroots passion and collaboration of over 35 of the biggest industry brands. Attendees will leave with enhanced knowledge and understanding of how to bring D&I to their workplace along with the drive to take action and enact change.

If you are currently creating a truly inclusive culture, wherever you are on the journey, this event will help and isn’t just for D&I professionals. Bring people from across the business to gain new understanding and come away with actions to help you meet your company objectives.

D&I in Grocery LIVE! Agenda

Breakouts: LEARN

Friday 15th October



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Morning Plenary: CONNECT

Bringing people together from across the industry to hear inspiring stories.


Introduction & welcome


Stories to Inspire:
My Mental Health Journey - Ash Amirahmadi

My Transgender Journey and Activism - Bobbi Pickard


In conversation with… Dame Sharon White DBE


The Great Debate: Language and Labels – a help or hindrance for D&I progress?
Hosted by Mallika Basu
– John Elliott (Sainsburys)
– Julie Thomas (Coca-Cola Europacific Partners)
– Justin Alexander (Tesco)
– Lorraine Copes (Be Inclusive Hospitality)

Breakouts: LEARN

Bringing people together from across the industry to hear inspiring stories.


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Speed Networking – A fast paced environment where you will exchange ideas and discuss best practice, hoested by Major Sponsors with over 20 topics to choose from. Click here to view the Speed Networking topics and plan your session.

Live Labs – Choose two out of 10 25 minute learning sessions presented by Headline Sponsors Click here to view the Live Lab topics and plan your session.

Lunch – Take time to reflect on what you’ve heard and make new connections over lunch

Mindfulness – ‘Press pause’ and take a moment to experience Mindfulness with a guided session

Up Close and Personal – A D&I download with leaders to gauge their personal perspective on creating an inclusive culture and the importance of D&I to them.

Afternoon Plenary: INSPIRE CHANGE

Hear how others have been a catalyst for change and form your own plan to make a difference on a personal, professional, orgniastional and industry-wide level


In conversation with… George The Poet


Change Makers Panel Hosted by June Sarpong OBE Panel:

– Sam Akinluyi (Psalt & Innocent)

– Craig Jones MBE (Fighting with Pride)

– Sam Latif (Procter & Gamble)


Closing Remarks & CTA

Drinks Reception & Networking


Drinks Reception & Networking

What's on the agenda?

This day is jam-packed with content including inspiring personal stories, challenging debate, experiential learning and thought sharing. Here’s a flavour of what’s to come, with speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.



Welcome & Intro

Host to outline the day and introduce themes

Stories with Impact

Speakers will share their personal experience

The Great Debate

Provocative discussion in a safe space

Speed Networking

Major Sponsors each host their own discussions based on a specific topic. Attendees will have 12 minutes at a time to sit and debate the topic with a small group before moving on to a new topic.


Short 20 minute talks across series of themes including identity, ability, culture and leadership, hosted and led by the Headline Sponsors.

Experiential Activities

Gives the individual the opportunity to experience the world how others do. ‘Walk a mile in my shoes.’

Change-Makers panel

We hear from people that have kicked down doors or trodden new ground and led the way in changing opinions to better the future.

Fireside chat

A headline speaker shares their experience and tells us their story.


Attendees leave with a sense of purpose and clear actions to implement in their own lives and business.

Networking session

An opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and further the discussion.

“No other event in the calendar pulls our industry together in this way; inspiring and challenging us all to do better in the areas of diversity & inclusion. None of us have the all the answers, but by sharing and learning from each other we can become more inclusive leaders and better nurture diversity in our organisations. If you’re passionate about driving diversity and inclusion, this event will help you reach your goal. “
Vincent Barnes
Global Tesco Director, Procter & Gamble
“D&I is everyone’s business and I am delighted to join together as a total industry to combine the impact we can have in ensuring that working in grocery means working in an inclusive environment – where everyone can be themselves, have mutual respect, understanding and be the best that they can be”
Alessandra Bellini
Chief Customer Officer. Tesco PLC

Dates for your diary




14th July

Submission deadline for:

Headline sponsors- Live Lab details

Major Sponsors- choice of speed networking

Headline Sponsors will each host a Live Lab at the event. The Event Team will share guidance on planning your Live Lab.
Major Sponsors each host a Speed-Networking table at the event. The Event team will share guidance on planning your Speed-Networking table and choosing your topic.

9th September

Sponsors briefing session at Wembley Stadium

The Event Team will give all key contacts a full briefing including on-site information relating to either your Live Lab or Speed-Networking sessions.

15th October
8:30am - 7pm

D&I in Grocery LIVE!

The LIVE event!

A day like no other, designed by the industry, for the industry. Make sure you have your say – tell us what you’d like to see whether it's speaker, topics or key questions to which you are searching for the answers.

Previous Event Highlights

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Being Colour Brave

Watch Ugo Ojike’s Story to Inspire recorded at D&I in Grocery 2020

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Leaders Panel Discussion

Four senior leaders discuss D&I in our industry, recorded at D&I in Grocery 2020

This programme and the associated event is held in aid of GroceryAid, the charity for the grocery industry. GroceryAid is the trading name of the National Grocers Benevolent Fund. A Registered Charity Reg. No 1095897 (England & Wales) & SC039255 (Scotland). A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales No 04620683.

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