Sarah Luxford drives change promoting Inclusivity at Here East with Tech London Advocates Women in Tech

Sarah Luxford drives change promoting Inclusivity at Here East with Tech London Advocates Women in Tech & Tech London Advocates industry event

On March 9th 2017 at Here East, Sarah Luxford in her role as Co-founder of Tech London Advocates Women in Tech, hosted a room of 350 movers and shakers in Tech in an energetic and interactive working group titled “Tomorrow’s Tech Success: Shattering uniformity & embracing change” designed to drive change in the diversity agenda.

Reflecting the scale of tech’s diversity problem, half (49.2 per cent) of London’s technology sector believes the industry is actively biased against women. This is according to research conducted by Tech London Advocates, an independent network of more than 4,300 tech experts, leaders and professionals in the capital – of which Nexec Leaders co-drives the WomenInTech working group.

As the geopolitical, economic, social and technological aspects of our world continue to evolve rapidly, leaders now more than ever depend on their workforce for agility and speed of responsiveness to competitive forces.
Creating an environment that encourages transparency, trust, creativity and a willingness to take risks can only truly be achieved by prioritising diversity. Shattering uniformity and being cognizant of how ‘difference’ fits in allows organisations to stay relevant to customers and drive innovation.

Guests heard an inspiring keynote from The Rt Hon Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture and participated in a lively transformational workshop led by Co-Founder Nikki Watkins. A VIP panel then followed led by Sarah which included insights from corporates and digital start-ups amongst whom including leading figures from Facebook, BAE Systems & BrainLabs sharing insights into how they have broken down barriers and reaped the benefits of an inclusive workplace.

Sarah Luxford comments “Diversity translates into profits. Companies that are more gender and ethnically diverse perform better financially. Most leaders recognise this fact yet this is not translating into systematic change linking talent attraction, development & retention. Change is hard. That’s why we have created a ‘how to’ – a clear outline of questions individuals, teams and businesses should be asking of themselves whilst providing clear actions they can implement to stride forward. Things have to change. They can’t afford not to.’

 


Nexec Leaders proud to support TLA Women in Tech as new website launches

Nexec Leaders proud to support TLA Women in Tech as new website launches

Fuelled by the desire to drive action & change the industry for an equal gender footing, Nexec Leaders Sarah Luxford and Nikki Watkins founded Tech London Advocates’ WOMENINTECH working group. In a very short time their initiative has grown into to a 900-advocate strong movement consisting of a mix of entrepreneurs, digital specialists, government advisors and international corporate professionals.

TLA Women in TechAs business leaders come to understand the organisational benefits of a diverse workforce and the need to turn thoughts into actions – TLA WOMENINTECH are here to support the ecosystem, now both off and online.

MD of Nexec Leaders Peter Gillingwater says: “Diversity is no longer a subject businesses can afford to overlook – it must be built into the business plan as a strategic objective. We are delighted to support the TLA WOMENINTECH working group and stand by our own commitment as international executive headhunters to source a diverse candidate base for every search campaign”.

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London City Hall

Paving the way to the Boardroom – An evening at London City Hall

Tech London Advocates WomeninTech supported by Nexec Leaders & Co-Founded by Nexec Director Sarah Luxford, descend on London City Hall’s Living Room for their final working group of the year focusing on the insights and tips to pave our way to the Boardroom.

In the last few years we have seen a shift with business no longer asking why women’s representation is so important but how they can make gender diversity a reality. This is a positive step forward, however the reality is that progress in women’s representation at executive level remains woeful. A recent report by Cranfield showed that women’s representation at Executive Committee level in the FTSE 100 was 19.4% of Exec roles, similarly look at the number of female CEO’ within the FTSE100 – a grand total of 7.

If we are to see sustained gender diversity at the top of business then more must be done to ensure women progress through the executive pipeline – something of which Nexec Leaders takes very seriously as a duty to the tech industry.

That is why On Monday 5th December, Tech London Advocates WomeninTech supported by Nexec Leaders & Co-Founded by Nexec Director Sarah Luxford, descended on City Hall’s Living Room for their final working group of the year focusing on the insights and tips to pave our way to the Boardroom.

The Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, warmly kicked off the evening welcoming guests and providing insight into CityHall’s own gender equality initiatives whilst making it clear Diversity is key on the Mayor’s agenda for London. We then jumped into a lively panel of reflections & recommended actions, hosted by the Queen of Startups, Bindi Karia, joined by Anne de Kerckhove (CEO, IronGroup), Martina King (CEO, Featurespace), Rory Stirling (Partner, BGF Ventures), Susanne Given (Chair, Made.com) and Leanne Taylor (UKI Board, SAP).

An executive development session then followed led by Nikki Watkins homing in on Executive Presence, how we walk, talk and interact to align with ‘our brand’.

MD of Peter Gillingwater comments “The executive talent pipeline is something all companies should be consistently reviewing whilst implementing actions & procedures to support a diverse workforce. Nexec Leaders are proud to support TLA Women in Tech and offer talent solutions from executive search to talent development that compliments the TLA WomeninTech mission.”

So, as we drive through 2017, What Impact Do You Want To Make?