How To Diversify Your Talent Pool

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Session Overview

Tired of hearing about the skills gaps and underrepresentation in tech without getting to the solution. We’re putting the spotlight on concrete solutions that businesses can harness. From government-backed gateways to innovative approaches in skill development, let’s chart a path to a brighter, more inclusive tech landscape.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Tapping into Untapped Resources: Understand how government-backed initiatives and programs can serve as invaluable channels to widen and diversify your talent search
  • Innovative Skill Development: Explore cutting-edge methodologies and strategies for nurturing and upskilling talent, ensuring your team is equipped for the tech world’s evolving demands
  • Building an Inclusive Strategy: Learn actionable steps and best practices to create a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritises diversity, fostering a richer, more resilient tech ecosystem

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 The Why:
  • Undeniably, sustainability/ESG is the biggest structural trend facing any consumer and retail corporate. This doesn’t look to slow down any time soon, what with a rise in incoming regulation, the imperative to act imminently and changing consumer expectations from businesses and brands.
  • To meet the demands of a rapidly changing world, innovation is imperative, but it is difficult to formulate, pinpoint value, and execute well.
  • Being proactive about what trends, emerging technologies and changing consumer behaviours mean for your business, and how to execute effectively, is core to being successful in this space.
Session Key Takeaways:
  • The role of innovation and technology in driving sustainability strategy
  • A case study from the fashion industry: tackling returns with technology
  • How to marry emerging startup technologies and corporate industry priorities on sustainability, using investment and innovation as a catalyst for impact
This session is for you if…
  • You know there’s a tonne of regulatory change on sustainability coming, but fear you won’t get there fast enough
  • You are curious about and excited by the potential of new technologies in driving an organisation’s sustainability agenda forwards, but unsure about how to get there
  • You’re interested to know how to deliver innovation practically within a large organisation
2:15pm
Presentation

Mastering Middle Management: Strategic Skills For Success

30 mins
  • Track - FinTech
  • Career Development
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Join us for an enlightening session on mastering the art of middle management. Explore the strategic skills and insights that are essential for success in this critical role. From effective team leadership to navigating complex organisational challenges, this session will equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to excel. Learn from experienced middle managers who have successfully navigated their careers and gain valuable insights that will empower you to make a significant impact in your organisation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become a standout middle manager and drive your team to new heights.

The Why: Mid level management career  path where we see many women fall of – how they can grow instead , some practical tips we have learnt  ourselves.
Session Key Takeaways:
  • umbrellas
  • mentors
  • C. I. N.S.C
This session is for you if…you are a middle manager now how do you balance it all?
3:30pm
Presentation

So What Does A Product Manager Do, Exactly?

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Product

You might have experience working on a product in some capacity, and with a product manager… but what do they do, exactly? The life of a product manager isn’t all glamorous strategy documents and customer meetings. (It’s also spreadsheets… a lot of spreadsheets.)

Discover what the responsibilities of a product manager are, and what the typical day to day looks like. We’ll delve into what a typical product needs to bridge the gap between customer needs and engineering solutions. We’ll talk through real-world anecdotes on what that looks like in practice.

We’ll also talk about how to work well across functions in a traditional engineering organisation, to get product and engineering — but also design, support, research, marketing, and sales — all working together for the same customer goal. Lastly, we’ll discuss how to decide whether a career in product management aligns with your passions and ambitions. Whether you’re an industry veteran or a newcomer, you’ll come away with a better sense of how to work as or with a product manager.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • A product manager’s role is not to ship products, but to unblock customers. You don’t always need to ship a product to meet customers’ needs
  • A product manager is the glue that holds the organization together, and fills the gaps where particular roles might be missing. You need to be flexible and adapt to your organization’s current situation
  • There is no one product manager role, they’re all different! A product management role might be exciting for you if you’re good at understanding, synthesising, and communicating ideas, detail oriented, and enjoy juggling many balls at the same time
11:30am
Workshop

How To Pitch An Idea And Get A ‘Yes’

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

Too many brilliant ideas fail because decision-makers just don’t ‘get it’. Why? Because the presenter didn’t share the key information in the first 60 seconds. This masterclass changes all that.

This masterclass is a game-changer! Too often brilliant technical and scientific minds fail to get their ideas past the decision-makers in their organisation because business leaders don’t understand the benefit. In this session, you will discover the secrets of speaking to the top of any organisation. You will walk away with a model that ensures the business listens when you talk tech.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the mindset of business leaders
  • Know the 4 key elements to include in the first minute of your talk
  • Learn a proven model that ensures the business listens

This session is for you if…you are a  Mid-to-Senior manager seeking approval or funding from decision-makers.

10:00am
Keynote

Unleashing Digital Empathy: Women Pioneering AI & Spatial Tech

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • AI/ML
  • HR/DEI

A new era of disruption has arrived, the convergence of generative AI and spatial computing is reshaping our landscape, creating new opportunities previously unimagined. It is our purpose to ensure that our market advancements in emerging technologies create equitable bridges across our societal digital divide for citizens who have access in our society and for those who do not.

The keynote will focus on digital empathy: how can we leverage disruptive technology to create compassionate, inclusive human-centred design experiences, and how can we empower each other to unleash our inner superpowers. The session will also showcase some of the most inspiring examples of women who have made a significant impact in this space but are often overlooked.

