Part 6: Building inclusive companies

November 10, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EST • EMEA and APAC replays


Danielle Leong

Engineering Manager


Danielle Leong

Session summary

Managing people is hard, and managing people who have different experiences to you is even harder - but that’s also why it’s necessary that you put in the work to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to succeed.

A willingness to change our own behaviours is only the start, but how can you take individual actions and turn them into change at an organisational level? How do you build sustainable and systemic change?

You’ll leave this session with:

  • An understanding of the barriers that exist for underrepresented engineers
  • Strategies for active allyship and proactive anti-discrimination
  • How to make grassroots change, and how it can become organisational
  • Frameworks for examining inequality in pay, reward, growth opportunities

Talks and panels

Panelists to be announced

[Panel] Understanding state of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in tech today

In this panel, we’ll be exploring the current state of diversity, inclusion and belonging in today’s tech landscape; addressing the current actions that companies are undertaking, how those actions are helping employees, and how they could be failing them. We'll think about how companies can approach iterating upon their current policies and start to outline the actions that companies can take over the next year.

LaFawn Davis

Inclusion strategies for senior leaders

There’s a lot going on right now. We have the COVID-19 pandemic, a global economic crisis, and in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, protests and demands for reform. It’s as if the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the 1929 stock market crash and the civil unrest of 1968 are happening at the same time. In this talk, learn about diversity and inclusion actions executives and senior leaders can take right now to create long-term sustainable change.

Kim Crayton

Actions for creating inclusive teams

In this talk, we’ll explore the actionable things individuals can do to ensure their teams are inclusive. It will outline how people often over-index how inclusive they think they are; explain why actions that appear inclusive (such as open door) don’t work because of unacknowledged power differentials; and explore how to create a psychologically safe environment for people from underrepresented backgrounds.

Michelle Grover

Understanding your positionality in a global context

In this session, we’ll explore how local and national perspectives don’t necessarily or directly translate to other countries that your organisation relates to. It will explore how this plays out when interacting with remote teams in different contexts, and also examine how current events and geopolitics are lived realities for others who work at your organization.

Timings around the world

Live show November, 10

Daytime in North America, early evening in Europe and Africa.

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EMEA friendly replay November, 11

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APAC friendly replay November, 11

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About Danielle Leong

Danielle Leong is an engineering manager at GitHub working to build healthier, safer communities, with a passion for building Consensual Software.

She’s the creator and founder of Feerless, an app that provided crowd-sourced, preemptive notifications for Netflix users with PTSD.

She’s passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in tech, and was one of the founding members of Skittles, Twilio’s diversity initiative. In her spare time, she volunteers at Code Tenderloin and mentors underrepresented folks in tech.

In her spare time, she runs a portrait and fashion photography studio and yes, she would love to take your photo!

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