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STIR Panel: Belonging – The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work

STIR Panel: Belonging – The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


Inclusion and diversity have been a focus for many organisations in recent years yet progress is slower than many had hoped or anticipated. Whilst confusion or fear of causing unintentional offence is holding some people back, others feel they don’t have a voice (particularly in cultures/companies where alternative views aren’t valued), or are sick of only being heard intermittently. Why is there no concrete evidence of change and why do 1 in 3 employees in the UK feel as though they do not have a sense of Belonging at work?

We are delighted the welcome the co-authors of Belonging, a new book released in November 2020 on the Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work which argues that both men and women need to be active participants in the conversation if any meaningful progress is to take place.

Co-authors Sue Unerman, Mark Edwards and Kathryn Jacob will discuss what they discovered through their research and case studies for the book and share how organisations and individuals can go beyond policy changes and training days to positively create a culture of belonging in the workplace for everyone. They will explain why every single person in the organisation needs to play a role and share specific tips and techniques that can help champion Belonging.

As the foreword writer Karen Blackett OBE, UK country manager for WPP, puts it, we need a recognition that “diversity is not a problem to fix. Diversity is the solution.”

Member Feature – Shout Digital

Shout Digital is a software innovator. They specialize in digital products and experiences, using research, analysis and insights coupled with technology and creativity to solve business challenges. Shout Digital is a UK company with offices in London and Newcastle, where they have been operating for more than a decade. Philadelphia is home to Shout Digital’s US headquarters. The Company’s ethos is “staying ahead of the curve to ensure you remain relevant and competitive in your marketplace as it evolves.” Shout Digital remains true to themselves and their clients by building long-lasting working relationships based on three core values – honesty, integrity and pride. The Company is driven to make a difference, solving clients’ business problems and delivering digital experiences audiences will love. Upon arrival to Philadelphia, Shout Digital became engaged with the BABCPHL. We are honored to recognize Shout Digital’s cutting-edge work and their involvement with and dedication to the BABCPHL.

Winter 2021 Human Interest Feature

BABCPHL Winter 2021 New Members

Corporate Members:

London & Partners
902 Broadway
New York NY 10010
Website: https://www.londonandpartners.com

Stephen Feline
Vice President, US East Coast
e: sfeline@londonandpartners.com

London & Partners is the international trade, investment and promotion agency for London. It is our role to promote London internationally as a leading world city in which to visit, study, invest, grow and meet.

We promote London across the world; attract overseas organisations, events, students and visitors to the capital; and help to retain and grow London companies. Our key international markets are North America, China, France, Germany and India.

Find out about our different business areas, from business development, leisure tourism and insights, to higher education and major events. Learn more about what London & Partners delivers for London.

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg PA 17120
Website: http://dced.pa.gov

David Briel
Executive Director Foreign Direct Investment
Office of International Business Development
P: 717-720-7373
E: dbriel@pa.gov

Michael O’Rourke
Deputy Secretary
PA Department of Community & Economic Development
Office of International Business Development
P: 717-720-7446
E: miorourke@pa.gov

Jennifer Black
Executive Director, Export Development
Office of International Business Development
P: 717-720-7472
E: Jblack@pa.gov

The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.

With one of the largest networks of overseas consultancy offices of any state in the U.S., Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) is committed to supporting Pennsylvanian companies by working with them to increase their export sales and encouraging foreign companies to invest in Pennsylvania.

Export Development: OIBD’s Export Development program reduces the cost, risk and time traditionally associated with international market exploration. By partnering with a

Regional Export Network and managing a global network of Authorized Trade Representatives, OIBD provides unrivaled services and expertise for both new-to export companies and experienced exporters seeking new markets.

OIBD’s Investment staff and its network of 8 investment contractors work closely with the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), local governments, and economic development agencies around the state to promote Pennsylvania as a compelling business investment location for international companies.

Individual Member:

William M. Smith
Manager, Tax
Wipfli LLP
170 North Radnor-Chester Road
Suite 200
Radnor PA 19087
P: 484-445-0576
F: 484-428-3296
E: bill.smith@wipfli.com
Website: wipfli.com


Winter 2021 President’s Letter

Member Feature – Bartlett Group

Bartlett Group is a boutique international insurance broker with more than 80 years of experience helping global businesses manage risk.  As a third-generation family owned business, Bartlett has grown organically from a one-man office in the North of England to a multinational broker with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.  Operating in more than 40 countries, serving regional manufacturing and technology firms to large publicly-listed multinational companies, as well as private clients, Bartlett’s international presence and experience uniquely position them to handle complex multinational insurance programs.  In 1995 Bartlett Group founded the Bartlett Foundation.  Every year they give 8% of their pre-tax profits to charities and organizations that support the education and welfare of young people, particularly in the developing world. Two times in the last five years Bartlett Group has won nationally acclaimed industry awards.  We are honored to call Bartlett Group one of our founding member companies, and to recognize them as members for the past 30 years.

BABCPHL New Year Greetings

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. This year marks the BABCPHL’s 30th anniversary. We have been operating in this region since 1991, and we look forward to partnering with you in 2021 and beyond. Please visit our website and contact us with questions about our upcoming activities and membership.

2020 was a whirlwind, culminating with British lawmakers voting to back the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, marking the end of the transition period. This historic vote happened in the midst of the surging pandemic which continues to evolve and envelop our world. Despite this tragedy, time marches on and with it the hope of vaccine distribution, and continued negotiations for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement. The UK and the US share a historic bond. We are allies through thick and thin. The BABCPHL is proud to be the premier British business organization in our region that you and your transatlantic enterprise can rely on for valuable networking opportunities and timely trade and commercial information.

We thank you for your partnership and look forward to continued collaboration to strengthen our relationship with Great Britain. Cheers to a healthy, safe and prosperous New Year!


Nick Lotz
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Holiday Greeting Message from British Ambassador to the USA, Karen Pierce DCMG

Thank you for supporting the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and contributing to the strong relationship between our region and the UK throughout the past year. We are looking forward to a brighter future. Please click through for a very special Holiday greeting from British Ambassador to the USA.

Member Feature – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a Club Level Member of the BABCPHL. The Firm was founded in Philadelphia in 1873, and has been the law firm that local, regional, and global businesses turn to as they navigate the world’s rapidly changing economy. The Firm has offices in strategic hubs of commerce, law, and government across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For nearly 150 years, Morgan Lewis has served clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. The Firm has a team of more than 2,200 lawyers and specialists who provide comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology, and transportation. The Morgan Lewis London office features a broad English law practice offering a wide range of business and commercial services. The Firm has represented corporations doing business in the UK and around the globe from their London location since 1981. Morgan Lewis attorneys work seamlessly with their other offices throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Middle East to serve the needs of clients in the UK and around the globe. The Morgan Lewis London team has particular experience in the financial services, energy, life sciences, and technology sectors, where they have leading regulatory and commercial lawyers with real insight into these areas.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • HSBC
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government