WeAreVirtual, Maya Welford AI, 400x300

23/03/2021: WeAreVirtual: AI and the Gender & Ethnicity Pay Gaps | Maya Welford

WeAreVirtual, Maya Welford AI

Maya completed dissertation research for her Master's degree in September 2020, which explored perceptions of AI and how it may help or hinder progress towards closing gender and ethnicity pay gaps.

This included an extensive literature review, a survey completed by members of the general public, and a series of interviews with AI professionals and AI ethicists. During this engaging session, Maya will share her research findings and cover important topics including pay gaps, cognitive bias, and bias within AI.

REGISTER HERE

About Maya:

Maya WelfordAfter graduating from King’s College London in 2018 with a First Class BSc Psychology degree, where she received the Desmond Tutu Award for her commitment towards serving society, Maya joined Barclays on their Human Resources Graduate programme. Maya has made a positive impact both through her day role at Barclays as well as through extra-curricular endeavours. Within her first 6 months at Barclays, Maya received a Barclays Values Recognition Award in recognition of her commitment to the Barclays values. In September 2020, Maya was promoted to Global Wellbeing Manager at Barclays.

Beyond her day role and as part of her engagement with Win, Barclays’ Gender Network, Maya founded the Charity Mentoring Programme, which connects Win members with staff at charities aligned to driving the cause of gender equality. From 43 mentor/mentee matches in 2019 to over 200 in 2020, and from partnering with 6 charities in 2019 to 20 in 2020, the programme has gone from strength to strength. In 2015, Maya completed a mental health placement in Sri Lanka where she supported individuals with mental health issues in clinical and community based settings. Maya currently volunteers for non-profit, Like Minded Females, and leads their Social Mobility efforts. Furthermore, she recently joined The Early Careers Foundation as an Advisory Group member. Maya additionally mentors young individuals to raise their aspirations.

Alongside employment and given her hunger for continuous self-development, Maya recently completed a Master’s degree in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Birkbeck, University of London, for which she achieved a Distinction. Maya’s dissertation research investigated bias within AI and the opportunities and threats of AI within the gender and ethnicity pay gap space, using qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Watch and learn in your own time from our previously live recorded virtual events. New recordings available weekly. Discover our webinar playbacks here


PLAYBACK: Making the most of cloud technologies in a multi-cloud era with Stephen Gilderdale

Making The Most Of Cloud Technologies In A Multi-Cloud Era

The cloud revolution is real, and it’s great to see that more organisations are seeing the value in multi-cloud IT environments, but are businesses truly maximising its benefits?

The latest research on cloud technologies commissioned by Dell Technologies suggests the majority are not. That’s despite the fact that the number of enterprises leveraging public cloud services has more than tripled since 2011. Uncovering today’s cloud challenges and reaping the rewards of multi-cloud environments is essential for success – so, what’s holding them back?

WATCH THE WEBINAR BELOW

Stephen GilderdaleAbout Stephen

Stephen is a Senior Director for the UK Presales organisation at Dell Technologies, leading a team of highly passionate technologists who are helping customers realise digital transformation. Stephen is deeply engaged in supporting customers exploit their data assets to drive exciting opportunities that Artificial Indigence, Machine Learning, 5G Networks, and Edge computing promise - while ensuring we meet our ambitious corporate social responsibility objectives.  

 


WeAreVirtual - Augmented working, webinar, new

PLAYBACK: Augmented working and the future of work in this new reality webinar

WeAreVirtual - Augmented working, webinar, new

Dell Technologies Chief Digital Officer, Margarete McGrath will host a discussion on the future of work with guest speaker, Mona Bitar, who is an EY Partner and leading EY’s client response to Covid 19 in the UK.

