In the fourth episode of this season of the Digital Leaders Podcast, we chat to Debbie Forster MBE. Debbie discusses how leaders can become more inclusive, anti-racist employers, explaining the mission of Tech Talent Charter’s ‘Open Playbook’ and how it can be used to encourage diversity. She also talks about her journey from rural America, to IT teacher, to tech for good entrepreneur.
Nadia's Women of Fintech- Debbie Forster MBE, CEO of Tech Talent Charter
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Nadia is joined by the incredible Debbie Forster MBE, CEO of Tech Talent Charter, for this episode of Women of Fintech. Why should we flip the conversation from 'Diversity and Inclusion' to 'Inclusion and Diversity'? Can we fix diversity through recruitment? Debbie charts her inspiring journey in Tech and shares her thoughts on why a greater understanding of Inclusion will catalyse the change we need to see in the industry. Remember to leave a review to add your voice to the Diversity and Inclusion Discussions.
Jump to 12.34 to hear what the 4 barriers to getting underrepresented people into tech are. Debbie is the CEO at Tech Talent Charter.Originally an English teacher Debbie was an early adopter of computers in the classroom. This quickly saw Debbie becoming in charge of the schools IT department. Working her way up the school career ladder she saw tech as a great enabler. For some of the children, she was teaching she saw how tech could become a way into careers they might not be able to consider otherwise. As a head teacher, her school piloted and championed a new scheme called Computer Club for Girls. After a career as a teacher, Debbie joined E-skills UK. She was the Head of Education which meant she was working with policymakers like IBM & Microsoft trying to figure out how they could make a tech curriculum fit for purpose. Having a hand in policy was very important for instigating change, but it wasn’t Debbie's first love. While she was at E Skills she came across a company called Apps for Good. Which teaches students digital skills via an app. Debbie took the company from two schools and 41 students to reaching around 75000 kids. Debbie saw again how this app caught the eyes of girls and she was drawn back into discussions about diversity in tech. As time went on Debbie was heading to more and more diversity based events. Evidence was showing more diverse workforces were better for business. Whilst she was still at Apps for Good, Debbie was approached by Sinead Bunting with an offer of creating a group that’s focused on increasing diversity in tech. This was the beginning at the Tech Talent Charter.
13. Tech Talent Charter and diversity with Debbie Forster MBE
CIO UK Podcast
Tech Talent Charter CEO Debbie Forster MBE spoke to CIO UK Editor Edward Qualtrough following the launch of the 2019 Tech Talent Charter benchmarking report during episode 13 of the CIO UK podcast.Forster had earlier presided over the launch of the report at an event at The Gherkin in London, bringing together signatories of the initiative to share data and best practice in how they are driving inclusion and diversity in their organisations and the UK tech sector. During the CIO UK podcast Forster shared how hundreds of large companies, government departments, startups and SMEs were moving from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’ of diversity, what organisations need to do to get started, and how focusing on diversity initiatives was helping organisations tackle the IT skills gap.
In this episode, Richard sits down with Debbie Forster, CEO of the Tech Talent Charter. Debbie is an American who has lived in England for over 30 years. Her fascinating career is full of twists and turns, from being a head teacher to her current high-profile role. She tells Richard about her eventful journey, and explains how all her experiences have influenced her public speaking and have helped her create her career. Debbie gives us her insights into why it’s important to always bring yourself into your performance, and how to deal with and learn from negative speaking experiences. She goes through an interesting history of diversity (or lack of it) in tech and explains why transparency around this issue is so important. All of this ties in with the Tech Talent Charter, a UK-based initiative that drives organizations to commit a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce (Voxgig has taken the pledge, as have many other tech companies). Learn more about Debbie here. To get a weekly dose of public speaking tips, information, videos of great talks, conference news, book reviews and more, sign up to the Voxgig newsletter. View all show notes, links, and more brilliant public speaking resources at voxgig.com. If you like what you hear on Fireside with Voxgig, don’t be shy―tell everyone! Use #firesidewithvoxgig on your social media.
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Podcast Your Data
This week, we have a special episode of Podcast Your Data! from across the pond! InterWorks U.K.’s Sian Davies hosts Tech Talent Charter CEO Debbie Forster. As a Member of the British Empire and one of the “20 Most Influential Women in U.K. IT” since 2014, Debbie is a leading figure in the U.K.’s tech industry. She is a champion for flexibility in the modern workplace by promoting more career opportunities for women in the tech world. Debbie and Sian discuss all of this plus non-profits, innovation and more on today’s episode! Subscribe to Podcast Your Data through iTunes, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or your favorite podcasting app.