WIT UK Summit Agenda - 19th May, 2022

All timings are in BST

Networking Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM  to  9:45 AM v Main Plenary

 

 

Welcome Remarks
9:45 AM  to  9:55 AM
Speakers:
Jenna Kelly. Senior Conference Producer. Bonhill Media UK Ltd.
Ramat Tejani. Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer. The Inspiration Box.
Opening Keynote: Underrepresented Talent is our Biggest Strength
9:55 AM  to  10:15 AM

Dr Larissa Suzuki, Technical Director at Google Cloud and Woman of the Year at 2022’s Women in IT Awards, explores the need to prioritise and support marginalised employees in this post-pandemic world, and to embrace difference in diverse workforces. 

The pandemic was a time of change and disruption for businesses. Underrepresented groups in particular - women, people with disabilities, people of colour, the LGBTQ+ workforce, and working parents and carers - felt the ups and downs of the past few years, and we’ve seen business priorities and values shift tremendously. 

The tech industry and its organisations now need to put inclusion, equitable opportunities, wellbeing, and accessibility front and centre. Furthermore, it is now time to rethink how we view inclusion and belonging for tech employees, seeing the strength and value of diverse working environments. 

Join us as we funnel our collective energy into driving authentic DEI work and making a stronger impact through underrepresented talent. 

 

Speaker:
Dr Larissa Suzuki. Technical Director & WIT Woman of the Year 2022. Google Cloud.
Debate: The Year of the Metaverse – Can True Inclusion be Achieved?
10:15 AM  to  11:00 AM

The Metaverse: the trend on everyone’s lips in 2022. A wealth of both optimistic and critical analyses have been appearing in online forums, and our team of debate experts unpack whether or not the next great digital shift will be truly and authentically inclusive. After 8 years of diversity reporting in the tech industry, we can see the progress that’s been made, with inclusion as a core value for many of today’s technology organisations and more underrepresented individuals in leadership positions. Simultaneously, we are facing more challenges than ever before, with poor connectivity globally, algorithmic biases, and non-inclusive design in new products launched daily. 

  

Will the Metaverse put inclusion at its core from the get-go, and achieve a truly inclusive platform that represents our society? Or will the existing inequities in tech simply be augmented as we fast-forward with a brand new digital world? 

Speakers:
Dex Hunter-Torricke. VP of Global Comms & Public Engagement. The Oversight Board.
Gabriela de OIiveira. Head of Policy, Research & Campaigns. Glitch.
Paff Evara. Co-Founder. Take Up Space.
Hera Hussain. Founder & CEO. Chayn.
Pauline Hohl. Co-Founder. Unik Labs.
Accessibility Break
11:00 AM  to  11:30 AM

 

30 minutes to take a break from the day’s content, have some cognitive down-time, reflect on what you’ve heard so far, complete any personal tasks you might have, or move around the room if you’re able. 

30 Minutes with..... Flavilla Fongang
11:30 AM  to  12:00 PM

Join us as Ashleigh Ainsley, Co-Founder of Colorintech, interviews the phenomenal Founder of Global Tech Advocate’s group, Black Women in Tech, Flavilla Fongang. 

 

As one of the top 2 most influential women in UK tech, her power speaks for itself. A woman of many hats, Flavilla is founder of Global Tech Advocates' Black Women in Tech group, Host of the Tech Brains Talk podcast, entrepreneurship expert at the University of Oxford and BBC brand advisor. 

 
Named as "She's Mercedes" businesswoman by Mercedes Benz alongside powerhouses like Sheryl Sandberg, her accolades are a clear indication of the impact she's making. We’ll be spending some time with her, to discuss the work she's doing to get more black girls and young women into tech, how to ensure we’re opening doors to the industry at the youngest age, and how you can be an advocate for racial equity in tech. 

Speakers:
Flavilla Fongang. Founder. Black Women in Tech.
Ashleigh Ainsley. Co-Founder. ColorinTech.
Lunch Networking & Meet the Speakers
12:15 PM  to  1:30 PM
Workshop Hour
1:30 PM  to  2:30 PM

The Steps to Diversifying Hiring Processes - Anshoo Kapoor, Head of Recruitment, Tata Consultancy Services

What are the best practices for diversifying your recruitment journey? It’s likely that talent has topped the conversations list within your organisation recently, and specifically hiring diverse talent has been a struggle reported in the tech industry for many years now. With an incoming generation of employees who favour diverse and inclusive workplaces, it’s imperative that you, your team, and your wider company ensure that your opportunities are reaching truly diverse candidates, and that your entire hiring process is diverse, inclusive and equitable from start to finish. 

 

How to measure your social impact – Heidi Fisher, Director, Make an Impact CIC 

Identifying areas for creating social impact which align with your wider growth strategy can be tricky as a tech team, particularly when it comes to quantifying and measuring that impact. Heidi Fisher MBE, expert extraordinaire in impact (and the measurement of it), will give you the low-down on establishing your core paths for positive societal impact, and the 101 on how you begin to evaluate and measure the consequences of pursuing them. 

 

Mindful Goal-Setting: creating a holistic 12-week plan for your goals – Jasmine Douglas, Founder, Babes on Waves 

As a former UX researcher, Jazz is 10/10 at problem-solving, analysing & strategising. In 12 months she grew her online community to over 7000 followers, 200 paid members & won over £30,000 in grant funding. Her unique method for goal-setting goes beyond just breaking down big goals into smaller goals or setting goals you *think* you should have but don’t truly need.   

Over this 50-minute interactive workshop we’ll start with visualisation exercises, before breaking the big picture vision you have for your life down into actionable 12-week goals, soundtracked to music to set the intention of the session. 

You will leave with a plan to make your dreams actionable, a personal system to stay motivated & new and improved elements to your daily routine. 

 

Speakers:
Heidi Fisher MBE. Director. Make an Impact CIC.
Jasmine Douglas. Founder. Babes on Waves.
Anshoo Kapoor. Head of Recruitment. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
The Solution Room, delivered by Like Minded Females
1:30 PM  to  2:30 PM

The Solution Room, delivered by Like Minded Females 

An opportunity to get peer-supported advice on your tech, DEI or professional development-related challenges. Come armed with the issues you’re having, the concerns that have reared their heads and the questions you might have for other like-minded professionals, and together with Sonya Barlow and the team at LMF, we’ll give you the space and time to share advice and insights. 

 

Speaker:
Sonya Barlow. Founder. Like Minded Females.
Think Tank: Bridging Divides in Digital Spaces
2:30 PM  to  3:45 PM

After the past 2 years, and in a climate where tech is advancing at lightning speed, we must start to address the glaring gaps that exist within digital spaces. The talent gap is plaguing tech organisations – particularly start-ups – as they struggle to fill shortages of skilled workers in emerging technologies. And the education gap takes us back to the formative years of development, when the tech industry is already losing girls and marginalised young people due to inaccessibility. With your team, choose a gap or problem to design an innovative solution to, and let’s create long-term impact as a collective. 

 

Problems:

The Talent Gap

The Connectivity Gap

The Education Gap

Speakers:
Safoora Biglari. Director, Community. One Young World.
Rupy Malizia. Global Head of Tech Transformation. HSBC.
Dominika Oliver. Senior Global Manager, Software Engineering. RedHat.
Closing Keynote
4:00 PM  to  4:15 PM

‘If I can do it, so can you” is the inspiring and motivating story of one woman’s determination to succeed. 25 years ago Professor Sue Black was a single parent with three small children living on a council estate in Brixton. She is now one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe, received an OBE and just been appointed to the Government Advisory body shaping digital services. Sue talks about her passion for getting everyone excited about the opportunities that technology offers, how she brought her family out of poverty and built a successful career through education, and a determination to succeed. She will also explore her work in using social media for positive impact, notably in saving Bletchley Park. 

Speaker:
Professor Sue Black OBE.
Closing Remarks
4:15 PM  to  4:30 PM