In recent weeks, we have seen technology enable communities to connect, engage and share not just workplace exchanges but family moments using collaborative technologies. Recent weeks have also highlighted the need for technology to become almost a utility that everyone has equal access to. This conversation will explore some of the emerging workplace trends and how workplaces are being reset for a new reality. Imagining a new paradigm where workplace and home become closer, where technology is used to augment working and living in a new way. Join us for what will be an engaging discussion on the workplace reality, one that is unlikely to revert to old patterns but presents an opportunity to reshape workplaces as we know them.

WATCH THE WEBINAR BELOW

About Margarete

Margarete McGrathMargarete is the Chief Digital Officer for Dell Technologies for the UK and Ireland.

Previous to that, Margarete worked as a Management Consultant where she worked for EY and PwC leading complex change programmes. She previously worked for PwC in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and more recently in Ireland. Margarete supported many public and private sector clients with their business transformations.

Alongside this, Margarete previously ran two successful start up’s focusing on sharing models in food sustainability and building social networks while in New Zealand.

Today, Margarete works with a diverse group of Dell Technologies clients to support them with their digital and security transformations. Dell Technologies provides a wide range of solutions ranging from edge computing delivering smart solutions to advanced analytics to drive enhanced and secure customer experiences and new business model opportunities for leading financial institutions.

Dell Technologies is continuing to invest and innovate in research and development across its seven technology businesses which enables Dell Technologies to partner with leading global clients to support them automate, modernise and transform their business models.

Margarete is a champion of diversity in digital and a strong advocate of STEM. She is big believer in female entrepreneurship and green technology. Margarete is an advocate of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dell.

About Mona

Mona Bitar Mona is an EY Partner and is leading EY’s client response to COVID-19 in the UK.

Mona is experienced in operational turnaround and business redesign for large corporates, she advises clients who need to drive significant performance improvement across a spectrum of high performing and distressed organisations.

Mona has supported clients across many sectors including consumer products, retail, life sciences, diversified industrials, telecommunications, media and technology and her experience has involved spending time in the UK, North and South America, India, Europe and Africa.

Mona has worked with several FTSE 100 executive teams and her style and bold challenge helps to rapidly drive change and creates a coherence that transforms outcomes. She has been privileged to work with a cross-section of clients including a year on-site working side by side with a CEO. Using her unique view as an experienced strategy practitioner with deep operational experience, Mona can turn ideas into plans that can be executed, at pace, to rapidly create value.


WeAreTechWomen conference stats 800x600

WeAreTechWomen Conference 2020: In Words

WeAreTechWomen conference 2020

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first virtual, full-day conference for female technologists.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Dell Technologies, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, NatWest, Oliver Wyman, OpenFin; PwC; and RBC; saw over 1,000 delegates log on, from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Sky, Aviva, RAF, Finding Ada, Stemettes, Mastercard, Three, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Shell and Monzo.

The conference consisted of six stages, with over 60 speakers, 20 exhibitors and over 15 Q&A panels. Delegates could shape their own learning as well as revisiting sessions they may have missed, with a 30-day playback.

The morning began with a number of keynotes from inspirational role models in tech, including Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK; Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; and Edwina Dunn OBE, Chairman, Starcount and Founder, The Female Lead.

Jacqueline de RojasSpeaking during her keynote about digital inclusion, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE said, "We need to more to make sure no one is left behind."

"Women make up 47 per cent of the UK workforce but only 17 per cent of the tech workforce, and only 15 per cent from a minority ethnic background."

"Diversity matters because equality is a noble cause, it's good for business and to create a digital world that works for everyone."

Dame Stephanie Shirley 1Speaking during her keynote, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH said, "I pioneered the concept of women returners and began a crusade for women - a company of women, a company for women, and early social business."

"For years, I was the 'first woman this' and the 'only woman that'...I couldn't even open the company's bank account without getting my husband's permission..."

"Never ever take today's freedoms lightly."

Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist; Martha Lane-Fox CBE, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, lastminute.com & Founder, Dot Everything; Sharmadean Reid, Founder, WAH Nails & Beautystack; Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, Group CEO, BenevolentAI; Wincie Wong, Head of Rose Review Implementation, NatWest; Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society; Mark Martin, Computer science lead, South Bank Engineering UTC aka Urban Teacher - UK Black Tech; and Anne Boden MBE, CEO & Founder, Starling Bank.

Throughout the day, delegates heard about topics such as AI, Cyber Security, Robotics & Drones, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Fintech, Green Tech, Health Tech, and many more. Attendees could also pose their questions to speakers via a number of virtual Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from the future of tech after COVID-19, data ethics, the future of banking, and health tech.

WeAreTechWomen Conference panel

Those attending the conference also had the opportunity to view two more exclusive stages - on-demand and the KiDS stage. The on-demand stage featured over five hours of content, including a fireside chat with Dame Wendy Hall; a look at how Formula 1 team, Williams is supporting women in engineering; Trinity, a keynote speaking robot; and gaming with Kate Russell.

The KiDS stage was designed for children, aged five to 15. WeAreTechWomen are avid supporters of encouraging children to enter the world of technology, and delegates were actively encouraged 'bring along' their own children, nieces or nephews. The stage featured a variety of interactive sessions, such as lessons about AI and Cyber, as well as learning to code. These sessions were kindly provided by our partners, TechSheCan, Raspberry Pi, Girlguiding & Code First Girls.

Networking booths - WeAreTechWomen conference

Networking and visiting an exhibition hall were still on the agenda - albeit virtually. On the day, there were several networking lounges for delegates to attend and chat in group forums and personal one-to-one chat rooms. The exhibition hall featured 13 booths, where attendees could meet and engage with sponsors, download handouts and documents, chat with experts and watch additional videos.

Check out more of the conference buzz here.

Proudly sponsored by

Tech Conference Sponsors NEW


Making Sustainable Technology Choices - 800x600

PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Understanding and Acquiring Sustainable IT Solutions with Brittani Bobowick

Making Sustainable Technology Choices - 1

As digital technologies become the driving engine and key differentiator for progress in business and society, it is important now more than ever that companies consider the sustainability impact across the lifecycle of the IT solutions they look to acquire.

While governments and businesses alike place an increased focus in how and with whom they conduct business, based upon CSR agendas and carbon footprint related criteria, there are several critical factors to consider in sustainable IT; inclusive of product design and manufacturing, overall energy efficiency, through to end-of-life recyclability & reusability.

This webinar will explore the importance of each of these components as they relate to making sustainable technology choices. We will share best practices on what to consider when assessing and selecting technology solutions, with a mindful eye on how this aligns to and affects your companies sustainability goals.

WATCH THE WEBINAR BELOW

Brittani BobowickAbout Brittani

Brittani Bobowick leads the activation of Dell Technologies’ Corporate Social Responsibility agenda across the Europe, Middle Eastern and African markets. Utilising the breadth of Dell’s sustainability strategy, Brittani works closely in partnership with many of our leading customers to identify and implement key alignment opportunities across their CSR agenda’s. These collaborations drive greater social impact outcomes for society, building and leveraging on our goal to drive human progress.

Brittani joined Dell Technologies in 2010 as a sales associate based in Boston, Massachusetts, responsible for client relationships across New England. Subsequently, she has served in various channel enablement and customer advocacy roles, where she focused on assessing and improving the Dell Technologies customer experience. Brittani holds a BS in Advertising and Business from the University of Texas in Austin.

 

 

 


15/07/20: WeAreVirtual: Making the most of cloud technologies in a multi-cloud era with Stephen Gilderdale

Making The Most Of Cloud Technologies In A Multi-Cloud Era

The cloud revolution is real, and it’s great to see that more organisations are seeing the value in multi-cloud IT environments, but are businesses truly maximising its benefits?

