The Modern Mom’s Guide To Career Growth And Work-Life Balance

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Session Overview

Returning to work after parental leave can be a challenging transition for any mother. It’s a time of mixed emotions: excitement, uncertainty, and a sense of feeling like an imposter in the workplace. But as one mother’s experience shows, this journey can also be an opportunity to gain new skills and perspectives.

In this session, we’ll explore how to navigate the transition back to work as a mother. Drawing on personal experience, we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with balancing motherhood and a career. We’ll also delve into the skills that mothers acquire through their experiences, and how to leverage those skills to succeed professionally.

Join us for this inspiring workshop and discover how to turn the challenges of motherhood and career growth into opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Takeaways from my experience that you can incorporate in your career
  • Personal stories from YOU about your motherhood and career journey
  • An interactive session where we highlight the accomplishments from our journeys

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    Robert Bosch GmbH

What is important today, when disruption and innovation are the result of
fostering an environment where individuals can come together, is the inspirational leadership and leading by purpose. Ikigai (生き甲斐,) is a Japanese term for “a reason for being” and having a sense of purpose in life, as well as being motivated.

We’ll talk about Ikigai in the IT area, and the feeling of accomplishment and fulfilment that follows when people pursue their passions working in the IT area.

The Why: To become a true leader in IT business nowadays you should have an inner drive and a deep hunger to create change. Inspirational leaders display earnest conviction in their beliefs and won’t bend to outside pressures no matter how difficult the road becomes.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Meaning of Ikigai for your life and career in IT business
  • How to lead by purpose and with a passion
  • How to feel accomplishment and fulfilment every day

This session is for you if…

  • You want to discover and embrace the the feeling of accomplishment and fulfilment
  • Every day in your job, to understand what makes you feel good about your work and how to lead by purpose
1:45pm
Workshop

Neurodiversity In The Workplace: Building Inclusive Teams Beyond Noise Cancelling Headphones

60 mins
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Luisa Liesenberg

    MVPF Technologies GmbH (MVP Factory)

Each brain is unique and everyone has different ways to process and think, yet, roughly 20% of our population qualifies as neurodiverse. This means, chances are high that our teams are also built of people who battle diagnoses like ADHD, Autism, or Dyslexia. Especially women often go through life undiagnosed, in numbers – 75% of women with ADHD are unaware – having developed coping mechanisms without ever knowing. In this workshop we want to explore strategies to build environments for your teams or yourself that allow for “Neuro-Spiciness” to be the fuel of innovation, discuss what it takes for us and our colleagues to feel accepted and how to meet the needs of “unaware” neurodiverse colleagues.

Within DI&E departments, the awareness for mental health topics, including Neurodiversity, has luckily been increasing over the past decade. Yet, building habits that go beyond individual behaviour or offering access to helpful tools is something that most teams still have to learn. Most companies, most tech teams, and most organisations are structured, following neurotypical concepts, making it challenging for employees with ADHD, Autism or Dyslexia (amongst others) to navigate. A work culture that is accessible for neurodiverse people also always benefits those whose brains qualify as “neurotypical”, so why wait?

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about the challenges and strengths of neurodiverse people in the workplace and how to use or combat them successfully
  • Discover how we can move beyond neurotypical standards and build a team that works for every brain
  • Connect with your own neuro-spiciness, celebrate the magic of “being the odd one” and explore how you can inspire the people around you

This session is for you if…

  • You are neuro-spicey. Join us and share your experience, connect with others to learn from them and build a foundation to bring back into your own team.
  • You lead teams. Neurodiversity is a topic that most people still don’t feel comfortable being very upfront about. The stigma and discrimination that comes with being openly autistic or dyslexic, etc. hold people back and increases their risk of burning out due to having to mask or suffering from related anxiety and depression. This also accounts for team members that are unaware or undiagnosed. Creating a neuro-inclusive environment as Lead can change your employees’ life and set you up for success.
  • You are curious about this buzzword, flying around more and more these days 😉
12:10pm
Presentation

Empowering Agency & Community Through Web3 And NFTs

30 mins
  • Data
  • Non-Technical
  • Emily Loh

    MoonPay

Web3 and NFTs are often misunderstood as silly jpegs or in association with the so-called metaverse. This session aims to demystify the concepts of web3 and NFTs, particularly within the context of how web3 can enable a true democratisation of technology, and empower both organisations and individuals to engage in society on their own terms. For the first time in history, we have a viable infrastructure from which we can set the terms and conditions of how we’d like to interact with each other, and within which we can have total ownership over our own data.

