A groundbreaking initiative aimed at supporting ethnic minority women in the tech industry has taken flight in Leeds with the inaugural gathering of the West Yorkshire Ethnic Minority Women in Tech roundtable. Held at the recently renovated Leeds Media Centre in Chapeltown, the event marked the beginning of an inspiring journey towards inclusivity and empowerment.
Powered by Unity Enterprise in collaboration with esteemed partners including Cognizant, Leeds City Council, AD:VENTURE, WiLD Digital, Digital Enterprise, and the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA), the event served as a platform for women from diverse professional backgrounds to converge, exchange ideas, forge connections, and elevate one another through shared expertise and experiences.
The event commenced with poignant speeches from key figures including Unity Enterprise Chair and YABA Director Sharon Jandu OBE, Leeds City Council Chief Officer for Culture and Economy Eve Roodhouse, and Cognizant Senior Director/WiLD Digital founder Sarah Tulip. Their words set the tone for a dynamic group discussion that followed, delving into various facets of the tech industry and the unique challenges faced by ethnic minority women within it.
Sharon Jandu emphasised the significance of the initiative, stating, “The West Yorkshire Ethnic Minority Women in Tech initiative is a transformative platform, fostering knowledge exchange among industry experts and providing women with unparalleled opportunities to thrive in the tech landscape.” She expressed gratitude to the partner organisations for their unwavering support and highlighted the importance of upcoming gatherings to further amplify the initiative’s impact.
Sarah Tulip echoed these sentiments, underscoring the vital role of collaborative efforts in fostering diversity and inclusivity within the tech sector. She envisioned a future where underrepresented communities have a voice and equitable opportunities abound, fueled by initiatives like this.
Established in 2000, Unity Enterprise, the not-for-profit subsidiary of Unity Homes and Enterprise, has been at the forefront of empowering communities in Leeds. Cedric Boston, Chief Executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, expressed his enthusiasm for hosting the inaugural roundtable, highlighting the importance of fostering a supportive environment where ideas flourish, connections blossom, and progress thrives.
As the West Yorkshire Ethnic Minority Women in Tech initiative gains momentum, it symbolises a beacon of hope and empowerment for women across the region. With each gathering, a new chapter unfolds, promising a future where diversity is celebrated, voices are amplified, and opportunities abound for all.