The latest research commissioned by Dell Technologies suggests the majority are not. That’s despite the fact that the number of enterprises leveraging public cloud services has more than tripled since 2011. Uncovering today’s cloud challenges and reaping the rewards of multi-cloud environments is essential for success – so, what’s holding them back?

Register here

Stephen GilderdaleAbout Stephen

Stephen is a Senior Director for the UK Presales organisation at Dell Technologies, leading a team of highly passionate technologists who are helping customers realise digital transformation. Stephen is deeply engaged in supporting customers exploit their data assets to drive exciting opportunities that Artificial Indigence, Machine Learning, 5G Networks, and Edge computing promise - while ensuring we meet our ambitious corporate social responsibility objectives.  

 


WeAreVirtual - Augmented working, webinar, new

24/06/20: WeAreVirtual: Augmented working and the future of work in this new reality with Margarete McGrath & Mona Bitar

WeAreVirtual - Augmented working, webinar, new

Dell Technologies Chief Digital Officer, Margarete McGrath will host a discussion on the future of work with guest speaker, Mona Bitar, who is an EY Partner and leading EY’s client response to Covid 19 in the UK.

In recent weeks, we have seen technology enable communities to connect, engage and share not just workplace exchanges but family moments using collaborative technologies. Recent weeks have also highlighted the need for technology to become almost a utility that everyone has equal access to. This conversation will explore some of the emerging workplace trends and how workplaces are being reset for a new reality. Imagining a new paradigm where workplace and home become closer, where technology is used to augment working and living in a new way. Join us for what will be an engaging discussion on the workplace reality, one that is unlikely to revert to old patterns but presents an opportunity to reshape workplaces as we know them.

Register here

About Margarete

Margarete McGrathMargarete is the Chief Digital Officer for Dell Technologies for the UK and Ireland.

Previous to that, Margarete worked as a Management Consultant where she worked for EY and PwC leading complex change programmes. She previously worked for PwC in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and more recently in Ireland. Margarete supported many public and private sector clients with their business transformations.

Alongside this, Margarete previously ran two successful start up’s focusing on sharing models in food sustainability and building social networks while in New Zealand.

Today, Margarete works with a diverse group of Dell Technologies clients to support them with their digital and security transformations. Dell Technologies provides a wide range of solutions ranging from edge computing delivering smart solutions to advanced analytics to drive enhanced and secure customer experiences and new business model opportunities for leading financial institutions.

Dell Technologies is continuing to invest and innovate in research and development across its seven technology businesses which enables Dell Technologies to partner with leading global clients to support them automate, modernise and transform their business models.

Margarete is a champion of diversity in digital and a strong advocate of STEM. She is big believer in female entrepreneurship and green technology. Margarete is an advocate of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dell.

About Mona

Mona Bitar Mona is an EY Partner and is leading EY’s client response to COVID-19 in the UK.

Mona is experienced in operational turnaround and business redesign for large corporates, she advises clients who need to drive significant performance improvement across a spectrum of high performing and distressed organisations.

Mona has supported clients across many sectors including consumer products, retail, life sciences, diversified industrials, telecommunications, media and technology and her experience has involved spending time in the UK, North and South America, India, Europe and Africa.

Mona has worked with several FTSE 100 executive teams and her style and bold challenge helps to rapidly drive change and creates a coherence that transforms outcomes. She has been privileged to work with a cross-section of clients including a year on-site working side by side with a CEO. Using her unique view as an experienced strategy practitioner with deep operational experience, Mona can turn ideas into plans that can be executed, at pace, to rapidly create value.


WeAreVirtual - Rafe Pilling - Webinar

PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Understanding, preparing for and mitigating cyber threats with Rafe Pilling & Marcelle Lee

WeAreVirtual - Rafe Pilling - Webinar

Sadly, COVID-19 themed campaigns to conduct phishing attacks and deliver malware are being executed by hostile state actors and opportunistic cybercriminals alike.

