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Digital Leaders Week 2021 launches to celebrate, showcase & inspire digital transformation

Digital Leaders Week featured

Digital Leaders Week has launched once again for 2021 to help celebrate, showcase and inspire digital transformation.

The 5th Digital Leaders Week is the brainchild of Digital Leaders, the national initiative promoting digital transformation, leadership and innovation.

Digital transformation is essential for the future of the UK’s economy in the context of a changing trade relationship with the rest of the world. The linchpin of this new world will be the quality of the nation's digital leadership and how these leaders drive outcomes inside the government, enterprise, SMEs and the third sector.

Digital Leaders has created a shared professional space for senior leadership from different sectors promoting effective, long-term digital transformation.

This is the UK’s biggest single gathering of people focused on four key questions driven by digital transformation: What’s next? Why? How? And where? Over 35,000 free sessions have been booked so far by leaders in business, government and charities. These online events will be provided by 315 experts from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with over 300 hours of content over the five days.

Caroline DinenageThe event was launched by the four Ministers from the Home Nations, who are responsible for digital in their country. Speaking about the week, Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Digital and Culture, DCMS said, "I am really pleased to be launching Digital Leaders Week as we emerge from the pandemic and into a period of turbo charged digital growth."

"The impact of Covid-19 on individual lives and UK businesses cannot be understated, but through the darkness of the last twelve months digital has provided us a beacon of light allowing us to work and stay in touch with our family and friends"

Jacqueline de RojasCommenting on the launch, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of Digital Leaders thanked the weeks sponsor before going onto say,
"All four Ministers have highlighted the importance of digital in supporting us through the pandemic and now in helping them rebuild their economies."

"It is also significant that all four referenced the importance of data in shaping public services and support to where and how it is needed most."

"For me that’s why it is so important to have a National Week that helps all leaders build their digital confidence and helps deliver the digital transformation essential for a positive future for the UK economy and our public services."

Explaining a bit more about the week Robin Knowles, Founder of Digital Leaders Week said, "At Digital Leaders Week #DLWeek we only have the one "Event Pass" - we could call it VIP or Gold, but we think of it as "Your Pass" - Free access to 227 talks, 315 speakers and 38 topics."

"You can join live or access talks on demand afterwards."

"So if you’re facing accelerated digital transformation or if your organisation is, then Digital Leaders Week is your opportunity to find the ideas, networks and hear from services you need to transform during these challenging times"

To find out more about Digital Leaders Week, visit:

You can watch the full 'Welcome' video for Digital Leaders Week below:

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Digi Leaders Book Club event, Caroline Criado Perez featured

Recommended Event: 13/04/2021: The Digital Leaders Book Club Meeting: Caroline Criado Perez - Invisible Women

Digi Leaders Book Club event, Caroline Criado Perez

The Digital Leaders Book Club is a community for Digital Transformation Leaders who enjoy nonfiction books, networking, and author Q&As.

Held on the second Tuesday of the month, our ethos promotes thoughtful discussion and meaningful connections about leadership and digital transformation. 

This month's book: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Caroline Criado Perez

Our March book will be debated and discussed by guests Professor Sue Black OBE and Jacqueline de Rojas CBE. Professor Sue Black OBE is a Professor of Computer Science at Durham University, a digital skills expert and social entrepreneur; and will discuss the book with Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK. Sue and Jacqueline will host your questions in what promises to be an informative investigation into the world of data. There will be networking time as well to meet your fellow members and to discuss the book on your tables.


Professor Sue Black featueredAbout Professor Sue Black OBE

Sue Black is a leading academic, campaigner, and advisor to the UK Government.

Black is a Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University with more than 40 publications behind her as well as a PhD in software engineering.

Her academic career has seen her hold leadership posts at London South Bank University, University of Westminster and University College London.

A champion for women in computing, Black founded BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. The activist is also widely known for her successful campaign to save Bletchley Park, the wartime campus where more than 5,000 women served as codebreakers.

Jacqueline de RojasAbout Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

Jacqueline is the President of techUK and the President of the Digital Leaders board.

She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc; on the board of Costain plc, which is committed to solving the nation’s Infrastructure problems; and is also on the board of the technology consultancy and skills business FDM Group plc. An advisor to fast moving tech businesses and a business mentor at Merryck offering board and executive level coaching. She is the co-chair at the Institute of Coding, advises the board of Accelerate-Her and is especially delighted to lend her support to the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation. Passionate about diversity and inclusion which informs where she places her support.

In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame after being voted Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; she was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital & Social and named in Europe’s Inspiring Fifty most inspiring female role models for 2017. She was presented with the 2017 Catherine Variety award for Science and Technology and the 2018 Women in Tech Award for Advocate of the Year acknowledging her contribution to diversity. 2018 brought a nugget of acknowledgements including @womenoffuture Fifty #KindLeaders; 2018 @Inclusiveboards 100 BAME Leaders; 2018 Faces of Vibrant Digital Economy; 2018 @Computerweekly Most Influential People in UK IT.

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