International Diversity Day event in collaboration with the Federation for Small Businesses, 21st May 2018
In commemoration of International Diversity Day, GEN teamed up with the UK’s Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) in Manchester, Nottingham and Plymouth to host a webinar across the three locations held at MMU, Nottingham University and the University of Plymouth. Over sixty FSB members registered for the event and delegates from the three universities also attended. The purpose of this collaboration was threefold; to share leading research on unconscious bias, diversity and leadership, and their impact on women-owned firms, enhance awareness about GEN, and to facilitate inter-regional FSB – GEN networking and collaboration opportunities.
The event consisted of the following three presentations streamed live across our venues in Manchester, Nottingham and Plymouth, where they were followed by local networking and discussions:
- Unconscious Bias (Dr Sylvia Terbeck, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth)
Whilst equality and diversity training might effect our explicit expressions and behaviour, we also harbour unconscious biases which can affect us. Learning and understanding the scientific bases and the psychology behind them can support more open and nuanced attitudes. This can help business to be more successful in attracting a diverse range of staff and customers. In this presentation Sylvia discussed the social psychology of unconscious bias. She explained the underlying psychological mechanisms, the latest research in this area, and ways to overcome prejudices.
- Unconscious Bias, a Lack of Diversity and Gender Inequalities in a Traditionally Male Profession: A Case Study (Dr Lorna Treanor, Nottingham University Business School)
This presentation demonstrates how embedded stereotypes influence the career outcomes of individual professional women located within a traditionally masculine STEM profession (veterinary medicine). The profession is now numerically dominated by women but is still led by men. The presentation highlighted the outworkings of unconscious bias within organisations – in terms of recruitment and selection, work allocation and promotion decisions.
- Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (Dr Helen Woolnough, Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Research tells us how organisational processes obstruct women’s progression and retention in leadership roles, and pioneering organisations are responding by developing initiatives to create better routes for women’s leadership. But how do businesses access this knowledge and work out which insights and practices can drive innovation in their organisations? This presentation highlighted the Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) project, which uses the methodology of ‘Engaged Scholarship’ to put organisations in dialogue with research evidence and better practice so they can innovate develop and retain female talent in leadership roles.
GEN committee members Angela Dy, Sally Jones and Natalia Vershinina have recently published a paper in Gender, Work and Organization, which outlines the drivers of GEN and the history behind our network.
Natalia, Sally and Angela at the 2016 ISBE conference in Paris
The paper, “We were fighting for our place”: Resisting gender knowledge regimes through feminist knowledge network formation is available to read here: https://rdcu.be/6AMD
Registration is now open for the final event in our ESRC Gendered Inclusion in Organisations series which will be held at Middlesex University London.
Day 1: 31st of May 2018: Gendered Inclusion in ‘traditional’ and ‘creative’ sector organisations and industries will look at the patterns of women’s inclusion in traditional, male-dominated industries to see if there has been much change, and also examine gendered work in ‘creative sectors’ which are considered to be more ‘female-friendly’. Speakers will discuss the issues related to gendered inclusion in finance, construction, aviation, music, film industry and journalism, illuminating how and on what conditions women are included, and how inclusion rhetoric continues to be intertwined with and often obscures continuous and new types of gender exclusion.
- Karen Lee Ashcraft (Professor of Organisational Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder)
- Melissa Fisher (Lauritis Andersen Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen)
- Tessa Wright (Reader at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London)
- Christina Scharff (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London)
- Natalie Wreyford (Research Fellow on ‘Calling the Short’ project, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton)
- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (A renowned British journalist and author, and a Professor at Middlesex University)
Day 2: 1st of June 2018: Drawing conclusions and setting research agenda for Critical Inclusion Studies, will explore the ‘fall out’ of the current situation of limited inclusion looking at the rise of neoliberal feminist rhetoric, its impact, the differences between the rhetoric and women’s experiences, as well as problematize the lack of ‘inclusivity’ within the very discipline of diversity studies. We will then have a follow up round-table discussion in order to consolidate insights from previous seminars and map out future research directions for Critical Inclusion Studies.
- Florence Villesèche (Assistant Professor and Marie Curie Fellow at Copenhagen Business School)
- Catherine Rottenberg (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and currently a Marie Currie Fellow at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmith University of London)
- Shani Orgad (Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economic)
- Pasi Ahonen (Lecturer in Organisation Studies at the University of Essex Business School)
Attendance is FREE. Please note that the registration is free for each day To register for DAY 1 please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gendered-inclusion-in-traditional-and-creative-sector-organisations-and-industries-tickets-45290343637
Bursaries: To encourage the participation of early career scholars and PhD students, we have a number of TRAVEL BURSARIES. To apply for a bursary please email Dr Maria Adamson firstname.lastname@example.org providing a brief account of your circumstances and why you are interested in attending the seminar. Bursaries are allocated on the first-come-first-served basis.
Organisers: The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex), Professor Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield), Dr Patricia Lewis (Kent), Professor Nick Rumens (Middlesex), Professor Martyna Śliwa (Essex)