Nina Ma

TechWomen100: What happened next for Nina Ma

Nina Ma

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fourth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Nina Ma, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Nina is a Technology, Data & Analytics (TDA) Senior Associate at PwC based in Birmingham. She specialises in PMO for digital transformation programmes and is trained in advanced analytics. She is very active in the space of Diversity & Inclusion and is a Midlands' People Network Coordinator. She is passionate about gender equality in the workplace, especially in the technology sector. She sits on the committee of the Gender Balance Network (GBN) and is a core member of Women in TDA.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I submitted my self-nomination without much expectation as I thought I would be too junior and inexperienced for the award so I was shocked when I found out I was shortlisted as the 10 other amazing finalists from PwC were all much more senior than me. Winning the award was an absolute honour. I was over the moon as I did not expect to get that far, and it really encouraged me to trust in my capability and empowered me to make more contributions to the Women in Tech community.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

I shared my winning in our internal Currents communities as well as external social media platforms such as LinkedIn where I received overwhelming praises from colleagues and became somewhat well-known in my business unit because of this. Everyone was congratulating me on my achievement which has given me a lot of motivation and confidence. I had the chance to share my experience at the PwC National Tech Risk (now Technology, Data & Analytics) meeting last year in front of more than 500 staff and partners. I was featured on the monthly GBN newsletter to share my journey of winning the award. I was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate in July this year and since then I've been shortlisted for Digital Technology Leader Awards as Digital Hero of the Year which the winner will be announced next month. I'm also featured on HERoes Women Future Leaders Role Model List 2020.  I have shared my career journey at several conferences including Generation Success City Careers Week as part of the Technology panel and Diverse Technology LIVE to speak about working as a woman in tech as well as social mobility events such as Aspire, Sutton Trust Hearing Experience and Insight Virtual Session, and Females of the Future, etc. I am also featured as part of the Work It campaign by the Careers & Enterprise Company to have career conversations with young people.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

My biggest advice would be to never be afraid to put yourself forward. To be honest, I was hesitant at first to self-nominate because part of me felt like it would be immodest or overbearing to do so but then I recalled what I learned from the #IAmRemarkable workshop by Google - there is nothing wrong with self-promotion. If anything, women and other disadvantaged groups should do it more so that our voices are heard, and our achievements are celebrated. Nobody knows all the work you've done better than you do so definitely get yourself recognised!

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

My biggest tip would be to go for opportunities even if you don't necessarily think you are qualified enough because if you don't ask, you don't get. I would also encourage everyone to get involved in "extracurricular activities" outside your day-to-day job to support those around you and pave ways for the next generation. Whether it's employee resource groups at work or community groups outside of work, I believe it is so important to give back and pay it forward using these platforms.


The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards shortlist will be announced on 26 October 2020. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.


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Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2020 TechWomen100 Awards

Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2020 TechWomen100 Awards.

A shortlist of 200 women will now be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in October.

The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final 100 winners will take place with independent judges across November. The TechWomen100 Award winners will be announced on 16 November and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a virtual award's ceremony to celebrate on 08 December 2020.

For the TechWomen100 awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 14 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the tech landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 awards in 2020.

Meet our judges here

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2020 awards are kindly powered by BAE Systems and sponsored by Accenture, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Oliver Wyman and OpenFin.

Remaining timeline

  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 26 October 2020
  • Voting closes – 13 November 2020
  • Winners announced – 16 November 2020
  • Winner’s celebration event – 08 December 2020

*There is no public vote of support for the Champion, Global Award for Achievement, Network and Company categories

If you have any additional questions about the awards, please contact info@wearethecity.com. For further details about the awards, please click here.


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Tina Valand

TechWomen100: What happened next for Tina Valand

Tina Valand

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fourth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Tina Valand, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Tina is an experienced strategic alliances and technology director who has been driving industry changes and collaboration between partner ecosystems.

With 16 years of experience driving large scale digital transformation in financial services, healthcare and government projects, Tina is currently working at a leading anti money laundering and know your customer (KYC) Fintech as the Partnerships Director for Encompass Corporation. She is responsible for developing strategic relationships with multi territory managed services providers, working closely with the technology teams and executing the partnerships strategy.

Tina started her career as a consultant with Accenture. Tina project managed complex large scale strategy led technology and infrastructure transformations. The next step in her career was working at PwC managing technology strategic alliances working across pure-play software vendors. Tina also has led large scale digital transformation in finance transformation and regulatory change.  She is experienced in leading disruptive technology initiatives including cyber security, AI, blockchain and cloud transformation and has a proven track record with designing and implementation of governance and best practices methodologies. She operated across multiple teams where she was responsible for flagship EMEA sales and marketing events.

