At this month's Diversity Matters, we're very proud to welcome Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu! She'll be telling us more about why it's so important to have diversity in every industry, with a focus on women in tech. We're also joined by Jillian Kowalchuk, who will be telling us more about challenges and unique opportunities as a woman in tech. Don't miss it!
We all know diversity matters and should be a commercial imperative in every industry. It's time to stop talking and start doing. In the critical era of technological advancement, its time for Women to take their rightful place amongst Technology giants and demand (not ask) for the same opportunity, legitimacy, recognition and credit men get.
Women won't get this by waiting their turn or suffering in silence. They must create opportunities where there are none and bring their folding chair to sit at the table where no extra chairs exist. Corporate responsibility can only take us so far - individual responsibility for your representation (be it gender, race, sex, etc) is critical to making diversity matter. This talk will explore how women can make this happen in and out of the workplace. Stop Talking - Start Doing!
Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political and Women's rights activist. Dr Mos-Shogbamimu is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, an author, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. Founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote Women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. She is also the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Africa committee. A political & women’s rights activist, she also teaches intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women's marches and social campaigns. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (London School of Economics & Political Science); MA (Westminster) and LLB Hons (Buckingham University).
Jillian Kowalchuk will describe her journey through her challenges and unique opportunities as a woman in tech in building her start up, Safe & The City. Safe & The City is a free navigation app which crowdsources routes people feel safer walking and detects trends of sexual harassment to create tangible street-level changes to improve gender equality and city infrastructure.
Jillian Kowalchuk is the recipient of the Commonwealth Businesswoman Award for Most Inspiring Role Model despite only operating her company, Safe & The City for about 1-year. Jillian is an avid travel having exposure to 50 different countries and grew her experience and passion to help improve the lives of others, specifically with women. She holds an MSc in Public Health and a BA in Psychology and has worked as a global public health consultant in HIV/AIDS behaviour change campaigns and impact evaluation. Jillian’s genuine, passionate approach, unstoppable work ethic and ability to inspires has led to her accelerated success. She is a member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and founding member of FemTechTalks, which regularly meets in London to discuss ways in which women can surmount the challenges they face in entrepreneurship and the technology sector.