Diverse Leaders in Tech

A world-class community of exceptional leaders equipped and empowered to set the standard for DEI excellence in European tech

Diverse Leaders in Tech

April 3rd, 2024

Diverse Leaders in Tech Officially Launches as a Social Impact Venture

A Milestone for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the European Tech Ecosystem

Diverse Leaders in Tech, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 30-03-2024 – Diverse Leaders in Tech, originally incubated under the Techleap programme with support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, is proud to announce its official launch as an independent social impact venture. This pivotal move marks a significant step forward in accelerating DEI efforts across European tech companies, leveraging data-driven strategies, community learning, and a robust DEI partner network to scale DEI practices industry-wide.

Since its inception within the Techleap initiative, Diverse Leaders in Tech has been at the forefront of championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech sector. The organization’s transition to a social impact venture embodies a renewed commitment to transforming the European tech ecosystem into a more inclusive and equitable space.

Ingrid Tappin, stepping in as CEO together with the support of Gillian Tans, who initiated the DEI in Tech Benchmark, and Techleap as Founding Partner. Their combined efforts aim to foster a more data-driven European tech ecosystem, enhance peer-to-peer learning within the community, and establish a DEI partner network dedicated to elevating DEI practices at scale.

Special Envoy of Techleap, Constantijn van Oranje, expressed his support for the venture’s goals: “Diverse Leaders in Tech’s evolution from a Techleap-supported program to an independent social impact venture is a testament to the pressing need for actionable DEI initiatives in the tech industry. Their work is crucial for creating a more inclusive and diverse technological future in Europe.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We are striving to change the face of tech in the Netherlands and beyond through a new wave of diverse leadership. By 2030, our community aims to transform the tech industry by normalising data-driven DEI, enhancing cultural, gender, and neurodiversity representation, ending workplace discrimination, fostering LGBTQI+ safety, retaining international talent, and mitigating AI bias through comprehensive education and allyship.

DEI is a business enabler

Whether it’s in the workplace or society at large, we all have a responsibility to work towards a more inclusive and equitable future. DEI is a real business enabler. It’s not a nice-to-have if you are in technology, it’s a must-have.

Ingrid Tappin – Director Diverse Leaders in Tech

DEI is a business enabler

How we support intersectional tech leaders

We offer a variety of support for intersectional leaders to connect with peers on a professional, personal, and purpose-driven level and help leaders and companies integrate DEI into their business & talent attraction strategy from the get-go.

Community

Join a vibrant network of tech innovators and leaders, embracing diversity as our strength. Connect, collaborate, and grow with peers who share your vision for a more inclusive tech world.

Benchmark

Measure your success against the best with our comprehensive benchmarks tailored for diversity in tech. Stay ahead of the curve by understanding where you stand in a rapidly evolving industry.

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Learning

Empower your journey with our DEI Toolbox and resources designed for diverse tech leaders. Learn from industry experts and gain insights that drive both personal and professional growth.

Consulting

Get expert advice tailored to fostering diversity in your tech teams and projects. Our diverse team brings unique perspectives and strategies to elevate your DEI efforts.

Events

Experience transforming events that bring together diverse minds in tech. Engage in dynamic discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities that spark innovation and change.

Partner with us

Collaborate with us to make a lasting impact in the tech community. Partnering with us means joining forces to create a more diverse, inclusive, and innovative future in tech.

What our members say

Our community is a vibrant mosaic of individuals from varied backgrounds and experiences, all bound together by a shared passion for advancing diversity and inclusion within the tech industry.

Christian Tran, HR Business Partner at United Legwear & Apparel Co.

Gwen Kolader, Global Head DE&I at Hexaware & Mobiquity

Gabriel Mayrink, CRO at Zeta Alpha, AI Entrepreneur

Our Memberships

Join before the 1st of March to receive a 100% discount on your membership during our 2024 kick-start period. Value: €750,-

DEI in European Tech Benchmark

We’re excited to kick off the first-ever DEI in European Tech Benchmark. Fostering cultures rich in equity, inclusivity and a greater sense of belonging are just a few reasons why we invite you to participate.

It only takes 15 minutes – ready to get started?

Diverse Leaders in Tech | DEI DLiT | Benchmark 2024

DEI in Tech Summit

We are striving to change the face of tech in the Netherlands and beyond through a new wave of diverse leadership. By 2030, our community aims to transform the tech industry by normalising data-driven DEI, enhancing cultural, gender, and neurodiversity representation, ending workplace discrimination, fostering LGBTQI+ safety, retaining international talent, and mitigating AI bias through comprehensive education and allyship.

DLiT events

Roundtable Session – Culture & Talent

April 25 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Venue: TNW City | Amsterdam

DLiT Community Meetup April

Meetup April 25 @ 17:00 – 18:30

Venue: TNW City | Amsterdam

DLiT Community Meetup May

Meetup May 30 @ 17:00  18:30

Venue: TBD

State of Inclusion in Dutch Tech Report

While measuring matters, the challenge lies in the tech industry’s reluctance to adopt data-driven DEI practices. Our ‘Inclusion in Dutch Tech Survey’ delves into the perspectives of tech talent, revealing a significant perception gap in DEI.

State of Inclusion in Dutch Tech Report

Our DLiT Team

Ingrid Tappin

Founder & Director

Diverse Leaders in Tech - Gillian Tans

Gillian Tans

Advisor

Diverse Leaders in Tech - Ingrid van Rest

Ingrid van Rest

Head of Community 

DLiT - Lea Duk

Lea Duk

Community Manager

Agnieszka Ambroży

Marketing Manager

Fabia Maulabux

Data Scientist
DEI Benchmark

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Manifesto Ambitions

By 2030 our community aims to…

  • Educate and enable tech companies to practice data-driven DEI  as the new normal
  • Increase cultural diversity at the top proportionally representing the Dutch population
  • Increase gender diversity at all levels in tech proportionally representing the Dutch population
  • Increase funding proportionally representing the Dutch workforce
  • Bring an end to discrimination, racism and sexism in the workplace through access to best practices
  • Establish neurodiverse friendly workplaces in tech as the new normal through education
  • Increase the (psychological) safety for LGBTQI+ to be out at work by 100% through allyship
  • Reduce the attrition of international tech talent due to lack of cultural inclusion by 100%
  • Offer 100% of tech leaders access to education for them to become outspoken DEI Allies
  • Enable the entire tech ecosystem to overcome the risks and danger of BIAS in AI through education

Diverse Leaders in Tech

A world-class community of exceptional leaders equipped and empowered to set the standard for DEI excellence in European tech

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Location: Amsterdam

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