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Salt Sessions with Sapient: Women in Tech

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Join us for our first Salt Session hosted by Sapient on Women in Tech – an event created for the digital industry to reflect on and discuss equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace.

There has been a big movement towards equality in the work place but the tech industry is still lagging, with the industry still being very much perceived as a 'boys club'. Our speakers will explore how employers and employees can stimulate organic change and drive equality of women in tech forward. With a range of diverse backgrounds, the speakers will draw on their experience and discuss what they believe can help shape the industry to level the playing field.


6.30- 7pm Networking drinks and nibbles

7-7.15 Opening remarks and introduction to topic

7.15 – 7.45 Speaker session

7.45 – 8.15 Panel discussion + Q&A

8.15 – 8.30 Closing remarks

8.30 - 9.30 Networking



Ijaz Akram, Chief Technology Officer,

Prior to joining, he was a founding member of the Amazon engineering centre in London, where he increased hiring and visibility of the Centre while helping drive the tremendous growth in Amazon Prime Video, leading technical development teams innovating on behalf of customers. Responsible for leading the globally distributed living room engineering team working at the cutting edge of client, native and service technology, his team built smart TV, set top box, games console, mobile and web apps. This responsibility spanned Amazon Prime video countries globally and his work involved partners across the globe, including teams based in Asia and the west coast of the US.


Alberta Soranzo, End-to-End Service Design Director, Lloyds Banking Group

An incorrigible nomad, Alberta was born and raised in Italy, has lived in California and now works in London, as Director of End-to-End Service Design at Lloyds Banking Group. Leading a team of systems thinkers and service designers, she's looking at reshaping the future of financial services by transforming the organization from within.

Alberta sketchnotes the meetings she attends (and there are many), is a determined ice hockey player and cares deeply about the very small things that, she says, "matter a lot".

You can find her online on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Melanie Yencken, UX Director, Schibsted and Founder ofLondonTechLadies

'Young Digital Leader of the Year 2016'

Melanie is an award winning multidisciplinary designer originally from Melbourne, Australia. Melanie is also founder and coordinator of the ever-growing group LondonTechLadies the group holds regular sessions focused on career development, confidence building, healthy work/life balance and building a professional network. Melanie is a real champion of women in digital.

Thomas Cowell, Head of Experience Technology, SapientRazorfish_

Thomas leads the experience technology practice for the UK at Sapient, having come from a background of design and development, valuing thorough design practices and elegant implementations. He has an eye for strategically building teams for success, having restructured several large-scale development teams to optimise for throughput and overall quality of development. Thomas is engaged in helping shape SapientRazorfish_ clientel's strategic technological approachs and enabling them to have a vision for the art of the possible.

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