Agenda

Agenda

Agenda

December 8, 2023 08:45 am

Welcome from our conference host, Julia Streets

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO, Streets Consulting

December 8, 2023 08:48 am

Welcome from CEO, Founder of WeAreTechWomen, Vanessa Vallely OBE

Vanessa Vallely OBE
CEO, WeAreTechWomen

We hear from the founder of WeAreTechWomen and the results of several polls taken within our community during June's WeAreTech Festival. Vanessa will share some of the statistics drawn from an audience of over 400 women and share her thoughts about the slow pace of change for women in the tech industry.

December 8, 2023 08:50 am

Welcome from EY, headline sponsors of Level Up

Lopa Ghosh
Cybersecurity Leader, EY UK team
Kanika Seth
EMEIA Financial Services Cybersecurity Leader, EY

In this session, we welcome EY, our headline sponsor. EY will share their vision for a better working world, via the use of technology, people and processes.

December 8, 2023 09:00 am

Keynote, the importance of inclusion for the digital economy

Janet Coyle CBE
Managing Director, Grow London, London & Partners

In this session, we welcome Janet Coyle CBE who will provide a state of the nation for tech in the UK. Our speaker will highlight the importance of intersectional women in the tech industry through their own story, we will hear about the government's plans to make the UK the tech centre of world, as well as initiatives that are currently underway to drive innovation and sustainability.

December 8, 2023 09:10 am

Let's get acquainted! Speed Networking

Vanessa Vallely OBE
CEO, WeAreTechWomen

The CEO and Founder of WeAreTechWomen will break the ice by speed-networking all attendees. This lively, fun activity provides guests with the opportunity to meet other individuals in tech and to share their stories. Our use of Blendology smart badges will enable our guests to digitally connect and progress their conversations at a later date. 

December 8, 2023 09:20 am

Keynote, inclusion in tech, the top five areas of focus

Karen Blake
COO, Tech Talent Charter

In this session, we hear from the COO of the Tech Talent Charter who shares with us a year's worth of data drawn from over 100 companies. The keynote will highlight some of the key areas of focus that these companies are collectively addressing in order to see a more inclusive tech industry.

December 8, 2023 09:35 am

Keynote, bridging the gap, levelling the playing field for intersectional women in tech

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
Portfolio Non-Exec & Chair Institute of Coding

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, driving innovation and shaping the future. However, the tech industry continues to grapple with a significant disparity: the underrepresentation of intersectional women. This keynote aims to shed light on the challenges faced by intersectional women in tech and explore strategies to level the playing field.

The session will begin by highlighting the current state of affairs, examining the stark statistics that reveal the underrepresentation and marginalisation of women from diverse backgrounds in the tech sector. By exploring the unique experiences of intersectional women, we will uncover the complex interplay of gender, race, ethnicity, and other intersecting identities that influence their journey in the field.

The keynote will discuss the consequences of this underrepresentation. It will discuss how the lack of diverse perspectives stifles innovation, hinders problem-solving, and limits the industry's potential for growth. By ignoring the talent and contributions of intersectional women, the tech sector risks perpetuating systemic biases and missing out on transformative advancements.

December 8, 2023 09:50 am

Personal story, breaking barriers and fostering equity, an intersectional journey in tech

Helen Needham
Managing Principal within the Data Practice, Capco

In this session, we will hear a personal story and lived experience of an individual and their challenges as an intersectional woman in tech. They will explain their barriers, and how they felt supported by their employers addressing their needs in terms of equity. 

December 8, 2023 10:00 am

Panel, how do we create a tech ecosystem where ALL women are included?

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO, Streets Consulting
Dr Rashada Harry FRSA
Enterprise Technologist, AWS
Sionice Phillips
Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion Business Partner, Barclays
Diane Lightfoot
CEO, Business Disability Forum
Sarah Kenuel
Learning, Leadership, and Diversity Director, BT Group
Alesha De-Freitas
Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy, Fawcett Society

This panel will delve into the underrepresentation of intersectional women in the tech industry. The panel will discuss how the lack of diverse perspectives stifles innovation, hinders problem-solving, and limits the industry's potential for growth. By ignoring the talent and contributions of intersectional women, the tech sector risks perpetuating systemic biases and missing out on transformative advancements.

The heart of the discussion will focus on actionable solutions and real examples where we will explore strategies to level the playing field and create an inclusive tech ecosystem. These solutions will encompass a multi-faceted approach, addressing various aspects such as education and skills development, creating supportive work environments, empowering intersectional women leaders and industry-wide collaboration.