Digital empathy means:
Unleashing new, creativity
Unleashing new, insights
Unleashing new, potential
Unleashing new, opportunities

This session is for you if…you’re interested in learning about digital empathy, our position on disruptive technologies, and how to leverage them positively to amplify your voice and enable you to be bold.

2:55pm
Presentation

Be The Spider, Not the Fly: Spinning Your Own Career Web Toward Leadership

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Career Development
  • Leadership

Modern careers are not linear, which makes it challenging to know how to navigate…let alone plan. Preparing for leadership roles requires experience, but also personal strengths and qualities which can be developed.

Developing a career in leadership means building up transferable skills, being a skilled networker, and being flexible and open to new opportunities. Sure, there are career ladders around, but a more common route to leadership (and, arguably, one that better prepares you) is by following a career spider web full of lateral moves and leaps of faith.

Rebecca’s career in tech is far from ‘standard’ – in fact, it wasn’t at all intended. What’s more, she never imagined taking on a leadership role, but now wouldn’t have it any other way. She’ll describe what a leadership role involves, share her own career spider web (aka CV), as well as some of the lessons she’s learnt along the way.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re not following a ‘standard’ career path, you’re not alone!
  • What are the key ingredients to spinning a career spider web
  • How you can develop your transferable skills for leadership

This session is for you if…

  • You’re trying to weave your career history into a coherent, purposeful story
  • You want to know more about developing leadership skills
2:20pm
Panel Discussion

Panel: Connecting For A Better Future

60 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Data
  • Leadership
  • Transformation

Organisations play a big role in society and technology is often crucial to their impact. In this session, you will learn about how innovative technology is transforming the way businesses are operating, ways that technology can be used to drive sustainability and inclusion, and all about the importance of embedding purpose at the heart of an organisation.

Join our panellists of digital leaders from Vodafone UK to hear a discussion on a range of topics that are shaping the future.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Innovative Tech: Discover how cutting-edge technology can be harnessed to propel customer experience to new heights
  • Visionary Leadership: Learn to ignite your team’s passion and purpose, inspiring them to achieve extraordinary results
  • Digital Inclusion: Explore strategies for ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital revolution, fostering inclusivity for all

This session is for you if…you are interested in leadership and how technology is transforming large companies.

11:30am
Workshop

How To Project Confidence Even When You Don’t Feel It

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • HR/DEI
  • Leadership

There’s a big misconception that confidence is a thing you feel, but in reality, confidence is how you act. What counts is if other people THINK you’re confident.

This session will explore how we all often lack feelings of confidence and how to project confidence anyway. Emma Wicks and Tanya Goldhaber, two senior women who have braved every imaginable stressful professional situation and keep being told they’re really confident will cover the difference between perception and reality, how they’ve learned to project gravitas even when they’re dying inside, and how that’s really worked for them professionally. In smaller groups, we’ll share experiences, support each other with individual challenges, discuss techniques we’ve tried and learn how to speak up in a range of situations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to can act confident even if you don’t feel it
  • How to ensure you speak up through preparing in advance
  • How to manage your feelings, if you don’t feel confident and are jealous of people who do, those people probably don’t feel confident either

This session is for you if…you let a lack of confidence stop you in speaking up or going for opportunities.

11:30am
Workshop

Public Speaking. Break Your Fear Frontier

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Step up and let your voice be heard! Dive into the essentials of public speaking with our hands-on workshop. Whether it’s about mastering your message or presenting with poise, we’ll guide you through the art of communicating effectively. Remember, it’s all about practice and preparation, not perfection!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Techniques to craft compelling speeches
  • Strategies for confident and impactful delivery

This session is for you if...you are keen to elevate your public speaking prowess, from novices to seasoned speakers looking for a refresher.

2:15pm
Workshop

How To Pitch An Idea And Get A ‘Yes’

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

Too many brilliant ideas fail because decision-makers just don’t ‘get it’. Why? Because the presenter didn’t share the key information in the first 60 seconds. This masterclass changes all that.

This masterclass is a game-changer! Too often brilliant technical and scientific minds fail to get their ideas past the decision-makers in their organisation because business leaders don’t understand the benefit. In this session, you will discover the secrets of speaking to the top of any organisation. You will walk away with a model that ensures the business listens when you talk tech.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the mindset of business leaders
  • Know the 4 key elements to include in the first minute of your talk
  • Learn a proven model that ensures the business listens

This session is for you if…you are a  Mid-to-Senior manager seeking approval or funding from decision-makers.

2:15pm
Presentation

Beyond Coding: Thriving In Tech Without Writing A Line Of Code

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce

Think you need to code to succeed in tech? Think again! Dive into the expansive tech universe that goes far beyond just software development. This session is a beacon for women eager to penetrate the tech sector but feel hindered by not being a coder. From coveted technical certifications to diverse roles, explore the myriad pathways to a flourishing tech career.

With dual challenges identified by the ONS – women entering tech and retaining them – it’s evident the industry’s environment isn’t nurturing enough. We aim to amplify your voice and tackle these challenges head-on.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Discover often-overlooked development paths to boost your career
  • Embrace the technologist mindset, even without coding
  • Understand that tech credibility isn’t confined to coding skills

This session is for you if…you’re a tech-savvy woman hitting career obstacles or someone keen to step into this world, this session is your launchpad.

