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We have Ben Armstrong, Aubrey Blanche & Josh Starkweather each sharing their perspectives on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion followed by a panel discussion with questions from the audience.
Ben Armstrong - Indigitek
Ben, a Wiradjuri man, has worked in the technology sector for over 20 years. Ben has experienced and seen the lack of meaningful impact surrounding
Indigenous representation in technology careers and leadership, which drives his passion to change that for future generations.
Aubrey Blanche - Culture Amp
Aubrey Blanche is a math nerd and empath who helps organizations build equitable processes, products, and experiences. Her work combines an empathic and intersectional approach with social scientific methods to create meaningful, sustainable change. From fair talent processes and bias-resistant product design to equitable algorithmic design and communications strategy, she helps organizations think holistically about evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly-diversifying and globalizing world.
Program to Process: Moving from "D&I" to Equitable Design
How much money has been spent on “diversity & inclusion” while companies remain largely homogenous or create opportunities only for straight White women? Funding external partnerships and PR don’t address daily microaggressions underrepresented employees face, while unconscious bias training has been shown to potentially increase bias in the workplace. An almost singular focus on women in the workplace has left women of color behind, erased the experience of people with disabilities, and left almost everyone with “diversity fatigue”. Progressive business leaders are questioning many traditional “best practices” that haven’t shown to have positive impact on employees, and are building new, data-informed and intersectional strategies to truly move the needle.
Join The Mathpath Aubrey Blanche, Senior Director of Equitable Design, Product & People at Culture Amp, to learn how you can evolve your programs to create fair experiences for every employee and build better, safer products.
Josh Starkweather - Amazon
Josh joined Amazon 7.5 years ago for a 2-year stint in Seattle as a Software Engineer in Fulfillment Technologies, before his return to Sydney as a Software Manager at AWS in 2017. In 2019, he joined the ANZ board of Amazon's LGBTQIA+ employee affinity group, glamazon, after seeing that Australian employee policies used unnecessarily gendered and non-inclusive language. Advocating updates to the existing "Maternity Leave" policy sent Josh and the rest of the Glamazon ANZ board down a rabbit hole of discovery: everyone across the company was supportive of updating the language of the policy, but the inertia of the status quo can make the most basic fixes to policy wording seem like a herculean effort. Josh will share examples from the board's journey to change Glamazon from an employee social club to an engine for change in Australia and New Zealand.
This event will be an in person event at Microsoft Reactor and on Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared 24 hours prior to the event. So we have an idea of catering numbers required, we ask that you indicate as you RSVP whether you will be in person one online