December 8, 2023 10:40 am

Table discussions, how do we best support the career aspirations of under-represented women in tech?

During this session, attendees will discuss the mornings topics and brainstorm what they can do within their respective companies to drive greater inclusion of intersectional women. As a group, the table will note ideas, actions and takeaways at a more strategic level, whilst factoring in individual actions to drive change. What can we do as individuals and organisations to drive intersectional inclusion? How do we drive conversations around equity as opposed to equality? How do we begin to assess the different support paths for under-represented groups.

December 8, 2023 10:55 am

Break

December 8, 2023 11:15 am

Keynote, rooting out bias, people, processes and data

Professor Binna Kandola OBE
Senior Partner, Pearn Kandola LLP, Business Psychologists

In the tech industry, bias has proven to be a significant hurdle on the path to true diversity, inclusion, and innovation. The keynote presentation on "rooting out bias, people, processes and data" aims to inspire and empower attendees to address bias in both individual and organisational practices.

Our speaker will explore the impact of bias and provide actionable strategies to encourage the audience to take accountability for their part in driving inclusivity and equity in the tech industry. We will address how to create awareness about the pervasive nature and consequences of bias in the tech industry, the importance of addressing bias for fostering innovation and attracting diverse talent. Practical insights and strategies to identify and address bias at both personal and organisational levels and how unconscious bias, and its influence plays a key role in our decision-making. We will also touch upon the importance of listening to your data, and the presence of bias in various tech industry processes, such as hiring, promotion, and performance evaluation. This keynote will also focus on the role of algorithms and artificial intelligence in perpetuating bias.

December 8, 2023 11:40 am

Panel, unmasking bias, strategies for creating inclusive tech environments

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO, Streets Consulting
Tunji Akintokun MBE
Senior Director, LinkedIn, UK and Ireland
Fred Leclercq
Head of Digital Products, Simmons & Simmons Solutions Ltd
Jill Hitchen
Technology Solutions Delivery Leader, EY
Professor Binna Kandola OBE
Senior Partner, Pearn Kandola LLP, Business Psychologists

The panel aims to facilitate a dynamic discussion among industry experts on the critical topic of bias and its impact on both individuals and organisational practices. Through diverse perspectives and experiences, the panellists will delve into the challenges, strategies, and best practices for identifying, addressing, and eradicating bias in the tech industry. This panel provides a platform for sharing insights, fostering collaboration, and inspiring actionable change. During the panel we will explore the various forms of bias prevalent in the tech industry and their consequences. Our panel will share personal experiences and insights on overcoming bias and promoting inclusion whilst discussing strategies for identifying and addressing bias in people and processes within organisations. The panel will also highlight successful initiatives, case studies, and best practices for creating inclusive tech environments from within their own firms, whilst engaging in a thought-provoking discussion to inspire the audience and provide actionable takeaways.

December 8, 2023 12:20 pm

Table discussions, how do we identify our organisations biases and what can we do to challenge it?

Attendees will discuss the mornings topics and brainstorm what they can do within their respective companies to recognise where bias exists within their own organisation/department. As a group, the table will note ideas, actions and takeaways at a more strategic level, whilst factoring in individual actions to drive change.

Questions to be discussed, what can we do to challenge and eliminate bias in our organisations? Where are the pinch points? Where do we need to focus our efforts to reap the best rewards?

December 8, 2023 12:40 pm

Lunch

December 8, 2023 01:40 pm

Nurturing talent, developing skills, investing in tomorrow’s workforce: how we cement the UK’s position as a science and tech superpower by 2030

Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP
Secretary of State for the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)
December 8, 2023 01:45 pm

Keynote, sponsorship over mentorship, what does good look like?

Pauline Miller
Chief Equity Officer, EMEA, Dentsu

The traditional approach of mentorship has often been relied upon to support career growth and development. However, the keynote presentation on "sponsorship over mentorship, what does good look like?" challenges this conventional wisdom by highlighting the transformative power of sponsorship in driving meaningful advancement and creating opportunities. This keynote explores the characteristics of effective sponsorship, identifies the key differences between sponsorship and mentorship, and provides actionable strategies to foster sponsorship relationships for career success.  

In this session, our speaker will challenge the traditional notion of mentorship and showcase the importance of sponsorship in career advancement. Differentiating between mentorship and sponsorship and highlighting the unique benefits of sponsorship relationships. Our speaker will explore the characteristics of effective sponsors and provide guidance on how to identify and cultivate them. They will share real-world examples and success stories that illustrate the impact of sponsorship in the tech industry and Inspire individuals to seek and become sponsors, fostering a culture of support and advancement in the tech industry.

