Connect Talks – Diversity & Inclusion

March 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

ConnectTVT and EY would be delighted if you could join us for the next Connect Talks session where we will be working on diversity and inclusion challenges from within the tech sector.

Date: 20th March 2019

Venue: EY Offices, Apex Plaza, Reading

Time: 13:30 – 17:00 followed by drinks and an opportunity to meet the other attendees afterwards

Not been to a Connect Talks session before? We invite startups, scale-ups and corporates to work together in teams on real business challenges to try to come up with solutions. It’s a great way to share ideas and meet new people.

We will have speakers discussing key issues and sharing real world stories before breaking in to teams to work on solutions for real business challenges. With the attendees including start-ups, scale-ups and corporates it’s a great way to gain new perspective and hear how other companies are tackling issues.

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Our speakers:

 Sarah Atkinson

Chair, Diversity & Skills Council, techUK

An experienced leader and former news journalist, Sarah Atkinson has over 20 years of experience in multinational organizations including Cisco, 3Com and most recently spent ten years as Vice President, Communications & Social Responsibility, EMEA at CA Technologies.   A member of the company’s leadership team, she also led Create Tomorrow which helped introduce STEM careers to over 30,000 young people, particularly girls, and was responsible for the company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy in EMEA.

Today, she is the Chair of the Diversity & Skills Council at techUK and is actively involved in several programs including Gender Pay Gap reporting, Returners Programs and is a founding supporter of the WISE Campaign’s People Like Me Digital which aims to influence 200,000 11-15-year-old girls in the UK to consider a career in STEM. From 2015 to 2018, she served on the main board of techUK.

Sarah is also a trustee at Berkshire Youth, supporting, empowering & inspiring vulnerable or disadvantaged young people. She was listed in Cranfield University’s School of Management 100 Women to Watch report – a supplement to the Female FTSE Board Report 2018 and in the Computer Weekly 100 Most Influential Women in Technology in 2017 & 2018. 

A regular commentator on STEM, equality and inclusion topics, she has appeared on BBC News, BBC World and in various publications.

Kate Fyson,

COO, Open Blend Method

Kate has over 15 years of experience in strategy and finance, predominantly in private equity, investing in and working with businesses of values between £1m- £2.5bn. Working across a variety of sectors she has developed strategy, corporate and business structures, budgets and reporting frameworks as well as being involved in numerous M&A transactions. During that time Kate was involved in many different Boards where it was apparent that the key to success was in building great teams. This led her to join Open Blend, as Finance Director, a platform specifically for people managers, which supports effective, meaningful and regular one-to-ones to accelerate the performance of the whole team.

Kate is a trustee at Oxfordshire Community Foundation, which aims to improve lives across Oxfordshire through its grant funding and partnership working. Kate supports the strategy across the foundation’s key themes to build solutions to loneliness and isolation, rough sleeping and homelessness, and educational equality and joblessness.


James Simpson

Ambassador, Big Youth Group

James is Co-Founder, Get Herd will be joining us representing the Big Youth Group and setting a challenge around next generation. Big Youth Group are a collective of youth first services which all share one common purpose – to improve the odds for young people between the ages of 18-30 years old. Its services enable young people to be better leaders, learn the art of business faster, access essential advice and support and build their own personal brands. 

James is on a mission to make work life better, for individuals and for organisations. He is the Co-founder of Herd, an employee engagement platform that helps employees get their voice heard – sharing insights that help their leaders build a better business.  James has consulted global brands on people strategy while at technology vendors like SAP and has also been part of smaller startups supporting growth.  His focus now is looking into how Artificial Intelligence can predict and prevent the big workplace challenges around stress and negative culture.  He is an ambassador for Big Youth Group and passionate about how inclusive practices can help organisations reach greater levels of success.


March 20, 2019
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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EY, Apex Plaza, Forbury Road, Reading RG1 1AX

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