How neurodiverse professionals bring in-demand perspectives to tech

Thu Feb 23 2023 at 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Sparta Global | London

Sparta Global
Publisher/HostSparta Global
How neurodiverse professionals bring in-demand perspectives to tech
Join the launch event for our 2023 EqualTech Report and discover how Neurodiverse professionals can add value to tech teams
About this Event

Neurodivergent people often see the world differently, offering different perceptions that fuel creative ideas. Perfect for the tech industry. In fact, research suggests that Neurodiverse people are 30% more productive overall (Harvard Business Review) and autistic people in the right environment can be 140% more productive than their peers (JP Morgan Chase).

Sociologist Judy Singer coined the term “neurodiversity” in the 1990s. It refers to the range of individual brain function and behavioral traits — a normal variation across the human population. Neurodivergence includes disabilities such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.

In 2022, Sparta Global surveyed more than 500 individuals from organisations across almost every industry sector – from CEOs and CTOs, to junior hiring professionals, HR, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion experts, community partners and graduate groups. With these insights, we have pulled together a report that shines a light on the powerful potential of neurodiverse professionals in technology and the unique contributions they can present to fast-growth, innovative technology teams.

Join us for an evening of important insights, discussion and networking to identify your part to play in the progression of neurodiverse talent in UK technology, and the incredible potential of people from different perspectives.

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17:00pm | Guest arrival

17:15pm | Welcome address: David Rai, Sparta Global CEO

17:20pm | Equal Tech Report 2023: Key insights with Purnima Sen [Chief People & Compliance Officer] and Gaia Caruso [Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion] at Sparta Global

17:40pm | Neurodiversity panel discussion: guests to be announced soon

18:05 | Market Field address with Project Manager and Trustee, Naomi Andrews

18:15 | Networking, drinks and nibbles

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For every survey completed, Sparta Global pledged to donate £5 to Market Field – a charity which supports young people with Autism, ADHD and special education needs into paid employment, creating opportunities to ensure bright futures.

Find out more about Market Field here.

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Purnima Sen is an Operations and HR professional with more than twenty years’ experience in digital media and IT consultancy. Joining Sparta Global’s Director team in 2017, Purnima is responsible for managing the business’ growing pool of technology talent and the overall operation of its national training Academies.

A proud Asian women in leadership, and mother of three, Purnima has been able to combine her passion for technology and people by leading the development of Sparta Global’s ED&I department. For her work in this field, Purnima has been a finalist for the IOD Director of the Year for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for 2020 and 2021 and was shortlisted in the Top 50 most inspiring women in tech.

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Gaia Caruso is a professional advocate for ED&I in technology, business and society. An Academic with a master’s degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - where she conducted research related to employment inequalities, social mobility and anti-discriminatory legislation – Gaia also previously studied and supported ED&I research projects at the University of Pavia and Northern Arizona University (NAU).

In 2017, Gaia joined Sparta Global to lead the company's Diversity and Inclusion agenda within the University Partnerships space. Now appointed ED&I Lead, in 2019, Gaia was named "Role Model of the Year (SME) - Tech Industry" at the Women in Tech Excellence Awards and was included in the "2021 Inspirational Corporate Women" list by We Are The City.

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After relocating to rural Essex from London six years ago, Naomi founded the Market Field Farm charity with the purpose of supporting neurodiverse young people into work. Since the autumn of 2021, Naomi and her teams have worked within the green economy on large scale conservation projects, planting trees and creating new wildlife habitats. Future plans include a five acre nature focused site in north Essex which will create jobs within conservation, horticulture, hospitality and commercial flower growing. The charity currently employs two full time team leaders and ten team members.

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Sparta Global, 125 London Wall, London, United Kingdom


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