December 8, 2023 02:00 pm

Personal story, the power of sponsorship, a personal journey of growth and success

Gemma McNair
Senior Director of Workforce Transformation at Digital X, NatWest Group

In this inspiring keynote presentation, we will hear a personal story of how sponsorship has played a transformative role in an individual's career growth and success. Through sharing their personal journey, challenges, and triumphs, the keynote speaker will highlight the power of sponsorship relationships in creating opportunities, driving advancement, and unlocking untapped potential. This keynote aims to inspire and empower attendees to seek and leverage sponsorship to accelerate their own professional growth and achieve their goals. Our speaker will also highlight the specific ways in which sponsorship has created opportunities and unlocked their untapped potential. It will provide insights into the characteristics and behaviours of effective sponsors based on personal experiences, inspire attendees to actively seek sponsorship relationships, and leverage them for their own advancement, and offer practical strategies and tips for fostering and maximising the benefits of sponsorship.

December 8, 2023 02:10 pm

Panel, why and how sponsorship will change the game for women in tech

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO, Streets Consulting
Jayne Howson
Senior Vice President of Global Sales Enablement, Salesforce
Nick Atkinson
Chief Officer of Technology and Operations, Visa
Joanne Taylor
Vice President Sales & Managing Director, UKI & Benelux, Pega
Sharon Wallace
Head of Technology D&I, Partnerships and Change, Sky
Rob Peers
Chief Business Officer, Investment Bank & NCL Technology, UBS

The panel brings together a diverse group of industry experts to explore the power and impact of sponsorship in driving career growth and success. By discussing the unique benefits and opportunities that sponsorship offers compared to traditional mentorship, the panellists will share their experiences, insights, and strategies for fostering sponsorship relationships in the tech industry. This panel aims to inspire attendees to embrace sponsorship as a catalyst for professional advancement and provide practical guidance on navigating and maximising the benefits of sponsorship. Our panel will also discuss their personal experiences and success stories of how sponsorship has propelled career growth. They will discuss what good looks like in terms of their own sponsorship relationships, as well as providing insights into the role of diversity and inclusion in sponsorship and its impact on underrepresented groups.

December 8, 2023 02:50 pm

Table discussion, how do we instil a greater focus on sponsorship activities within our organisations?

During this session, attendees will discuss the afternoons topics and brainstorm what they can do within their respective companies to focus on sponsorship. As a group, the table will note ideas actions and takeaways at a more strategic level, whilst factoring in individual actions to drive change. 

Questions to be discussed include, how do we engage senior leaders to become sponsors? How could we show senior leaders what good looks like? Are there programmes we could establish to link senior leaders to mid-level staff to progress their careers?

December 8, 2023 03:05 pm

Break

December 8, 2023 03:25 pm

Keynote, the power of allies, building inclusive tech communities

Lee Chambers
Chief psychologist and Director, Male Allies UK

We will explore the critical role that allies play in fostering inclusive tech communities. The keynote speaker will discuss the importance of allies in promoting gender equality, combating bias, and creating environments where everyone can thrive. By sharing personal stories, insights, and actionable strategies, this keynote aims to inspire attendees to become effective allies and drive positive change within their organisations and the tech industry as a whole. Our speaker will highlight the significance of allies in advancing gender equality and inclusion in the tech industry, explore the benefits and impact of allyship on individuals, teams, and organisational culture, provide insights into the characteristics and behaviours of effective allies and share actionable strategies for individuals to become active allies and drive change within their organisations.

December 8, 2023 03:40 pm

Personal story, the career-transforming power of allyship, a personal journey

Manisha Mehrotra
Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg

In this keynote presentation, we will hear a personal story that showcases the transformative impact of allyship on one's career. The keynote speaker will share their own experiences, challenges, and triumphs, highlighting how the support and advocacy of allies propelled their professional growth and success. Through this personal journey, attendees will gain insights into the specific ways in which allyship can open doors, break down barriers, and drive meaningful change. This keynote aims to inspire individuals to seek allies and harness their power to advance their careers in the tech industry. Our speaker will also highlight the specific ways in which allies have advocated and supported the speaker's professional growth and provide insights into the characteristics and behaviours of the allies who supported them.

