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Wed 28 Nov
- 07:30

Registration & Light Breakfast

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 28 Nov
- 13:10

LUNCH BREAK

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:50

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:30

Head to the Plenary for the Official Networking Address by MessageBird

Wed 28 Nov
- 17:45

NETWORKING DRINKS

Thu 29 Nov
- 07:30

Registration & Light Breakfast

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 29 Nov
- 13:10

LUNCH BREAK

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:50

End of Conference

Wed 28 Nov
- 09:15

The Future of Technology

Chairperson Introduction

Dr. Terri Simpkin

Academic, Researcher, Consultant @ Braver, Stronger, Smarter

Wed 28 Nov
- 09:30

The Future of Technology

Why Diversity is a Growth-Oriented Imperative, Not a People-Oriented Initiative

Evita Stoop-Fiévez

CMO Benelux @ IBM

Diversity is a growth-driver, enabled by new leadership, inclusive proposition development and societal responsibility. It will no longer be a goal on itself to drive the diversity and inclusion agenda when people start making it a core part of how they operate and move it from a people-oriented initiative to a growth-oriented imperative.

Key takeaways: Understand the changing business context that comes with digital transformation and technologies like AI and XaaS solutions, why it is not HR that needs to own the diversity agenda, why diversity should be valued as an enabler to drive business value, and hence how this should be owned by business managers.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 10:00

The Future of Technology

Why Diversity Makes You Smarter

Lesley Slaton Brown

Chief Diversity Officer @ HP Inc.

Sharon Ellerker

VP and Regional Head of HR – EMEA @ HP Inc.

Luciana Broggi

Enterprise Solutions GM, EMEA @ HP Inc.

Claire Bramley

Regional Head of Finance - EMEA @ HP

When you create technology for everyone, everywhere, diversity and inclusion must be a vital part of who you are. The ability to bring your unique self, skill, experience, culture, perspective etc. puts you head and shoulders above the competition – personally and professionally. Join us in the panel where we will share how we managed to differentiate ourselves in the industry by creating strategies, networks, and facilitating a culture for inclusion. We’re driven by data and experiment to test effective outcomes and impact. You will hear more about the things we have done as a company and how we developed strategies and ideas, about where we’ve failed and great learnings.

Key Takeaways: How your company can listen, learn and include diverse perspectives, in order to create smarter solutions to problem solving. Understand the value of why success is driven by the power of people.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 10:30

The Future of Technology

Ideas and Execution: How the CEO and COO of MessageBird Balance Leadership at Scale

Robert Vis

CEO @ MessageBird

Mayke Nagtegaal

COO @ MessageBird

Internal Operator. Partner. Confidant. Advisor. Being an effective COO is much more than just serving as the second-in-command or a behind-the-scenes strategist. In this candid fireside chat, MessageBird COO Mayke Nagtegaal gets real about her role, answering questions from CEO Robert Vis about lessons learned in leadership, management, and scaling company culture while building a global business from the ground-up. Key takeaways: Discover leadership lessons learned, how to scale a company culture, understand what makes an effective CEO and COO team.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

The Future of Technology

From Experiment to Serving the World: The Uber Eats recipe for Global Success

Charity Safford

General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe, Baltics & Balkans & Emerging Markets @ Uber Eats

In just 3 years Uber Eats has grown from a small experiment in San Francisco to one of the biggest food delivery apps on the globe. Charity Safford shares her experience working at the global 'start-up within a start-up' and explains how food delivery technology is empowering women around the world.

Key takeaways: Hear the incredible story of the world’s fastest growing food delivery app, discover how technology is helping empower millions of women, from university students to entrepreneurs, get a sneak peek into the future of food delivery.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

The Future of Technology

Panel - Getting a Seat at the Table

Laurence Bret-Stern

CRO @ Pipedrive

Nha-Lan Nguyen

CEO @ GLO Integration

Maria Gomez

Head of Technology @ ThoughtWorks Spain

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

The Future of Technology

The Startup Future is Female – Harnessing the Opportunities of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Anna Lukasson-Herzig

Founder & CEO @ nyris GmbH

Noga Tal

Head of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives @ Microsoft for Startups

This fireside chat will provide an in-depth look at the unique opportunities and challenges women face as entrepreneurs, as well as insights on how to navigate entrepreneurship as a career choice. Dr. Anna Lukasson-Herzig will share her personal journey and lessons learned from transitioning from a corporate role to becoming a successful female founder and CEO, while Noga Tal will share insights from Microsoft for Startup’s recent research and work with female founders around the world.

