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Bola Fatimilehin

Head of Diversity and Inclusion,
Royal Academy of Engineering

Bola works at the Royal Academy of Engineering (the Academy) leading a programme to increase diversity and inclusion (D&I) across engineering. She works in collaboration with engineering employers, professional engineering institutions and others, delivering engagement and tools to drive change including a unique Framework to benchmark D&I across professional bodies; a Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme to support the transition of more engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment; and a unique investigation into culture and inclusion in engineering culminating in the Creating cultures where all engineers thrive report. Bola is currently leading development of an evidence-based action plan to close the engineering gender pay gap; and framework to promote D&I across SMEs.

Gain the latest insights from leaders in the STEM sector on delivering innovative approaches to encourage participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers

  • Exploring approaches for encouraging girls to take up STEM subjects at school and in further education
  • Challenging stereotypes and unconscious bias which prevent women from entering into education or a career in STEM
  • Evaluating how effective collaboration between employers and education providers can support more women entering STEM roles
  • Analysing how to successfully create a more diverse STEM workforce which includes gender and racial parity
  • Discussing the next steps in delivering strategies for the continuing progression of women in STEM in the future