December 8, 2023 03:50 pm

Panel, allies in tech, fostering gender equity and inclusion

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO, Streets Consulting
Matt Miller
Director of Business Platforms, Dentsu
Sandie Small Duberry
Technology Chief of Staff, Bank of England
Laura Atkinson
Alliances Leader, EY
Manisha Mehrotra
Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg

The panel brings together a diverse group of industry leaders to explore the critical role of allies in fostering gender equality and inclusion within the tech industry. Through personal stories, insights, and practical strategies, the panellists will discuss the challenges faced by underrepresented genders, the importance of allyship, and the actions individuals and organisations can take to create supportive environments. This panel aims to inspire attendees to become effective allies and drive positive change in their workplaces. During this discussion, the panellists will highlight the significance of allies in promoting gender equality and inclusion in the tech industry, share personal experiences and stories of how allies have made a difference in fostering supportive environments, discuss the barriers and challenges faced by underrepresented genders in the tech industry and offer practical strategies for individuals to become active allies and contribute to a more inclusive tech industry.

December 8, 2023 04:30 pm

Table discussion, how could we better demonstrate active allyship in our organisations? What does this look like from a personal perspective?

During this session, attendees will discuss the afternoons topics and brainstorm what they can do within their respective companies to focus on sponsorship. As a group, the table will note ideas actions and takeaways at a more strategic level, whilst factoring in individual actions to drive change. 

Questions to be discussed include,  how could we better demonstrate active allyship in our organisations?  What does this look like from a personal perspective?

December 8, 2023 04:45 pm

The power of connections, speed mentoring

Vanessa Vallely OBE
CEO, WeAreTechWomen

The "speed mentoring" session offers an exciting opportunity for attendees to engage in a fast-paced and dynamic mentoring experience. Designed to foster meaningful connections and facilitate knowledge exchange, this session allows participants to connect with experienced mentors for brief one-on-one interactions. Through a series of timed rounds, mentees can seek guidance, advice, and insights on various professional and personal development topics. Whether attendees are seeking career guidance, industry-specific insights, or general mentorship, this session provides a unique platform for accelerated learning and growth.

December 8, 2023 05:10 pm

Final thoughts and 2024 planning, time to make a plan of action!

Vanessa Vallely OBE
CEO, WeAreTechWomen

The "end of day planning session" is a valuable opportunity for conference attendees to come together and reflect on the day's events, recap key learnings, and prepare for the following day. This interactive session aims to provide a structured and collaborative environment where participants can share their insights, exchange experiences, and set their intentions for 2024. Through discussion and group interaction attendees will leave the session with a clear plan of action, enhanced connections, and a renewed sense of purpose.

December 8, 2023 05:20 pm

Event closing speeches

December 8, 2023 11:15 am

EmTech and DE&I

Laura Henchoz
Client & Emerging Tech Leader, EY UKI

Laura leads Emerging Technology for the EY UKI, joining EY 2 years ago following a 27 year career in consumer technology in leadership positions for companies such as Samsung, Microsoft and Nokia. Laura is passionate about innovation and transformation and is an expert at assessing the incoming impact of tech change, and utilising it to build products and solutions that revolutionize and innovate at scale.

In this session, Laura will give specific illustrated examples of the growing power and use cases of various emerging technologies, how we could best harness and develop them, including addressing inclusionary gaps to level the playing field.

December 8, 2023 01:40 pm

The Future of AI: A Collaborative Approach to Responsible and Equitable Development

Saby Roy
AI and Cloud partner leader, EY UK's Financial Services business
Tori Roberts
GenAI Enablement Leader, EY
Preetham Peddanagari
UK Financial Services Technology Consulting Leader, EY

This presentation will explore the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Generative AI (GenAI) in relation to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I). We will discuss key talent skills, the shortage of skills that our clients are reporting, and external research on this topic. We will also consider the risk of bias in AI/GenAI from a DE&I lens. In addition, we will highlight the potential opportunities that arise from AI/GenAI to support DE&I strategies.

Specifically, we will focus on the following topics:

1.     Talent Skills, Shortage of Skillsets, and External Research: We will discuss the talent gaps and shortage of skillsets in the technology industry, particularly in the field of AI/GenAI. We will cover industry research on best practices to attract and retain diverse talent, and how those strategies can be applied in the context of AI/GenAI.

2.     The Risk of Bias in AI/GenAI: We will explore the inherent potential for bias in AI/GenAI algorithms and how that bias can perpetuate social inequality and exclusion. We will discuss the need for fairness, impartiality, and accountability when developing AI/GenAI systems from a DE&I perspective.

