Black Tech Experience
- Navigating the Tech Diversity Gap

Wednesday 27th October  |  6pm – 9.30pm

In an environment where you are “the only one”, it is easy to feel alone. The Black Tech Experience – Navigating the Tech Diversity Gap will bring together Black tech professionals from various organisations and provide a forum where Black professionals will be able to explore tried and tested ways to advance their careers, stay on top of their game and create impact across the sector. With insightful panel sessions and keynote talks, attendees will leave this event equipped with knowledge and recommendations on how to successfully navigate the tech industry.

Who is this for?
We invite all Black professionals working in the tech industry who would like to develop, be inspired, and have real, honest and open discussions in an environment that supports learning and growth. Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.

Chairperson

Mel Montes

D&I Business Partner Lead, Clarion Events Publisher & Portfolio Director, Airport Experience News

Speakers

Ashleigh Ainsley

Co-founder of Colorintech, Tech, Startups & Commercial Strategy, Diversity & Inclusion leader

Flavilla Fongang

Founder of 3 Colours Rule, Brand strategist, Author & Founder of TLA Black Women in Tech

King Jae

Tech Influencer & Professional Gamer

Eric Collins

CEO of Impact X and Host of the C4 programme, The Money Maker

Bukola Bayo-Yusuf

Senior HRBP at Experian and Co-Founder Excellerate Black Futures

Ade Onigbanjo

Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Miselle Mombeshora

Senior Manager in the Technology Consulting service line at EY

Hawa Newell-Sydique

Director of Diversity & Inclusion at World First

Agenda

6:00 – 6:45   |   Registration and Networking

6:45 – 6:50   |   Welcome and Introduction

7:00 – 7:40   |   Taking the Lead
{Professionals Power Panel}

Advancing your career in tech can be tricky, especially when trying to make the transition to a senior or leadership role. With such a low percentage of Black professionals in this industry already, the numbers get even smaller when you look at the most senior roles such as Team Leader or even CTO.
This session will take advantage of a well experienced and accomplished panel of Black tech professionals to gain key insights on how you can advance, buck the trend and take your tech career to the next level in a timely fashion.

Bukola Bayo-Yusuf, Senior HRBP at Experian and Co-Founder of Excellerate Black Futures

Ade Onigbanjo  Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Miselle Mombeshora, Senior Manager in the Technology Consulting service line at EY

Hawa Newell-Sydique, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at World First

7:45 – 8:25   |   Living the Tech Dream
{Entrepreneurs Power Panel}

There are many with dreams of being able to build a business or carve out a career driven by their passion for tech. But what steps need to be taken to turn that dream to reality?
In this session we hear from a range of leading personalities in the world of tech as they discuss the level of opportunity for Black entrepreneurs in this space and the best ways to forge your own lane in this sector.

Eric Collins, CEO of Impact X and Host of the C4 programme, The Money Maker
King Jae, Tech Influencer & Competitive Esports Gamer
Ashleigh Ainsley, Co-founder of Colorintech, Tech, Startups & Commercial Strategy, Diversity & Inclusion leader

8:25 – 8:45   |   Networking Break

8:50 – 9:20   |   The Power of Diversity in Tech
{Keynote}

The tech industry is evolving at a faster rate than ever, making it an extremely exciting space to occupy in 2021. Despite the industry’s encouraging progress, there’s still another level to be unlocked and Flavilla believes diversity is the key.
Asides from the obvious moral justifications, Diversity has a strong commercial benefit on entire industries, bringing about increased innovation and added social value.
This session will look at the role diversity plays in the future of this field, the power it has to change things and how it can be best leveraged by businesses and aspiring professionals alike to continue to push the boundaries.

Flavilla Fongang, Founder of 3 Colours Rule, Brand strategist, Author & Founder of TLA Black Women in Tech

9:20 – 9:30   |   Closing Remarks

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