It is now normal to live to 100 years. James Lovelock published the future of AI and robotics at the age of 100. Yet people aged 50+ are leaving the workforce in droves, citing ageism, inflexibility of work, lack of quality work and poor management as the reasons.

And the one industry that would expect to get this right – IT and tech – is one of the worst sectors. By using this experienced generation, employers would be designing tech of the future to meet society’s needs better. This could be a win:win for everyone. The more diverse the sector that is designing our technology, the more successful will the products and services be, as well as reaching wider audiences and being more relevant to them.

Join us to hear why society is sitting on a timebomb – yet the answers are within easy grasp for government, employers and individuals.

About the speaker

Victoria TomlinsonVictoria Tomlinson is 67, founded her second business Next-Up five years ago and has developed an online platform to help employees coming up to unretirement, as well as running workshops for pre-retirement partners in professional firms. Victoria’s TEDx talk on a Generation of Wasted Talent has had 20k views.

A former director of EY on the London leadership team, she ran an award-winning comms and digital business for 30 years. She was founding chair of Women in Leeds Digital, now rebranded to WILD Digital, increasing the diversity of digital teams. She chaired the management division advisory board for University of Leeds and sat on Northern Ballet’s board for eight years.

Victoria is an Amazon bestselling author, blogger and BBC expert woman commenting on news. She has coached chief executives and directors, mentors, start-up businesses, young people, ex-offenders and those transitioning into retirement. She has just joined HMP Askham Grange advisory board to help ex-offenders find employment.