Building a supportive company culture, from the ground up.

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In this talk, Emily will focus specifically on the role of a team lead in fostering a more inclusive and supportive company culture, and the impact that can have on diversity, inclusion and belonging within a company. She'll illustrate the importance of leads in sourcing and retaining a diverse team, as well as practical tips and advice on how to enact change within your organization towards a more inclusive and supportive culture and the critical importance of doing so.

About this speaker

Emily Porta is the Executive Director of Bridge, a Canadian non-profit providing free, advanced programming and product design courses to women, agender, and non-binary professionals in Toronto. Before focusing full time on Bridge, Emily worked as a Scrum Master at, where she also started and led a number of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including starting the company's Diversity-focused employee group, the Diversity Guild, which still exists today. A passionate advocate of doing the hard work to get marginalized people access to the benefits of the tech industry, Emily believes in a (near!) future where that access is a reality for all of us.

About this meetup

Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc.

Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.