CARDIFF, Wales – Prepare to engage with industry leaders and celebrate champions of change at the forthcoming Mastering Diversity Conference & Exhibition 2024, returning this autumn to inspire and ignite discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion across various sectors. Multi-award winning EDI expert and Founder, Bernie Davies announced, “These events are free, access all areas, events in the spirit of true inclusion.”

The First Minister, Rt. Hon. Vaughan Gething remains a great supporter of the Conference and awards and will deliver the welcome speech at the Opening Ceremony.

Inspiring Change: Mastering Diversity Conference

Scheduled for September 16, 2024, the Mastering Diversity Conference, which was dubbed historic by the Welsh Government last year, will re-convene at the iconic Principality Stadium in the heart of Cardiff. This event is in partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Life Magazine and WCS Agency. Returning sponsors NATWEST Bank, and Bevan Buckland LLP are joined by leaders on the global stage, Commonwealth Games-Team Wales, award winning broadband provider OGI, ED&I exemplars Deloitte, Scouts Cymru, Wales Ambulance Services University NHS Trust, Browne Jacobson LLP and Toni Clarkstone Global Ltd.

The event will commence with a welcome from its Founder Bernie Davies, followed by a stirring address by the Hon Vaughan Gething, First Minister of Wales.

Highlights of the day will include:

  • Bernie Davies’ insights on fostering diversity in a post-Covid Wales.
  • A fireside chat with rugby Legend Glenn Webbe (Wales’s 1st Black Rugby Player) and Andrew Jenkins of BBC’s Traitors
  • Keynote speech by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, sharing her journey and perspectives from her career as a Paralympian and crossbench peer.
  • Keynote from multi-award winning period dignity Campaigner, Molly Fenton
  • An empowering narrative on dyslexia as a superpower to win multi-million-pound contracts by Toni Clarkstone of Toni Clarkstone Global Ltd.
  • Entertainment

Attendees will benefit from three hours of intensive breakout sessions and workshops, featuring discussions and networking opportunities across eight thematic zones, each hosted in a dedicated corporate hospitality box.

Mastering Diversity Documentary Launch: Post-lunch, another distinguished Welsh Government minister will share further insights, followed by an interactive panel of the expert zone Leads. The afternoon will be further enriched by the unveiling of the trailer for Mastering Diversity, a Mastering Diversity Task Force documentary by award winning filmmaker Georgios Dimitropoulos and produced by Bernie Davies, exploring diversity and inclusion work and lived experiences in Wales.

Celebrating Excellence: Former First Minister Mark Drakeford sponsors Mastering Diversity Awards

The celebration continues with the Diversity & Inclusion Awards on October 16, 2024, at the Senedd. The awards ceremony will honour outstanding contributions to diversity across multiple sectors, with awards in categories such as:

  • Diversity in Sports
  • Diversity in Education
  • Diversity in Business
  • Cognitive and Neurodiversity Champion
  • Gender Equality Champion
  • Diversity in Representation
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Diversity in the Public Sector

The evening will feature a drinks reception, light refreshments, Keynote by Multi- award winning Founder Rachel Flanagan of Mrs Bucket, and ample opportunities for networking with pioneers and advocates of diversity from across the region.

Additional Information

To learn more about the Mastering Diversity Conference & Awards 2024, book tickets, or view the detailed event schedule, please visit

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