Business Disability Forum conference 2019: Disability leading the way

Disability leading the way

Hosted by the British Library

Within business, who is leading the way regarding disability? What does this look like? How is it being done?

Generously sponsored by HSBC UK.

Within business, who is leading the way regarding disability? What does this look like? How is it being done?

In a world where Brexit is looming, now more than ever before, we need to hear from business leaders who continue to lead the way within their organisations and have made a real impact in the lives of disabled people. Our conference Disability leading the way, hosted by the British Library in their Knowledge Centre, will be an opportunity for you to learn from key individuals who have shown true leadership in effecting change within their organisations.

Our conference will feature discussions on the following:

‘Tearing down taboos’- We all know that there are taboos around certain conditions, but why is that? Why are we hesitant to talk about these conditions that affect such a large proportion of the population?

'The next generation, change makers & innovators’ - In this discussion hear how the next generation are leading the way creating change through their millennial or centennial view of diversity; or via new technologies and social media platforms for engagement.

‘Leading the way, our Disability-Smart winners’- This panel will share the latest best practice initiatives taking place amongst their peer organisations. Our Disability Smart Award winners will be sharing nuggets of wisdom about how to lead the way and get it right on disability within your organisation.

'A change in our time, leaders of today' - This panel will feature senior leaders from across industry sectors giving advice on how they have influenced huge change in their organisations. We will also be hearing from Dr Caroline Casey who heads up the influential #Valuable campaign and the Valuable 500 which was launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum annual summit in Davos.


09:30am: Guest arrival and registration

10:00am: Welcome
                Panel: Tearing down taboos
                Meet Business Disability Forum's Advice Service

11:15am: Morning break

11:30am: Panel: The next generation, changemakers and innovators
                Interview: The great big adjustments survey

12:45pm: Lunch break (Ask the Advice Service: Live!)

01:45pm: Welcome back
                Panel: Leading the way: our Disability-Smart Award winners

03:00pm: Afternoon break

03:15pm: Panel: Change in our time? Leaders of today
                Closing statements

04:30pm: Drinks reception and networking

05:30pm: Closing

We will also welcome a number of organisations to showcase new and innovative technology which will help make your business disability-smart! Whether it is day to day, events or in your personal life, these companies will have something for you. 

We are delighted to announce our first exhibitor will be:

Microlink - leaders in the field of assistive technology.

and many more to be announced!

Find out more about our speakers, panellists and exhibitors here!

Book your place today!

Event details



10:00am – 5:00pm


The British Library, 96 Euston Road

Prices and booking

Members and Partners:

£249 plus VAT


£311 plus VAT

Not sure if your organisation is a Member? A full Member list can be found on this page.

Business Disability Forum Partners are entitled to one complimentary place per organisation.

If you would like to attend this event as part of your Flexible Partner Offer, please contact your strategic advisor directly. 

Please complete the event registration form at the bottom of this page.

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