4:30pm
Workshop

Shifting Accessibility To The Left

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

How often have you heard that ‘Yes this is important, but we don’t have the capacity right now’ or ‘ sure let’s put it in the backlog’?
This is something we should not brush off or take lightly. Accessibility testing is vital especially when your product is a user facing application.

We need to be socially aware as a team and build quality towards our product with making it more accessible.

At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long term illness, impairment or disability. Many more have a temporary disability. A recent study found that 4 in 10 local council homepages failed basic tests for accessibility.

This is quite vital and the sooner we as testers can advocate this into our teams, we make our product more accessible, reduce the risk of bad product reviews, reputation and also be more socially aware. Let’s shift left and make accessibility testing built-in our teams.

The Why:

  • Understand why accessibility testing is important
  • How I adapted accessibility mindset
  • How to coach team and bring accessibility into your teams
  • Demonstrate various tools available to perform accessibility testing (with demo)

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand why accessibility testing is important
  • How I adapted accessibility mindset
  • How to coach team and bring accessibility into your teams
  • Demonstrate various tools available to perform accessibility testing (with demo)

This is for you if...you are new to accessibility and want to introduce this into your workplace/team. The session is open to all to learn and take away great knowledge.

Please note: Attendees will need their laptops for this session.

2:15pm
Workshop

How To Build A Fulfilling, High Performance Career

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

This session is for anyone who wants to achieve the best of both worlds: to build an impactful career and to take a meaningful journey towards that goal. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Let’s bust some myths and learn the science & psychology of how to set yourself up for success, regardless of career stage or company.

Many of us work in male-dominated environments, where there aren’t enough role models who look like us or can show us how to be authentic, fulfilled AND successful. This session is for anyone who wants to achieve the best of both worlds: to build an impactful career and to take a meaningful journey towards that goal. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Let’s bust some myths and learn the science & psychology of how to set yourself up for success, regardless of career stage or company.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why Meaning Matters: What the data tells us
  • The Science & Psychology that links Fulfilment and Performance
  • What actions I can take to supercharge my career

This session is for you if…you are an ambitious or passionate person who wants to have an impact on your company or community and have been feeling a little stuck or uninspired.

11:30am
Workshop

How To Be The Role Model You Wish You’d Had

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

“If you can see it, you can be it.”

Many studies have shown the importance of role models in increasing gender diversity in the tech industry. Discover how to become the role model you wish you’d had when you were younger, to inspire the next generation to follow in your footsteps and help close the gender gap while raising your profile, developing your skills and progressing your career.

We have a huge digital skills gap, which is estimated to cost the UK economy £60 Billion a year. On top of that, we have a gender gap in the industry, with only 26% of tech workers identifying as female. And there’s a pipeline problem: less than 20% of tech students at any level identify as female and only 3% of women say a career in tech would be their first choice.

With the recent boom in AI revealing the many biases in the industry, we need to make it more representative to ensure that the technology that’s designed and built is fit – and safe – for girls and women to use.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why you should become a role model
  • How to become a (good) role model
  • How Next Tech Girls can support you on your role model journey

This session is for you if...you work in the tech industry! Your gender and stage of your career doesn’t matter. Everyone can become a role model to the next generation to ensure that more young people are inspired to develop the technical skills we need in our future workforce. If you’re part of a group that’s underrepresented in the industry, even better.

2:15pm
Workshop

Mastering The Power Of Networking For Career Growth

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Unlock the potential of your professional network! This session is designed  for tech professionals to harness the transformative power of networking. Dive deep into your existing connections, identify key influencers, reconnect with dormant contacts, and address networking gaps.

By the end, you’ll walk away with a strategic plan to expand and optimise your network for maximum career impact. Bring a pen and paper or your digital device, and let’s build your networking blueprint!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of Network’s Value: Recognise the immense value that a diversified and robust professional network can bring to your career
  • Personal Network Assessment: A documented list of current connections, categorised by their nature and influence on your professional life
  • Network Enhancement Plan: A personalised action plan detailing steps to reconnect with old contacts and strategies to meet and connect with new professionals, filling identified gaps in your network

This session is for…Mid-Level professionals across industries who are looking to understand the power of networking, reassess their current connections, and develop strategies to expand and strengthen their professional network for career growth.

11:30am
Workshop

Elevate Your Career With These 3 Steps

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only

If you’ve been thinking about your next career move – whether that’s sideways, climbing the career ladder or making the jump to a new organisation, this workshop is for you!

In this interactive 60 minute workshop we will cover the top three things you should be putting time and energy into in order to excel in your career…

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Network like a pro – identify your cheerleaders and the benefits of having a mentor or sponsor
  • Identify your strengths – and build your own personal brand around it
  • Blow your own trumpet – know how fabulous you are and how you can utilise your achievements to help you shine
2:15pm
Workshop

Unlocking The Future: Micro Frontends With ReactJS, Webpack, And TypeScript

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Data
  • Digital Transformation
  • Premium Only

Step into the future of distributed frontend development with this cutting-edge workshop. Explore the power of micro frontends and learn how to harness the potential of ReactJS, Webpack Module Federation, and Typescript to revolutionize your development process.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The fundamentals of micro frontends and their real-world applications
  • Hands-on experience with ReactJS and Webpack Module Federation
  • Best practices for seamless communication between host apps and remotes
  • Lessons learned from successful implementations and practical use cases

This session is for…developers, architects, and tech enthusiasts eager to stay ahead in the world of frontend development. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your journey, join us to unlock the full potential of micro frontends and transform your projects.

