Stride: Barrier Breakers - Talent Scout

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The Stride: Barriers Breakers event series connects change-makers and underestimated talent in the creative and tech industries.

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Stride: Barrier Breakers is a series of knowledge exchange events hosted by Stride that will help attendees establish connections, share key learnings and promote development opportunities to nurture creativity and innovation - for both creatives, startups and growing enterprises.

This first virtual event, Talent Scout, focuses on identifying, communicating with and inspiring talent from underestimated backgrounds to ensure that support is directed where it is truly needed. Expect to hear exciting insights from speakers including Iconic Steps, Capital Enterprise, School of Communication Arts and ERIC.

The event features a jam-packed day of lively panel discussions, insightful round tables, keynote speeches and hands-on workshops covering topics for all attendees, including:

  • Dispatches from the Old Boys Network: Host Victoria Ijeh from Iconic Steps leads a lively discussion with panellists Marc Lewis from School of Communication Arts, Nisha Kurian from We Made That and Oliver Benjamin from A New Direction about increasing diversity in traditionally white male-dominated sectors.
  • How it Started... How it's Going: Host Chijioke Anosike from Mental Savage Book Club leads a fireside chat with panellists Elizabeth Belge and Judith Omoregie from efitter, showcasing the progress and success stories from across the Stride programme, as well as a look forward to the exciting developments in the pipeline.
  • Dear Employers, traditional recruitment methods are no longer working: Host Mae Yip from ERIC speaks to three young creatives, Samaksh Kalra from ERIC, content creator Paige Bernard and actress Laura Njoku about their career ambitions, applying for jobs, the challenges they have faced and what the future of recruitment should look like.

Are you...

A young person looking to break into a creative and tech career?

An entrepreneur looking for support to start up or grow your business?

An established employer looking for advice on diversifying your team and recruiting the best talent?

Part of the teams already delivering Stride’s projects?

If so, this event will offer exciting networking opportunities, as well as a chance to gain new skills and knowledge. Expect a virtual space for people from all sides of the industry to share advice and promote progress.

This event will take place on Swapcard, an online event platform which connects attendees in real time. When you register, an account will be created. This account will allow you to access the platform and the attendees' list, to network before, during and after the event.

For further information on your data processing and your rights, please refer to Swapcard's privacy policy.

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This event is aimed at adults aged 18+.

Stride makes space for creativity and innovation to thrive in South London. We create opportunity, develop talent and support creative and tech enterprises.

Stride reaches beyond accepted thinking and ways of working to make it happen. We want South London to be a leading centre for innovation, now and long into the future.

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