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Wednesday, August 8 • 14:00 - 15:15
Everything I Know About Leading Diverse Teams I Learned From Roller Derby (Meg Ward) Popular

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Abstract: #MeToo, #equalpayday, #HeForShe, Lean In, Project Include, and the Pao Effect are being discussed online and offline around the world - is this a moment or is it a movement?
Maintaining an inclusive culture isn't just for HR - it's our responsibility as leaders to ensure our teams feel safe, valued, and heard. How does a leader foster an environment that allows for equity and fairness for all kinds of diversity? How does a leader recruit and retain a diverse team? Are there other groups or organizations that aren't necessarily using agile methodologies that can provide insight into how to manage this? Yes!
Come learn how to identify, create, and maintain an inclusive culture as a leader using lessons learned from both my career as a software developer and manager and as a roller derby skater. Learn what you gain from and for your team by having strong statements of inclusivity and standardized requirements for everyone at the same level or band. You'll walk away with a better understanding of the many types of diversity, your unconscious biases, and a list of leadership tools and tips you can put in place immediately - all backed by science and research.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how a leader can create and foster a diverse and inclusive team culture
  • Learn methods to reduce/recognize your unconscious biases when making decisions on projects and people
  • Gain a deeper understanding of all the different types of diversity a team can contain and how to accommodate them


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Meg Ward

Associate Director, Development, IHS Markit
Meg Ward is a political nerd, feminist, homebrewer, roller derby bad ass, software dev and manager with 18 years experience in everything from C++ on HPUX to C# and beyond. She believes experience is the best teacher but a lesson from someone who’s been there can be almost as good... Read More →

Wednesday August 8, 2018 14:00 - 15:15 PDT
Balboa/Mission Hills