Exploring Pathways into Tech Careers

Official WISE Event

Exploring Pathways into Tech Careers
21 September 14:00 – 15:30

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New WISE research reveals how widening career pathways into Tech roles could increase diversity and address the digital skills gap.

Join us for a panel discussion at London Tech Week with senior figures from UK Tech exploring the results of our latest research and what it means employers to trying to close the digital skills gap.

Our event will explore how non-linear career pathways into tech roles provide an opportunity for employers to find the talented, diverse people they need to futureproof tomorrow’s workforce.

Year on year, WISE data has shown an increase in the number of girls studying computing, as well as the number of women employed in tech roles – 17% of the tech workforce. Although these positive trends are encouraging, WISE members are increasingly concerned about the current skills gap in tech and digital technology roles as well as the persistent gender imbalance in the tech workforce. Earlier this year WISE launched a new research project to form the first step in supporting employers to close the digital skills gap.

Join us on the 21st September at our online panel event as we present the findings of our UK-wide tech research and next steps for employers with the launch of our research report as part of London Tech Week.

This free online event is open to all.

Click here to register.

Our Speakers:

Dr Ismini Vasileiou, Associate Head of School, De Montfort University, Leicester

Dr Vasileiou has been leading EDI activities across the HE sector for a number of years having led successful Athena SWAN applications both at departmental and institutional level. With a Computer Science background and a career in academia, Dr Vasileiou has been leading various successful schemes on supporting career progression and and redesigning policies and procedures by working closely with the industry snd professional bodies. TEDx speaker, past WISE awards shortlisted nominee, is often invited to advise and support EDI activities and challenge stereotypes. 

Lauren Kisser, Director, Knowledge Management and Experiences, Alexa AI, Amazon

Lauren is a customer obsessed tech leader with over 25 years experience leading innovation and technology strategies. She currently oversees Knowledge Management and Experiences for Alexa AI reporting directly to Rohit Prasad, Senior Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa. Lauren is a seasoned Amazonian with almost 15 years tenure. She previously led teams in information security and data protection, emerging robotics operations, cloud computing and storage, retail, and ecommerce platforms. She is passionate about building the next generation of technologists and is an executive sponsor for Amazon’s Future Engineer Program. Recently she was named one of the 20 Amazing Women Leading Europe’s Tech Revolution by mindquest talent for her efforts. And in 2018, she was named Financial Times 100 Female Executives and 100 Women to Watch by Cranfield University and was awarded the 2017 Everywoman in Retail Ambassador of the Year award for her dedication to addressing the gender gap in retail and technology. She is a frequent public speaker and holds four patents relating to drone operations.

Conrad Langworthy, Head of Emerging Tech Talent, Sky

Conrad Langworthy is Head of Technology Emerging Talent and Head of Software Engineering Academy at Sky, a position he has held since 2011. Software Engineering Academy aims to support people from any background into starting a career in technology at Sky. This is achieved through a number of outreach programmes, technology based graduate schemes, apprenticeships, summer placement opportunities, Get into Tech training courses, personal restart programmes aimed at helping people with long term conditions restart their careers in technology and more recently supporting the governments Kick Start programme.

Conrad is keen supporter of career development in others and has developed a series of capabilities aimed at helping technologists cross skill into roles that technology find difficult to recruit for, utilise a broad spectrum of training & practical experience capability through Sky’s Agile University, providing the opportunity to study for a level 5 and 6 computer science qualification whilst in the workplace and developing a promotion framework to enable people to be promoted into more senior roles.

Conrad has spent over 30 years working in the IT industry, in various roles including software developer, technical analyst and project manager for several consultancies and large organisations in the media, retail and banking sectors across the UK, US and Europe.

Damien McCloud, Associate Director,  Advance Digital Engineering, Data & Intelligence, Arup

Damien leads a team of data and analytics professionals within Arup’s advanced digital engineering practice, supporting clients through better use of data. Having worked previously for Transport for London, the Environment Agency, KBR and BT, he was an early recipient of a chartership for his geographic information system work from the Royal Geographic Society. With over 20 years’ experience across a number of different sectors, he is a chartership assessor for the Royal Geographic Society, an honorary professor at University College London, whilst also sitting on numerous academic advisory boards.

Kay Hussain, CEO, WISE

Having started her career as a scientist, Kay now has 17 years of leadership experience in STEM based organisations.

For a number of years, Kay has inspired others in her capacity as a STEM Ambassador and Business Mentor, working with schools, colleges and universities to encourage students to consider a career in science, technology and engineering. She has also introduced successful STEM programmes into various businesses


Event Details

  • 21 Sep 2021 2:00 pm -
    21 Sep 2021 3:30 pm
  • Organiser WISE


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