Is our tendency to make snap judgements based on stereotypes affecting the way we network?

This event on Wednesday 14th March will be hosted by Mary Alexander, Executive Vice President (EVP), Human Resources and run in conjunction with Colt's Network 25 - a group formed with a focus on attracting, developing and retaining female talent within Colt. The event will take a practical look at how unconscious bias may be subtly influencing our ability to make and maintain the contacts that we need to help us progress in our careers.

The evening will begin with an introduction to the theory of unconscious bias and its effect on networking by Louise Weston, Development & Diversity specialist at Pearn Kandola, a business psychology consultancy.

A panel of senior professionals will then join Louise to discuss unconscious bias in practice: how to identify it, how to approach it and how to overcome it in order to successfully develop diverse networks to support our careers.

There will be an opportunity to learn more during the structured networking reception with food and drink provided. You will need to register to attend this event.

Time: 5.30pm - 9.00pm
Wednesday 14th March
Location: Colt House, 20 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EH

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Meet the host and presenter:

Mary Alexander

EVP – Human Resources, Colt Technology Services

Mary Alexander joined Colt on 1 August 2017 as Executive Vice President (EVP) – Human Resources. Mary is responsible for driving Colt’s people strategy, reporting to CEO Carl Grivner. Mary spent seven years with global payments leader PayPal, where she was Vice President HR for the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. She also led HR for the PayPal Europe bank, based in Luxembourg.

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Ceri Roderick

Psychologist, Assessment, Development and Diversity specialist, Pearn Kandola LLP

Ceri is a Business Psychologist and Emeritus Partner at Pearn Kandola who has been helping multinational organisations tackle ‘people’ challenges for over 25 years. An expert in the areas of leadership development, and leader behaviour, he currently spends much of his time helping senior international leaders to embrace inclusive leadership and to manage the thinking errors that slow the process of working with difference and diversity.

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Meet the specialist panel:

Petrina Steele

VP EMEA - BD, Strategy & Innovation, Equinix

Petrina is currently responsible for new ecosystem discovery, strategy & customer engagement for IoT across EMEA. She is also Equinix’s Global strategy lead for Connected Vehicles & Smart Transportation and has held a number of positions in Equinix since joining in 2000 including VP of Vertical Marketing, VP of Business Development and leading on strategic projects (M&A activities, EMEA Cloud Acceleration Project Lead, Strategic Alliances, etc.) Petrina is a supporter of STEM, part of Equinix’s Women Leadership Network (EWLN) and an active member in a number of associations across industries.

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Samantha Maxwell-Reed

Group Managing Director, expand executive search

I hope that my experience of working with forward thinking businesses, who have the appetite to adopt innovative solutions that promote inclusion, will be of interest. Expand has extensive expertise in mapping markets to identify diverse talent, supporting organisations to apply objectivity and rigour to their selection processes that protects against unconscious bias. An ardent advocate of the value of Diversity, I am excited to support Colt’s Network 25.

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Ts Narayanan

CIO, Colt Technology Services

Narayanan (“TS”) is an executive with global experience in the Telecom industry for over 30 years and is currently the Chief Information Officer at Colt Technology Services. TS is responsible for driving the overall technical vision, ensuring that the appropriate systems, applications and infrastructure capability exist in order to support Colt’s growth and strategic objectives. In a 30+ year career TS has held a number of exec roles in the telco industry across both the Telco Service Provider and System Integrator segments. He has worked globally in international assignments in the UK, Nordics, and India.

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