What does it mean to identify as a BAME member in your organisation?
When we talk about BAME, who are we talking about and how much do we understand?
Why do we have a BAME community and how many of us identify as a member? How is the BAME experience different to others? How is it the same?
This event is the first in a two part series aimed at raising awareness of the BAME community in your organisation and moving you all towards a better understanding of each other so that every individual feels valued, is treated equally and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Members of your BAME community are as valued, recognised and integral to the firm as every other member. But is this your experience? What does it mean to be the only BAME person in the room? Or to search for role models you can relate to only to discover there are none? How included do you feel? How authentic are you able to be?
As a non-BAME member of the firm, how confident are you in your understanding of the BAME experience? How comfortable are you talking about ethnicity? Do you make the effort to ensure your BAME colleagues feel included? How effective are you at leading your BAME team members and supporting them to fulfil their potential?
The Speaker for this event is Caroline Flanagan – an ex-City lawyer and woman of colour who has studied and worked in a predominantly white, mostly male environment her whole life.
Caroline knows exactly what it’s like to be the only black person in the room, to feel alienated by the dominant culture, to question your value to the firm – and to show up every day acting as if none of that were true. Drawing on this personal experience and her professional experience as a Coach and Speaker on Imposter Syndrome, Caroline will share insights and case studies on the BAME experience, before leading an engaging discussion around what it means to identify as BAME in your organisation.