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Autumn Seminars 2017

Between September and January we will be hosting a new series of free Breakfast Seminars in central London covering topics high on the agenda of many HR professionals.

Each seminar will be presented by a senior Pearn Kandola psychologist and specialist in their field. The presentations will begin at 10.00am and finish at approximately 11.00am followed by a Q&A session lasting up to an hour. Light refreshments are available from 9.30am.

The venue for all our seminars is:
One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Full details of our new programme of events will be published on this page later this summer. To be the first to learn about and to reserve your place at our new Breakfast Seminars please subscribe to our mailing list by contacting

The number of places at the seminars are strictly limited. If you book a seat at one of them but subsequently are unable to attend, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible so we can reallocate your place. If you fail to attend without notifying us in advance we reserve the right to charge a £50 administration fee.

Improving Diversity and Inclusion across the Recruitment Lifecycle
James Meachin
Wednesday 27th September
To further enhance Diversity and Inclusion practices, it is essential to understand how each stage of the recruitment lifecycle can support, or hinder, the selection of diverse candidates. In this seminar, James Meachin, Head of Assessment at Pearn Kandola shares the latest thinking and practice across the recruitment lifecycle – from initial preparation and attraction, through to assessing and evaluating candidates.

How inclusion drives performance
Jonathan Taylor & Elizabeth Townsend
Tuesday 3rd October
Earlier this year, we examined how our social relationships at work directly impact on our well-being and ability to perform. This seminar will build on this topic by exploring the link between inclusion and performance in more detail and discuss some of the steps that leaders and organisations can take to help their employees perform to their full potential.

Coaching your way to Inclusivity
Louise Weston
Wednesday 11th October
Coaches can play a key role working with both leaders and employees to develop an inclusive culture in an organisation. Drawing on the latest research in coaching effectiveness and inclusive leadership, Louise will examine how coaches can support leaders to embed Diversity & Inclusion strategies for long term culture change. She will also share her ideas on how best to coach women and minority groups to navigate around biases prevalent in their own organisations.

Next generation assessor skills – increasing fairness and diversity outcomes
James Meachin
Wednesday 1st November
Instead of being a blocker for diverse candidates, assessors can provide highly accurate and bias-free evaluations under the right conditions. In this seminar, James Meachin, Head of Assessment at Pearn Kandola describes how next generation assessor skills programmes identify specific actions that overcome unconscious bias at different points in the assessment process. By applying these techniques and behaviours, assessors will be fairer and more accurate in selecting candidates.

Lip service or genuine culture change? The Diversity and Inclusion checklist for progressive organisations
Nic Hammarling
Tuesday 7th November
In this seminar, Nic Hammarling will review the key factors behind genuine diversity and inclusion organisational change; what differentiates organisations that are genuinely making progressive change in this area, from those that are simply paying lip service.

Profile of a Senior Lawyer: What makes law firms unique in talent development?
Stephan Lucks
Tuesday 15th November
This seminar Stephan will look at what makes law firms as organisations unique, and what this means in terms of their people development. He will also compare law firms to other organisations in order to highlight the key differences in soft skills development and to discuss implications for lawyer training.

Revolutionising Development Centres: Increasing Efficiency and Fairness in Talent Development
Stuart Duff & Jon Atkins
Thursday 30th November
Talent management and leadership development should sit at the heart of any effective people strategy. However, traditional approaches to Development Centres are time-intensive and expensive. They also risk creating clones of existing leadership archetypes, rather than embracing and growing the full range of talent available. Based on Pearn Kandola’s research and our experience with clients, we are pushing the boundaries of development centre design on two fronts:
1) Providing meaningful leadership development experiences in a time and cost-efficient manner, and
2) Ensuring fairness and inclusion throughout the development journey.
In this seminar Stuart and Jon will share their insights and the latest thinking on talent development.

The Language of Attraction – How to attract diverse talent to your organisation
Rob Barkworth
Tuesday 5th December
Many businesses are keen to present themselves as inclusive organisations through graphics, diversity statements and diversity awards, but few stop to think about the subtle messages they are sharing that can turn candidates off. In this seminar, Rob Barkworth will share his observations and explore new approaches to attracting and growing diverse talent in your organisation.

Mindfulness and Diversity: A new approach to reducing bias and enhancing inclusion
Professor Binna Kandola & Tracey Moggeridge
Wednesday 13th December
Mindfulness - a word that we find creeping evermore into our vocabulary, but what does it mean and why should we want to live life more mindfully? In this seminar Binna and Tracey will examine how mindfulness can help us improve inclusion and reduce our personal biases. As an added bonus, they will use the festive period and its inherent trials and tribulations to explore this topic in a fun and engaging way.