Three amazingly diverse figures revealed the challenges of navigating a not-so-diverse workplace at the Inspirefest 2019 BTYSTE Leaders’ Lunch.

As well as welcoming students from across Ireland to demonstrate their scientific prowess, BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2019 also played host to the Inspirefest BTYSTE Leaders’ Lunch.

The panel discussion focused on winning strategies for building an inclusive and equitable workplace, featuring those often discriminated against for their mental health, race or for being a member of the LGBTQ community.

After an introduction by Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea, computer science student (and soon-to-be graduate) Karla O’Brien, who is also a former speaker at the main event, spoke of her recent attempts as a transgender woman to get a job.


Words by Colm Gorey