In a field often dominated by men, Jobs for Women is reshaping the digital landscape, providing women with the tools, opportunities, and community to thrive. Join us for an enlightening session as part of the 2023 Leeds Digital Festival, where we spotlight gender equality and its transformative impact on the tech industry.
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Deep Dive Panel Discussion: This isn’t just another ‘women in tech’ chat. We’re unpacking the hard-hitting challenges, from race to gender discrimination, and fervently debating the actionable steps towards a genuinely equitable workplace.
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Meet Our Power Panelists:
Zoë Haydn-Jones: A Change-Maker Championing Gender Equality
As the visionary Director of Jobs for Women, Zoë is at the forefront of redefining the recruitment landscape in the UK. With a unique platform that combines a podcast and a cost-effective female talent jobs board, she’s setting the pace for companies that genuinely aim for equity, allowing them to tap into the expansive and often underrepresented pool of female talent.
With roots grounded in PR and marketing for some of the globe’s most renowned corporations, Zoë’s experiences are vast and varied. Yet, her passion has always been steadfast: female empowerment and gender equality. These aren’t just buzzwords for Zoë; they’re a life mission. From speaking up against wage disparities to actively closing the gender pay gap, she’s not only discussing issues but catalysing actionable change. Zoë’s commitment extends deeply into addressing the gender health gap and pushing for open conversations on women’s health.
Em Ledger: Digital Dynamo & Tech’s Inclusive Trailblazer
At just 24, Em launched her e-commerce venture, setting the pace for her dynamic digital journey. With 13 years igniting digital transformation from SMEs to corporate giants, Em’s tech fervor is undeniable. Today, she’s mastering Product Management, with esteemed leadership stints at Sky, Dell Technologies, and the BBC.
But Em’s magic extends beyond her office hours. A relentless advocate for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, she’s also a voice on global stages, a registered STEM Ambassador, and an empowering mentor for budding tech talents. Championing Learning & Development at work, being an official facilitator for #IamRemarkable by Google, and mentoring women and the youth in tech? Just another day in Em’s mission to make the tech world more inclusive and vibrant!
Emma Wright: Tech visionary and a robust advocate for women
Emma has worked full-time in tech as both a Developer and Technical Business Analyst (BA) / Scrum Master / Product Owner since 2010 after completing a Computer Science degree at King’s College, London.
Emma has worked predominantly in the tech division of investment banks (Deutsche Bank, RBS / Natwest Markets, UBS, JP Morgan) but also briefly at ASOS.
Working in a male-dominated industry as a woman of colour (Chinese heritage) on the autism spectrum, Emma has experienced an array of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace, which led her to passionately participate in the diversity, equity and inclusion networks in all the institutions she’s worked at. At RBS she launched the bank’s first gender survey, and at UBS she was chair of the race network’s communication workstream.
Yasmin De Nardo: Bridging Tech & Diversity – An Advocate for Gender Equality and Empowerment
Yasmin is currently Head of Connected Technology Academy at KPMG. This role allows her to break down barriers for women and young people coming into the tech industry and educate through outreach activity in schools, colleges and universities.
Her storied career includes stints at various tech giants, from NHS Digital and Accenture to Jet2 and Sky Betting and Gaming.
But her passion for gender equality doesn’t stop at the office door. She’s a powerful voice in the Leeds tech community and is committed to helping people feel empowered to take the leap into tech, regardless of background and experience. Something that’s evident in her place on the WILD Digital Board, where she helps in their mission to inspire people from minority groups to consider a career in digital. She is also a Board Member at Maggie’s Cancer Centres and a School Governor.
She is a finalist in this year’s Women in Tech UK awards for “Outstanding Advocate for Women in Tech” and Prolific North’s “Outstanding Contributor to the North” and made the Most Influential Women in Tech Leeds List in 2023,
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