How to create a more Gender Diverse Workforce?...

When: 29th Nov 2018, 13:00 - 29th Nov 2018, 17:00
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG
Town/City: Manchester
Organiser: Joint BCS ELITE & 4IT Digital Change
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Women are in the minority in the tech industry...Does it matter? Well, yes! Quite apart from the negative impact on individuals, the detrimental effect on social environments and the wasted potential, there’s a large and growing body of evidence for the positive impact of good gender balance in teams.

Gender diverse teams perform better, they are more likely to focus on facts rather than shared opinions, they process information more carefully and tend to expose inherent biases…...Ultimately, companies with more female executives are more productive and more profitable.

Beckie Taylor will open the event by looking at the changing landscape of women in tech and highlight what amazing initiatives and success stories are going on across the North West that are helping to increase diversity and inclusion.

Sue Mosley from the BBC will then talk around the different projects they are running to improve the gender balance within a sector that is extremely male dominated, this will be followed by Jenna Statham who is a Software Engineer @ the BBC who will talk candidly about her experiences as a female getting into the world of Software Development.

After the break, Tech Manchester’s Trish Keating looks at the business case for diversity and the benefits gender parity and pay parity bring to UKFast - a home-grown Manchester startup and success story which is now a £50m turnover business - and how the co-founder team of Lawrence and Gail Jones have fostered that culture. Trish also asks: is the gender conversation hijacking the wider diversity debate and is focusing on first level diversity costing us opportunities by ignoring the Deeper Diversity that comes from personal and socio-economic experiences?

Catherine Trotter will then share her personal experiences as a female in Technology and will talk about what gender diversity means to her, why she thinks it’s so important and what Money Supermarket Group are doing as a business to try and encourage it.

  • 1:00pm Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 1:30pm Beckie Taylor: “Women in Tech -Let’s Reframe it”
  • 2:15pm Sue Mosley & Jenna Statham - Improving gender diversity across BBC's Design + Engineering division.
  • 3.00pm Refreshments & Networking 3:30 Patricia Keating - How gender parity impacts commercial success @ UKFast?
  • 4:15pm Catherine Trotter “Gender Diversity @ Money Supermarket Group”
  • 5:00pm Close

About the speakers:

Beckie is an Ambassador for Tech and Women in Leadership, and the Co-founder of Women in Technology Northern Chapter. In 2017, she launched Tech Returners, to empower returners and enable their opportunities in tech, resulting in more diverse and inclusive workforces. This work has seen the project shortlisted in the Northern Power Women awards for Innovation for its practical guidance, and personal development coaching. Also, Beckie has recently launched a Tech Future Female Leaders programme where female tech leaders develop themselves to succeed to then inspire others through being role models. Beckie been shortlisted for the Women in IT Awards 2017 Advocate of the Year and Voted one of the Top 30 Women in Tech for Greater Manchester 2018.

Sue joined the BBC in April of this year with a specific focus around introducing activities to help address the gender imbalance across their Design + Engineering division - Sue put thoughts into action and gets thing done. She is a real people’s person and will always do the right thing. Prior to the BBC she worked for Sky and was an integral part in the creation of their tech hub in Leeds. During that time Sue was involved a range of successful initiatives to increase the number of women in their technology teams.

Jenna Statham is a Software Engineer at the BBC in the Mobile Playback Team, part of Media Services. She currently develops frameworks for iOS and Android using Objective-C, Swift, Java and Kotlin. In the past 7 years Jenna has released a number of products for TV, game consoles and mobile. Jenna believes in always asking questions, influencing her learning opportunities. She is learning to play the guitar and has a dog who rules her life. Having recently gotten married, she walked down the aisle to the Imperial March even though she’s never seen Star Wars.

Patricia heads up Tech Manchester, a non-profit organisation funded by British hosting firm UKFast, which supports early-stage technology companies. She also leads on Diversity and Inclusion within UKFast. Tech Manchester has helped hundreds of tech-focussed businesses by providing a host of support initiatives, including intensive educational workshops, a structured mentoring programme, PR and communications support and a media centre and workspace incubator at UKFast Campus. The organisation’s mission is to support Manchester’s vision of becoming the UK’s leading city-region digital hub.

Catherine graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2001 with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a serious disinterest for all things code related. Seventeen years on and after vowing that “Tech was definitely not her world”, she is now a Technology Director at the FTSE 250, online comparison business, Money Supermarket Group. Catherine has held numerous Technology and Commercial leadership roles throughout her career with Marconi, Taylor Woodrow and Auto Trader. She has a real passion for creating successful products, slick customer experiences and happy, high performing teams through her understanding of the evolution of product engineering practices and her experience in digital transformation