Gender diversity at conferences & events

There’s not enough women working in digital. Without gender-balanced teams digital services and platforms will be less diverse, inclusive, and not as good as they could be. Mike Bracken our Chief Digital Officer reminded us of many other good reasons to make sure that we address the gender imbalance when we screened CodeGirl at 1 Angel Square in February.

Picture of the panel at the recent Ladies that UX event held at 1 Angel Square

Conferences and events are a great way to share knowledge, but too often they’re dominated by all male speakers. By not trying harder to hear from women who are experts we won’t ever be able to fix the gender imbalance in the digital industry.

This is why we signed up to Owen Barder’s pledge along with Design Manchester for DM16, and is why in future no one from CoopDigital will speak at events or be part of panel discussions of two or more people unless there is at least one woman speaking or part of the panel, not including the chair. We’ll make sure that we do exactly the same for events that we hold both internally and externally as well.

Gail Lyon

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9 thoughts on “Gender diversity at conferences & events

  1. Rosie July 26, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    This is really great news! Brilliant and encouraging to see you being so progressive and taking active steps to tackle gender inequality! 🙂

  2. victoriamariesmith July 27, 2016 / 7:16 am

    I think you raise a good point Gail but to be honest this isnt just a Digital problem this is a whole IT problem and Digital is a victim of it too.
    I think it’s important to have more discussions like this and more groups that address that problem openly ☺️ #womeninIT #digital #STEM

  3. kate July 27, 2016 / 8:12 am

    A great commitment – exactly the positive and firm position the co-op should be taking

  4. Alison Lamond July 27, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I think it’s great that one department/division in the Co-op Group is taking this stance and I would like to think that as part of a very large business you’re not operating in isolation and other departments/divisions are doing the same – that it’s Co-op Group policy!

  5. tranfunz August 22, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    It’s not just about women being represented, there are trans and non-binary identities too. Could you have phrased this a little better, please?

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