Thursday 14th October 2021

With the ambition to be the biggest D&I event in the industry, the day is designed by the industry for the industry with one key goal – make diversity everyone’s business. Tackling important, sometimes difficult topics with openness and authenticity to be a catalyst for change in D&I across the grocery sector. The unique format provides attendees with the space and time to immerse themselves in new perspectives, ideas and tools that will help them to drive their personal and business D&I agenda forward. Don’t forget – we need your help to make the content incredible and as a community, we will create a D&I event like no other

Don’t forget – we need your help to make the content incredible and as a community, we will create a D&I event like no other

Connect Learn Inspire

Speaker Line Up

Inspiring Stories | Challenging Debate | Experiential Learning | Thought Sharing 

D&I in Grocery LIVE! Agenda

Morning Plenary

The morning kicks off with some personal stories from leaders across our industry and beyond. We’ll encourage everyone to step outside of their own experience and consider D&I from a different perspective, tackling some tricky discussion topics in an informed way.

Welcome + Kick Off

June opens the day speaking about her own work in D&I, the work of the D&I in Grocery programme and offers some thoughts and reflections on Black History Month.

Stories to Inspire

The powerful, personal stories that our speakers have to share offer food for thought for the day ahead. Ash will share learnings from his mental health journey, while Bobbi will share her story to raise awareness around trans issues.

In conversation with

The morning continues with a fireside chat during which Dame Sharon White reflects on her experiences of inclusion and diversity working across different organisations, each with their different cultures.

Real Talk: Language, labels and D&I progress.

Be prepared to join the debate and share your views as we discuss whether language and labelling helps or hinders D&I progress.

We’ll navigate the topic of inclusive language and the tricky balancing act between terms intended to be more inclusive and respectful, and the lack of consensus that leaves some people feeling like they may inadvertently “say the wrong thing”.

Breakout Rotations

For the middle section of the day, our delegates will split into three groups and attend the following agenda sessions on rotation. Each session provides an incredible opportunity to network, learn from what our 38 sponsors are doing in the D&I space and take away learnings that you can implement for yourself.

LIVE! Labs

Take your pick!

Speed Networking

You decide!

Lunch & Mindfulness

Yes, yes, yes!

Afternoon Plenary

Return to the afternoon plenary full of motivation and ready to hear from people who have made change happen.

Change Makers Panel + Q&A

Three pioneers in D&I progress share their story and illustrate how we can make change happen, despite the challenges of culture and accessibility.

Headline Speaker

One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, we are honoured that Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson joins us to share her story of courage and determination, which led her to the title of Britain’s most successful wheelchair racer. Now, as a working peer, Tanni uses her experience and knowledge to discuss matters including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform, and of course, Sport.

Event Close

We close the day reflecting on some of the key learnings that we’ve heard and encourage personal and organisational accountability to drive progress further, faster.


Networking Drinks

Join us in the Lioness Bar to network, make connections and keep the conversation flowing.

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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