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Gender Equality in the Tech Sector: Solutioning Forward for Systemic Change

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Gender Equality in the Tech Sector: Solutioning Forward for Systemic Change
Gender Equality in the Tech Sector: Solutioning Forward for Systemic Change

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2021年1月29日 21:00 – 22:22 JST

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About The Event

After a successful event in August 2020 on the challenges that diverse young women and men face in the tech industry (watch video:, enjoi Diversity & Innovation Consulting, WomEnpowered International, We Speak Equality, , and Women who Code Tokyo have partnered up to host a global panel focusing on solutions that will support gender equality in the tech industry.

In our first event, we discussed the challenges individual women and men face and how gender inequality plays out within the tech industry and attitudes around STEM. Too often D&I initiatives are inspired by a narrow focus on individual-level analyses that actually can stereotype and ignore the internal diversity of affected groups. This can lead to ineffective “band aid” initiatives and programs that do not deliver lasting change and that fail to create a holistic, diversity-positive corporate culture.

In this upcoming event, we turn our focus to systemic-level solutions that will help companies overcome these challenges, and that specifically lay the groundwork for sustainable solutions that foster equality in the workplace.

* What can we do to foster gender equality in the tech industry? * What solutions are working and which ones are NOT working? * How have in-house D&I professionals, equality-seeking researchers, and policy makers approached these challenges in different countries? * What advice do these D&I experts have to guide us forward?

Join our online event on 29th January 2021 (9pm JST) to learn more. In this global panel featuring Japan-based enjoi D&I Consulting’s Jackie F. Steele and three (3) of her esteemed enjoi D&I thought partners as they share about the kinds of solutions that drive systemic, holistic change for lasting social impact in the tech industry.

PANELISTS * Hirona Hono, Manager of People Development, Mercari (Tokyo) * Dr. Jackie F. Steele, political scientist and CEO, enjoi Diversity & Innovation Consulting (Tokyo/Vancouver) * Dr. Sarah Saska, CEO, Feminuity (Toronto) * Jason Wong, CEO, JWong Works (New York)

MODERATOR Milan Nguyen, Founder, We Speak Equality (Ireland)


enjoi Diversity & Innovation Consulting * Jackie F. Steele, Kelley Cortright, Shirley Kotian

We Speak Equality * Milan Nguyen

WomEnpowered International * Yuki Nakao, Rachel Wong, Jan Imanmadiyeva, Jackie F. Steele

Women Who Code Tokyo * Ania Nakayama


Japan 1. Hirona Hono is Manager, People Development Team, at Mercari, a Japanese startup that develops marketplace apps. Before joining Mercari, she worked as an Intercultural Training Specialist at UC Berkeley as well as a Program Director at VIA while pursuing an MA in Intercultural Services, Leadership, and Management at SIT Graduate Institute.

Japan/Canada 2. Dr. Jackie F. Steele (she/her) is a trilingual (en-fr-jp) author/speaker and engaged professor of political scientist working across Japanese, north american and international research communities, and a long-time pioneer on diversity and women’s equality within Japanese academia and Japan-Canada diplomacy. As the CEO of enjoi Diversity & Innovation Consulting she is working within global-minded organizations to contribute her law/policy expertise in mainstreaming intersectional diversity and gender-equal workplace design to support stakeholders in building inclusive corporate eco-systems that place innovation, diversity, and inclusive culture at the core of sustainable business strategy. Jackie serves as a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, is Vice President and representative co-director of FEW Japan Not-for-Profit Association, and is kept on her toes by her two adorable children. In her spare time, Jackie is a passionate amateur taiko performing artist.

Canada 3. As the CEO of Feminuity, Dr. Sarah Saska (Sher, Her, Hers) partners with leading technology startups through Fortune 500s to build diverse teams, equitable systems, and inclusive products and company cultures. Before co-founding Feminuity, Sarah led pioneering doctoral research at the intersection of equity, technology, and innovation. Her research highlighted the need for companies in the technology and innovation sector to centre ethical and equitable design and became the inspiration for Feminuity. Since then, Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and on Culture Amp’s list of “Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know.” She is a powerful TEDx speaker, and she has been featured on CBC’s The National and Fast Company for her straightforward and actionable approach to the work.

United States 4. Jason Wong is a proven engineering leader, diversity & inclusion consultant, and doughnut enthusiast. With over two decades of experience in building and scaling web applications, he has worked in a range of industries from academia to online media and e-commerce. He helped establish web development and administrative computing at Columbia College, led development of premium video streaming services at Yahoo! Sports, and spent seven years at Etsy leading their Infrastructure Engineering team. He currently works with executive teams and engineering leaders to improve their engineering management practices and establish inclusive cultures.

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