More about our speakers
Meenal Patel, Head of Growth, Circl
Meenal spent 12 years working in the financial sector at both Barclays and JP Morgan, where she led sales teams covering clients across Europe. It was in 2019 when Meenal made the decision to begin a new journey focused on social impact. During the global pandemic in 2020, she founded a charity, Avasara Foundation, which helps underserved communities in East Africa and India through essential support initiatives. Alongside this, as she reflected on her own experience in the financial sector, she became drawn to work that helps progress diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace, starting her own ventures before deciding to join Circl.
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Mercedes Jenkins, Diversity Business Partner UK, IE & Functions, Google
Mercedes (she/her) supports senior leaders across the EMEA region at Google, by focusing on learning and development from a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. She works to help drive DEI plans across Google, centring equity across hiring, development, progression and retention. Before Google, she led the DEI strategy at Lyft and helped General Assembly in San Francisco via social impact initiatives internally and externally. Mercedes has been in the social justice and education field for over a decade working toward providing equitable opportunities for historically and currently marginalised communities across the globe. From working with teachers from Washington DC’s public schools, teaching middle school at a charter school in San Jose, California to being a director for a cognitive processing centre in San Francisco, to now advising and supporting DEI initiatives in the UK and Ireland, Mercedes has had the opportunity to learn, apply and build DEI strategies across myriad mediums and regions. Mercedes studied film, psychology, Spanish, philosophy and religion in undergrad and ruins all movies for friends by critiquing them. She is also a yoga teacher, avid hiker and building an educational outdoor community geared towards empowering women who are interested in accessing the outdoors. She loves podcasts and is trying to train her lab, Xochitl.
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Haider Ali, Multi-award winning Ex Apprentice, Educational Content Creator & Circl Future Leader
Circl Future Leaders are talented young people from underrepresented backgrounds who are either at the beginning of their careers or trying to enter the workforce. They’ll be discussing barriers they faced from lived experience, challenges that arise within the workplace as a first-generation professional and what organisations have done well to support their progression.
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Register for free now to join this live online panel discussion on 30 June at 11.05am to 11.55am (BST)
Live subtitles will be provided by MyClearText.
A recording of the live conversation which includes subtitles, will be made available for registered attendees to access on-demand afterwards.
If you have any queries regarding your registration, please call +44 (0) 20 8650 4400 or email email@example.com
Organised in partnership with:
Circl Learning – Learn to be an inclusive leader and promote social mobility with Circl’s unique programme.
Circl offers an inclusive leadership development programme focusing on using coaching skills to enable powerful conversations and build more inclusive leaders capable of leading diverse teams. Our programme has been deliberately designed to create long term behavioural change by bringing together business professionals and underrepresented young people (Future Leaders) to learn together.
Professionals and Future Leaders learn together as equals to develop their listening, communication and empathy skills. It’s a uniquely effective way to help businesses build an inclusive culture while giving talented young people the skills they need to succeed, achieve their goals and become inclusive leaders themselves.
We do this by teaching professionals how to coach, as equals, alongside a group of talented 18-24-year-old ‘Future Leaders’ from disadvantaged & under-represented backgrounds.
For further information, please visit: www.circl.org
d&i Leaders is a global community of DEI, HR, Talent, Recruitment & Employee Network professionals , looking to collaborate, network and accelerate their workplace inclusion strategy.