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13 October 2023

Club News


13 October 2023

Club hosts second annual Inclusion and Empowerment Conference at the John Smith’s Stadium

- Club proud to host second Inclusion and Empowerment Conference
- Annual event held at the John Smith’s Stadium
- Comments from Huddersfield Town HR Manager and Equality Lead Zoe Shackleton

Earlier this week we were proud to host our second annual Inclusion and Empowerment Conference, with our fantastic speakers sharing great insight to a packed room at the John Smith’s Stadium!

The event was once again hosted by Deborah Ogden and included five presentations from different guest speakers followed by a question and answer session with each, with the Club’s own Zoe Shackleton and Ann Hough opening the event.

Joined by former Terrier and the Premier League’s Head of Race Equality Iffy Onuora, author Ros Jones who spoke on domestic abuse, young businessman Sam Teale discussing the journey of his company and Suzanne Ferreira, who shed light on her background in finance and financial education.

During a short break to accommodate a raffle being drawn, a supportive video message for Huddersfield Town was played from Carolyn Harris, who has championed menopause awareness in the House of Commons.

Finally, both Zoe Shackleton and Ann Hough returned to the stage to introduce a video produced by the Club looking into our work as Menopause Friendly Employers and a final question and answer session, before host Deborah Ogden brought the conference to a close.

Zoe Shackleton, our HR Manager and Equality Lead, commented:

“Last year we held our first Inclusion and Empowerment Conference and had no expectation of it being anything more than a one-off event.

“However, we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback and support we received and had so many requests for us to run the conference again, we decided to go for it.

“We are very proud to have hosted a very successful second conference, which is down to the fantastic guest speakers who all gave their time voluntarily to share their insights into different aspects of inclusion and empowerment, and the team who have worked hard all year to bring everything together.

“It’s also clear that there is a need for events like this, and that people welcome and appreciate Huddersfield Town providing opportunities for people from different backgrounds to come together in a safe space to learn from each other. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference!”

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