2021 INCLUSION IN TECH FESTIVAL

TOUGH CONVERSATIONS FOR MEANINGFUL SOLUTIONS

24, 25 & 26 February 2021

Highlights from 2021 Inclusion In Tech Festival

Highlights video: 2021 Inclusion in Tech Festival - Tough Conversations for Meaningful Solutions.

"I really liked the tone. I do so many of these things and they don’t really get into the detail of HOW to drive change or open up those difficult 'elephants in the room’ conversations but you guys did. And that’s what can really stimulate firms to act."

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Emma Stewart MBE, Timewise

Action, not talk: Having tough conversations

In 2021 we must move the conversation on to ensure that ethnicity, social inclusion, disability and sexual orientation are as central to any tech inclusion and diversity (I&D) strategy as gender. Perhaps you’ve been to lots of I&D in tech events, you know what the issues are, understand the challenges and you’re aware of the opportunities. But what’s next? What actually makes a real difference to driving greater inclusion and diversity in tech?

Our Inclusion in Tech Flexi Festival took place on 24, 25 and 26 February 2021 with 3 short sessions each day. With thanks to headline sponsors, Unilever, and supporting partners, Global, HP, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Nominet, QA Ltd and techUK, we presented headlines from our 2020 Diversity in Tech Report and shared the key insights and strategies from experts and employers of tech. The focus of all 9 sessions was on actionable insights.

If you have any questions, please contact hello@techtalentcharter.co.uk.

Agenda

Our 3-day flexi festival line-up is jam-packed with great speakers and the focus is on actionable employer insights. All nine sessions have been recorded and can be viewed below. Use the session quick links below to navigate to the session you'd like to watch.

Day 1 - 24 FEBRUARY 2021

Tough conversations: where are we now?

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UK tech 2021: where are we on inclusion and diversity?

To move forward it is important to know where we are. Hear from a Government Minister and our expert panel, who will talk us through the key insights and action points from the TTC 2020 Diversity in Tech report.

Featured speakers:

  • Rt Hon Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Digital and Culture
  • Nimmi Patel, techUK
  • Diana Akanho, TechNation
  • Dania Lyons, Spinks
  • Lexie Papaspyrou, Tech Talent Charter
  • Debbie Forster, Tech Talent Charter

Expert panel: inclusion and diversity 2021 priorities

We move deeper in this session, talking with experts about what 2020 taught us about topics like flexible working, how to measure culture, what the workforce really thinks and what really changes culture. We also talk to Unilever leaders on the I&D challenges and opportunities businesses face in 2021.

Featured speakers:

  • Leonie Nicks, The Behavioural Insights Team
  • Sheree Atcheson, Peakon
  • Emma Stewart, Timewise
  • Alison Ettridge, Talent Intuition 
  • Edleen John, Tech Talent Charter
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Employer panel: what the data means

In this end of day cuppa session, hear from business leaders on how they are navigating their own difficult conversations and creating meaningful solutions that really move the dial on inclusion & diversity.

Featured speakers:

  • Steve McCrystal, Unilever
  • Aline Santos, Unilever
  • Antoinette Irvine, Unilever
  • Tim Jarman, Microsoft
  • George Brasher, HP
  • Adam Leach, Nominet
  • Gillian Green, Sainsbury's Digital Tech and Data
  • Debbie Forster, Tech Talent Charter
Day 2 - 25 FeBRuARY 2021

Tough conversations: this has to be more than gender

Day 1 - 24 FEBRUARY 2021

Tough conversations: where are we now?

Ethnicity in tech: having tough conversations

To move forward it is important to know where we are. Hear from a Government Minister and our expert panel, who will talk us through the key insights and action points from the TTC 2020 Diversity in Tech report.

Featured speakers:

  • Anne-Marie Imafidon, Stemettes
  • Rachel Edwards, Atos
  • Stephen Frost, Frost Included
  • Sasha Mills, Bank of England
  • Sandra Kerr, Business In The Community
  • Edleen John, Tech Talent Charter
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Ethnicity in tech: practical steps for your organisation

Are you a company wanting to make meaningful change in terms of black inclusion, but are not sure where to start? Join our expert panel to learn practical steps that companies of any size can take to move the dial in this space.

Featured speakers:

  • Yinka Ewuola, TTC Hackathon Team Lead
  • Marika Beckford, TTC Hackathon Team Lead
  • Tracey Rob Perera, TTC Hackathon Team Lead
  • Gori Yahaya, UpSkill Digital
  • Ashleigh Ainsley, ColorinTech
  • Rebecca Donnelly, Tech Talent Charter

Social mobility in tech: having tough conversations and taking action

Too often, we ignore social mobility in our I&D discussions or only look at what we can do for young people. Hear from Sir Kenneth Olisa and employers who are actively working to make the tech workplace accessible to all social backgrounds.

Featured speakers:

  • Sir Kenneth Olisa, Restoration Partners
  • Jemma Waters, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Sunil Patel, PWC UK
  • Evelyn Espinal, Unilever
  • Dr Marianne Blattes, Bridge Group
  • Debbie Forster, Tech Talent Charter
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Day 3 - 26 FeBRuARY 2021

Tough conversations: how do we open more doors into tech?

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Creating alternate routes into tech - practical steps for employers

At the TTC, we know one of the most effective ways to build diverse tech teams is to create alternate routes into tech. Hear from companies who have set up effective programmes to learn how you can make this work for you.

Featured speakers:

  • Antony Walker, techUK
  • Gemma Willman, NatWest Group
  • Dan Makoski, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Andrew Erwich, QA Ltd
  • Kirsty Keck, Nationwide Building Society
  • Rebecca Donnelly, Tech Talent Charter

#DoingItAnyway - meet the women who found their own way into tech

Following on from our highly successful #DoingItAnyway campaign, hear from the women behind the campaign. Learn how they made it into tech, how you could do the same or how you as an employer can find amazing women like this for your company. Session sponsored by Tech Talent Charter Signatory, Global.

Featured speakers:

  • Magdalene Amegashitsi, #DoingItAnyway
  • Clare Streets, #DoingItAnyway
  • Molly Watt, #DoingItAnyway
  • Sinead Bunting, Tech Talent Charter
  • Margherita Taylor, Global
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How we move forward in 2021

As we end this year's event, it is important to remember that no single company or initiative can solve this problem alone. In our evening cuppa, hear how TTC works with other initiatives to change the whole talent pipeline. This session will bring the week together for you, capturing key insights and actions that you can put to work to make 2021's new normal inclusive, competitive and sustainable.

Featured speakers:

  • Sheridan Ash MBE, PWC and Tech She Can Founder
  • Rachid Hourizi, Institute of Coding
  • Liz Williams, FutureDotNow
  • Debbie Forster, Tech Talent Charter
  • Rebecca Donnelly, Tech Talent Charter

The TTC Toolkit

Our Toolkit is a set of free resources designed to help organisations improve their inclusion and diversity (I&D).

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Diversity in Tech 2020 Report

We believe that "what's measured gets done", so we built an annual submission of data in as a central requirement for our signatories. Every September signatories submit data sets which are anonymised, aggregated and analysed to produce our Annual Benchmarking Report. This Report allows members to understand trends and to measure their progress against other organisations.

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Open Playbook

The Open Playbook is an open-source tool covering the entire pipeline, from creating inclusive cultures, recruiting great diverse talent, growing and retaining great teams and how to make the most of returner and retraining programmes. In it, you can find a range of strategies, tools and resources compiled by our Signatories and D&I professionals that you can use and adapt for your organisation.

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Headline Sponsors

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Supporting Partners

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