Social Mobility: The Opportunity


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Session Overview

Social mobility has long been on the agenda, but only now are organisations starting to give it the same strategic prominence as they are for other diversity strands such as gender, sexuality or ethnicity.

Drawing on her experience of growing up in a working-class family in Glasgow to becoming Group Chief HR Officer at HSBC, Elaine will talk about the challenges that people from lower socio-economic backgrounds face, the strategies that can be put in place to address these obstacles and the benefits that organisations can realise as a result.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Socio-economic background is the strongest predictor of whether someone will reach a leadership position
  • Women from lower socio-economic backgrounds take 21% longer to progress to senior roles than women from higher socio-economic backgrounds – a gap that’s much larger for women than it is for men
  • Organisations can take simple steps to improve social mobility at all stages of a person’s career

This session is for anyone…interested in inclusion and helping yourself and others to get ahead at work.

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