4:35pm
Presentation

Leading Without Managing: Meet The Staff Software Engineer!

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Software & Development
  • Workforce

Delve into the transformative role of the staff engineer, its evolution, and its unmatched value to engineering teams. Explore varied archetypes, understand their implementation nuances, and hear a personal journey of navigating this role. We’ll highlight the significance of continuous individual contribution, particularly for women in tech, and offer actionable tips for those aspiring to this position.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • In-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a staff engineer
  • Insights into the strategic advantages staff engineers bring to organisations
  • The importance of diversifying senior roles in engineering and combating biases

This session is for…Engineers seeking career growth, Managers aiming to understand the role better, and Engineering Leadership keen on driving organisational success.

2:15pm
Workshop

Collaborative Intelligence: ML Models With Human Decision Making In Mind

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Premium Only

We make countless decisions on a daily basis, from choosing between the new
Mexican restaurant in town or your go-to Chinese restaurant around the corner, to big career decisions such as moving onto a tech manager role or staying as a senior engineer. Fortunately, we’re living in a time where we’re able to leverage technology to assist us in making better, more informed decisions.

Achieving this requires better understanding of factors that influence human decision making, such as context, available actions, and objectives. This session will explore and discuss machine learning models that take human decision making into consideration, and why they could have a bright future in assisting us with some of our daily decisions.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to formulate the problem when designing machine learning models to assist
    human decision making
  • How to work with human’s seemingly biassed decisions, rather than against them
  • How to model human decision making as more than just big data
2:15pm
Workshop

Leading With Purpose: Career Strategies For Women In Tech

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Join a transformative session that bridges attendees with seasoned female executives and recruitment specialists. Engage in candid discussions about career challenges specific to senior women in the tech industry. Receive tailored advice from recruiters who’ve successfully placed countless women in top-tier IT roles across global tech giants.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Strategies to identify employers who genuinely champion your professional growth
  • Proven techniques to enhance your visibility and success rate in job interviews
  • Guidance on crafting a career trajectory that resonates with both your professional aspirations and personal objectives

This session is for you if…you’re contemplating the next pivotal move in your tech career or yearning for a role that align with your personal goals, this session is crafted just for you. Join us to unlock the path to a more fulfilling professional journey.

11:30am
Workshop

Design Thinker Or Systems Thinker: Which One Are You?

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Premium Only
  • Product

In the dynamic realm of digital product creation, are you more inclined towards Design Thinking or Systems Thinking? While each offers unique perspectives, many of us, whether as individuals or organisations, find ourselves gravitating towards one. 

This session dives into the nuances of both approaches, assisting attendees in identifying their dominant style and exploring the potential of embracing the other.

Witness firsthand how amalgamating principles from both methodologies can elevate creativity, especially when confronting intricate product design challenges.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Strategies to seamlessly transition into Design Thinking for Systems Thinkers, and vice versa

This session is for…all professionals engaged in digital product creation, be it in-house or within agencies, will benefit immensely from this session. If you’re shaping the next generation of websites or apps, this is a can’t-miss opportunity.

11:30am
Workshop

Building A Robust People Analytics Strategy

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Digital Transformation
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only

In our fast-paced digital era, a robust People Analytics strategy stands as the cornerstone for agile, forward-looking organisations. By integrating strategic human insight with data analytics, you can transform your organisation into a nimble entity, primed for rapid and informed decision-making.

Immerse yourself in the transformative domain of People Analytics. Embark on a comprehensive journey with a structured approach to formulate a compelling People Analytics strategy. By fine-tuning your strategy, ensure it resonates seamlessly with your organisation’s overarching goals and aspirations. Along the way, master the pivotal stages and elements that are quintessential to crafting an impactful People Analytics game plan. This enlightening workshop is designed to amplify your People Analytics acumen and breathe new life into your HR initiatives.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Comprehending the pivotal role of a well-devised People Analytics strategy
  • Essential considerations to kickstart your journey
  • Blueprint to architect your all-encompassing People Analytics approach

This session is for…those poised to embrace an analytical stance on HR objectives. While it’s perfect for HR professionals, organisational leaders, data aficionados, and agents of change, anyone intrigued by the theme is cordially invited to partake and glean insights.

2:15pm
Workshop

Women MUST Influence The Gen AI Revolution. Move Over Tech Bros!

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • AI/ML
  • Premium Only

We have the most fundamental skill of all – EQ – Emotional Intelligence- which is absolutely essential for the proliferation of AI assistants/copilots – safer, more engaging and more emotionally intelligent.

The Why: The use and trust we are all placing in Gen AI chatbots, assistants, co pilots is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Women can and MUST influence the development of these chatbots using our superpower – EQ to ensure their psychological safety.

Session Key Takeaways:

1. Understand that EQ is vital to the evolution of AI Chatbots:

  • understand and respond appropriately to the user’s emotional state
  • build rapport and trust with users
  • handle difficult conversation
  • avoid unintended offenses – not be hurtful or inappropriate
  • operate in a responsible way

2. Believe that your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a game-changer in shaping Gen AI

3. Inspired by the fact that ‘Women centered AI = more human centered AI

This session is for you if…you are tired of ‘tech bros’… and you want to show the world that women bring more than just diversity; we bring Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – the most crucial skill to ensure that Gen AI is ethical, inclusive, and responsible.