3.     Opportunities with AI/GenAI to Support DE&I Strategies: We will provide examples of the potential for AI/GenAI to support DE&I strategies in areas such as talent acquisition, employee experience, and customer experience. We will highlight case studies of how companies have leveraged AI/GenAI to reduce bias and increase inclusion.

We will conclude with a Q&A session where we will explore how DE&I practitioners and technology professionals can work together to unlock the full potential of AI/GenAI in advancing DE&I.

December 8, 2023 02:15 pm

Big Data and Bad Sponsors

Oana Beattie
Director Advanced Data Analytics, AI Research & Innovation Lead, EY UK Financial Services

Join our exclusive round table event, "Big Data & Bad Sponsors," where Oana Beattie, Director of Data and Advanced Analytics at EY, will unravel the pivotal role that sponsors play in fostering equity in a dynamic tech ecosystem.

Discover how disengaged sponsors can limit your ambitions and learn strategies to ensure their unwavering support. Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the power of visionary sponsors that are invested in your success and understand how you can build a wider and impactful network to support your growth especially in the context of a rapidly evolving tech landscape.

With real-life examples touching on topics such as leveraging Big Data and AI innovation to transform operations, this session cannot be missed!

December 8, 2023 03:25 pm

Bias and Its Effect on Emerging Technologies

Lopa Ghosh
Cybersecurity Leader, EY UK team
Kanika Seth
EMEIA Financial Services Cybersecurity Leader, EY

With a lively approach, Kanika and Lopa will explore how data excess can foster biased practices affecting our age of exciting emerging technology. Perhaps the solution is two-fold: giving better credit to the diverse cultures that shape our tech landscape and using education to open tech's potential to an ever-broader audience. Join them for an exciting discussion on the relationship between bias, emerging technologies and interwoven socio-economic factors.

December 8, 2023 11:15 am

Navigating Sponsorship: Common mistakes to avoid

Carolyn Ngiam
Chief Controls Officer Technology, Barclays

Would you like to gain valuable insights on how to win a sponsor, get ahead and separate you from your competitors? A career sponsor elevates your visibility at work, champions you, ensures you get the credit you deserve and advocates for you. Gaining a sponsor is not a straightforward process, but there are steps you can proactively take that will help, in this session you will get tips on how to navigate sponsorship and what not to do.

December 8, 2023 01:40 pm

Personal experience, voices of allyship: Real life stories

Anjali Chorlton
Technology Analyst, Architecture, Practices & Governance, Barclays
Rea James
Director, Threat Intelligence team, Barclays
Pascal Petit
Global Head of FICC Application Support - GTSM Markets, Barclays
Sidney Wager
Mortgage Intermediary Partnerships Director, Barclays

Join us for an inspiring session on allyship stories where we share a powerful exploration of how allyship transforms workplaces. Come and listen to different perspectives from our speakers’ experiences with takeaways for you to consider in your day to day.

December 8, 2023 02:15 pm

Pathways to Progress - Inspiring Stories of Diverse Career Journeys

Hena Naranbhai
Director Strategic Development, Barclays
Vandhana Srinivas
Managing Director, CIO Wholesale Lending and Group Chief Data Architect, Barclays
Maria Buckley
Head of Reference Data Technology, Barclays

Join us as we discovery how two esteemed Female Managing Director in Technology got to their current roles, experience their highs and lows on route, from moving countries, working on the Trading Floor in the 90s to modern day, and motherhood. We want to celebrate their accomplishments and share how they continue to pay it forward.

December 8, 2023 03:25 pm

The power to make a difference! – How your intersectionality brings skills to the workplace

Julie Osborne
Director, Global Security Control Frameworks, Barclays
Audrey Adams
Head of Payments and Cards for Business Banking, Barclays
Nazreen Visram
Public Sector Team Corporate Banking, Barclays
Sonal Shah
Forbes Featured Multiple Award Winner, Vice President, Transformation Barclays
Dom Moore
Business Management function lead for the Customer and Digital business, Barclays

In this engaging session, we will look at the impact of our own intersectionality on the workplace. Through insightful discussions and real-life examples, our speakers will share how they have unlocked unique skills and abilities.

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how their multifaceted identities can positively shape their professional skills and enhance their ability to make a difference in the workplace.  Understanding the benefits of bringing intersectionality to their own teams and why we all need to become role models to ensure that our future talent can identify and connect.

This session is a must for anyone seeking to harness the power of intersectionality for personal and professional growth.