Tina has won the PwC award for “winning team”, and was a nominated for the PwC consulting Awards 2019 for “Being agile & flexible”. She was also a nominee for the Win Tech Series awards 2019 under the category “Leader of the Year”.

While her role in coaching start-ups, C-Suite tech partners, D&I focus groups and Women-in-Tech initiatives gives her opportunity to change industry, Tina is an active force in school workshops and with maternity returners, demonstrating her passion for the workforce of the future. Tina firmly believes that technology has a crucial role in climate and sustainability, diversity and inclusion and always strives to make a difference. Following her passion to help others, Tina has founded VinayHelix which is a coaching and mentoring network set up to support people whose career has been impacted by the pandemic.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I remember the moment clearly when I received the email I had won TechWomen 100 2019, it honestly meant the world to me. If anyone had told me a few years ago when I had just returned to work (after my second maternity leave and was really struggling) that this would happen two years later. I would have said it was impossible! I celebrated over breakfast with my husband, daughter and son who are the core of my world. My coffee tasted so good that day! I called my parents who have always believed in me, supported me. I called my younger sister and best friend who is wise beyond her years always offering pragmatic, logical advice. I called my coach who two years earlier changed the direction of my career. That weekend we celebrated at my favourite restaurant and it felt like the feeling I got as a child when it was your birthday and you are excited, glowing of being a year older! (unlike in adulthood when you start counting the greys and wrinkles!)

Everyone was super proud but to me it was so important for people to know that it's been a journey. I hope to inspire other mums, flexible workers, people who are carers, people who have loved ones facing mental health challenges that you don't have to come from privilege to represent something and be a role model.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

TechWomen 100 award was life changing. It wasn't just about the recognition, it opened doors, created meaningful friendships, networks and opportunities to attend great events including the virtual We Are The City conference and gave me a platform and confidence to be brave and take risks.  One of the first things was the opportunity to speak at schools inspiring children to study STEM subjects, sharing my journey and path to the  accolade.  I am very passionate about the importance of supporting the next generation of talent.

I had a fantastic ten years at PwC and worked on innovative technology projects building my skills in strategic alliances.

After the winners were announced, I had several new job opportunities and was asked to speak at webinars and events. Ultimately, I found a role that really aligned to my core values as the Partnerships Director at Encompass Corporation where I joined in March 2020. It was the first week the UK went into lockdown, so I onboarded completely virtually.  I only met my team in person months later for the first time! Regardless, I felt such a strong bond, I knew what their homes looked like, who they lived with and what they like to drink- all over virtual interactions.

Sometimes you feel something in your gut is right for you and you need to be brave and embrace change. Three things that are really  important to me are:

  1. People - for me it's about being around talented, inspired individuals in technology.
  2. Common Purpose-  To be working together for a goal that everyone is aligned to and be part of something big and exciting.
  3. Doing the right thing. I think this one is the most important to me. I heard the founder's story of how something bad happened and they aspired to ensure it didn't happen to anyone else.

Encompass is a leading RegTech SaaS based platform that provides Know your customer due diligence on demand powered by intelligent process automation. At Encompass the leadership creates a collaborative culture with clear direction, you can feel the energy, passion and we are lucky to be growing in the current climate. My team is kind, hard working, always willing to share ideas and lead by someone who is inspirational, has emotional intelligence combined with integrity and always puts family first. Positive people with positive intent.

Over the next few months I am working with  fintech recruitment companies to promote female talent in this sector.  I am studying for a qualification and aim to finish my book.  I am also working with my colleagues and the leadership to explore D& I initiatives at Encompass. Diversity is crucial to success in business, and creates the type of environment to attract exceptional talent. Recent events have highlighted we all need to do our part. I've made time in my life to do what I love; focusing on Art, painting and creative activities with my children. Career wise, I am focused on developing some really exciting partnerships, and have learnt so much about the importance of data and automation in KYC. I would love it if some of the great talent we have at Encompass win TechWomen100 2020 and of course I am doing everything to support this!

Meeting other TechWomen100 has disrupted the way that I think about myself.  I was so clouded with self doubt of what I was capable of. Sometimes struggling to acknowledge that thoughts I had would be valid. Feeling different and wanting to hide it. I saw some core things about me as flaws, so for example I always seemed to take things personally if something had gone wrong at work, I would hold myself accountable for the team and had my heart on my sleeve caring for those around me. I wished I could be more of a robot and be able to just switch off. I couldn't.  I saw having my heart on my sleeve and caring so much, as a flaw I needed to fix. I felt so much emotion and often drowned in a vortex of self doubt trying to hide it.

