“Making Tech More Inclusive” in partnership with Deloitte

Thank you to everyone who attended our latest Industry Peer Event, “Making Tech More Inclusive” in partnership with Deloitte. Within the 1hr virtual session we explored Deloitte’s strategies for getting more women into technology roles.

We heard from five speakers, Kerrie Irvine, Director in Human Capital and Diversity Sponsor, Joanna Karlic, Manager in Technology Strategy, Gary Semple, Director in Systems Engineering, Ashleigh Gibney, Manager in Systems Engineering and Fiona Savage, Analyst in Technology Strategy and Brightstart Scheme Apprentice on their journeys both inside and outside Deloitte, and how they have been breaking down the stereotypes that society has attached to tech roles.

Gary Semple, Director in Systems Engineering at Deloitte

Kerrie Irvine kicked off the session noting Deloitte’s journey with Diversity and Inclusion to date, including being accredited the Silver Diversity Mark and the impact this has had on the organization.

Joanna Karlic spoke of a long list of benefits of a gender balanced tech sector however highlighted a focused top three for Deloitte

  • Better overall outcomes
  • Equal representation in product design
  • High paying tech jobs can aid towards reducing gender pay gap

The session closed with Nuala Murphy our interim Head of Business hosting a fire side Q&A chat engaging in more insights and diving deeper into what more we can do to drive change, taking some great questions from attendees on the call.

Thank you to the team at Deloitte for their time, expertise and willingness to challenging change within the tech sector and sharing their best practices with our Diversity Mark community.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Diversity Mark and Boardroom Apprentice Industry Peer Event

Diversity Mark recently hosted an Industry Peer Event in collaboration with Boardroom Apprentice. Within the one-hour session we heard from founder Eileen Mullan and thrilled to have been joined by the following Boardroom Apprentice participants Jo McGinley, David Johnston and Adriana Morvaiova who shared their own journeys.

The event was finished up with our Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy hosting an insightful Q&A Session including questions from attendees on the call.

Boardroom Apprentice is all about delivering diversity, creating change and achieving aspirations, allowing those without board experience, to gain experience and enhancing their knowledge and understanding through in depth learning and support. You can find out more information on this years cohort by clicking through to their website.

Eileen Mullan is Founder of Boardroom Apprentice, enabling and empowering the next generation of decision makers. She is a powerhouse in advocating for diversity and a champion for change. Eileen is a trusted expert in governance and has transformed organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors. She is a highly accomplished trainer and award-winning Chair and as a trusted Board advisor, Eileen enables Boards alongside their Executive Teams to have the conversations they need to have. Eileen is a frequent contributor to conferences and events along with delivering a TEDx talk “make time for what matters to you”. She holds an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance, an IOD Diploma in Company Direction and is a trained Mediator.

Jo McGinley has extensive experience in change management, coaching, PR, communications and stakeholder engagement. She has led large scale transformational change programmes in the private and public sector and, more recently, has experience working with senior leadership teams to help them design, deliver and implement their strategic business plans.

Adriana Morvaiova was born in Slovakia, raised in a multilingual family with Hungarian roots. Adriana relocated to Northern Ireland in 2006 where she joined Sensata Technologies. Her role in team development supports high performing teams in form of coaching, organizing training and events, building a hybrid working model post pandemic and encouraging innovation through strengthening DE&I. She delivered a TED talk addressing accent bias and misconceptions around linguistic diversity.

David Johnston was born to a Jamaican father and Northern Irish mother, David is married with three teenage children. Prior to retiring in 2021, he had been a Human Resources practitioner for over 25 years, having worked in several high-profile, complex, and dynamic public service organisations. Is hosted by the Community Relations Council, whose functions focus on enhancing diversity and including across the communities in Northern Ireland. In 2021 he received the CIPD NI HR award for outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.