An IP Inclusive/CIPA webinar following up on Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
12.30 – 1.30 pm
Do workplace dress codes – whether explicit or implicit – undermine inclusivity? Are there “double standards” for men and women? Do accepted practices on clothing, jewellery or hair styles discriminate against some people because of their faith, their culture or their ethnicity? Do gender-specific dress codes make life difficult for people who are undergoing, or want to undergo, a gender transition? Does “dress down Friday” make some of your colleagues feel uncomfortable?
Are formal dress codes even legal?
This webinar is a nod to the 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week theme, “body image”. We want to look at how workplace dress codes, and the expectations that accompany them, affect inclusion and therefore diversity in the IP professions. Our speakers will explore the extent to which those expectations both arise from and sustain our biases, often in subtle ways and often unnoticed.
The webinar will be chaired by Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive leader, and will feature:
- Fatima Choudhury (Senior Inclusion & CSR Manager, Baker McKenzie)
- Tasmina Goraya PhD (Senior Associate & IP lawyer, Taylor Wessing)
- Rachel Reese (Director & consultant on trans* inclusivity, Global Butterflies)
- James Watkins (Associate & employment lawyer, Taylor Wessing)
The event is open to all IP professionals, whatever their role or their level of seniority, and to those who support them for instance in managerial or HR functions. Thanks to the generosity of CIPA, who will be hosting the webinar for us, it’s free of charge to IP Inclusive supporters. We also have a live viewing in Sheffield, kindly hosted by Withers & Rogers, where you can listen to the webinar with other IP professionals, and network and share experiences afterwards.
How to book
For the Sheffield event (Withers & Rogers LLP, Derwent House, 150 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2FN), please email Karen Greville-Woods. Light buffet lunch provided.
A recording of the webinar will also be available shortly afterwards on our resources page.