Key takeaways: best practices to becoming a successful female founder, insights on how the tech industry can take action towards a more equitable entrepreneurial landscape, why despite the known challenges, today is actually the best time to become a female founder.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

The Future of Technology

The Mindful Mix: Integrating Family and Life, and How Guiding Principles Help

Irana Wasti

Senior Vice President and Head of EMEA @ GoDaddy

Irana talks about the power of choosing guiding principles to integrate work, family and life. From her experience raising a young family while studying at Harvard Business School, to her decision to move to the UK to lead GoDaddy’s EMEA business, the same principles have influenced her decisions large and small. Key takeaways: Why choosing guiding principles helps integrate work, family and life, how to define guiding principles, and how to stick with them when the world throws you a curve ball, why finding a company that allows you to stick to your principles is so important.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

The Future of Technology

Empowered Technologists: Creating the Right Environment for your Team to Thrive

Maria Gomez

Head of Technology @ ThoughtWorks Spain

To succeed in your ambitious mission in the enterprise you need a high-performing technology culture. A key component of that is high-quality talent, but finding the right people is a difficult task and highly competitive. Luckily, the majority of what you need to do to attract, retain and unleash talent is precisely what you need to do to create a high-performing technology culture. But that is easier said than done. Based on my work as a consultant, I have practical advice on how to empower technologists to do their best work, but landmines lie in their way: organizational silos, bureaucracy, and the dreaded “it’s always been done in this way.” Executive sponsorship is critical for success, but you must also engage middle management to ensure transformative efforts do not stall.

Key takeaways: uncover how to empower your technologists and dive into challenges, get pointers and real-world examples from my experiences to assess the maturity of your organization, hear the recommended specific actions to help you get closer to achieving your mission.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

The Future of Technology

Developing Technology that Supports Diversity in Research

Karin Hilton

Senior Director, RDM & FCA Technology @ Elsevier

Karin will present the challenges inherent in creating smart systems to accelerate the world of science and research.

Karin will present the challenges inherent in creating smart systems to accelerate the world of science and research.

Key takeaways: How gender affects scientific results, how technology affects science, how we can make the tools that drive science diversity friendly.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

The Future of Technology

Be Boldly You: Turbo Charge your Executive Presence

Olivia Schofield

Founder and CEO @ Spectacular Speaking and Vocal Women

Tired of being overlooked and undervalued? It’s time to stand up and stand out. In this session I share stories of Women in Tech who made their way into top management and board level positions. We look at small simple changes that made a big impact on their career journey.

Key takeaways: See how language can inspire and motivate those around you, learn simple effective tips for creating executive presence, discover a mindset change that will help your leadership potential be noticed.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 09:30

The Future of Technology

Chairperson Introduction and Fireside Chat: The Gendered Experience with IT: Chances and Dangers for Women’s Rights

Marije Cornelissen

Executive Director @ UN Women National Committee the Netherlands

Cassandra King

Founder @ Fit4Mii

Thu 29 Nov
- 10:00

The Future of Technology

Winning in the New Era of "Little" Data

Bee Hayes-Thakore

Director of Business Enablement, IoT Services Group @ Arm

Big data has captured our imaginations, but it’s only part of the story. Understand how, in the coming years, “little” data from billions of IoT- and AI-enabled devices can transform businesses and how to get meaningful data that your business can trust.

Key takeaways: Understand how data from billions of connected IoT devices will impact businesses of all sizes and sectors, how you can help chart the path to most meaningful data for your business, what big challenges open up exciting opportunities for collaboration amongst technologists.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 10:30

The Future of Technology

Bringing the Full You to the Workplace

Mennat Mokhtar

IT Area Lead @ ING

I have the hat for the IT geek. The hippie yogi. The bookworm. The caretaker. The introvert. Each one of us has multiple hats. There is a misconception that in the office you must only have the professional hat on that matches your current role. In this session I will share what I discovered about how I managed to bring multiple hats with me to the workplace. What do I mean by that? Why is that important?

Key takeaways: How do you encourage an environment that truly recognizes and facilitates not just cultural but also true personal diversity?