What are web3 and NFTs exactly and why should I care? How do we reclaim technology to serve the needs of society? How do we break out of a world that’s been determined by only a handful of corporations or institutions? Although Web3 and NFTs are commonly associated with the crypto industry, which has primarily been exclusive to women and other marginalised identities, web3 ultimately opens up the possibilities for empowering individuals and organisers alike to determine their own terms of engagement with the world.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the basics of web3 and NFTs, along with other key concepts such as decentralisation and blockchain technology
  • Why web3 and NFTs can be empowering to individuals, communities and organisations alike
  • Real world examples of applications of web3 and NFTs, how you can get started on thinking about how the technology can be applied in your situation, why it’s beneficial to everyone

This session is for you if…

  • You’re simply curious about the hype around web3 and NFTs
  • You want to understand how blockchain technology can be applied in the real world in a variety of contexts
  • You’re looking for alternatives to social media to engage with others that speak to your values and interests
  • You’re a creator, artist, or builder looking to create a loyal and involved fanbase without the interference of third parties
  • You’re a brand or organisation looking to have a more intimate connection with your community
  • You’re an activist looking for alternative ways to move your cause forward
1:45pm
Workshop

Building Effective Mentoring Practices For Companies

60 mins
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Irina Veligan

    Gen

Corporate mentorship programs have been implemented by many companies to enhance recruitment efforts, improve employee engagement, foster leadership development, promote diversity and increase loyalty and retention rates. However, the effectiveness of such programs depends on the quality of their implementation. Creating a successful mentoring program can be much more challenging that it appears, and many programs fail to meet their objectives.

This workshop will represent insights and principles from interviews with companies of varying sizes that have effectively implemented mentoring programs. Participants will learn practical strategies to launch their own successful mentoring program within their organisations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Discover best practices for launching and promoting a mentoring program
  • Learn how to pair mentees effectively
  • Learn what resources to provide to mentors and mentees and how to measure success of each relationship during the program
11:30am
Workshop

Choose To Be Successful At Managing Change: Management Of Change De-Mystified

60 mins
  • Career
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Roberta Rossini

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Research shows that approximately 69% of projects fall short of their objectives, frequently due to inadequate management of change dynamics. This calls for proactive action, and indeed, it is possible to take such action! In this session, you’ll acquire the skills to master change management, steering your projects towards enduring and impactful transformations.

More often than not, management of change is considered some sort of intangible “magic”, delivering dubious value. In other cases management of change is used interchangeably with “training plan”, leading to pre-announced adoption failure. In this session you will be introduced to a few very practical tools that can be used to drive change and manage resistance successfully.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how Management of change is systemic approach, that goes beyond trainings
  • Learn that resistance is a natural reaction to change and that it can and should be planned with and managed accordingly

This session is for you if…

  • You are or have been struggling with the adoption of a great tool or process
  • If your team is consistently not doing what you ask them to do
  • You think management of change is fluffy, hot air.
  • You think management of change = trainings calendar
  • You want a career in IT and you have no IT background
2:55pm
Workshop

Life After Layoffs: Reenergising After Large Scale Lay Offs

60 mins
  • Career
  • Premium Only
  • Lauren Burge

    ,

    FTI Consulting (Belgium)

  • Lucy Delaney

    ,

    FTI Consulting (UK)

Last year, almost 100,000 people across the tech industry got laid off, amounting to the highest number of job cuts since the dot-com crash in 1995.

The personal impact of being laid off cannot be underestimated. Equally, large-scale layoffs also have a profound impact on organisations. From rebuilding one’s self-esteem and a finding a new job in an overcrowded and fractured industry, to the morale and productivity of remaining employees or the best ways to attract top talent, there is much that individuals and organisations can learn from the so-called layoff contagion.

