Empowering Black Women in Tech: Navigating DEI Dynamics

11:30am

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Session Overview

Join us for an insightful session at our conference where we address the significant gap Black women face in the IT sector compared to men and other groups of women. We emphasize the importance of focusing on cultural diversity alongside gender diversity to tackle this social and economic challenge effectively. Led by Stichting Zwarte Vrouwen voor Technologie (Black Women for Technology Foundation), an organization spearheaded by three IT professionals, we aim to foster a more diverse and inclusive tech sector by providing retraining and guidance to Black women entering IT roles. While organizations seek greater diversity within their IT teams, we’ve observed disparities in expectations between them and our approach. In this session, we invite you to engage with our perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Session Key Takeaways:
  • Our holistic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strategies for business leaders, HR, and DEI professionals to enhance diversity from alternative perspectives.
  • Effective methods for demonstrating diversity’s value from a business standpoint.

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You’ll learn practical ways to blend creativity with technology, making an impact that resonates on a large scale. Join us to explore how together Design & AI can drive meaningful and impactful business solutions.
Session Key Takeaways:
• The Impact of AI on Design: Learn how AI is changing the design landscape and the new opportunities it presents.
• The role of Human-Centered Design in the 4IR: Discover principles for crafting holistic experiences that prioritise people and planet in the era of AI and GenAi.
• Leadership skills for impactful innovation: Discover how essential leadership skills can drive the integration of experience design and AI within your organisation.
Who is this session perfect for?
• You are interested in the evolving future of human-centered design.
• You want to learn how design is pivotal in crafting memorable experiences in the era of AI, from product development to strategic leadership.
• You want to explore effective leadership approaches that facilitate the successful integration of design and AI, with a focus on ethical practices and i sustainable innovation.
2:55pm
Workshop

Redesigned. Reengineered. Re-everythinged

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Digital Transformation
  • Leadership
  • Premium Ticket Holders Only
  • Diana Schmidt

    VP Global Head of Cloud Runway Engineering

    SAP

Step into the immersive world of “Redesigned. Reengineered. Re-everythinged,” a dynamic workshop designed to empower women in navigating digital transformation challenges. Reflect on the transformative power of leadership, decision-making, resilience, and innovation in navigating digital change.
Session Key Takeaways:
  • Leadership in Digital Transformation: Gain invaluable insights into spearheading cross-company digital initiatives to boost operational efficiency.
  • Decision-Making and Resilience: Explore the significance of making tough decisions and their impact on digital initiatives. Learn strategies for cultivating resilience within teams and fostering a culture of effective decision-making.
  • Future Trends: Be at the forefront of digital evolution by embracing modern technologies. Discover how your teams can lead the transformation of your organisation into a tech-forward powerhouse.
Who is this session perfect for?
Women facing challenges in advancing innovative concepts. Join us and embark on a journey to redefine digital success!
4:55pm
Presentation

​The Perfect Storm

30 mins
  • Track - Artificial Intelligence
  • AI
  • Digital Transformation
  • Diversity
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Liat Shentser

    Vice President Solutions Consulting EMEA

    ZScaler

How does AI present unique challenges for women, which left unchecked could reverse the gains made in gender equality and equity of the last twenty years? What needs to be done short and long-term to mitigate this and maximize the full potential benefits of this game changing technology?
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​Since the public launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has attracted over 180m Users accelerating the development and deployment of generative AI applications. The Gen AI Market is projected to grow from $36B in 2024 to over $356B in 2030. Whilst the concerns regarding AI have been articulated , the unique negative impact on women in the workforce are less visible and understood.
Session Key Takeaways:
  • ​Understanding why and how women are uniquely disadvantaged by AI
  • ​​​How AI induced gender bias can be addressed
  • ​​​Using AI to improve gender equality and equity
Who is this session perfect for?
If you want to know more about the potential impact of Gen AI on gender diversity
If you are planning to launch Gen AI application(s)
11:35am
Presentation

People-Powered AI: Tackling Tomorrow’s Cyber Challenges

30 mins
  • Track - DigitalStrategy
  • AI
  • Leadership
  • Security
  • Anna Chung

    Principal Researcher

    Palo Alto Networks

With cyber attacks becoming faster and more sophisticated each year, maintaining robust cybersecurity defenses is increasingly challenging. At Palo Alto Networks, we process 75 terabytes of SOC data daily and manage thousands of incident responses annually. These volumes require innovative solutions. This presentation explores how leveraging people-powered AI can address escalating cyber threats and negative employment rates in the security industry. We will demonstrate how AI can empower and expand our workforce, enhancing our defensive capabilities and industry resilience.
Session Key Takeaways
  • Evolving Cyber Threats: Emphasizes the need for advanced cybersecurity measures and the role of people-powered AI in addressing increasingly sophisticated attacks.
  • Addressing Employment Rates: Highlights the importance of AI in improving diversity and inclusion within the cybersecurity workforce.
  • Enhancing Workforce: Demonstrates how integrating AI with human expertise can empower and diversify the cybersecurity industry, tackling workforce challenges.
Who is this session perfect for?
Diversity Champions: If you’re passionate about fostering inclusion and increasing diversity in tech, this session will show how people-powered AI creates opportunities for a more inclusive cybersecurity field.
Overwhelmed Cybersecurity Professionals: For experts overwhelmed by increasing threats and incidents, this talk reveals how AI integration can manage and mitigate security challenges, making your job more manageable.
Career Switchers: Considering a career switch to cybersecurity? Learn how AI is lowering entry barriers, providing tools and support to help you confidently step into this vital field.

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