Agile Coach and Agile Delivery Manager, Principal Consultant at Infosys Consulting, coaching future leaders who will create a more sustainable business world!
An Agile Leader’s journey across the diversity chasm
(Co-presented with Rashee Harvey)
In this interactive talk, Akemi Micallef and Rashee Harvey explore this “diversity” chasm between an organisation's so called “reputational” diversity and inclusivity – and the game changing ability to leverage the organisation leadership, siloed departments and an organisation’s lived values to realise the super powers the full potential of a truly diverse and inclusive workforce as told through an Agile Leaders journey to cross the diversity chasm. This talk will help participants gain awareness and insight about the barriers to inclusive leadership.
We will have a close look at what keeps today’s Agile Leaders from harnessing the power of diverse inclusive leadership through the use of “stereotypical” feminine positive traits and “diversity decision making”. We will use Personas and Empathy Maps to establish a fictitious, yet relatable Agile Leader – an amalgamation of leaders we worked with and our own leadership experiences – and the tools and techniques that allow them to “cross the chasm” and harness diversity and inclusivity in decision making, collaboration and innovation.
Akemi started her career in Technology 30 years ago - fresh out of art school, wearing vinyl combat boots and knowing nothing about computers. From there, she learnt to build servers, install networks and developed expertise in software testing. Her agile journey started as a line manager who desperately needed to upskill her staff of manual testers to be able to function on agile development teams. As an agile transformation consultant for Infosys Consulting, she approaches agile transformation as a capability building exercise and her role as a guide rather than a coach. Having lived and worked in many different countries, she believes in the power of diversity and is passionate about helping Technology leaders harness the power of diverse workforces. She has recently moved from London to Rotterdam.