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

The Future of Technology

How to Launch a Start-Up in a Corporate Environment

Silja Pieh

CFO & Head of Product Management @ AID

Silja Pieh, 17 years expertise in Product Management and Strategy in the automotive industry, developed, lead and realized the AID project as being the “Center of Excellence” for urban autonomous driving in the VW Group. She firmly believed that the expertise, know-how, agility and speed needed to bring Autonomous Driving to life could only be achieved through a new and flexible Start-up concept.

Key takeaways: why Autonomous Driving is probably one of the most complex technological challenges in Automotive and Software industries nowadays, an explanation of why there is no Manual on how to build and lead a very fast-growing Start-Up and make it successful, why getting the right talent is crucial and talent is rare, the reality that there is a big gender gap and how to tackle it.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

The Future of Technology

Emotional Intelligence: Does it Really Make a Difference?

Ineke Verwijs

Head of Digital Technology Services @ Fujitsu Technology Solutions

During this talk Ineke will cover the most important innovations/developments in the IT market, the concept of digital empathy and the growing need for digital empathy.

Key takeaways: Understand the development of IT solutions, explore the development of IT delivery, understand the growing demand for Digital Empathy.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

The Future of Technology

Women in Work, A Progress Update

Sacha Nauta

Public Policy Editor @ The Economist

Details coming soon...

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

The Future of Technology

#buildonaws or a Journey in the World of Public Sector Heroes

Maria Ciolpan

Head of International Campaigns @ AWS Marketing

‘You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.’ said C S Lewis (20th century British writer). The last few years of working side-by-side with superheroes from various backgrounds have changed the way I see work, challenges, and the way I see myself. Openly admitting failure, being humble enough to continuously transform and being able to step ahead of the curve, these are some of the lessons that I learned on the job from researchers, entrepreneurs and colleagues. The growth mindset is a path to build a new digital world, one that is diverse, inclusive, and serving a higher purpose.

Key takeaways: how to not be afraid to actively disconfirm your beliefs, how to look for blind spots, how to wear different hats to break boundaries and take growth opportunities even when they’re not the most comfortable option.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

The Future of Technology

To New Beginnings and Life Long Lessons

Divya Sharma

Senior Recruiter & Nordic Social Media Lead @ Accenture

During this presentation Divya shares her journey & lessons learnt in Scandinavia personally and professionally as an Indian HR Tech woman in a European context. To add to it the unique experience of living in one country and working in another. She will highlight the importance of female leadership and also of working for a company which treats diversity as a norm. Finally, using her own experiences she summarizes on what you are organizations and recruiters for hiring women in tech.

Key takeaways: how to focus on your own personal journey, why you should join an organization which supports your diversified beliefs, what are companies doing to attract more women in tech.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:20

The Future of Technology

Closing Remarks Led by UN Women National Committee the Netherlands

Marije Cornelissen

Executive Director @ UN Women National Committee the Netherlands

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:25

Career & Personal Development

Chairperson Introduction

Rashmi Sharma

Software Development Manager @ Oracle

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Career & Personal Development

How to Succeed in a Man's World

Dr. Carina Kögler

Head of Plant Service @ Audi

Dr. Kögler will talk about her experiences in the car making industry, highlighting the various challenges one can face in their working environment and share best practices for how to overcome such challenges and succeed. Furthermore she will share tips on how women can continue to develop their career whilst being a parent.

Key takeaways: how to be proud of yourself and believe in your skills, identify and grasp opportunities, how to focus on the important elements of your career.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Career & Personal Development

#MeTech -Taking Control

Inecke Snyder-Lourens

Director, Professional Services @ Cognifide

Why are there so few women in senior roles in technology? Find out why Hollywood and the rise in home computing both have a lot to answer for – and what else is slowing women down. Listen to Inecke Snyder-Lourens as she identifies the issues, and provides winning strategies to overcome the obstacles and get yourself recognition, promotion, and increases.

Key takeaways: Tips for your personal progression, what you can do in your organisation to support junior women, useful resource you can draw on.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Career & Personal Development

How Smart Women work in Smart Worlds!

Jitka Beukenkamp

AVP, Digital Business, Benelux @ Cognizant

Organizations are finding their ways to keep up with the fast pace of Digital Challenges. Organizations need talent that thrives and gets inspired by the continuous business and organizational changes. You have to embrace your responsibilities and get things done!

