22 May 2020

Foster a Better Performing Workplace through Diversity and Inclusion (For Non-HR)

In the workshop, participants will be encouraged to start planning for their personal as well as organizational actions for promoting D&I.


Workshop Postponement Notice – This workshop has been postponed to 22 May, Friday. Please get in touch with any questions.

A company is only as good as its culture. To build an inclusive culture is not only HR's role, but also every manager's and employee's responsibility. It is undeniable with tremendous research findings that an inclusive work environment is not just a nice-to-have or the right-thing-to-do, it can make or break a company. You can co-create a more supportive and engaging workplace. An understanding of the business case for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and the changing diverse world will lay a strong foundation to get the buy-in of promoting D&I. Through the lens of perceptual, institutional, and psychological processes that impact the ways people interact with each other with unconscious bias and the insider/outsider mindset, we can discover the barriers. Awareness and mindset change are the initial steps. In the workshop, participants will also be encouraged to start planning for their personal as well as organizational actions.


Key Takeaways

  • Business case for D&I
  • Diverse New World
  • Barriers (Unconscious Bias and Insider/Outsider)
  • Reflection on own personal bias and organizational bias
  • Tips on inclusive behaviours and languages
  • Initial step to start thinking of action commitment


Target Audience

  • Non-HR Managers
  • Team Leads
  • All levels

Event Speakers

  • Aparna Banerji

    Aparna Banerji

    Senior Manager, Consulting & Training at Community Business
  • Michael Chan

    Michael Chan

    Programme Manager, Responsible Business at Community Business

Senior Manager, Consulting & Training at Community Business

Aparna Banerji

Aparna is Senior Manager, Consulting & Training. She is mainly responsible for business development and strategy of networks, research, programmes and training and consulting. Aparna has worked with a range of MNCs in Hong Kong, India and Southeast Asia, across the consulting services and not-for-profit sectors. In her previous role at Community Business, Aparna co-authored several of our publications including Women on Corporate Boards 2010, Bringing Out the Best in Asian Talent 2011, Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees in India – A Resource Guide for Employers 2012. She is also a regular speaker and contributor at various Diversity and Inclusion events and forums around the Asian region.

Graduated from University of Mumbai, India, Aparna holds a Bachelor degree of Commerce and Economics. She is fluent in English.

Programme Manager, Responsible Business at Community Business

Michael Chan

Michael is Programme Manager, Responsible Business, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for contributing to the development and execution of programmes and strategy for the Responsible Business Team.

Prior to joining Community Business, Michael worked at an NGO in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for managing a programme that supports people living with HIV across their life span through individual counselling services, as well as the organisation of support groups and life quality enhancement activities. 

Michael is also a behavioural researcher who is interested in utilising behavioural science to enhance the physical and psychological wellbeing of individuals. He has received a poster award from the Hong Kong Psychological Society for his research on preference for solitude and regulation of emotion.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michael holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Psychology. He is native in Cantonese and fluent in English and Mandarin.