IP Inclusive annual meeting & diversity conference
21 January 2020
9 am – 5 pm
This year our annual meeting formed part of a full-day conference, with workshops on a range of diversity- and inclusion-related topics and plenty of opportunities to network and share ideas with other IP Inclusive supporters. Our hope was that for people who came into London specially for the annual meeting, the additional CPD content would make the trip more worthwhile, as well as providing inspiration for our 2020 plans.
As most of our events, this one was open to (and relevant to) IP professionals in all roles and at all career levels – including people who work in “business support” roles such as HR, business development and practice management. It was extremely well attended.
Venue & timings
The event was kindly hosted by Kilburn & Strode at Lacon London, 84 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8NL. Registration was from 8.30 am, the conference 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch was provided for conference delegates. There was also a dial-in option for those who wanted to join the annual meeting (10 am till midday) remotely.
The programme included:
- “Resilience awareness”: a workshop on developing personal resilience by Ian Rustige, CEO and Coach at EnergisedEngagement.com
- “Power, Presence and Impact – how to utilise yours, and nurture it in others”: a workshop about empowering yourself and enabling others in the creation of intentional impact, by Karen Crawley, development coach and former patent attorney
- “Banter: breaking or making barriers”: a workshop by Stella Chandler from Focal Point Training, about the impact of our language and behaviour in the workplace, and how to stop harmless “banter” becoming a threat to inclusivity
- “Careers in Ideas 2020”: an introduction to the latest Careers in Ideas resources, with ideas for presenting them to teachers, students and careers advisers and a discussion about their future development, led by Julie Barrett of Purposive Step Consulting and the Careers in Ideas team
- “Boardrooms on board!”: a discussion about the role of senior decision-makers in advancing the D&I agenda, chaired by Kilburn & Strode’s HR Director Jonathan Clarke, with input from panellists Jessica Chivers, Founder and CEO of The Talent Keeper Specialists; Dr Dwain Neil OBE, co-founder and Chair of Reach Society; and Professor Gwilym Roberts, Chairman of Kilburn & Strode and CIPA Honorary Secretary
- The IP Inclusive annual meeting, with updates on our 2019 achievements and discussions on our plans and priorities for 2020
You can find more details in the conference programme.
In the interests of the environment, most of the delegate papers were made available electronically rather than on paper. You can download them, together with various follow-up resources, here.