Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Join us at Guardian HQ for our latest Smashing the glass ceiling event on Tuesday 19 March 2019. This series focuses on how to promote equality in the workplace, and in our third edition we’ll be exploring the intersections of race, class and gender and how they impact on our careers.

This event will be chaired by Maya Wolfe-Robinson, the assistant editor for Opinion at The Guardian. Maya joined the Guardian in 2010 to cover legal affairs and has a particular interest in race and gender issues.

Confirmed speakers include Shaista Aziz, a journalist, writer, stand-up comedian, Labour Party politician, councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley and first representation in the workplace champion in Oxford City Council and former international aid worker of Kashmiri-Pakistani descent; Faiza Shaheen, the Director of CLASS think tank, a self-proclaimed inequality geek and Labour PPC for Chingford & Woodford Green; and Priscilla Baffour, the Financial Time’s head of diversity, and former HR director who lead on diversity & inclusion at ITN.

Programme and timings

6.30pm-7.00pm Registration & networking drinks reception

7.00pm-7.05pm Chair’s opening remarks

7.05pm-8.15pm Smashing the glass ceiling: Race, gender and class in the workplace

A year on from the explosive gender pay gap reporting, which exposed shocking pay differences between men and women at a host of well known companies and organisations, the government is planning to crack down on the race pay gap.

What are the race, gender and class based barriers to entry and progression in the workforce, and what can you and your company do to meaningfully combat them? How does it feel to be in the minority at work? What are the blockers to progression, how can you call them out and overcome them? How can companies remove these barriers? Should companies publish their class pay gaps? What are the effects on inflexible working on social mobility? What will the response to the race pay gap reporting be and how should you deal with the aftermath? What can we all do to sincerely embrace diversity and inclusion at work? How can we stop diversity commitments becoming a tick box exercise? Avoiding tokenism; what are the pitfalls of positive discrimination? How can both the race and gender pay gap reporting shed light on wider unconscious bias?

8.15pm-8.30pm Audience Q&A

The ticket for this event will include access to a networking reception with complimentary drinks and attendees will leave with an excellent Guardian goody bag filled with treats thanks to the support of Guardian Jobs and Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA).

Running time: 120 minutes, no interval.


Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email [email protected]



Mar 19 2019


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm




The Guardian
Kings Place


The Guardian

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