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Women in Digital 2019: announcing the day’s agenda

Aaron Jaffery, host of the Women in Digital conference, talks to a male colleague at a table.
Aaron Jaffery

I’m delighted to be co-hosting this year’s Women in Digital event in Leeds on 19 June, along with my colleague Cheryl Stevens.

The event is already sold out, which is fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to the day.

Encouraging practical actions and conversation

The theme of Women in Digital this year is helping more women get into senior digital roles. This is something I take very seriously in my role as Health & Working Age Digital Director.

There are lots of brilliant women doing great work in my team, in DWP and elsewhere across digital government, but it’s vital that we see more and more women moving into leadership positions.

In the year to November 2018, 66% of successful candidates for senior roles in DWP Digital were women. So we're making progress with this but there's much more still to do.

I’m hopeful that Women in Digital can help facilitate conversation and practical actions on this theme, as well as encourage a shift in behaviour around gender bias.

It’s set to be an inspirational day, and I’m pleased to reveal the full agenda for the event.

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10.00am – 10.30am

Networking and registration

10.30am – 10.45am

Welcome from hosts Aaron Jaffery and Cheryl Stevens

10.45am – 11.05am

Keynote: Cheryl Stevens, Deputy Director, DWP Digital

11.15am – 12.25pm

Breakout sessions:

  1. An Introduction to Coding
  2. Northcoders Women’s Network
  3. Digital Voices Stories

12.25pm – 1.15pm

Lunch and networking

1.15pm – 1.35pm

Keynote: Renee Hunt, Director of Digital Platforms, Sky

1.40pm – 2.50pm

Lightning talks: User Researcher, Product Owner, Business Analyst, Senior Statistician, Data Scientist, Software Engineer, Service Designer

Mentoring sessions and roundtable discussions

2.55pm – 3.30pm

Panel discussion

Panellists: Renee Hunt, Director of Digital Platforms, Sky; Sally Bogg, Head of End User Services, Leeds Beckett University; Sue Griffin, Head of User Support Services, DWP Digital, and Sarah Tulip, Director of Operations, Software Cloud & Co-founder, Women in Leeds Digital.

3.40pm – 4.00pm


Follow all the action

If you already have your ticket, I look forward to welcoming you to Women in Digital 2019 on June 19 at Horizon in Leeds. It’s going to be a great day!

You can follow all the action on the day @DWPDigital and by using the hashtag #WomenInDigi19.

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