In this workshop, we will hear from an ex-tech employee who was laid off, someone who had the burden of laying off staff, as well as experts who understand the intricacies of organisational restructuring. Our panel will share their personal experiences and lessons learnt and explore strategies those that have been laid off can use to thrive, as well as practical strategies to unlock the untapped potential within the organisation post-layoff, providing recommendations for rebuilding trust, boosting morale, and enhancing brand value. Because all our experts believe that, which ever perspective you take: there is life after lay-offs.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to regain your self-confidence and thrive again after being laid off
  • The impact of large-scale layoffs on remaining employees and the organisation
  • Strategies to boost morale and refocus an organisation after large-scale layoffs
  • Brand and reputation management communicate and engage with employees during and post-layoff

This session is for you if…

  • You have been laid off and want to hear from someone who has been through it
  • Your organisation has made cuts and you want to discuss how to reenergise employees or reshape your EVP to remain relevant and authentic
12:40pm
Workshop

Responsible AI Or Ethical Leadership?

60 mins
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Ayse Duran

    ,

    FTI Consulting (Netherlands)

  • Stephanie Wagenaar

    FTI Consulting (Netherlands)

  • Sabine Clappaert

    ,

    FTI Consulting (Belgium)

Ethical leadership is the foundation that is needed to develop and use responsible AI. So what kind of leadership is needed to respond to the ethical challenges of artificial intelligence and big data, and what role might character play in guiding leaders?

AI is dominating news headlines and hallway conversations everywhere right now. And while what it can do to help businesses streamline operations and improve leadership decision-making is impressive, there are some things it can’t do. It can’t demonstrate character. It can’t show courage or empathy, at least not authentically. AI can’t make values-based decisions.

Few insights will be more valuable to your success as leader than knowing who you are and what you stand for.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • What is ethical leadership and how does it affect your career, team and your organisation?
  • How can you define your own unique leadership North Star?
  • How can you demonstrate ethical leadership in decision-making related to AI topics?

This session is for you if…

  • You are interested in developing your own leadership north star!
  • You lead projects or people and want to be able to speak from a strong sense of purpose
  • You have an interest in AI and the role that leaders play in ensuring it is used responsibly
11:30am
Workshop

Let’s Talk About The Energy Trilemma

60 mins
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Marieke ten Houte de Lange

    Shell

Ever found yourself grappling with intricate problems, or in a position where you must collaborate with individuals you don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with? Are you curious about the leadership traits required to facilitate transformative collaboration and generate unique outcomes?

Our world’s most urgent challenges demand a paradigm shift in our approach to collaborative thinking. But how can we pave the path for improved future outcomes when stakeholders have a lack of understanding, trust, or rapport with each other?

In this dynamic session, we’ll use the energy transition scenario as a business case, examining how transformative collaboration among diverse stakeholders can lead to groundbreaking solutions. This is an opportunity to explore the potential of collaborative strategies in overcoming barriers and fostering innovation.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding why collaboration is both difficult and necessary to solve complex challenges
  • Understanding the leadership qualities required to enable transformative collaboration
  • Engage in dialogue on business case “energy transition” what it takes to move forward and the role each and every one of us can play?

This session is for you if…

  • You are curious about collaboration and building bridges
  • You are keen to break down barriers for collaboration
  • You are prepared to get active and lean into the dialogue. And learn about energy transition at same time
12:40pm
Workshop

Harnessing The Power Of AI: A Deep Dive Into Opportunities And Challenges For Businesses

60 mins
  • Data
  • Premium Only
  • Skills
  • Eliza Casapopol

    Microsoft

  • Tanuja Bhamidipati

    Microsoft

This talk will delve into the exciting realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its role in catalysing business innovation, with a particular focus on the alliance between Microsoft and OpenAI. As an emerging technology, generative AI holds significant potential to revolutionise various sectors, yet its practical deployment remains an area of exploration for many businesses.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the concept of generative AI and acknowledging its limitations
  • Identifying significant use-cases where generative AI can boost corporate performance and competitiveness
  • Debunking common myths and discussing challenges associated with generative AI
  • Participants can expect valuable insights on leading the corporate world in the AI era, practical applications of generative AI, and inspiring instances from other businesses

This session is for you if.. you are a Business Decision Maker, Technical Decision Maker, and anyone seeking to infuse their business operations with the power of AI. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

11:30am
Workshop

EQ For Work/Life Harmony

60 mins
  • Not to be Missed
  • Premium Only
  • Angelina Best van Kampen

    Amazon Web Services

Achieving professional success goes beyond just IQ and technical expertise. Studies have revealed that emotional intelligence (EQ) plays a significant role in determining long-term accomplishments. EQ encompasses staying composed under stress, demonstrating resilience during challenges, maintaining a positive attitude, and being in tune with others’ emotions.

