Join us for our live Q&A session with Applied

Join us on Tuesday 9th March as we #ChooseToChallenge our hiring practices in this thought-provoking Q&A session

Applied are on a mission to de-bias the hiring process so that everyone gets a fair shot - regardless of gender, race or background -

“Whilst most organisations would like to improve their diversity, real, measurable change starts with a conscious decision to challenge the status quo.” - Applied

Check out our blog in collaboration with Applied, which looks in detail at the ways you can #ChooseToChallenge your hiring practices - from the sourcing stage through to interviewing, to allow for a more inclusive hiring process. We'd love you to have a read at this before the event, and bring your questions to our Q&A session for a really thought-provoking discussion.

Read the blog here

Sign up to the webinar and include any questions you have for the speakers panel.

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More info: Applied x Ada's List Q&A Session

Topic: How can we #ChooseToChallenge our hiring processes, to help attract and retain more women in tech roles - in partnership with Applied

When: Tuesday 9th March

Time: 4-5pm GMT

We’d love to feature some of your questions in this Q&A webinar. Sign up to the webinar and include any questions you have for the speakers panel.


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We’ll have 2 womxn from the Applied team, 2 Ada’s List members and our fantastic moderator Ashanti Bentil-Dhue coming together in this online panel event - to talk to the Ada's List Community, Applied employees and customers around the International Women's Day theme of #ChooseToChallenge.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions around hiring inclusively in tech and how we can #ChooseToChallenge employers to do so. We’ll also be discussing some of the challenges we may be facing in hiring at the moment, and what we could do to try and overcome these hurdles.

We will be joined on the panel by:

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue - Moderator.

Ashanti is the Co Founder of 100 White Allies, Diversity Ally and Black In Events, consultancies which provide support to organisations who want to proactively change workplace culture to become healthier and  inclusive, both internally and for their service users.

Ashanti believes that systemic change comes from taking a considered, blended approach which brings accountability to the change process, the inclusion of appropriate lived experience, and dynamic and innovative approaches to facilitated thinking. More importantly, Ashanti focuses on working with organisations on how they prepare employees and leadership for uncomfortable conversations, before they receive any training and education.

Ashanti is able to bring the experience she gained from five years spent as a Regulatory Compliance AVP for the likes of Santander Bank, Barclaycard and the Financial Ombudsman Service. This experience has given Ashanti an understanding of corporate governance and challenges associated with change management and workplace culture shifts.  Ashanti Bentil-Dhue co created the UK's first nationwide anti-racism and allyship project for women in HR (which is 83% female and white) who want to become allies to minorities in the workplace.

Mel Schatynski - Software Engineer, Applied

Melenie is a people-centric Developer, Educator and Entrepreneur.

Mel is a multi-hyphenate that loves the work she does - whether that's changing the way the world hires at Applied as part of their development team, collaborating with a client on their new website or creating new educational workshops.

WuQing Hipsh - Community Lead, Applied

WuQing is the Community Lead at Applied.  She utilises design thinking to ideate and implement outreach methods, to foster a genuine community for fair hiring.  
She is passionate about interdisciplinary design strategy, driven to use human-centred design for social change.

Before becoming a design engineer, she worked as an educator and artist for over seven years. Her artwork has been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and was featured in the New York Times' Art and Design Section.

Inga Driksne - Ada's List panel member

Inga supports early stage founders as an Operations Consultant and Advisor, after gaining 10 years experience working in tech startups across Europe. Recruitment and hiring process plays a significant role in her work.

In her first job Inga was responsible for recruitment at a company builder IONIQ (formerly HitFox Group), where she scaled the team from 20 to 80+ employees in the first year. Ever since she has hired for almost every startup as part of Operations. Having experienced recruitment in tech first hand, Inga is passionate about getting more women into senior roles and inspiring them to become specialist consultants in their fields.

Tara Huddless - Ada's List panel member

Tara has had a diverse career with several industry changes as well as numerous side-hustles. This experience covers hospitality, fitness, weddings and events, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, I.T. and telecommunications.

Tara is now a business and career coach, CEO of My Mentor Finder and VivaSynch and a Pharmaceutical Expert National Account Manager at Vodafone Business. As a Lean In leader and The Girls’ Network mentor Tara is a passionate cheerleader for women in work.


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Ada's List IWD headline events -

Kaspersky x Ada's List Webinar - Thursday 4th March 1-2pm GMT (online) - sign up

Monzo x Ada's List Q&A Webinar - Monday 8th March 1-2pm GMT (online) - sign up 

Applied x Ada's List Webinar - Tuesday 9th March 4-5pm GMT (online) - sign up

#ChooseToChallenge Yoga with Nicole Meliora - Wednesday 3rd March 08:15 - 09:00am - sign up

#ChooseToChallenge Ada's List Coffee Morning - Thursday 11th March 08:30 - 09:45am - sign up

Eventmind Pro - Digital Womxn & Sex - Thursday 11th March 6:30-8pm GMT - sign up

Throughout the 2 weeks: look out for our #FollowAdas campaign and daily recommended reads across all social channels 

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Check out the full 2 week schedule of Ada's List events celebrating International Women's Day. Read more here

And if you feel like supporting us further, so that we can continue hosting these free events, please do take a look at our Patron Programme. For as little as £5 per month, you can help us keep Ada's List running as the vibrant community we all know and love.

We hope to see you there!

We’re excited to be collaborating with our partners at Applied as part of our #AdasListIWD events. As well as releasing a blog next week, we’ll also be going live with Applied on Tuesday 9th March, for a live Q&A webinar featuring speakers from the Applied team and a few of our Ada’s List members.

March 4, 2021
Nicole Whitelaw
Marketing and Communications Associate
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