GS Power Series: Diversity in Technology
Summary
This is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of diverse leading figures within the largest sector of the UK economy and discover exactly what the SECRET FORMULA is for YOUR career success.
Start: Tue 20th June 2017 at 18:00
End: Tue 20th June 2017 at 21:30

Speakers include:

Kate Isichei, Director Internal Communication EMEA, AON

Jack Parsons, CEO, @yourfeed

Tom Loeffert, UK HR Director, SAP

Naheed Afzal, Co-Founder and Director, Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting

 

The Talk

A career in the technology sector is both challenging and rewarding. Progression to senior management can be tough yet seem like a breeze to those that have unlocked the secret formula.

 

This is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of diverse leading figures within the largest sector of the UK economy and discover exactly what the SECRET FORMULA is for YOUR career success.

 

If you were ever put off going after a career in technology by thinking you might not have the right skills and tools, please think again. This event is about breaking all those barriers and enabling you to apply all your talents, whether you are tech-savvy or not.

 

What you will gain:

· Be inspired by the accomplishments by today's leading tech professionals in the industry

· Gain guidance to exceed your aspirations

· Learn techniques that you can incorporate into your life, career and business

 

Our guarantee:

1) Direct access to leading figures

2) Top and secret tips about career progression.

3) Diversity of audience

4) Speakers who are inspiring and want to inspire other people (paying it forward)

5) Casual welcoming atmosphere

6) Opportunity to sign up to our mentoring program

 

Our Speakers

 

Kate Isichei, Director Internal Communication EMEA, AON

I started my career 15 years ago working for a series of media companies like BBC, MTV, Kiss 100 London radio station as a runner and production assistant. I then worked for a series of early tech start ups as a copywriter and web manager creating intranets and website (hand coded – when no one knew how to use Dreamweaver). This led me to people management working as an Internal Communications Manager for easyJet and Public Health England. My big career break came in 2008 when I was offered the role of leading the European Digital Team for the US global medical devices company, Medtronic. In this role my team led the digital effort for the European region covering 9000 employees and multiple countries dealing with different languages, cultures and legal frameworks. As the team was based in Switzerland, I spent 2 days a week in Tolochenaz (near Geneva) over a period covering nearly 4 years. I became very familiar with easyJet’s weekly schedule from London Luton to Geneva – first flight of the day and last flight of the day from both ends! It was very hard work but I loved every minute of it. The most enjoyable element of the role was my remit to grow and develop the team, nurturing and supporting talent as well as supporting those employees who found their work difficult.

 

Naheed Afzal, Co-Founder and Director, Contracts IT

Fairness, equality and social innovation have been fundamental to her personal values and she has found a way to extend these values into her business. She herself has overcome hurdles during her career and it is these life experiences that have shaped her resolve to harness the power of diversity and Inclusion. High-performing organizations recognize that the aim of diversity is not just meeting compliance targets, but tapping into the diverse perspectives and approaches each individual employee brings to the workplace.She qualified as a solicitor in the early 90's where she practiced in human & civil rights.

 

 

In 1999 she co-founded a business enterprise called Contracts IT limited which provides technology staffing solutions to a global private and public sector community. She directs and oversees the recruitment functions of the organisation to include developing recruiting strategies, providing valuable insights on strategic growth, industry trends and other topics related to human capital.

 

Jack Parsons, CEO, @yourfeed

I wanted to use my passion and skills to build a platform to support the young people in the world. I then came up with the idea of yourfeed, so I left my job on a Friday and then on the Monday started working on yourfeed. Coffee shops were my best friend until we got our very first offices in Oxford Circus, fast forward ahead we are a team of young ambitious people and have offices in Tottenham Court Road. When I come home in the evenings I'm always greeted by my favourite dog Alfie, pet Jack Russell of course.Here at yourfeed we really practice what we preach with our workforce: 50% are doing Apprenticeships, 85% under 24 and 40% female. At yourfeed, our main focus are young people however we would of course like to help as many people of all age ranges as possible.