Thursday 10 October 18:00 - 21:00

Emirates Stadium
Entrance J, Woolwich Suite
Hornsey Road
N7 7AJ

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Business & Professional

Your Future, Your Ambition invites you to the 8th Annual Executive Event




Traditionally, when speaking of the STEM industry, many revert to speaking solely about the four pillars of the acronym; however, the Arts, creativity and innovation have always been the golden thread running through the industry which is why it comes as no surprise there has been a push to transition STEM into the more appropriate STEAM 


But what benefits does the inclusion of the Arts mean for the world of business?


During this evening of insights and discussion, you will have the opportunity to hear from leading voices within both the corporate and academic worlds to understand the challenges, the bias and the missed opportunities that organisations today can learn and benefit from.


Attendees will also meet some of the talented individuals that have benefitted from attending YFYA’s annual event previously and learn how their careers have since progressed.


Join other Executive leaders in an evening of lively discussion and how we, as an industry, can continue to drive excellence and opportunities for all.


Event timings


Arrival Drinks




Guest Speaker Address

Facilitated Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders and Academics

YFYA Awards



Networking and Refreshments


Our Guest Speaker, 



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Tonie Odeniy

Tonie is a senior Partner Manager in AWS and responsible for working with the partner across EMEA in developing their VMware Cloud on AWS offerings to help customer build and deploy a Hybrid Cloud Strategy. 

He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working with AWS partners for the past 3 years. He brings a lot of experience on VMWare Cloud on AWS and we are pleased to have him keyniting at this event. 

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Vicky Sleight


A cultural diversity and inclusion executive, with almost 20 years’ experience in the global telecoms industry, Vicky is leading, influencing and driving change at the international level in leading edge technology.,  She has a successful track record of fostering innovative approaches and driving messaging and communications for technical products through to  D&I and cultural change.

The key for Vicky has always been collaboration with key stakeholders in MNO’s and the wider eco-system, industry, government, NGO’s and academia. She is currently enabling collaboration on a Perfect Ltd initiative to promote the need for diversity of thought and perspectives in AI technologies as well as participating in a global industry council to drive education and to deliver tools for better impact through D&I.

 Vicky has created and delivered global programs and interventions to benchmark industry wide progress against D&I benchmarks and to stimulate inclusive participation in STEAM education.   An active participant in many  international networks for promoting inclusion, she has authored  published articles and is a social media commentator on topical future tech as well as D&I issues in the tech sector.

A true cultural change and marketing expert, applying a range of tools and approaches to deliver business transformation – helping organisations radically re-think of how they will identify and nurture key talent in the future using The GC Index® .


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Shilpa Shah

 Shilpa leads Deloitte’s Alternative Delivery Models agenda and programme and is passionate about Respect and Inclusion. She leads the award winning Women in Technology (WiT) network at Deloitte and is an active member and supporter of the Multi-Cultural Network (MCN). Shilpa has spoken at many Women in Technology and MCN events to inspire members and clients and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to reach their full potential.

 Shilpa has mentored over 100 individuals within Deloitte and externally. She also mentors and speaks with students, including 100 women from India sponsored by the UK British Council to undertake their Masters at UK universities. Shilpa has appeared on BBC Radio London and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour discussing diversity and will be speaking at the upcoming Alpbach forum on ‘Unleashing Europe’s Digital Potential’ (August 2019).

 She is a Board member of the Institute of Coding’s Industry Advisory Board, focussed on widening participation and improving the industry relevance of computer science degrees.

To inspire future BAME STEM talent she has sponsored and championed Deloitte’s participation in ‘Your Future, Your Ambition’ at the Emirates Stadium for six years. She has also delivered WiSE’s ‘People Like Me’ training to inspire young girls to consider Physics A Level and created the relationship with organisations such as CoderDojo and FireTechCamp to help children to learn coding skills.

 As a mum of two inquisitive digitally native daughters, Shilpa is passionate about equality, inclusion and widening participation in digital education and careers. She is leading Deloitte’s research for the IoC to better understand the motivating factors for choosing digital education and jobs.



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