2020 Line-Up - Day 1

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Yoga - Waking up with Walker

Karen Walker, Yoga Instructor

Opening Remarks

Eleanor Tiernan, Stand-up Comedian

Introduction to Mindfulness

There is now an abundance of scientific research proving Mindfulness meditation as a contribution to good mental health. Rather than a mystical practice, Mindfulness is simply training for the mind, improving mental fitness. During this session, our speaker will touch upon the key benefits, how to tame the monkey mind, and how practicing mindfulness regularly makes your working life more fulfilling, manageable, and personal life more enriching.

Hannah Loveday, Founder, Loveday Wellbeing

Guest Keynote: From Nowhere to Now Here

A life full of opportunity and challenge. Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of TechUK, shares her story; who inspired her, lessons on carving out a career in tech, and why diversity matters.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, TechUK

Landing The First Woman on The Moon

Space agencies and commercial companies globally are working together to enable humans to return to the lunar surface this decade. What does the future of human and robotic space exploration hold and what does it mean for humanity? We learn about NASA and the European Space Agency’s plans to send the next man and first woman to the Moon and how women in STEM are playing a crucial role internationally in sending humans and robotic explorers to the surface of the Moon and beyond.

Vinita Marwaha Madill, Founder, Rocket Women

Computacenter: The importance of mentoring
Coffee and movement break

Visit the market stalls, collaborate with peers, grab some coffee and cake!

Park Place Technologies: Pioneers and Role Models: Journeys to STEM

Nicola Buckley and Jennifer Deutsch firmly believe women need to support one another to ensure success and pave the way for women in technology. As a monumental step forward, Jennifer and Nicola launched a global initiative at Park Place Technologies that encourages women to join the STEM field – an international program that encourages college students to nurture their STEM skills, while giving them a glimpse of how to utilise their skills in a real-world business environment. Learn about the global partnerships that have been created and the impact they are making.

Nicola Buckley, Executive Vice President, Global Service Delivery, Park Place Technologies
Jennifer Deutsch, Chief Marketing Officer, Park Place Technologies

There's an imposter in the ranks!
  • Core tips for dealing with imposter syndrome.
  • Realising that you are good enough.
  • Removing the compulsion to overperform.
  • Feeling good about asking for help.

Lisa Emery, Chief Information Officer, Royal Marsden NHSFT

Panel Discussion: Returners are still learners!
  • How to make more women aware of the sideways move into tech.
  • Encouraging women from a non-technical background to upskill to meet the demands of the skills shortage.
  • Raising awareness of tech as a second career: apprenticeship opportunities and mature learning.
  • How to help returners keep up with tech.

Marina Brilleman, Global IT Manager – Business Analysis, British American Tobacco 
Louise McCormack, Acquisition & Lifecycle Manager, Independent News & Media 
Sonya Moisset, Lead Security Engineer, Photobox 
Gomathi Shivakumar, Junior Software Engineer, DVLA
Moderator: Jodi Rilot, Exec Coaching and Leadership Development, Rilot Consulting

Lunch Break

Visit our market stalls, collaborate with peers, and explore our fringe events

Interactive Discussion: Why won't women apply?
  • Key words and phrases to make job adverts more appealing to women.
  • How can you actively get a more diverse tech team?
  • What benefits should you be offering to make your job adverts more gender neutral?
  • How to encourage applicants from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Julia Harrison, Head of Product, Government Digital Service
Devon Edwards Joseph, Senior Data Engineer, Soho House & Co.
Tripta Kershaw, Director of Product Management Körber Logistics Systems
 Jane Murrison, Head of UX&D, BBC 

Moderator: Shola Kaye, Communications Consultant, Shola Kaye

Interactive Discussion: Pardon me, what did you say?
  • How to react to language that is demeaning, whether accidental or deliberate?
  • How to professionally deal with inappropriate behaviour / vocabulary?
  • Top tactics to empower you to deal with the situation. 

Andjela Djukanovic, Assistant Manager - Information Risk Management, KPMG
Mohibi Hussain, Security and Strategy Architect, University of Cambridge
Lou Smith, Chief Digital Officer, Lloyds of London
Moderator: Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute

Interactive Discussion: You can't be what you can't see
  • How can the industry create more diverse leaders and therefore role models?
  • How can we make current female tech leaders more visible to younger generations?
  • How can you access people in leadership roles?
  • As a leader, how can you make yourself more accessible?

Gemma Bloemen, COO, Elder
Anita Fernqvist, Director of Operations and Chief Data Officer UK, Zurich Insurance
Tara McGeehan, President UK Operations, CGI
Wincie Wong, 
Head of Engineering Workforce Transformation, NatWest
Moderator: Kate Collins, Global Director IT Strategy and Delivery, Royal BAM Group

Panel Discussion: White women as allies
  • How can we encourage women from all backgrounds to apply to the technology industry?
  • How can we use our power and agency to level the playing field for Black women and Ethnic women within tech?
  • How can we support Black women and Ethnic women with their journey in technology?

Nike Folayan, Technical Director, Transport and Infrastructure, WSP
Charlene Hunter, Founder, Coding Black Females
Tolúlọpẹ́ Ògúnrẹ̀mí, Founder, Coders of Colour
 Anisah Osman Britton, Founder, 23 Code Street
Abadesi Osunsade, Founder & CEO, HustleCrew

Moderator: Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO, Stemettes

Closing Remarks

Eleanor Tiernan, Stand-up Comedian

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