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Gender Diversity in Tech
@TechNorthHQ
@C4Dihull
@lauraihbennett
Gender Diversity in Tech
An inauspicious start…
@TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
An inauspicious start…
From a predominantly female environment of non-
profits to boys’ club startup world of pizza & beer.
@TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
An inauspicious start…
From a predominantly female environment of non-
profits to boys’ club startup world of pizza & beer.
Advice from a prominent tech journalist to startups
on how to get investment…
@TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
An inauspicious start…
From a predominantly female environment of non-
profits to boys’ club startup world of pizza & beer.
Advice from a prominent tech journalist to startups
on how to get investment…
… “send your hottest intern.”
@TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett

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Gender Diversity in Tech

  • 1. Gender Diversity in Tech @TechNorthHQ @C4Dihull @lauraihbennett
  • 3. An inauspicious start… @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 4. An inauspicious start… From a predominantly female environment of non- profits to boys’ club startup world of pizza & beer. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 5. An inauspicious start… From a predominantly female environment of non- profits to boys’ club startup world of pizza & beer. Advice from a prominent tech journalist to startups on how to get investment… @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 6. An inauspicious start… From a predominantly female environment of non- profits to boys’ club startup world of pizza & beer. Advice from a prominent tech journalist to startups on how to get investment… … “send your hottest intern.” @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 7. Jobs for women in tech? @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 8. Jobs for women in tech? “In our company, women outnumber men in areas such as marketing and HR…” @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 9. Jobs for women in tech? “In our company, women outnumber men in areas such as marketing and HR…” This is a misleading and limited view: no job is better suited to one gender or another. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 10. Jobs for women in tech? “In our company, women outnumber men in areas such as marketing and HR…” This is a misleading and limited view: no job is better suited to one gender or another. A man OR a woman might be the best candidate for coding, dev, management etc. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 11. It takes all sorts @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 12. It takes all sorts E-Myth: Entrepreneur, Technician, Manager @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 13. It takes all sorts E-Myth: Entrepreneur, Technician, Manager A variety of people are needed to make a startup successful… @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 14. It takes all sorts E-Myth: Entrepreneur, Technician, Manager A variety of people are needed to make a startup successful… … when hiring, look further than “someone like you.” @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 15. Recruiting women in tech @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 16. Recruiting women in tech Many women are put off from applying for jobs in tech… @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 17. Recruiting women in tech Many women are put off from applying for jobs in tech… … lack of role models @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 18. Recruiting women in tech Many women are put off from applying for jobs in tech… … lack of role models … perception of tech as a male space @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 19. Recruiting women in tech Many women are put off from applying for jobs in tech… … lack of role models … perception of tech as a male space Broaden your search! Don’t overlook 50% of the population. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 20. Natasha Sayce-Zelem, Head of Tech, Sky (Leeds) @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 21. Natasha Sayce-Zelem, Head of Tech, Sky (Leeds) “We are working on attracting and retaining female talent because gender-balanced teams bring better outcomes. Tech teams need to better reflect society. It’s about supercharging top female talent, supporting a women’s network and empowering people.” @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 22. Grassroots & top down approach @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 23. Grassroots & top down approach Initiatives at a grassroots level e.g. Code Club. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 24. Grassroots & top down approach Initiatives at a grassroots level e.g. Code Club. “You can’t be what you can’t see.” @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 25. Grassroots & top down approach Initiatives at a grassroots level e.g. Code Club. “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Showcase women founders and women working in tech. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 28. Eileen Burbidge Passion Capital @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 30. Some final thoughts… . @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 31. Some final thoughts… Be confident in what YOU bring to the sector. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 32. Some final thoughts… Be confident in what YOU bring to the sector. At its best, tech is very inclusive. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett
  • 33. Some final thoughts… Be confident in what YOU bring to the sector. At its best, tech is very inclusive. Tech is innovative: we have an opportunity to shake up the status quo. @TechNorthHQ #TechNorth @LauraIHBennett

Editor's Notes

  1. My background is in social enterprise and non-profit management
  2. Started working for Founder Centric. First week in the job was Pirate Summit
  3. Keynote speech, with a panel discussion
  4. The only female panelist: incredibly awkward position found it difficult after that to give her opinions, knowing that she’d been reduced to her looks.
  5. I’m not a techie – and I’m working in tech
  6. Said as if it’s a good thing
  7. Bad to make those assumptions
  8. E-Myth: Michael Gerber. Don’t agree with everything in the book: it’s a bit black and white
  9. All three work together to make a startup work
  10. I think there’s a balance to be struck here – obviously that person has to fit in the organisational culture. When I look at Tech North team, we all come from such varied backgrounds.
  11. For those of you in the room in a position to be recruiting
  12. Boys club of geeky techies
  13. You don’t need to make any special exemptions, but if you don’t broaden your search you’re missing out on a wealth of talented and skilled people
  14. Both are needed to attract diversity into tech
  15. Girls Who Code etc
  16. Need for role models.
  17. Makes it more
  18. Both are needed to attract diversity into tech
  19. Both are needed to attract diversity into tech
  20. Both are needed to attract diversity into tech
  21. Both are needed to attract diversity into tech
  22. Not a startup entrepreneur myself: FC hired me for my experience in bringing organisation to chaos. Tech North haven’t hired me because of my skills in ‘tech’ but because I am good at talking to people
  23. So long as you can build something or contribute in a useful manner, then the doors should be open to you.
  24. We are different from the corporate sector – we can change things, we can be a force for good in the world