Join us for this workshop, where you will learn how to enhance your EQ to foster a balanced work/life equilibrium. The session will feature self-reflection exercises, community interaction, and various EQ development strategies.

2:55pm
Workshop

Cloud Skills: Demystifying Google BigQuery

60 mins
  • Data
  • Premium Only
  • Ilona van de Bildt

    ,

    Google Cloud Consulting

For non-practitioners, understanding BigQuery from a practitioners standpoint will help you understand the possibilities of, and the potential requirements you may need when selecting a DWH solution and a future proof data strategy. It also helps you find your way when you want to start using MachineLearning in your company in an easy and accessible manner. If you would have to pick only one Google Cloud tool to learn more about, then BigQuery should be it

BigQuery is at the heart of Google Cloud’s Data solutions. If you are looking to understand what Google Cloud’s data solutions are all about, starting to understand BigQuery is a key skill to set you up for success. BigQuery a data warehouse solution which you can use for the analysis of (both small and big) data, but also to set up Machine Learning models quickly and easily. It is suitable for any user, no matter if your business is small or big. This is a foundational level workshop for BigQuery, and includes a hands-on lab that sets you up for using BigQuery and move to using BigQuery ML afterwards.

Prerequisites: for the practical part of this session you need a laptop and an active Google account you can sign in with.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why BigQuery is key in your data strategy
  • How to use BigQuery
  • What BQML helps you do and how to get started

This session is for you if…

  • You want to know more about Google Cloud
  • You want to understand the strategic importance of BigQuery
  • You are looking for a data warehouse solution that is secure, fast, accessible and cost-efficient
  • You are looking to become a practitioner in BigQuery
  • If you want to get started with Machine Learning in an easy way
4:00pm
Workshop

Change Management: Empowering Software Development Teams

60 mins
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Renu Yadav

    Grab

Have you ever attempted to implement a necessary shift in your team, only for it to fall short despite its potential benefits? Do you find certain team processes being consistently overlooked or ignored?

If you’ve responded affirmatively to any of these queries, this discussion is for you. We’ll guide you through the process of change management, spotlighting its inherent challenges. Learn how you, either as a leader or team member, can drive changes that lead to a more productive and empowered team.

11:30am
Workshop

How To Embed Digital Ethics And Responsible AI Frameworks Into Your Work

60 mins
  • Not to be Missed
  • Premium Only
  • Tania Dias

    IKEA Retail

Don’t miss out on this essential workshop where we’ll introduce you to the knowledge and tools needed to embed digital trust and responsible AI frameworks into your work. Explore the key principles of responsible innovation and gain practical insights on integrating them into your tech projects. Discover how you can shape an ethical future and make a positive impact while navigating the evolving landscape of technology and AI.

1:45pm
Workshop

Is My Algorithm Fair? An Introduction To Algorithmic Fairness & Ethics

60 mins
  • Data
  • Premium Only

AI systems are becoming an increasingly integral part of our daily lives. While they have the power to reach millions of users, there are concerns about their potential to replicate or even amplify existing social biases, as well as cause harm. Despite the declaration of ethical AI principles by private and public organisations, practitioners often struggle to bridge the gap between abstract concepts and practical decisions in the development cycle of AI.

In this talk, we’ll delve into the importance of AI ethics and why everyone involved in the development of these systems should share accountability. We’ll explore why implementing ethical principles in AI is crucial, and how to detect bias and evaluate fairness in ML models. Our aim is to provide a global perspective on this topic and specific guidelines for practical implementation.

In the session we will discuss with the audience the different challenges of bringing AI ethics into practice and open a debate about why we need AI ethics integrated in the development cycle of AI now more than ever after the recently released large language models like ChatGPT.

This session is for you if...you are interested in or working in AI, including data scientists, data engineers, designers, product managers, and business leaders. While those with some knowledge of AI will benefit more from the last part on algorithmic fairness, the overall talk is designed to address a wide audience. Join us for an eye-opening discussion on the importance of AI ethics and how to implement ethical principles in your work.

12:40pm
Workshop

Navigating Career Paths: How To Build A Sustainable Career

60 mins
  • Career
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

Research findings highlight that women often hesitate to apply for new positions if they do not fullfill all the criteria. This is particularly noticeable in the tech industry, where female representation is markedly low and declines further at higher organisational levels. To counter this, it is critical to disrupt the norms and craft inventive strategies to promote women’s growth and development.