2:15pm
Workshop

The Art Of Achieving The “Unrealistic”

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Imagine an industry where women were encouraged and supported to go after the “unrealistic”; where we dreamed big but strived less because we utilised the power of women in community.

In this session, we’ll dive into the power of “unrealistic” and why it’s the catalyst for the unprecedented. Participants will explore their versions of the “unrealistic”, narratives holding them back, and how to break them down. Then, by sharing these visions, we’ll tap into the strength of community and find areas of synergies with others to kick-start these journeys. Leave with a new north star that deeply excites you and people who want to journey with you.

Together, we’ll unlock the joy of embracing the “unrealistic” and use it as a catalyst for unprecedented personal and professional growth.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Craft your own ‘unrealistic’ dream
  • Reframe limiting beliefs to drive progress
  • Build connections with like-minded individuals
  • Commit to actionable steps with newfound support

This session is for…women of all career stages who aspire to break boundaries, support one another, and collectively redefine what’s possible. Join us on this transformative journey of ambition and empowerment.

4:30pm
Workshop

Process Pivots For Sustained Digital Transformations

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Join us as we delve deep into the world of digital transformation, unlocking the mysteries surrounding the art of process pivoting. This workshop is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the vital importance of product thinking, the artistry behind constructing tailor-made process models, and the underlying psychology of change adoption. Participants will gain an enriched perspective on the ever-evolving technological landscape, armed with strategies sourced from tangible, real-world scenarios.

In this 60-minute intensive workshop, also participants wll be introduced to a streamlined blueprint. This guide is perfect for change influencers, enabling them to not just confront challenges but to truly excel in the face of them.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Deep insights into process pivots and their role in contemporary enterprises
  • Techniques for successful change adoption across varying organisational structures
  • A hands-on guide tailored for those at the forefront of instigating change

This session is for…Product Managers, Portfolio Managers, members of PMOs, Business Analysts, Change Managers, and anyone passionate about innovation—be they entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. Join us and navigate the digital transformation with confidence and expertise!

11:30am
Workshop

Post It To Prototype

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Premium Only

Join this live ideation session where we deep dive into how to create interesting concepts for complex challenges. Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of design thinking as you experience this transformative process first-hand. During this interactive session, you’ll have the opportunity to uncover the tools and methods that drive successful projects. Discover how to ignite your curiosity and embrace the boundless possibilities of creativity.

2:55pm
Presentation

Modernising Work With Agile And DevOps: A 5-Step Guide

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Digital Transformation
  • Workforce

Equip yourself with everything you need to know about working in an Agile environment, and how to increase your team’s productivity in five easy steps. A practical, clear and tested approach to digital transformation at scale.

A fast-paced walk through the learnings from multiple global organisations as they have sought to dramatically improve their speed, pace and cost of change. It’s all about discipline, transparency, flow, focus and value. Learn from the biggest organisations in the world on how they have introduced Agile DevOps and how it has changed their worlds.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • A simple practical guide to implementing Agile ways of working in your team
  • Some great lessons learned and ‘what not to do’ from other industries
  • Some hot tips on where to go for more

This session is for you if…you are wanting to help improve your company’s velocity of change, bring in modern ways of working and are looking for some simple tips to help you along the way. Join this session for a bit of inspiration and a load of useful guidance on what to and not to do.

12:45pm
Presentation

Collaboration, Creativity, And Connection: Bringing To Work What Technology Cannot

30 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • HR/DEI
  • Workforce

According to the World Economic Forum, 1.1 billion jobs are likely to be transformed by technology in the next decade. In order to remain competitive, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the skills that are most in demand as well as identify the best ways to leverage technology to empower and future-proof your teams.

With the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, we’re witnessing a significant shift in the types of skills that are most in demand for today’s hybrid, distributed workplace. To stay ahead, it’s essential to understand how you can differentiate and future-proof yourself and your team members by developing in-demand skills, like problem solving, collaboration, and adaptability, as well as knowing the ways you can amplify those skills within your team by implementing the right technologies and recognising the ways your team members work best.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Review what skills currently are and will be most in demand over the coming years for individuals and teams to remain competitive
  • Understand how advanced technologies can amplify skills for both individuals and teams
  • Discuss practical ways to promote inclusion, innovation, creativity and agility within your teams by understanding their work styles and leveraging technology

This session is for you if…

  • You’re wanting concrete ways to progress and future-proof your career
  • You’re looking for innovative ways to leverage technology at work
11:35am
Presentation

Play Has No Limits And Neither Do We

30 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • Career Development
  • Equity
  • Leadership

How tech can help remove barriers, not just for play, but also by empowering us for equitable opportunity and inclusion at work.

This is not a speech about how, as women, we can “have it all”. I want us to be empowered, to decide for ourselves, what that “all” is. I will discuss how technology helps remove barriers, not just for play but also empowers for equity and inclusion at work.
I could have talked about our beautiful products, and how tech has facilitated our innovation. What I have really noticed though, as a female senior leader at PlayStation, is that tech has proven itself vital for enabling our values.

Session Key Takeaways:

Technology can have an important role in equity. Not just for women but for all. We can use it to enable a level playing field, opportunities for learning, for playing, for collaborating, for flexibility, and advancement in careers.

