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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