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Women in Data, Whats your story? - Sonya Barlow
Sonya Barlow - Women of Colour in Tech Summary: As different personalities in the workplace we are often told to leave our mood at home and come to work in the most professional manner. With over 47% of millenials having a side hustle, less than 15% of females in technology and the average pay gap being 18% in a data role, its time to discuss the truth about inclusivity, culture and what we need to start doing to change the status quo and make data more diverse, different and daring! How can we leave our moods at home when the data shows it just isn't as fair? Bio: Sonya Barlow is the Founder of diversity initiative Like Minded Females, a women of colour in technology and public speaker. She has won numerous awards including Rising star UK 2017, UK Tech business women finalist sponsored by PWC 2018 and Pitch superwomen 100 2019. Her passion areas include cultural change, diversity & Inclusion and confidence building.
Failure Comes Before Resilience | Sonya Barlow | TEDxDeMontfortUWomen
It's time to acknowledge failure. But what does that mean? Sonya Barlow invites us to see failure as a 'temporary disruptor' - a necessary step in the growth of resilience. She encourages us to see how we can become stronger and more understanding, through the brave acceptance of the uncontrollable. "If I've never been taught how to be resilient ... what makes you think I know what a positive coping strategy is?" she once thought, amid a google frenzy. Have you ever felt the same? Well, no need to look any further... Sonya's gripping account will offer guidance and will encourage you to celebrate the fact that there is a beautiful failure inside each and every one of us. [CREDITS: Organising Committee: Jane Hearst, Simon Baines, Max Chikwanha. Events Team: Laura Wilson, Jane Colebourne, Yasmin Ali. AV Lead: Mark Dimartino Marriot. Film Lead and Editor: Peter Hutchinson. AV Student Support Team: Yara Abdalgany, Eva Asante, Joseph Tobin. Speaker Coaches: Sanjaya Pandit, Mark Prescod] Sonya is passionate about changing the narrative in the workplace by educating people and providing them with the right resources to drive cultural change and create inclusive environments. She graduated in 2015 before pursuing a career in the technology industry, where she has worked as a technology consultant across industries including banking, retail and energy. In 2018, Sonya founded Like Minded Females (LMF), a female empowerment & diversity network, with the objective to create female-friendly events which enhance life skills and empower women. Founded with the intent to educate, empower, provide a sense of community and mitigate mental health issues, LMF has engaged with over 12,000 people, grown the social community to over 8,000 followers, hosted over 30 events and been recognised as a key player in social mobility. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx