WIT USA Summit Agenda 2021

Welcome Remarks
10:00 AM  to  10:10 AM

All timings are PT

 

Speakers:
Jenna Kelly. Senior Conference Producer. Bonhill plc.
Talisa Lavarry. Principal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist. Yum Yum Morale.
Bethaney Wilkinson. Founder. The Diversity Gap.
KEYNOTE: A Year of Tech Inequities
10:10 AM  to  10:25 AM

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  • The biggest inequities to come out of the tech industry in 2021 - unpacked
  • What are common microaggressions, and where do they rear their head in a tech workplace?
  • Creating a platform to encourage uncomfortable conversations around racial inequity
  • Checking yourself, and calling out ‘flippant’ or ‘throwaway’ behaviour in work
Speaker:
Ioana Bazavan. Security Managing Director. Accenture.

Stream 1 - Intersecting Diversities & Tech

Stream 1 - Intersecting Diversities & Tech
PANEL: Transgender & Non-Binary Inclusion in Tech
10:30 AM  to  11:10 AM

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  • In an industry considered so progressive, what is the tech working environment like for trans and non-binary employees?
  • What are tech companies not getting right for their trans employee representation?
  • What are the barriers to entry, and what are the exclusion issues faced once in the workplace?
  • Support for trans, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ tech workers – overcoming the barriers

 

Speakers:
Heather Norris. Principal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy Consultant. Red Hat.
M Sigma. Innovation Executive, Research. Salesforce.
Ginger Chien. Device Architect. AT&T.
Aryah Lester. CEO. Lester, West & Associates Branding and Management.

Stream 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stream 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation
PANEL: What’s Incoming for Investment in Innovation
10:30 AM  to  11:10 AM

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  • How has a pandemic impacted investment in technology? And let’s take a forward look at the big technological innovation trends for 2022…
  • Where your business can begin to generate better digital processes, to overtake the competition
  • What are the biggest avenues of opportunity for technological product innovation?
  • The most valuable areas in which to develop new business ventures, or grow existing ones

 

Speakers:
Helen Altshuler. Co-Founder & CEO. EngFlow GmbH.
Neha Joshi. Global Managing Director, Growth & Strategy Lead. Accenture Security.
Jeff Tan. Innovation Solutions Officer. dentsu international.
Kiki Mwiti. Founder & CEO. DYVVYD.

Stream 1 - Intersecting Diversities & Tech

Stream 1 - Intersecting Diversities & Tech
LIVE Q&A: Where Neurodiversity & Technology Meet
11:15 AM  to  11:35 AM

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  • Why is representation of neurodivergence so low in the workplace?
  • The benefits that a neurodiverse workforce can bring to the tech workplace
  • Designing technology that is inclusive and accessible
  • What is the future of the collaborate work between neurodiverse communities and the technology industry?
Speakers:
Yonah Welker. Explorer, Board Member. Yonah.ai.
Adrienne Renee Rutledge. Senior Associate. EY.

Stream 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stream 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation
LIGHTNING TALK: Unpacking Intrapreneurship
11:15 AM  to  11:35 AM

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  • Getting back to basics – what is intrapreneurship?
  • How can you create a culture of idea generation within your technology business?
  • The policies you need for budding entrepreneurs to do what they do best
  • Spotting the intrapreneurs within your existing talent, and noticing the skillsets for new hires
Speaker:
Fay Weir. Intrapreneurship Education Manager. NatWest Group.
CLOSING CONVERSATION: Introducing the New Face of Good Leadership
11:40 AM  to  12:10 PM

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  • Where did our traditional characteristics of leadership come from? Are they still helpful?   

  • How today’s business executives can – and should – bring humanity and empathy into their leadership  

  • Using failure and vulnerability to set an example, and create a brave space for your employees  

  • What should the ‘new’ characteristics of leadership be, for our incoming leaders? And how can we develop these skills?  

  • How can leadership skills positively impact the individual, the teams, and finally – the business 

 

Speakers:
Robert Johnson. Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practitioner; Leadership Coach.
Stephanie Ginos. Director, Technology Operations Shared Services Leader. EY Technology.
Closing Remarks - End of Morning Sessions
12:10 PM  to  12:15 PM
Lunch Break & Networking
12:15 PM  to  2:30 PM
Masterclass: Developing your Personal Brand & Putting it to Use
2:30 PM  to  3:30 PM v Masterclass

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  • How a strong personal brand can empower underrepresented voices
  • How to design your brand to smash the glass ceilings and boost your output
  • The steps to creating, communicating, and leveraging your personal brand
  • How can you bring confident personal branding into your work?
Speaker:
Marielle Legair. Personal Branding Trainer.