Diversity is no longer a side issue; it is a business reality. This networking session is the first in a new series of British Chamber activities to encourage and advance the dialogue on different aspects and issues related to diversity in business and society. Event speakers include Erik Kerkhoffs (Microsoft), Steven Maisel (Fitch Bennett Partners), and Joanna Maycock (European Women’s Lobby). We are also pleased to be supported by JUMP and Professional Women International for this event.
Over an after-work drink, our speakers will facilitate break-out discussions based on their holistic perspectives of diversity. Our aim with this informal and interactive event set-up is two-fold: to offer an excellent networking opportunity, and to encourage the sharing of questions and experiences in these smaller discussion groups.
Erik Kerkhofs, Director DX, Microsoft, is a strong believer in diversity in the workplace and will share his thoughts and lead a dialogue on how to inspire and embrace diversity within a company that thrives in the ever-changing world of technology that transcends gender, age, culture and nationality.
Joanna Maycock, Secretary General, European Women's Lobby, will discuss the role and impact of legislation in enabling diversity in business and politics.
Steven Maisel, Partner, Fitch Bennett Partners, will discuss how conscious and unconscious biases affect employer's recruitment choices, and whether the customer - seen from the perspective of an executive search firm - is always right?
In Cooperation with: JUMP, European Women's Lobby, PWI
Director, DX, Microsoft | Microsoft NV/SA
As a member of the Microsoft Belux senior leadership team, Erik heads up the group DX "developer experience and evangelism", responsible for ensuring that software and game developers, students, startups, IT professionals and businesses build and deploy innovative applications and solutions for a cloud-first, mobile-first world, from idea generation to go-to-market strategies. He is responsible for Microsoft Innovation Centers, public-private partnerships that focus on startups, innovation and job creation.