The perception and reality is of a predominantly white, male industry. There’s a lot still to do to improve representation when it comes to gender, ethnicity, sexuality, neurodiversity, disability and social background.
We know that innovation and growth thrives on diversity of thought and experience, and companies are continually looking to attract, recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.
As the digital community in and around Leeds continues to thrive and grow, how do we ensure more people feel inspired and able to work in tech? How do companies attract and retain a diverse workforce as people re-evaluate their home and work lives at the tail end of Covid?
We’re excited to bring together some leading figures from the industry to discuss how we can close the diversity gap.
Annette Joseph – Founder of Diverse & Equal whose mission is “to use tech as a vehicle to create a fair society for everyone…” . Award winning Agile Coach/Delivery Manager and former Chair of Co-op’s network for BAME colleagues.
Efua Akumanyi – Head of Tech and Training at Coding Black Females a not-for-profit organisation whose primary aim is to provide opportunities for Black female developers. Co-Founder and Head of Technology of Furnishful
Jamie Barrell (He/Him) – Senior Associate Learning & Talent Development Facilitator at Publicis Sapient. UK Lead for Égalité, Publicis Groupe’s Business Resource Group for LGBTQ+ employees and their allies.
Randeep Sidhu (He/Him) – Director of Product at Babylon Health and Non-Exec Director for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Passionate about using technology to overcome health inequality.
Jamie Jefferson (She/Her) – Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Equator. Member of the governing board of Creative & Cultural Skills, a national charity which works to close the gap between creative education and employment.