Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion
Panel: Fostering Inclusive Workplaces

Fostering Inclusive Workplaces

Session Summary

Our industry has a balance and a bias problem. Women enter the field at lower rates than men; they also leave the field or transition out of hands-on tech roles at much higher rates than their male coworkers. Many people point at a sexist, alpha-male culture that can make women and other people who don’t fit the mold feel unwelcome, demeaned or even endangered ( Even well-intentioned teams can create unwelcoming or discriminatory environments due to unconscious bias. Join our group of industry professionals for a frank panel discussion about bias in our tech workplaces and how we can foster a more inclusive culture.


Sitting on this panel will be Beth Webster, Tammy Telford, Melissa Hallingham and Derek Hatchard.

Beth Webster holds over 25 years of senior management experience in business development and administration management uniquely positioning her to lead Populus Global Solutions Inc’s business development and sales teams as the Vice President of Operations. Beth has many years of experience in the e-health sectors of information and communications technologies in both domestic and international markets. Beth has extensive experience in community development, and involvement and currently sits as the Chair of the Board of Service New Brunswick.

Tammy Telford is a Senior Manager of Quality Engineering for several cool projects at Salesforce Marketing Cloud. She has been in the IT industry since Cobol programming was taught.

Melissa Hallingham is a Senior Quality Engineer at Salesforce Marketing Cloud in Fredericton. She specifically enjoys designing and developing automated tests using Ruby, Cucumber, Watir and Page Object. Melissa has QE experience in the gaming, banking, retail and social media industries.

Derek Hatchard is a software architect at Salesforce and chairs the Maritime DevCon organizing committee.