TLA Women In Tech Host Advocating Inclusivity Seminar At London Tech Week


Last Updated: June 16, 2016 6:13 pm GMT
(June 16, 2016) Advocating Inclusivity – What will it take for businesses to truly shift the dial on the gender agenda? - 20th June: Speakers include Oona King, House of Lords member and Diversity Executive at C4, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE, previously Chairman of the Royal Opera House and Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation, and key leaders from corporates, entrepreneurs and investment firms.

There are many groups promoting diversity in the workplace but there’s only one TLA Women in Tech, focused on targeting C-level change and with a truly diverse membership. Launched because we believe businesses are sabotaging their future success by not having a diverse workforce, TLA Women in Tech, London’s movement for gender equality in the workplace, isn’t just a group that talks. We actively support those in our network to ensure that gender balance is a strategic business imperative and that senior decision makers appreciate it’s important for men and women to be accountable for effecting change.

At London Technology Week 2016, TLA Women in Tech will be hosting a series of events on 20th June. These sessions will celebrate and raise awareness of the important role diversity plays in our thriving tech ecosystem in London whilst challenging ingrained prejudices that are restricting greater progress.

Strictly invitation only, the TLA Women in Tech event programme is as follows:

7.30 AM – 10.00 AM, 20th June 2016

VIP Event: London Stock Exchange Market Opening, Champagne Breakfast and Executive Workshop

Welcome: Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE, the first female Chairman of the Royal Opera House and as Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, the effective leader of the City of London Corporation. Dame Judith will share her perspective of diversity as a strategic imperative.

Executive Workshop: Nikki Watkins, leading Diversity Coach and co-founder of TLA Women in Tech. Nikki will be challenging our guest’s unconscious bias and truly getting under the skin of the things that women and men are doing to subconsciously sabotage progress.

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM, 20th June 2016

Seminar with keynote, panel discussions and interactive session with top industry experts to discuss the actions audience members can be taking now to effect real chance.

Keynote speaker:

Oona King, Diversity Executive at Channel 4 and a member of the House of Lords (appointed Baroness King of Bow in Jan 2011). Oona was previously Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities and Diversity (2007-09) and the second black woman MP.

Panel discussion speakers include:

Panel 1:

What will it take for us all to advocate for inclusivity? We continue to believe companies are sabotaging their future success by not paying attention to this important topic.

Shivvy Jervis, Award winning Producer - Digital Futures

  • Alex Holmes, COO Government Digital Services
  • Tim Griffin, CEO UK & Ireland Dell
  • Janine Chamberlin, Director Ad Ops & Account Management EMEA LinkedIn
  • Mary Keane-Dawson, Managing Director UK- Neo@Ogilvy
  • Jess Butcher – Co-founder & Director Blippar

Panel 2:

What challenges do female founders and CEOs in technology face when raising all forms of capital? Are VC’s/PE/Corporate better than banks and what lessons can be shared on getting funded?

Susanne Chishti, CEO Fintech Circle & Author

  • Chris Wade, Co-Founder & Partner of Isomer Capital
  • Juliet Rogan, Director TMT Barclays Bank
  • Vicky Brock, CEO Clear Returns
  • Leila Zegna, Founding Partner Spring Partners
  • Martina King, Featurespace CEO

Detailed biographies of all speakers and founders can be viewed here

12:00 – 13:00 Networking Lunch

You are invited to lunch with members of TLA Women in Tech, TLA Scale Ups, speakers and corporate sponsors.

Both events will take place at the London Stock Exchange Headquarters in Paternoster Square. Supported by LinkedIn, O2 Telefonica, Growthdeck, Tyche Leadership and Nexec Leaders and in partnership with SVC2UK and LSEx Elite Programme.

Interested in attending?
All the TLA Women in Tech events are invitation only. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend the panel discussions, please email with full contact details, your publication and a brief summary outlining your areas of interest and why you would like a place.

TLA Women in Tech is an active network of women and men working within London’s Tech industries founded by Sarah Luxford and Nikki Watkins. As London's movement for gender equality in the global tech industry, the group believes that gender balance improves commercial performance and that being a leader of tomorrow requires the courage to act differently today.

Thinking they would see a different picture in the USA, Sarah Luxford and Nikki Watkins went to California’s Silicon Valley to meet with 50 of the top women working in tech and observe diversity best practice. This highlighted that diversity continues to be a global problem in the tech industry and verified the importance of founding a movement based in London, to pursue positive change.

Nikki and Sarah have personally financed the formation of TLA Women in Tech as a not for profit gender diversity movement to liberate female talent, cultivate an inclusive culture and generate a diverse workforce. Today the group has over 1,200 Advocates (Male 30% and Female 70%) who come from corporates, tech startups, government and digital consultancies. Our mantra is Awareness (get clear on the facts), Adoption (adopt actions & processes) and Advocacy (inspire others/pay it forward).


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