Diversity, Chocolate and Safe Cracking.
A talk by John Le Drew, 45 mins.
Diversity. It's the topic of the hour. Organisations are all putting 'diversity' and 'equal opportunities' on every job ad. But, for some organisations it still seems to be a struggle. What's the goal? Do we want diverse teams because it's the "right thing to do" or is it "good for our teams and organisations"? Are we hiring minorities to keep up with quotas or our competition?
This talk will engage the audience in a frank discussion on what diversity is, why we need it and how we might achieve it.
After John's talk, we will run a short Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/) discussion to cover topics surrounding John's talk. If you have some thoughts or questions you'd like to discuss, please bring them along with you.
John has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer John moved into consultancy where he quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So his focus shifted, while still being very involved technically, his first focus is on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment.
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There will be beer and pizza kindly put on by our hosts, Amazon.