The Secureworks Counter Threat Unit™ have observed criminal actors making cynical use of the current crisis to promote misinformation and products with intent to harm organisations and individuals. However, by following good cybersecurity hygiene best practices, organisations can protect themselves and their employees against these attacks.

WATCH THE PLAYBACK BELOW

https://youtu.be/L4hT3VRe4Gk

 

Rafe PillingAbout Rafe

Rafe is a Sr. Security Researcher working in the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU), Cyber Intelligence Cell. Rafe performs focused cyber threat intelligence research, delivering technical analysis for both targeted and commodity cyber threats. Rafe has an interest in studying cyber attacks from hostile state actors and emerging offensive cyber capabilities against Industrial Control Systems.

With over 13 years active experience in the cyber security industry, Rafe is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field and regularly asked to advise C-suite executives, comment on emerging cyber security news stories, speak at industry events and provide guest lectures to Academia.

Rafe holds a BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Management Science from the University of Edinburgh and PgDip(Merit) Advanced Networking and Web Technologies from Edinburgh Napier University.

Marcelle LeeAbout Marcelle

Marcelle Lee is a Senior Security Researcher in the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU), Cyber Intelligence Cell, and is the lead for emerging threats research. She specializes in network traffic analysis, malware analysis, and threat intelligence, and is an adjunct professor in digital forensics and network security. She is involved with many industry organizations, working groups, and boards, including the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, the NIST Cyber Competitions Working Group, and the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Advisory Council.

Marcelle has earned the CISSP, CSX-P, GCFA, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GISF, GSEC, GCCC, C|EH, CCNA, PenTest+, Security+, Network+, and ACE industry certifications.  She holds four degrees, including a master’s degree in cybersecurity. She has received the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Women in Tech (WIT) Award and the Volunteer of the Year award from the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. Marcelle frequently presents at conferences and training events, and is an active volunteer in the cybersecurity community.

 

 


PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Business resilience in Times of Change with Dayne Turbitt & William McLeod Scott, Facilitated by Julia Streets

Business resilience in Times of Change No Deloitte logo - Twitter(1)

Join us for an enlightening conversation between two distinguished leaders from Dell Technologies and Deloitte to hear how their organisations are navigating these turbulent times.

Organisational, technology and cyber resilience are all being put to the test right now. There is no predefined response plan but behaviours that focus on building resilience, demonstrating agility and leading with empathy are the qualities that will help us all respond effectively. Dayne and William will share their insights on how companies and their partners are responding to these challenges.

WATCH THE WEBINAR BELOW

About Dayne

Dayne TurbittDayne is the SVP & GM for Dell Technologies in the UK and its unified Sales and Partner organisation, leading the organisations work to help customers transform their businesses for the next decade. He is a strong believer in the power of technology to deliver for the benefit of society and is a champion for Dell Technologies in its pioneering sustainable and innovative technology solutions to further human progress.

Dayne campaigns to inspire young people to study and work in STEM as well as championing diversity and inclusion programmes across Dell Technologies in the UK. He is a board member of The Prince’s Trust and leads Dell Technologies work with the charity, providing mentoring, internships and seed investment to ensure talented young people can access the right opportunities.

He is also committed to stimulating entrepreneurship and leads a number of strategic partnerships with start-up accelerators across the UK focussed on helping entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.

Dayne joined Dell Technologies in 2010, previously serving as Vice President of Global Accounts and as Vice President of Dell EMC’s Emerging Technology Division, where he was involved in helping partners and businesses in different industries to restructure their teams and take advantage of new technologies.

Originally from South Africa, his previous experience includes a number of international leadership roles focused on delivering value for customers through technology.


