What works; what doesn't; how do we measure it.


Stephanie Boyce, Law Society (England and Wales) Deputy Vice President
Rebecca George OBE, President BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Shoshana Rosenberg, Privacy Attorney, Founder and CEO of www.SafePortersecure.com


18:30 - Live event starts - Chaired by David Clarke, FBCS and Law SG committee member
18:30 - Rebecca George
18:45 - Stephanie Boyce
19:00 - Shoshana Rosenberg
19:15 - Q&A
19:30 - 20:00 - Wrap up and close


Our three speakers will offer three, 15-minute lightning talks on different attempts to promote diversity in the professions along with personal reflections on what is working and what is not.

Rebecca George OBE, President BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, recognises that BCS, the professional body for IT with a Royal Charter, has a duty to promote diversity and inclusion both internally and throughout the sector. While the proportion of women applying to study computer science at degree level has risen slightly, in 2020, women still made up just 17% of the total applicants (UCAS data); while IT staff from BAME backgrounds are relatively well represented in the sector as a whole, they make up just 9% of Directors (BCS Diversity survey 2020). She will outline her plans and seek input from the audience.

Stephanie Boyce, of the Law Society of England and Wales, acknowledges that the law can offer an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling career but, like every sector, law colleagues will need to have some frank – and at times uncomfortable – conversations about building a more diverse and inclusive profession. Stephanie will take us through the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Law society, incorporating access, retention and progress.

Shoshana Rosenberg, a US-based corporate attorney and privacy leader, founded SafePorter, a B Corp with a privacy-preserving technology platform to further diversity, equity and inclusion by making meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion programs available to organizations of all sizes- without added organizational risk or increased risk of harm to individuals. Shoshana will discuss diversity issues and specifics related to the US, share lessons learned and in progress for large US organizations in tackling systemic discrimination, and flag up the advantages that larger organizations have when tackling inclusion. Lastly, she will explain how inclusion by design works for organisations of all sizes, and the privacy-focused plan she has to shift the landscape.

About the speakers

Rebecca George OBE, President BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Rebecca leads Deloitte’s Public Sector practice across 25 countries in Europe and the Middle East. She is responsible for the work Deloitte does across the Public Sector including Health and Social Care, Education, Transport, Defence, National Security, Justice and Home Affairs, and Central and Local Government.

Rebecca has worked exclusively with the Public Sector since 2001. She is a senior business manager with practical experience of managing businesses and improving operational efficiency. She joined Deloitte as a Partner in 2006 after spending nearly 20 years at IBM in a variety of roles including sales, business process reengineering, and HR, in the UK, EMEA and globally.

From 2011 to 2016 Rebecca led Deloitte’s Public Health practice in the UK and globally. She has extensive experience working with national health organisations and health providers. She specialised in transformation enabled by IT, including electronic patient record systems, population health infrastructure, and health data collection and processing.

Rebecca has been involved in activities to increase the participation of Women in the IT industry since the mid-1990s. She is President and a Trustee of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, where she is a Fellow. She is on the Board of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) and was a Mental Health Champion at Deloitte for several years. As a Board member of the CMHA she is keenly interested in health and well-being at work. She is working with both the CMHA and the Institute on responses to Black Lives Matter. She was honoured with an OBE in 2006 for work she did for the Government on Sustainable Communities. Rebecca lives near Taunton and is married with two sons aged 28 and 26.

Stephanie Boyce, Law Society England and Wales

Stephanie was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 and has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation. Stephanie holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College, University of London.

Stephanie is a Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing the Women Lawyers Division, she is the Past Honorary Secretary of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society, a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service, a former member of the Law Society's Council Membership Committee, a former member of the Law Society’s Regulatory Affairs Board, an ex-officio committee member of the Women Lawyers Division and former Chair of the Conduct Committee. Stephanie also holds a number of statutory appointments with her local authority.

Shoshana Rosenberg, Founder and CEO of SafePorter

Shoshana Rosenberg is a distinguished corporate attorney with a broad purview and an international privacy law specialist who has served as the Privacy lead for professional services firms for over 12 years. Shoshana is passionate about the intersection of data ethics and emerging technology and is an advocate for both social entrepreneurship and inclusion by design. In addition to being a privacy maven and innovation votary, Shoshana is a former U.S. Naval engineer and a founding member and Board Chair of Uryadi’s Village - a permaculture-based orphanage and non-profit in Ethiopia.

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