This session is for you if…you are an aspiring trailblazer, interested in using technology to create new better paths to equitable leadership opportunities, and leave road signs for others!

3:30pm
Workshop

How To Project Confidence Even When You Don’t Feel It

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • HR/DEI
  • Leadership

There’s a big misconception that confidence is a thing you feel, but in reality, confidence is how you act. What counts is if other people THINK you’re confident.

This session will explore how we all often lack feelings of confidence and how to project confidence anyway. Emma Wicks and Tanya Goldhaber, two senior women who have braved every imaginable stressful professional situation and keep being told they’re really confident will cover the difference between perception and reality, how they’ve learned to project gravitas even when they’re dying inside, and how that’s really worked for them professionally. In smaller groups, we’ll share experiences, support each other with individual challenges, discuss techniques we’ve tried and learn how to speak up in a range of situations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to can act confident even if you don’t feel it
  • How to ensure you speak up through preparing in advance
  • How to manage your feelings, if you don’t feel confident and are jealous of people who do, those people probably don’t feel confident either

This session is for you if…you let a lack of confidence stop you in speaking up or going for opportunities.

11:30am
Workshop

Leadership – Always In style?

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only

Do you want to explore different leadership styles and reflect on inspirational leaders? Do you want to learn more about your own leadership style? Do you want to interact with other leaders in a dynamic and engaging workshop? Come along to this 60-minute workshop to find out more.

There are so many articles around at the moment that tell us what good leadership and bad leadership look like, and the impact this has on workplace culture but we rarely take the time to reflect and think about how our natural preferences can lend themselves to particular situations or industries and what this might mean for our careers.

With many organisations still working remotely, at least some of the time, modern leaders need to adapt to the challenges and opportunities that remote working brings; working with distributed teams, communicating clearly and succinctly, keeping their teams motivated and building high trust environments.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to embrace your natural leadership style and lead with authenticity
  • Share ideas with other leaders, understand their styles and how they can complement yours
  • Reflect on your learning and make one pledge to build on your leadership skills

This session is for…those new to leadership roles or those wishing to put a renewed focus on their leadership skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, grow, and network with other leaders. We look forward to seeing you there!

11:35am
Panel Discussion

Leadership For The New Era: Agility, AI And Beyond

60 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • AI/ML
  • Leadership

In today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape, leadership must adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new era. Join us in this insightful session as we delve into the core principles of effective leadership, enriched by agility and powered by artificial intelligence.

Discover how leading-edge organisations are harnessing AI to drive innovation, enhance decision-making, and foster collaboration. Explore strategies to develop agile leadership skills, enabling you to navigate complex, ever-changing environments with confidence.

Our expert speakers will share real-world examples, practical insights, and forward-thinking approaches that empower leaders to thrive in the dynamic world of technology. Whether you’re an established leader or an aspiring one, this session will equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to excel in the tech-driven landscape of tomorrow. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock your leadership potential and shape the future of tech.

4:30pm
Workshop

How To Build A Personal Brand For Your Tech Career

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Carolyn will be exploring the ways in which you can utilise personal branding, taking instant action to show up authentically and with confidence in a male dominated industry. The session will deep dive into the importance of authenticity and active cultivation of your personal brand to help you to stop holding back.

11:30am
Workshop

How To Build A Personal Brand For Your Tech Career

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Carolyn will be exploring the ways in which you can utilise personal branding, taking instant action to show up authentically and with confidence in a male dominated industry. The session will deep dive into the importance of authenticity and active cultivation of your personal brand to help you to stop holding back.

11:30am
Workshop

Gender Equity & Reproductive Health: The Invisible Barrier To Inclusion

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

Reproductive Health is often overlooked in the workplace, despite it having a profound effect on an employee’s well-being, experience and development opportunities. To truly address gender equity at work and close the gender pay gap, it’s time we acknowledge the effects reproductive health can have at work.

This workshop is a frank and honest look at why reproductive health should be a key part of a DEI strategy. Potential discomfort intended. It’ll be worth it.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the effect reproductive health can have on employee’s experience
  • Understand your comfort levels as a manager and senior leader
  • Action points to take to your business and start making change.

This session is for you if…you are a senior manager passionate about taking gender equity seriously and want to fight for change within your organisation.

11:30am
Workshop

Helping To Shape The Future Of Work From The Ground Up

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

For certain, businesses need to open to thoughtful feedback that can help them shift the dial on how they show up as an employer. But how does a business build conviction to keep something top of the agenda when there are so many other political, environmental, financial and social challenges? Listening to the voice of their employees has never been more vital. But how do you surface the vital 2-3 things your people want from you and ensure you respond in a way that talks to what people need from a gender, generational, geographical or cultural perspective.

In this session, Pam will share what needs are trending against these classifications and pose questions to each of us about how we need to show up to make our employers better.