Key takeaways: How you can be successful in the current and future digital ecosystems, how can trust, respect and awareness be the core of business success, why diverse leadership is smart in this Smarter World!

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Career & Personal Development

Stronger Together: How Men Can Help Us Achieve Diversity in Tech

Natasa Jovanovic

Senior Product Manager @ TomTom

Lasting change comes from within. This is why, for women to thrive in a male dominated tech world, we need men and women to work together towards a more inclusive workplace. In this talk, I will share how we can encourage men to play an active role in achieving diversity.

Key takeaways: How we raise the men of tomorrow to see diversity as the norm, how we recognize the men who embrace diversity and support them in making a change, how we brand technology in a way that speaks to both men and women.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Career & Personal Development

Make the Force be with You

Pascale Thorre

Inclusion and Diversity Head @ HEINEKEN

Influencing others, and your career, starts by knowing who you are, and how to best manage yourself, physically and mentally at each stage of your professional evolution. This session will be packed with best practices gathered from our speaker’s diverse experience, translated into actionable tips to help you turn your strengths into career accelerators.

Key takeaways: Know what motivates and energizes you, what does not, align mind and body towards your goals, take the driver seat in your career journey.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Career & Personal Development

Do Women Really need Special Treatment?

Uygar Sönmez

Director of Engineering @ Xing

Angela Kapdan

Product Manager @ Xing

Our company introduced a female leadership programme, which triggered a discourse. Join the debate about our female leadership programme, women quotas in general, and initiatives such as Girl’s Day. Do women really need special treatment to achieve equality? Or does such treatment simply serve to exacerbate the problem of the supposedly weaker sex?

Key takeaways: advice for introducing quotas to your company, how to avoid specific reoccurring challenges creating initiatives, gain a wealth of different opinions.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Career & Personal Development

Digital Transformation: Women’s Leadership and Future of Jobs

Giovanna Sangiorgi

EMEA Sales Vice President @ Oracle Digital

Present times require us to operate in a complicated world, options for Leadership are many and look considerably different to the past. The reality is that Leadership is essential to the success of the transformation every business must undertake to thrive and this is an incredible opportunity but there are also risks.

Key takeaways: what factors make up the success of digital transformation, what essential features are required for leaders, how the Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect you.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Career & Personal Development

#Imposter#Fraud#NotMe!!

Joanne Thurlow

Head of IT @ Siemens

Think you’re not up to your job, even though you clearly are? You’re not alone. ‘Imposter syndrome’ makes you doubt your accomplishments and fear being exposed as a fraud. Millions suffer, especially women. But this does not have to be so. Use reframing to think yourself out of this syndrome.

Key takeaways: How to become aware of gaps on route to the top and gain tips to navigation them – starting with the Imposter Syndrome, learn to manage your mind to manage your state with the power of reframing, understand how closing the Imposter Syndrome gap acts as a foundation for closing many of the other gaps you may face.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:25

Career & Personal Development

Chairperson Introduction

Teresa Janowski

CEO & Founder @ STEM Fasttrack

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Career & Personal Development

If Only one could Git Clone Leadership Skills

Jennifer Beecher

People Products, Leadership Development @ Zalando

Leadership is a multi-faceted beast, and expanding your skills as a leader is neither rocket science nor can one really grow as a leader without having to wrestle oneself in the process. In this talk Jen will share leadership ‘aha moments’ she’s had in tech, product and now working in HR designing leadership development journeys for others.

Key takeaways: Understand key elements of leadership, take away simple tools to help you reflect and grow as a leader, get insight into different leadership styles and philosophies.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Career & Personal Development

Career Advice I wish I'd Had

Sonna Barry

Business Development Director, Services, EMEA @ Westcon Group Germany

To me the biggest challenge has always been to stay true to myself and my beliefs while balancing adaptation to the current company‘s culture. From my perspective there is a lot of advice out there, that encourages (young) professionals (especially females) to play certain roles to facilitate moving up the ladder. I now believe that true career development happens when you find ways to move beyond that.

Key takeaways: how to accept the fear - and do it anyway! (Strategies for moving beyond your comfort zone), why you should ask for help - you don‘t have to be perfect, learn to know and love yourself (how to stay you in an environment of constant change).

