Manchester Industrial Relations Society-CIPD Arthur Priest Memorial Lecture – Thursday 9 February 6-7.30pm

Madeleine Wyatt, Reader in Diversity and Inclusion, King’s College London

Learning your Lines: Promotion Scripts and the Career Progression of Minoritized Employees

How employees make it to the top is a central question in organizational research and practice. It’s often assumed that it’s up to individuals to strategize how to navigate promotions but to do this they need to know the ‘script’, which includes what to do and how to do it. In this talk I’ll be presenting a qualitative study that investigated how promotion scripts to Partner are shared in a global professional services firm. I explore how women and ethnic minorities decode ‘what it takes’ to get to Partner and how promotion gatekeepers transmit these scripts. I also discuss the implications for organisations looking to foster diversity in their talent pipelines.

Madeleine Wyatt is a Reader in Diversity and Inclusion at King’s Business School and a Leverhulme Research Fellow. Her research examines equality, diversity and inclusion at work, organisational politics, and political leadership. By working with practitioners, politicians and policy makers her work provides tools for organisations and political parties to advance diversity and inclusion. She has published her work in internationally recognised peer-reviewed outlets, such as The Leadership Quarterly, Human Relations and Harvard Business Review.

This is a joint meeting with the CIPD and will be introduced by Samantha Lubanzu, Chair of the CIPD Manchester Branch.

Those wishing to attend can register at the following link