We attended the SheCanEngineer “Innovators and Inventors” event at The Barbican last night, to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2022.
The introductory talk was given by Jules Pipe CBE, who explained about the work that the Mayor is doing to invest in the infrastructure sector, specifically looking at investment at school level to encourage children from all backgrounds to engage in STEM. The keynote address was given by Yewande Akinola MBE who spoke about inclusion in the sector, and the importance of role models.
The first of the main talks was an Allyship Workshop by Hasani Jess. The talk focused on privileges that we as educated, skilled professionals have and how we can use these things to help others and be better allies in the workplace. He touched on the importance of having a growth mindset, and how if you are feeling disheartened that things aren’t changing in the industry to focus on the ability that an individual can have. He implored the audience to think about how they can make a change and also become better allies.
The event was rounded up by an in-conversation panel discussion about “How a diverse team leads to better innovation”. Three incredible speakers Anusha Shah, Sheana Yu and Alex Haslehurst spoke about a range of topics, from their experiences of how their diverse teams have helped their businesses, to their own personal experiences on their careers to date. It was a very motivational event, focussing on the wins that the industry has seen and what we can keep doing to improve diversity across the sector.
It was an inspiring evening; we look forward to attending more SheCanEngineer events in the future.