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Building a Support Network

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Better managers should develop diverse networks so that a broad range of people can talk about the issues they’re facing and potential support. Managers can do this by encouraging relationships, creating safe spaces and engaging with other organisations on specific issues. According to CMI’s research, 1 in 10 managers feel unsupported when it comes to talking to their teams about race. Managers from diverse racial groups are significantly more likely to say they do not have enough support to talk to their teams about race at work. Feeling unsupported and isolated is emotionally exhausting for people who experience racism.

In this session...

We are joined by Poonam Parmar and Priya Martin, Co-chairs of Mace's Ethnic Diversity Inclusion Network, who will be discussing the theme of ‘Building a Support Network’. This network was founded in early 2019 and is run by a Steering Committee of employees from different grades, locations and racial backgrounds. With over 300 members across the business, the network has encouraged continuous internal and external engagement, including networking sessions between colleagues to mark key awareness days as well as collaborating with their client base and on-going social media campaigns.

Priya and Poonam discuss the process of establishing the network; providing tips on creating safe spaces and the benefits of reverse or reciprocal mentoring. They also mention how the pandemic has impacted their move to digital.


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