2020 Line-Up - Day 1

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Opening Remarks
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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, YogaLoveday

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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

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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

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Coffee and movement break

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

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New kid on the block
  • How to develop from the start of your journey to the next stage.
  • How to become recognised without being a pushover.
  • How to steer work your way.
  • What to do when you feel overwhelmed.
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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

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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

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Lunch Break

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

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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.

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

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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
Moderator: Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute

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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, Zurich Insurance
Tara McGeehan, President UK Operations, CGI
Wincie Wong, 
Head of Engineering Workforce Transformation, NatWest

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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
Moderator: Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO, Stemettes

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Please note: programme is subject to change