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Inclusive Leadership and Inspiring Action and Innovation
8. July 2020 @ 15:00 - 16:00
Is 2020 your year for improving equity, diversity and inclusion? Or the year that you hope your research team makes their big breakthrough? Are you hoping to get more out of your peers, colleagues and team? Diversity is now a buzzword that gets attention wherever you go, but actually embarking on a programme to hire and retain diverse talent is not as easy as it first seems! In this talk I will discuss why equity, diversity and inclusion and achieving success for your team, innovation and research are not mutually exclusive. I will share my experiences of setting up an internationally recognised movement addressing inclusion – Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC), including what I wish I had done differently. I will finish with a session on inclusive leadership, and how being an exceptional, inclusive, leader can inspire research, innovation and the careers of those around you. – Dr Toni Collis is the CEO of Collis-Holmes Innovations and Chair of WHPC. Toni is a Strategic Leader, Trainer, Consultant and Leadership Coach. With a background in Physics, Toni’s professional career has focused on facilitating the use of parallel computing and supercomputers for the advancement of research and innovation in both academia and industry. Early on in her career, Toni realised that knowledge was not the only barrier to the uptake of parallel computing in research, but that culture limited the participation of women and minorities. As Chair and Co-Founder of WHPC, Toni developed and led innovations aiming to diversify the HPC workforce, providing HPC tutorials for women academics and students around the world, training for inclusive workforces and research into how to improve the representation of women. In early 2019, Toni focused on her passion for broadening diversity & inclusion in the technology industry and now offers Strategy, Coaching, Training and Consultancy for Women Leaders and their allies, with a personal goal of assisting 2000 women into leadership in tech in the next five years.