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Diversity is a buzzword. We all talk about it. The companies we work for are all trying to achieve diversity targets, and founders tell us they are trying to be more diverse by setting a goal to hire X% of minorities.

June 27-29, 2023 Conference
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Join us at the Barbican in London this June

With a conference for every level of engineering leadership, find a community that will help you reach your career goals.

As staff+ engineers, can we really make a difference when it comes to increasing diversity? More importantly, is diversity the right target to aim for?

This is Liem’s story, a France-born developer with Asian heritage, finding his space in the London tech scene. You will hear about his journey, from being the first frontend engineer at Accurx, to building a diverse and inclusive guild of 20+ members in two years.

He will explain why focusing on diversity was not the right approach for his team. Liem will share with you his view on inclusion and how he changed the company’s hiring process to adapt to the needs of his team. He will walk through the guild structure, communication between members, team up-skilling, the psychological safety in the team, the group decision making, the impact on the daily jobs of all the developers, and the challenges from the wider organisation.

The evolution of Accurx’s frontend guild is a clear example of why investing in diversity and inclusion is a powerful step to make everyone feel safer and more comfortable. This is an achievable goal that we can all take on as leaders in the tech industry.