About William

william-mcleod-scottWilliam is a Financial Services Partner with over 25 years’ experience working primarily with retail and investment banks, insurance businesses, financial market infrastructure businesses and with FS regulators MAS, FDIC, FED, PRA and the FCA. This includes 10 years of direct experience working in Global Markets for three global banks. He leads Deloitte’s Cyber Resilient Practice incorporating Technology Resilience, Cyber Incident Response, and Cyber War gaming. He has a broad background in Financial Services having led multiple Structural Reform projects specifically in Recovery and Resolution (RRP) for four global banks in the UK and US across a range of areas from Board Governance to Operational Resilience. William's experience includes leading response to cyber-attack, post incident reviews and cyber contingency planning to enable businesses build capability and technology solutions to recover from ransomware attack.


About Julia

Julia Streets | CEO, Streets ConsultingJulia Streets is a champion of fintech entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity.

In 2007,  Julia founded Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy.  She helped launch the Chi-X brand of international alternative stock exchanges, including Chi-X Australia.  Since then she and her team have advised a wide range of firms in the world of capital markets, B2B and payments, and offering specialist technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, cyber and more.

Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies, serving on the Executive Committee and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet.

Wary that diversity and inclusion is fast becoming the latest corporate marketing jargon (a bit like ‘innovation is in our DNA’), last year Julia launched a podcast series ‘DiverCity Podcast’.  On each episode, industry luminaries shine a light on progress, call out areas requiring further focus and offer insights and best practice to help listeners drive change. (www.divercitypodcast.com // @DiverCitypod)

Brummell Magazine, known as the ‘City’s little black book’, has recognised Julia a number of times— last year as one of their 30 Inspirational Women Influencers, in 2014 as one of 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs and in 2013, one of 30 Inspirational Women on Boards.  She is one of SWIFT’s Global Power Women in FinTech and been listed in Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech Power List for the past three years. This year she was a finalist in the Variety charity’s ‘Catherine’ UK-wide awards, celebrating inspiring women in business and philanthropy.

Julia is the author of ‘The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker’,  lampooning corporate jargon. She is called upon to host and MC many public events, is an after-dinner speaker, and stand-up comedian.

Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Street Child’ and is a Fellow of the British American Project, the transatlantic leadership fellowship.


PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Recovering from a Cyber Attack with Des O’Connor and Elizabeth Green

Dell 1 - Webinar (2)

As cyber attacks increase in frequency and severity, it has become clear that those businesses that can best cope with traditional commercial, economic, operational and political shocks are also the most cyber resilient.

The rapid evolution of the workplace environments in which we work greatly increases the likelihood of a catastrophic data loss scenario being realised. A catastrophic data loss scenario assumes complete loss of a technology systems and associated backups.

An effective cyber strategy is not just about businesses improving their cyber security to prevent and detect attacks. It is also about improving cyber resilience so your business can respond to, and recover from, attacks quickly, and learn from the experience. This webinar will explore how to build effective cyber resilient strategies, outline some of the lessons learnt from organisations that have been attacked and provide you with some guidance on how to prepare for a cyber-attack.

WATCH THE WEBINAR BELOW

Des O'ConnorAbout Des:

Des works in Dell Technologies and is focused on Cyber Resilience and Artificial Intelligence across Finance, Media and Telecoms and Oil and Gas.

Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Des was a Management Consultant and has experience in Go to Market Strategy development, Transformational Change and Project and Programme Management. He is excited about emerging technologies and co-creating new solutions, enhancing human progress. Outside of work Des is a keen runner, cook and works at the Royal Trinity Hospice as a befriending volunteer for people with end of life illnesses.

Liz GreenAbout Liz:

Liz Green is a Cyber Specialist at Dell Technologies. She has spent the last five years at Dell Technologies helping organisations use IT infrastructure to innovate and solve business challenges across Finance, Insurance, Media, Telecoms and Oil and Gas.

She is familiar with the US and UK regulatory environment and leverages this knowledge to help financial institutions ensure critical data is protected and available. She is passionate about equal opportunities for all and supports women in STEM and Dell Technologies’ Women in Action. Outside of work, Liz enjoys Pilates, travel in Europe and finding new London eateries.