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Career & Personal Development

Growing Together Through Mentorship

Meera Rao

Senior Principal Consultant @ Synopsys

Mentors from varying backgrounds and skillsets bring out the best in mentees. Learning to spread that knowledge and empowerment on to others is vital. In this talk, I’ll share how my career has changed through inclusion and inspiration, and how I’ve learned to pass these skills on to others.

Key takeaways: Learn how you can find mentors who can help you build a meaningful career, Understand how to then leverage those skills in your professional life and inspire others in the workplace, determine how to support a program in which the mentor and mentee are equally dedicated to success.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:10

Career & Personal Development

JOMO ('joy of missing out') in an Always-On World

Rose La Prairie

Product Manager @ Android Digital Wellbeing

Ever feel overwhelmed by the pings and dings on your phone? Or wake up and wish that you'd had 30 more mins of sleep rather than 30 mins of scrolling? We've been thinking a lot about this on the Android team. Here we'll share our research and discuss our approach to how we improve wellbeing by reducing distraction.

Key takeaways: Two cycles fuel a need to be 'always on': habits and social obligations, this 'always-on' state can have negative effects on our wellbeing, the first step: awareness and controls. 

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 14:45

Career & Personal Development

Fortune Favors The Bold: Using Mindful Risk For Continuous Growth

Leitha Matz

Co-Founder & COO @ Zuper GmbH

The tech industry is constantly evolving. Skills you learned two years ago may be outdated tomorrow. As tech professionals, we need to think like futurists, recognise opportunities and continuously reinvent our skills, systems and ideas. This session focuses on mindful risk, iterative improvement and breaking through mental barriers that hold us back.

Key takeaways: Gain tips on thinking like a futurist., Gain techniques for risk evaluation, leave with the tools to help you recognize your opportunities.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 15:20

Career & Personal Development

Female Entrepreneurs – Where are you?

Johanna Herbst

Founder @ Delygate

Ever wondered whether to be the next female entrepreneur? Learn about the (statistical) truth of women and entrepreneurship and why it is so important to get more women into the startup ecosystem. Johanna will also share insights about challenges women face and how to overcome them.

Key takeaways: Be inspired to be the next female entrepreneur! Learn why we need more women in the startup world, what challenges to expect and how to address them.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:25

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Chairperson Introduction

Sonja Bozic

Head of Cloud and Infrastructure Services Delivery @ Microsoft

Wed 28 Nov
- 11:30

Career and Personal Development 2.0

How to Thrive as a Woman in Tech

Susanne Birgersdotter

Tech Entrepreneur, Founder and Owner @ SBDM

Susanne shares her personal journey into entrepreneurship, while providing insights about the larger startup scene, reflecting on how women are thriving in tech.

Key takeaways: How to overcome persistent gender bias, what investors think about female entrepreneurs, how to thrive as a woman entrepreneur.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:05

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Specialist or Generalist; How to Plan your Career Development

Kirsi Maansaari

Director, Product Management @ Arm

During this session I will share the different steps that I took that made me a suitable person for several roles with different expectations. Come away with a clear idea on how to plan your career roadmap and execute it.

Key takeaways: how to make your own competence roadmap, tools to view your competences from different angles, how to move between different roles successfully

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 12:40

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Exploit your Creative Assets to Excel as a Woman in Marketing Technology

Nhung Le Nguyen

Senior Consultant Marketing Technology @ Deloitte Digital

In this talk, Nhung shares her personal journey view on how to disrupt the marketing field and to break free from the bias on a woman’s ability to work in media & marketing technology. She will also share insights on how she combines her passion for creative marketing with technology and tips & tricks to develop a profound strategic understanding of your own soft- and hard skillset and how you can apply these skills in your career growth to strive for the best results possible.

Key takeaways: embrace your skill set: how to observe and understand your value, how to develop your skills, understand how this contributes to your organisation.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:10

Career and Personal Development 2.0

A Look Back on the Highs and Lows of 20 years in the IT Industry

Bhavna Mistry

Solutions Engineering Manager @ NetApp

Twenty years in the IT Industry has gone in the blink of an eye. Bhavna Mistry shares her experiences, the highs and lows, lessons learned and why IT is still a great place to work and needs more women in this industry who offer a different perspective compared to their male colleagues.

