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21 October - 17 November
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Enhancing Social Inclusion

Exploring the Potential of Employing People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Hospitality and Tourism

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

Our event will be conducted online allowing for wider and inclusive participation. The event will kick off with a series of insightful live narratives (approx. 10-15 minutes each) from various stakeholders, including employers, individuals with disabilities employed or on training to be in hospitality, and inclusivity experts, focusing on the diverse benefits and the transformative power of inclusive employment in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Following the live narratives, we will transition into a dynamic 40-minute panel discussion where our distinguished speakers will delve deeper into their experiences, insights, and the manifold benefits of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. This discussion aims to enlighten and inspire, revealing the untapped potential that lies in embracing diversity and fostering an inclusive work environment.

The main focus of the event is to underscore the significance and advantages of integrating people with disabilities into the hospitality and tourism workforce, aiming to reshape societal perceptions and catalyze a culture of acceptance and empowerment. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage, ask questions, and participate in interactive segments throughout the event. This event is particularly beneficial for business owners, HR professionals, individuals in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and educational institutions keen on infusing their curriculum with inclusivity.

What’s it about?

This event aims to shed light on the multiple advantages of creating a diverse workforce, especially within industries that serve as the forefront of human interaction. By integrating persons with disabilities into these sectors, businesses not only expand their perspectives but also reflect a more inclusive representation of society. This transformation isn't merely about employment statistics; it's about reshaping societal perceptions and promoting a culture of acceptance and empowerment.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Bora Kim, Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey; Gender, Entrepreneurship and Social Policy Institute (GESPi

Ursula Boardman – Head of the Crumbs Project Training Centre

Peter Jones - Chair of the Crumbs Project

George Chislett – Former Trainee and Current Staff at The Crumbs

Rosie Radwell - CEO of the Marsham Court Hotel

Andrew Holland - CEO of Send Me to Work

Fiona Jarvis – Founder and Chairman of Blue Badge Style

Dorothea Jones – EDI Lead at Institute of Hospitality

Stella Amor Fernandez – Founder of Reignite Purpose

Open to

This event is open to all.

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to business owners, HR professionals, and individuals in the hospitality and tourism sectors.