In this interactive session, we will delve into the intricacies of career progression, examining both conventional and unconventional pathways. We will also engage in fruitful discussions on the challenges and prospects of career development in an ever-evolving world. This will provide a roadmap on how to make audacious choices regarding your career trajectory and devise a plan for continuous professional growth.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Explore both mainstream and alternative career pathways.
  • Design a bold career plan for you next move
  • Master different approaches to steer your career development journey.

This session is for you if…

  • You are enthusiastic about confronting new challenges
  • You are intrigued by the idea of charting their career growth in an unorthodox manner
  • You are eager to experience an enjoyable and inspiring session
11:35am
Presentation

Did I Just Make Myself Obsolete?!

30 mins
  • Premium Only
  • Software
  • Danielle Twaalfhoven

    Adyen

Process automation to the point of self reliance. This is often our goal when we code. So how do we do this AND still remain essential to our company?

The Why: Software is ever-evolving, duh. This means we get to be more efficient in our work, resulting in projects going live faster. As great as this is, it also sparks a fear in many of us that we are actively working towards making ourselves and our coworkers unnecessary to the job. The goal is to figure out how to remain relevant, while still having fun.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Automation benefits all who keep up
  • Make yourself indispensable
  • Don’t fret about the unknown

This session is for you if…

  • You are a dev and want to hear about Adyen and get some insights into how we work/think
  • You are not a dev but you worry occasionally about whether dev’s might automate your job
3:10pm
Presentation

Cultivating Authenticity: The Journey To True Diversity And Inclusion In Tech

30 mins
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce
  • Tanja Antonijevic

    Miele X

Sometimes tech is too much about doing techie things and not enough about being human. Same goes for Diversity & Inclusion, where we often we fall in the trap of doing diverse and inclusive things, rather than being diverse and inclusive. This presentation gives you concrete steps on how to build a better, more authentic, and inclusive company culture in tech.

As a global digital hub, Miele X is here to support the Miele Group in creating and growing their digital heritage. Founded as a start-up within a large organisation, Miele X quickly grew to a large, gender-balanced team of diverse experts, with over 40 nationalities on board. HR Director Tanja Antonijevic was there from the start and will explain why her mantra ‘Don’t dream it, be it’ was crucial for building this truly diverse and inclusive team. She will do this through sharing successes, failures, and concrete actions that can help you create a better, more diverse, and inclusive tech culture.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the impact of a diverse and inclusive culture on team performance and the creation of solutions fit for all
  • Recognise that fostering a truly diverse and inclusive culture transcends mere activities, emphasising the essence of being diverse and inclusive.
  • Gain insights into ten practical strategies to incorporate greater diversity and inclusivity within your organisation.

This session is for you if…you are interested or involved in building and leading tech teams and/or creating an innovative culture within scale-ups and larger organisations.

4:00pm
Workshop

The Art Of Failing Successfully

60 mins
  • Career
  • Non-Technical
  • Jennifer Bower

    Persistent Systems

When you’re not afraid to fail, you become brave enough to step out of your comfort zone and go after big goals. Ultimately, mastering the art of failing successfully gives you the skills and mindset to tackle challenges in a rapidly changing world, solve problems like a boss, and achieve long-term success.

Delve into the untapped potential of failure and how it can become a catalyst for personal and professional development. Through a series of stories, hands-on exercises, and group discussions, we’ll explore strategies for reframing failure, building resilience, and leveraging lessons learned from outside experiences for workplace success.

During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to share your own stories of failure and learn from others in a supportive environment. We’ll discuss techniques to help you navigate through setbacks, overcome challenges, and turn failures into stepping-stones towards achieving your goals. Whether you’re a team leader, an aspiring entrepreneur, or an individual seeking personal growth, this workshop is designed to empower you with the mindset and skills necessary to fail successfully.

Walk away from this workshop equipped with a fresh perspective on failure, a newfound sense of resilience, and a plan to use your past experiences to fuel future success. Join us and unlock the power of embracing failure as a transformative force on your journey to personal and professional excellence.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Reframe failure as a learning opportunity.
  • Build resilience and embrace challenges.
  • Leverage personal experiences for professional growth.

This session is for you if…you are a tech industry professional, a manager or team leader, an entrepreneur or founder, or an individual seeking personal growth and development.

Last chance to secure a discounted rate before full price tickets go live..

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