Equality, diversity, and inclusion are part of the backbone of Cititec, both in our external and internal recruitment efforts. Our meetups are no exception to this philosophy. Our January meeting celebrated exceptional female professionals in the tech industry, featuring talks by leading women who have founded, grown, sold, managed, and promoted businesses in the tech sector. We are very proud to have achieved the Equality Assured (EQA) accreditation for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion again this year, and what better way to celebrate than our meeting!
Why is diversity important in the workplace?
Diversity, especially in regards to gender equality, seems to be a hot topic and popular buzzword these days. But what does it really mean? What does it really accomplish? Besides creating a more balanced and pleasant working environment overall, diversity can increase success for businesses. Here's some of the things we learned from our speakers:
Emma Mulqueeny, Founder of Young Rewired State and Rewired State
Emma is the CEO of Elbi Digital. She is also founder/board member of Rewired State and Young Rewired State, is a Commissioner for the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy and a Google Fellow.
She has recently been included in the annual edition of Who’s Who, voted onto the Wired 100 list, Tech City 100,BIMA Hot 100, one of the UK’s top 100 most compassionate business leaders (Salt Magazine), one of the top ten women in technology by The Guardian, top five influential women in IT by Information Week, into the top ten Tech Heroes for Good by NESTA, as one of the 25 most influential women in IT by Computer Weekly, and one of 2014’s 50 most incredible women in STEM.
Emma writes regularly for the British Press and on her own blog, speaks on radio and on television, is best known for her campaign: ‘Year 8 is too Late’ (encouraging girls into technology subjects) and insights into the social digital generation: the 97ers.
Antonia Heslop, Designer at BuzzFeed
Antonia is the Senior Creative Designer of BuzzFeed UK, working with brands to create engaging branded content on the BuzzFeed platform. Specialising in retro 8-bit animation, Antonia also creates unique illustrations and interactive game content, most recently winning Silver at the Media Week Awards for BuzzFeed's partnership with Alzheimer's Society. Oh, and she loves Batman.
Alexa Marenghi, Global Diversity Manager at Microsoft, and Codess Community Manager
Alexa's passion lies within gender diversity in the engineering industry. She continues to be inspired by her role at Microsoft which has seen her build a global diversity strategy for hiring key diverse talent across the business.
After experiencing the alienation of being the only female student in her Computer Science classes, Alexa decided to start Codess in March 2013 – a community for female coders, sponsored by Microsoft. Only 18% of Computer Science graduates are women and that number drops dramatically when we look at the number of women who progress into engineering careers. Alexa created Codess to inspire women to achieve their professional goals and continue advancing technically, whilst providing them a qualified network. Research confirms that technology companies with more women in management have a 34% higher return on investments. Therefore, Codess endeavours to change the future of the engineering profession by impacting the number of females visible at the leadership level. Since inception, Codess has grown into a global initiative with 30+ events servicing over 10 countries worldwide such as India, China, Egypt, Romania, Estonia, Stockholm and the US to name a few.
Through effective thought-leadership, Alexa has broadened the recognition of Microsoft as a diverse employer.
Paula Walter, CTO Newton Investment Management
Paula is Chief Technology Officer at Newton Investment Management and a member of Newton’s Management Committee. She is responsible for Technology strategy, application development, desktop and application support, infrastructure, vendor and shared service oversight.
Prior to joining Newton, Paula was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, managing global application development teams in support of a wide range of business functions. While at Goldman Sachs, Paula co-founded and headed the EWIT (European Women in Technology) network, and co-headed the European Technology Career Development Committee.
Paula has a DPhil from Oxford, and is married with two children.