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Podcast: Advocacy needs action to fix tech diversity gap – Miribure’s Suki Fuller 

Suki Fuller UKTN Podcast

This week’s UKTN Podcast guest is Suki Fuller, founder of Miribure. In this episode, Fuller discusses the power of advocacy to improve gender and ethnic diversity in tech, unpacks the importance of storytelling in data, and explains why we should dispel the myth that tech is a “highfalutin career path”.

Fuller founded Miribure in 2015. It provides advice to businesses from startups to multinationals on how to mitigate risks. In addition to founding Miribure, Fuller is co-lead of the Tech London Advocates Women in Tech and the co-chair of the Global Tech Advocates Black Women in Tech.

In this episode, Fuller shares her experience as a woman and person of colour working in tech and why it’s important to raise awareness of industry inequality “every single day with everything you do”.

She adds: “There’s no point in raising awareness without at least advocating for a change. And there’s no point advocating for a change and not actually acting on it.”

Fuller explains how she “struggles” with the dichotomy of needing labels like ‘women in tech’ to highlight that change is needed, despite male entrepreneurs not being described in the same way.

“I always think well, we don’t have a man in tech group, we just have Tech London Advocates,” she explains. “But at the same time, I think until we get to a place where women are recognised just for being tech leaders, we’re going to need groups like this for support.”

Elsewhere in this episode of the UKTN Podcast, Fuller explains how she thinks a career in tech has been “romanticised” in such a way as to make it seem unobtainable.

Instead of people seeing tech as a “highfalutin career path” associated with people like Bill Gates, they should see it as something connected to every sector.

Fuller, who is also a fellow at the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows, was voted Computer Weekly’s ‘2023 Most Influential Woman in UK Tech’.

Listen to the full episode here, along with all previous episodes of the UKTN Podcast.

The UKTN Podcast is sponsored by HSBC Innovation Banking, which offers flexible banking solutions for startups, scaleups, growth businesses, investors and those working towards IPO.

Throughout the series, the UKTN Podcast will be speaking to some of the key movers and shakers from UK tech. We’ll learn growth strategies from both seasoned and up-and-coming founders, hear market sentiments from investors, and question policymakers on the decisions impacting the country’s innovation economy.

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