The global tech industry is not known for its diversity. These ten women are change makers in their field – pushing boundaries and working towards greater inclusion within what is traditionally a very white cis male orientated industry.
These ten inspiring women are all speaking at Black Tech Fest 2021, an online festival which seeks to provide career pathways for under represented talent as well as celebrating Black culture and innovation. The online event is taking place from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21 October. Grab your free pass to join here.
1 – Kelsey Robb, Creator Partnerships Manager, TikTok
Presenting an insider’s view of TikTok, Kelsey and how she’s navigated the Tech industry, key lessons and top tips for a TikTok CV. She’ll highlight some of the opportunities at TikTok and how can people apply. She is speaking in a session ‘There’s more to tech than coding’ on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:00 PM to 12:25 PM
2 – Akua Gyekye, Co-Lead of Public Policy, WhatsApp
Akua is the Co-Lead of WhatsApp’s Public Policy team covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. In her role, she oversees the development and strategy for policy engagements. Before joining Facebook, Akua was working as a project finance lawyer. She is participating in this session ‘In conversation with Facebook’s EMEA Public Policy Manager for Whatsapp’ on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00 PM to 1:25 PM. Join here: https://rb.gy/kt0jfm
3 – Sade Ayodele, Head of Global Communications, Tidal – Head of comms for the music streaming service and featured on PR Week’s 40 under 40, Sade is speaking in a session entitled ‘How do we get more Black Women into leadership?’ on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 5:30 PM to 5:55 PM. Join here: https://rb.gy/78t69l
4 – Honey Ajuwon, Head of Capital Markets Technology, Natwest.
5 – Orezi Aki, Product Designer, Twitter
6 – Karen Blackett, U.K. Country Manager, WPP
Speaking at a session entitled ‘Responding in Times of Racial Crisis’, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:30 PM to 1:55 PM In the light of the momentum around Black Lives Matter, marketers across the world were faced with a simple question, “How do we respond?” In this conversation, we hear from Karen Blackett – U.K Country Manager @ WPP, Dr Stacie Graham – WPP Racial Equity program manager on their observations on how the industry responded in times of racial crisis and what we can learn from it. Join here: https://rb.gy/3wibix
7 – Fifi Kara,Product Designer, Facebook
8 – Ebum Ani-Agbaje, Partner Systems Engineer, Dell
Studied electrical and electronic engineering at UCL. After graduating from her Masters, Ebum worked as a Cisco training systems engineer before joining Dell. She is speaking at a session ‘Getting a job after you graduate’ on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:00 PM to 4:25 PM.
Join here: https://tinyurl.com/b3kt8tre
9 – Lauren Mathurin, Vice President in the Early Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank
Is speaking in a session ‘Raising finance whilst being Black’ on Thurs, Oct 21, 2:00 PM to 2:25 PM. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/2tmshxzn
10 – Tobi Ajala, Founder & Creative Director, TECHTEE
A creative digital agency and software house responsible for building digital experiences and platforms for companies like Deutsche Bank, Gucci, Apple, and many more. She has generated over $350 million for her clientele in the last 4 years, and features on Forbes Under 30. Tobi is speaking at What tech should we be building? Tuesday, October 19, 2021 5- 5:45 PM. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/5d55v2eb
How to get a job at Google: https://btf.app.swapcard.com/event/black-tech-fest-2021/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNzA3ODQ1
Your route to an internship: https://btf.app.swapcard.com/event/black-tech-fest-2021/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNzAwMDMy
Building Small business support for Black entrepreneurs; in conversation with Visa: https://btf.app.swapcard.com/event/black-tech-fest-2021/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNzAxMTI2