INSPIRE 20 is a series of conversations with 20 industry executives from around the world who are creating lasting change, accelerating initiatives or have a unique point of view around inclusion and diversity (I&D) in their own industries, organizations or communities. Sponsored by Micro Focus, a multinational software and information technology business, headquartered in the UK, the podcast series is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program, Micro Focus INSPIRE. The company is committed to helping address the lack of diversity in the technology industry, from the classroom to the boardroom. As has been shown, diverse teams make better decisions, are more creative at finding alternatives to problems, and are overall more likely to produce better outcomes.
EP19: Erik Day, SVP, Small Business & Co-founder of the Pride ERG, Dell Technologies
Being in an executive role at a large enterprise brings with it a high level of responsibility, according to Erik Day, who leads Dell Technologies' small business division in North America and Brazil.And as an executive, Day said he should use his voice for much more than just being a voice for the LGBTQ+ community. It should be used for being feminist and being an ally to his black and brown brothers and sisters.Day, who co-founded the Pride employee resource group (ERG) at Dell Technologies was recently named in the top 10 OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives Role Model List of 2020 by INvolve, a global network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business.
EP18: Allia Mcleod, Head of brand relations and content development for Verizon Media Studios
An award-winning producer and self-described queer woman of color, Allia McLeod is continually striving to disrupt the status quo and advance the cultural conversation around diversity.
Head of brand relations and content development for Verizon Media Studios in Canada, this past year, McLeod was named to the 2020 Top LGBT+ Outstanding Role Model Executives list.
In the podcast, McLeod talks about her involvement in Verizon Media's employee resource groups (ERGs), including BOLD (Black Originators, Leaders and Doers) and Prism, the company's LGBT+ ERG.
McLeod also offers advice on how companies can do more to tackle bias in the workplace.
EP17: Rod Flavell, Founder and CEO of the FDM Group
Rod Flavell is founder and CEO of the London-based FDM Group.
FDM are a leader in the recruit, train, and deploy industry and launch thousands of technology and business careers every year across the globe. Part of the company's philosophy is a commitment to all forms of diversity, including an Ex-Forces careers program designed for veterans from all ranks and services, a Women in Tech initiative, and a Returners to Work program.
In the podcast, Flavell talks extensively about the Ex-Forces program and offers advice for other leaders or hiring managers looking to improve inclusion and diversity in their businesses or start similar initiatives.
EP16: Phillip Jenkinson, CEO of Baidam Solutions
CEO Phillip Jenkinson started Baidam Solutions as a tribute to his late father's passion for Indigenous rights and his desire to leave the world in a better place. An Australian tech company, Baidam Solutions is committed to bridging the gap of Indigenous representation in the IT security sector.
In the podcast, Jenkinson talks about how his company helps indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders find employment in the Australian information security sector—free of charge. He also explains how he recruits Indigenous talent and how many placements Baidam has made.
EP15: Vandana Verma Sehgal, Board of Directors at OWASP & President InfosecGirls
An experienced security solutions architect, Vandana Verma is president and founder of Infosec Girls, an initiative that encourages women to pursue careers in the field of information security. The goal of Infosec Girls is to get more women curious about cybersecurity by urging them to actively participate in events such as security conferences and community meet-ups.
In the podcast, Verma explains why mentorship is so critical in addressing gender imbalance in the tech industry, and what it means to "uplift others," help them conquer their fears, and guide them in the right direction.
EP14: Morag Lucey CEO, Televerde
In this episode of the INSPIRE 20 podcast we hear from Morag Lucey, the CEO of Televerde. Televerde, a global demand generation organisation, provides sales training, education, and jobs for incarcerated women while they're in prison and after they're released, helping them find their voices and reach their human potential.
She talks about Televerde’s mission to embrace intentional hiring practices and provide career development opportunities to people who otherwise have limited prospects for sustainable employment. Lucey also offers some advice for leaders when it comes to driving inclusion and diversity in their organization, as well as in society as a whole.