We cannot sit in an organisation and expect it to change to fit our needs. We must be active in shaping what employers listen to and participate in a way that ensures they prioritise designing the work environment to allow everyone to Thrive.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • What each gender, generation and geographical location is asking their employers to focus on from a learning and growth perspective
  • Where employers spend their learning budgets and what needs to change to better democratise access to learning that facilitates real career progression
  • Moving from spectator to player – how do you take more control of your career

This session is for you if…

  • You want to learn if how you are feeling matches that of others that you most identify with
  • You want to generate ideas on how to exert more influence and control on your career
  • You want to learn why AI must sit as part of the user experience if work life is ever to catch up with your demands
11:35am
Panel Discussion

Panel: Driving Diversity And Inclusion In AI

60 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • AI/ML
  • HR/DEI

AI is being rapidly deployed across industries so it is essential to build AI that is ethical and equitable for all. This requires engaging with diverse perspectives and combating the lack of representation that has long prevailed in the tech industry.

This panel brings together leading voices in technology, policy, and activism to discuss practical approaches for building more diverse and inclusive artificial intelligence systems. The discussion will draw on the panellists’ unique experiences and perspectives to explore issues of representation and bias in AI, as well as strategies for effecting change within the tech community.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Practical approaches to mitigating bias and increasing representation in building AI systems
  • First-hand experiences on advocating for the participation of marginalised groups
  • Advice on overcoming obstacles and driving change as women in tech

This session is for you if…you are interested in AI and want to hear from leading women who are actively building diverse and ethical AI systems.

12:10pm
Presentation

How To Recruit Male Allies

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce

Allyship is a vital part of the future of leadership, a skillset we should all be looking to foster, and is an essential part of driving gender equity initiatives. For all the talk about allyship and equitable workplaces, is the world of tech really turning the dial? With a clear economic case and organisations talking about their hunger for diverse talent, where is the gap between aspiration and execution?

Join psychologist and male ally Lee Chambers as he explores the current state of allyship, how he is engaging men in inclusion, and how to move from performative to active allyship.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The latest research on the allyship gap
  • How to engage men in inclusion and allyship
  • How allyship can be a career booster for you

This session is for you if…you are interested in making the tech ecosystem more equitable, want to drive effective gender initiatives or want to see how allyship can be your leadership advantage.

3:30pm
Workshop

Butter Your Toast The Right Way: Prevent Overwork And Stress

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

We all have diverse lifestyles but we all have a common goal to live a happy life. Even when our jobs feel meaningful, we’d prefer to work to live, not live to work. We benefit from also devoting time to other interests and hobbies, family and friends, leisure, and learning not related to our professions. Those are meaningful to us too. Still, it’s easy get sucked into working too hard. To avoid this, you’ll need well-articulated strategies. Let’s explore….

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand current challenges and myths recognise where we are
  • Recognise where we are and our drivers
  • Strategies and exercise to prevent and achieve what we want

This session is for…Everyone who is interested in achieving what they want in their life.

4:35pm
Presentation

Sustainability In Tech: Why It Matters, How To Develop It, And Why Women Will Lead It

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Data
  • ESG & Sustainability
  • Workforce

Today’s evolving workplace faces many challenges – global talent scarcity, up/re/new skilling, quiet quitting, new ways of working and so much more. Added to that climate change and sustainability urgency.

With an estimated 24 million net new jobs worldwide being created by the green economy by 2030, green skills are essential to the transition towards a green economy, (Intl Labour Org). Yet the global shortage of skilled professionals continues across industries where the demand for technical & sustainable skills outpaces the availability of required skills.

The world’s sustainability transformation calls not only for a new generation of technology but a new generation of technology professionals. Data and Digital knowledge and skills are at the very foundation of the future workforce.

In this talk, you will understand why tech professionals – especially women in tech – have a central role in the evolving workplace.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How the urgency of climate change and sustainability is creating a skills gap
  • Moving towards a sustainable workforce
  • What a sustainable workforce looks like
  • Why data and digital skills are 2 of the top priority skills for the new workforce
  • Preparing for the new workplace – for yourself, your team, your organisation
  • How women are leading in the sustainable tech
  • Practical examples of green tech, sustainable solutions, and tech skills coming together to create a more sustainable environment.
3:30pm
Workshop

Behavioural Science In Action: Your Roadmap For Successfully Influencing

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

Explore the practical application of Behavioural Science in understanding and influencing behaviour, focusing on a specific challenge. During this interactive workshop, we will collectively tackle a chosen challenge, carefully examining influential factors such as behavioural barriers, drivers, motivations, and attitudes. Through collaborative exploration and the application of established frameworks and scientific insights, we will decode the nuances of human behaviour and craft innovative solutions that address its complexities. The goal is not just understanding, but actively implementing change, ensuring tangible and meaningful results for all participants, regardless of your unique contexts and challenges.

Delve into the captivating realm of Behavioural Science, leaving with a roadmap to drive positive change — whether you’re leading a team, embracing a new technology, or navigating the intricacies of evolving customer needs.

In a time of constant change and uncertainty, with new technologies appearing at an exponential rate in an increasingly complex decision-making environment, understanding and applying Behavioural Science isn’t just an advantage — it’s a necessity.
As humans, our actions are guided by intricate mechanisms, irrationalities, biases, and often swayed by emotions, social norms, and various other influencing factors. Unraveling these underlying drivers is essential to inspire change. This knowledge not only enriches your professional life, but also sparks curiosity about human behaviour, fostering a deeper understanding of how we and others function.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Introduction to the foundations of Behavioural Science
  • A practical, science-based framework to understand a behavioural problem from new perspectives
  • Toolkit of Behavioural Science designed to effectively influence desired behaviours – +Bonus: Resources, tools, and reading list

This sessions is for you if…you’re interested in acquiring practical tools to decode and influence behaviour, in order to maximise impact and nurture sustained behaviour change.

