On March 9th 2017 at Here East, Nikki Watkins in her role as Co-founder of TLA WOMENINTECH, hosted a room of 350 movers and shakers in Tech in an energetic and interactive working group titled “Tomorrow’s Tech Success: Shattering uniformity & embracing change” designed to drive change in the diversity agenda.
As the geopolitical, economic, social and technological aspects of our world continue to evolve rapidly, leaders now more than ever depend on their workforce for agility and speed of responsiveness to competitive forces.
Creating an environment that encourages transparency, trust, creativity and a willingness to take risks can only truly be achieved by prioritising diversity. Shattering uniformity and being cognizant of how ‘difference’ fits in allows organisations to stay relevant to customers and drive innovation.
The TLA WomenINTech Working Group guests heard an inspiring keynote from The Rt Hon Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture and participated in a lively VIP panel which included insights from corporates and digital start-ups amongst whom Leigh Thomas of Facebook, Sophie Newton of Brainlabs were sharing insights into how they have broken down barriers and reaped the benefits of an inclusive workplace.
Nikki hosted her Exclusive Executive Workshop which engaged the audience in a highly interactive session designed to bring them together in defining the future competencies the tech world needs and compellingly connecting these competencies to their own business models, agreeing recommendations and actions that would create a tipping point in their teams & your business.
Research by McKinsey has proven that women are more highly rated on most of the traditional leadership competencies than men, and yet that is not manifesting in the demographic in tech businesses – and Nikki believes there is more to be had than just that. The audience debated the question of how the digital era will change, how leaders need to behave and perhaps how women can play a key role in that.