Claire Parker MCIPD, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at T-Systems recently attended the Diversity in Tech conference on June 15th, 2017. The event consisted of a number of talks and panel discussions on how to encourage diversity in tech and best practises from high-profile companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter.
Diversity in Tech 2017 went beyond the issue of gender with a holistic discussion on how organisations can increase diversity and equal opportunity, especially in a sector that is growing incredibly fast.
The world has changed in recent years and transparency has become increasingly integral to gain public trust and loyalty. The move towards a more diverse and inclusive environment at work has become high priority for most organisations and, as the industry of the future, this is particularly important for the tech sector.
The conference delivered fundamental advice on how to attract, hire, develop and retain diverse talent. In the sharing of organisations’ challenges, failures and successes, the conference aimed to develop a strategy around best practises and the technologies available.
Speakers included, Roland White, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Microsoft; Toby Mildon, D&I Lead at Deloitte; Dara Nasr, Managing Director at Twitter UK; Fiona Gallagher-Payet, Head of Global Field and Regional IT Manager EMEA at Facebook; and from our member Bloomberg, Pamela Hutchinson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for EMEA.
Pamela Hutchinson delivered an interesting discussion on how to navigate the hiring process in a world with growing uncertainties. As the global mood shifts towards isolation and a future of increasingly limited talent pools, it is time to find new opportunities within unexplored demographics as we move away from traditional talent pools. Pamela explored why it is time to reassess recruitment, retention and development strategies to further the future of technology careers.
Pamela is cited as one of the most recognised thought leaders and vocal advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity across engineering, financial services, technology and media. Pamela was recognised in the 2017 Power List of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage and was awarded Head of Diversity of the Year in the 2016 European Diversity Awards.
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