11:30am
Workshop

Do You Need To Be A Data Scientist To Be Data Literate?

90 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Data
  • Premium Only

Data is at the heart of everything we do, and every business decision we make, but what does data literacy mean? Join Digdata and Lloyds banking group’s interactive workshop where you will develop data literacy skills, solve a business problem, and build your confidence in talking about data!

This 90-minute session will not disappoint! This session will make you evaluate the questions you ask, the data you need to use to reach the business outcome you are looking for.

This session is for you if…you are keen to learn more about how developing your problem solving and data literacy can help accelerate your career register to attend.

What will you need?

  • Laptop
  • Excel & PowerPoint
5:10pm
Presentation

Women In Tech: Pioneering Paths And Challenges With Mary Agbesanwa

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Career Development
  • Workforce

Join us for a compelling conversation with fintech expert and Now You’re Talking Network founder, Mary Agbesanwa, exploring the multifaceted challenges women encounter in the tech industry.

This session will delve into the narratives of groundbreaking women in tech as featured in the new book, “50 Women in Technology.” The book chronicles the journeys of 25 tech trailblazers alongside the stories of 26 contemporary women who are carving out their paths in various tech sectors, despite the hurdles they face.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Insightful exploration of the unique hurdles women face in the tech landscape.
  • Inspirational anecdotes from women who have paved the way and those reshaping tech today.
  • Actionable advice for women striving to succeed in technology fields.

This session is for…anyone interested in the advancement of women in technology, from industry newcomers to seasoned professionals, and the allies who support them.

3:25pm
Presentation

Navigating Neurodiversity In Tech

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • HR/DEI

Whyy is neurodiversity important in technology. Shazia Hussain talks about her experiences of navigating neurodiversity in the technology sector having worked for some of the biggest tech corporations out there, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture, Barclays.. and how to build inclusive teams, support them and what the benefits are

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why is neurodiversity important in tech.
  • What’s Einstein got to do with it?!
  • How and why is it important that we support people with neurodiversity.

This session is for…anyone who wants to understand why neurodiversity is so important in tech

3:30pm
Presentation

What High Performing Teams Do Differently

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Leadership
  • Workforce

5 strategies women leaders in tech can implement in the next 90 days to transform their teams into a collaborative innovation engine for growth.

Leading a team has never been as complex: The hybrid work setup, generational and cultural differences, language barriers, evolving technologies, quiet quitting, and a heightened emphasis on employee wellbeing and productivity are just some of the myriad factors that are putting considerable pressure on managers today.

Session Key Takeaways: 

  • Why your ability to build trust quickly is your key differentiating factor to success in today’s complex business environment
  • 5 simple, low-cost, easy-to-implement strategies to increase your team’s performance in the next 90 days
  • 6 elements that must be part of every single team charter to create a sense of purpose and belonging, and drive innovation and collaboration in your team

This sessions is for you if…

  • You have created a new business- critical team and need to maximise team effectiveness straight out of the gate
  • You have recently been promoted to lead a team and want to be the best boss to work for right from the start
  • Your team is missing its targets because of internal conflict and miscommunications, and you need to turn them around asap
2:15pm
Presentation

But Will It Scale? How To Build Trust In A Distributed Team

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Leadership
Discover how trust is a key driver in efficient communication, collaboration, and a sense of ownership, significantly boosting team productivity. We will also delve into the importance of trust in fostering a supportive and inclusive remote work environment. Pick up insights and strategies to build and maintain trust in distributed teams, ensuring operational efficiency and a positive, connected workplace community.
The Why: For many of us, the new frontier will be leading a portfolio team that accelerates capabilities through acquisition. And if there is one thing you can bet on, the magic box your CEO bought won’t come with instructions. You will only be able to plug it in if you retain the talent that built it. This half-hour session explores building trust in a distributed team.
Session Key Takeaways:
  • How to scale your culture
  • How to scale your community
  • How to build connections
This session is for you if…you are a technical leader in an enterprise tech organisation or scale-up.
4:35pm
Presentation

Beyond The Glass Ceiling: Empowering Women in Leadership For A Better Tomorrow

30 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • Career Development
  • Leadership

Achieving true diversity at the top is both complex and complicated, but it’s the only way forward. We are all responsible for ensuring gender balance at a leadership level. This talk provides a candid personal overview of key barriers to more women in leadership, and offers strategies to overcome those barriers towards building the career you want.

The Why: Because despite the progress being made towards gender balance in traditionally male-dominated sectors, still not enough women progress into senior and executive leadership positions. Surfacing and discussing key barriers to progression and support strategies is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic step towards building a resilient and successful society in the long term.

Session Key Takeaways:

Understanding some of the key barriers to progression and hands-on strategies for an effective career progression in a balanced way.

This session is for you if…you are an executive leader, want to be an executive leader or have reached a glass ceiling at the current stage of your career.

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Events in the Women In Technology Series

Women in Tech DC

15-16 May, 2024Washington DC, USA

European Women In Technology

26-27 June, 2024Amsterdam, NL

Women in Tech Texas

16-17 Sept, 2024Austin, USA

Women of Silicon Roundabout

27-28 Nov, 2024London, UK

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