Platform Housing Group recently welcomed a top lawyer to discuss stereotypes in the workplace.
We hosted a virtual event with Jade Linton, an Associate Director and HR Business Partner at Thursfields Solicitors earlier this month to mark Black History Month.
The event – which was available to all 1400 employees at the housing association – focused on the importance of diversity on the workplace.
Jade – who was recently recognised in the Reward 300 Index as a leading employment lawyer – regularly champions racial equality and is an ambassador for Project Embrace, a campaign designed to address the lack of representation and stereotypes associated with black people in professional spaces.
Her talk explored systematic bias in the workplace; following the presentation, Jade was joined by members from the Leadership team including the landlord’s Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Froude for a panel discussion on the topics raised.
Jade, who is one of just three per cent black lawyers working in England and Wales, said : “More needs to be done to address the barriers to progression faced by minority groups in the UK, as there should be no bar on ambition.
“How can talented individuals from under represented groups get jobs on merit if the systems which underpin the sectors they wish to work in are not designed with them in mind.”
Jade’s other recent external speaking appearances included a round table event held by the Law Society of England and Wales where she discussed the barriers faced by black people progressing in the legal sector.
Jade concluded : “There are many aspects to my identity, but being black and female are aspects which are immediately seen; I was delighted to be able to share how this has impacted on my journey in the legal profession to staff at Platform Housing Group.”
Tom Piotrowski, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Platform Housing Group said : “We were so pleased to welcome Jade and listen to her informative and impassioned account of her own personal journey as well as her views on how to challenge stereotypes within our workplaces. We would like to thank all those involved in the event as Black History Month draws to a close.”