Key takeaways: Reflection on highs and lows and how to learn to overcome the difficult times, top 10 tips for how to survive in this highly rewarding and challenging industry, why we need more women and girls in the IT Industry and the unique, untapped skills we bring.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 14:45

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Success Strategies for Women in Tech

Dr Petruta Tatulescu

Management Consultant and Project Manager @ Lufthansa AG

This session will address the "hard facts", strategies, data and soft skills that are helping women to be successful in a heavily male dominated tech world. I will share strategic, theoretical, operational and practical insights. A few points I will be touching upon include: visibility, networks (internal and external), career strategies, documenting, preparing, communication strategies and salary/ rate negotiation.

Key takeaways: learn key strategies of coping as a woman in tech: strategic and operational insights, what is the hard data and real impact, the soft skills that are helping women be successful in the heavily male dominated tech world: improving your visibility, structure, segmenting, etc.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 15:20

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Laying the Foundations for Change for the Women who will Follow

Amber Rahim

Coach @ Amber Rahim Coaching

Join this session to get a deeper understanding of your role in the movement of creating a more inclusive industry. This talk is built around this quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world” (Margaret Mead) Let’s focus on our world, not the whole world.

Key takeaways: Learn the Impact Model: Stay - Do something - Stay, why everyone is a leader - and how to use this to create change, take away the action item: this is the impact I want to have: _______”

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:20

Career and Personal Development 2.0

How to Get Ahead in Tech Sales

Vicky Davenport

Director, EMEA Channel Sales @ Autodesk

Automation is changing the things we make, how we make them, and how we work. More convergence across industries. Better integration and connection. It´s never been a more exciting time to be in tech and do meaningful work. Vicky looks at how automation is changing what we are capable of the future of making. Building on her diverse experience, Vicky shares her top tips on how to progress in tech sales.

Key takeaways: Gain an insight into future trends and industry insights, discover diversity strategies you can use, hear advice on how to build a successful career in tech sales.

 

Wed 28 Nov
- 16:55

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Girls Can! Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Technologists

Roz Sermons

Principal Architect @ Guidewire

In a time when there are huge shortages in vital IT skills we can’t afford to ignore half of the population. Why aren’t more young girls choosing IT as a career and what can we do to improve things? A call to both individuals and organizations.

Key takeaways: why skills shortages are costing the industry billions worldwide, why girls as young as 7 are already convinced that technology is not for them, how we are all in a position to change this, girls need role models.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:25

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Chairperson Introduction

Diana Geels - de Koos

Senior Delivery and Cloud Program Manager @ Oracle

Thu 29 Nov
- 11:30

Career and Personal Development 2.0

The Power of Social Change – Now’s the Time!

Sara Jonasson Ginters

Founder & Speaker @ Via Consulting

#technicalerror is the Swedish #metoo movement for the tech industry and revealed the magnitude of the workplace environment issues too many women face. Most IT companies undertake activities to improve gender equality yet the number of women that go into, and remain, in IT is declining across Europe. Why is that and what should be done about it? It’s clear that IT and tech organizations need to re-think their diversity and inclusion efforts to address this challenge. Join this session to explore what needs to change to build more inclusive IT organizations!

Key takeaways: How social movements can drive change in society and organizations, why organizations need to get more innovative when it comes to diversity and inclusion to increase the pace of change, concrete advise on how to bring these perspectives back to your organization.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:05

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Got Bias? Identifying & Tackling Bias at Work and in Systems

Suzanne McGovern

Head of Diversity & Inclusion @ Splunk

This session provides an easy model based on neuroscience to recognise and identify bias, to raise awareness of your personal bias and to develop strategies to mitigate.

Key takeaways: how to acknowledge and accept that everyone has bias, how to be aware of your own personal bias, how to deploy strategies to avoid and mitigate bias.

 

Thu 29 Nov
- 12:40

Career and Personal Development 2.0

Why Mentoring can be Essential for Developing the Talent in your Company

Snezana Zivcevska-Stalpers

Manager Technology and Innovation @ IBM

Having a company mentoring program in place has numerous benefits for both, the employees and the business. By implementing a mentoring program the companies show their support and interest for employee's potential. In this session I will explore the many benefits, tips of what to do and what not to do and how to make the most of a mentoring program within your organisation.

Key takeaways: Why is mentoring so important for every company, how to establish mentoring program within a company, tips for having an effective mentoring program.