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Welcome to The DEI Discussions, powered by Harrington Starr. In this podcast we discuss the development and entrenchment of diversity and inclusion in FinTech by speaking to the most prevalent voices within the space. Highlighting the incredible women walking the talk for change; the people working to champion authentic inclusion, both professionally and personally; discussing the talent acquisition strategies that attract and retain a diverse range of talent; and the Maternity and Paternity Stories of FinTech. Each gives us an eye-opening look at the change we need to enact.

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Welcome to The DEI Discussions, powered by Harrington Starr. In this podcast we discuss the development and entrenchment of diversity and inclusion in FinTech by speaking to the most prevalent voices within the space. Highlighting the incredible women walking the talk for change; the people working to champion authentic inclusion, both professionally and personally; discussing the talent acquisition strategies that attract and retain a diverse range of talent; and the Maternity and Paternity Stories of FinTech. Each gives us an eye-opening look at the change we need to enact.

    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast | Nichola and Calli of Working Wonder Consultancy

    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast | Nichola and Calli of Working Wonder Consultancy

    Joining Nadia in The DEI Discussions studio for this special episode are Nichola and Calli, Co-Founders of Working Wonder Consultancy.

    This brilliant duo trace their distinct personal journey's, and reveal to us the experiences that led them to founding Working Wonder Consultancy. We are exposed to the discriminatory and damaging behaviours that prompted them to both to begin a new approach to work- one in which everyone has a voice and a space.

    From their Going Forward to Work Philosophy, to how Ian Wright inspired a new mindset, the pair chart the practices they introduce to organisations that allow each and everyone of us to walk the talk for change.

    Nichola and Calli's personal experience as parents is particularly revealing. Again, their distinct yet common experiences reveal to us all there is so much more we can be doing to support every demographic when shaping a better future for work.

    • 24 min
    Nadia's Women of FinTech - Una Keller, Senior Manager, KDB+ Developer at Macquarie Group

    Nadia's Women of FinTech - Una Keller, Senior Manager, KDB+ Developer at Macquarie Group

    On this episode of The Women of FinTech Series, Nadia is pleased to welcome Una Keller, Senior Manager, KDB+ Developer at Macquarie Group to the show.

    From a global perspective, there is a shortage of female tech talent. But what are the barriers and how can we increase the numbers? 

    Una tells us about her journey in tech and how she became part of the team at Macquarie, as well as all of the initiatives she is running to help recruit and retain diverse talent in the industry. 

    The pair also discuss Macquarie's  upcoming Women in Tech event on October 6th. It will be filled with food, drinks, informational sessions led by senior leaders and the opportunity to talk to experienced developers, analysts and operations staff about your background and experience.

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/macquarie-group-women-in-tech-event-2022-tickets-392509074207

    • 13 min
    Nadia's Humans of FinTech Podcast | Liam Chennells, CEO of Detected

    Nadia's Humans of FinTech Podcast | Liam Chennells, CEO of Detected

    Welcome back to another episode of Nadia’s Humans of FinTech Podcast. Today, Nadia is joined by the brilliant Liam Chennells, CEO of Detected.

    Liam is all about people investment and this episode is brimming with his inspiring stories and ideas, that showcase some of the best talent in the industry. He shares the story behind the origins of Detected and how challenges from the pandemic triggered an innovative and thriving business.

    He states, “there were so many people just trying to make a quick bit of money during that period and that wasn’t my motivation, which I think is so important, and it’s a part of why things have gone so well because it wasn’t that; it was actually just trying to sort out a problem.”

    The conversation then turns to accessibility within the industry. Liam shares his ideas on building a culture that is in favour of an underserved generation and why universities– and the education system as a whole– aren't tailored for everyone.

    • 14 min
    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast | Joanne Lockwood, Founder, CEO and Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Consultant at SEE Change Happen

    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast | Joanne Lockwood, Founder, CEO and Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Consultant at SEE Change Happen

    Joining Nadia on this episode of the ground-breaking Women of FinTech Podcast is Joanne Lockwood, Founder, CEO and Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Consultant at SEE Change Happen.

    This episode is a masterclass in authentic inclusion, allyship and action. Joanne walks us through her reasons for founding SEE Change Happen, and the tangible work they are doing across a plethora of industries to ensure firms are truly able to find the why behind their commitment to DE&I.

    Joanne's thoughts on allyship are particularly revealing, reminding us that being an active ally is often more about the micro-interventions. And central to all of this? In this episode Joanne shares with Nadia the three principles that underly her understanding of being an ally for all...

    The overarching message of this episode of the Women of FinTech Podcast is we must ensure we are creating positive people experiences. Deploy your privilege to support the marginalised; address your policies; and advocate actively- don't fall into a passive disposition.

    • 18 min
    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast with Laura Wildenborg, FinTech Innovation Manager at Sunrise Banks

    Nadia's Women of FinTech Podcast with Laura Wildenborg, FinTech Innovation Manager at Sunrise Banks

    Welcome back to another episode of the Women of FinTech. This week, Nadia is pleased to introduce Laura Wildenborg, FinTech Innovation Manager at Sunrise Banks, to the show. 

    As someone who entered the industry with a 'non-traditional background', Laura shares her impressive career history to date, with a focus on her work at Sun Rise Banks as an innovative bank empowering financial wellness. 

    As an innovative bank empowering financial wellness, Sun Rise Banks' success relies on the success of the communities they serve. Laura shares her thoughts on what policies she believes need to change for authentic inclusion to be commonplace in the workplace, and what we can be doing to walk the talk for real change across the industry.

    This is a great episode filled with actionable insights!

    • 10 min
    Nadia's Humans of FinTech Podcast | Lydia Sear, Brand Manager at Harrington Starr

    Nadia's Humans of FinTech Podcast | Lydia Sear, Brand Manager at Harrington Starr

    Welcome back to another episode of the Humans of FinTech. This week, Nadia is delighted to be joined by Lydia Sear, Brand Manager here at Harrington Starr!

    Lydia advocates for neurodiversity and mental health. Diagnosed with ADHD when she was 21, she's a firm believer that it's her creative superpower and that we should all embrace our differences. 

    Since her late diagnosis, Lydia has been on a personal journey to learn about neurodiversity and how we can educate one another to be more openly inclusive. In this episode, Lydia shares personal challenges she has faced within the workplace and offers tangible advice for employers to support their neurodivergent colleagues.

    This episode demonstrates that having ADHD, ASD or any other condition does not make you deficient, it simply makes you different. 💫

    • 15 min

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