On the 10th & 11th October we joined (and some of us co-organised!) the Women of Hitachi Summit. The summit was held at Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham, Surrey, a fabulous former Country House with a lot of period features, which was brilliant for our history nerds.
The event was not only a brilliant opportunity to meet up with colleagues from a raft of different Hitachi organisations & countries and see how diverse our workplace experiences were. It was also really good to see our directors in attendance and whilst we do currently have a male bias within our Organisation, like much of the industry, it demonstrated that they are supportive of making us a more inclusive and diverse workforce, building on recent positive progress in this area.
Georgie Bullen, GB Goalball Paralympian, was the guest speaker on Wednesday and provided a fascinating, informative presentation on the challenges of being registered blind, with 73% being unemployed.
On Thursday we had a packed day of presentations and workshops. Laura Dunley from HRE, was the key note speaker and was extremely engaging when providing her background with some very interesting examples of having assumptions being made as to her role within meetings (being handed coats to hang up etc.). The workshops Courageous Conversations and Pouring coffees or Making an Impression gave us a lot to think about, it has provided us with interesting tools going forward.