That has completely changed. I see it as a gift. The ability to create new relationships with people whom I've never met, to inspire junior people to voice their opinions about diversity and inclusion in their own organisation.  To use the emotions and help people in the current environment. I realised because of my openness, people trusted and turned to me with some really difficult situations. The global pandemic has given rise to so many people facing adversity, losing their jobs, medical professionals seeing things they can't unsee.

This is why I'm working to set up VinayHelix.com.  Vinay is my son's name in hindi it translates to humility and guidance. Helix, is a structure representing steps in the right direction ( which aren't always linear). I am creating a platform where people can share the challenges they faced, discuss what they have learned,  where people can  exchange offers of mentoring, advice and help to inspire to be the best version of you at work. I want people to know that there are people out there that are willing to help. Just be bold and ask.  Based on four themes:

  • I need help
  • I want to learn.
  • I want to improve
  • I want to contribute

I was lucky enough to come across some exceptional mentors at PwC who believed in me. I had senior sponsors in the UK and US firm that really invested time into my development goals and aspirations. I will always be thankful for their belief and seeing my potential at a time when I did feel a bit lost. To be that is true leadership - getting the best out of your diverse team. This support helped me lead strategic relationships, build talented teams and most importantly feel fulfilled at work. Not everyone has access to mentors like that in technology.

The last year has been the best and also the difficult with several personal challenges. My LinkedIn and social media is full of all the positive images but I want women out there to know that in reality we all struggle, have our own doubts, face adversity and unexpected challenges that we share with those closest to us. It's how you deal with them, take the learnings, be empathetic and inspire others.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Don't underestimate yourself. Make sure you reach out proactively to your network, past TechWomen100 winners to help and guide you. Really take time to write your submission and ensure to include what you have done, what you want to do and be transparent about where you started, where you are now and where you want to go! Also, be mindful of the big impact you can have by doing small things. If you notice someone around you that isn't themselves. Don't ask " Are you ok? " as people are conditioned to say " Yes, I'm fine". Make yourself vulnerable, share a genuine insight and see what amazing, surprising,  worrying thoughts you get back. Finally, be brave to ask the questions no one else is.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Be kind, be real, be free is my advice to anyone who wants to enhance their careers. Find the core values of what makes you happy.

"The world is full of rights and wrongs, black, white, brown and a spectrum of the rainbows in between, sometimes all we see is different versions of social media facades. Our internal perceptions make us who we grow to be, our interactions with those around us is what matters.  In the end there is nothing left of the real you but an interpretation of yourself in someone else's mind. In this world, everyone has a secret they cannot share. Open your thoughts and look inside and you will see the broken fragments of the pictures that makes us who we are today. Be kind. Be real. Be free."  Tina Valand


The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards are open for nominations on 03 August 2020. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.


WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce the launch of our new 'She Talks Tech' podcast

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WeAreTechWomen are extremely proud to announce the launch of our new ‘She Talks Tech’ podcast.

‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2020.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 17 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts – and the first three episodes are now live!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

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Episode 1, STTP (4)

EPISODE ONE - Neurodiversity in Tech  | Dr Nancy Doyle & Whitney Iles

'She Talks Tech' podcast brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the top women (and men!) in tech.

Today we hear from occupational psychologist, CEO and Founder of Genius Within Dr Nancy Doyle in her session about Neurodiversity in Tech. Nancy has 20 years' experience in neurodiversity and Nancy won Public Policy impact of the year at the BPS division of Occupational Psychology in 2019 for her working lobbying for an evidence based approach to neurodiversity inclusion.

Nancy talks about the benefits of neurodiversity, career progression for neurodiverse people and how to systemically include people to benefit the tech industry.

Find out more about Dr Nancy Doyle www.GeniusWIthin.co.uk or on twitter @NancyDoylePsych

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EPISODE TWO - The Internet of Things | Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

'She Talks Tech' podcast brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the top women (and men!) in tech.

Today we hear from Canadian-Italian author, consultant, public speaker and entrepreneur Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino in her session about the Internet of Things. Alexandra co-founded Tinker London, the first UK distributor of Arduino, the open source electronics education platform. Her products are included in the permanent collection of the London Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York as examples of the internet of things. She was named in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter in 2014 and has been included in the longlist of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK.

Alexandra talks about the lessons learnt from a post-hype world of connected physical and digital experiences, what ethics and security concerns have cropped up and how they might shape what comes next.

Find out more about Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino at www.TinkerLondon.com or follow her on Twitter @iotwatch

Episode 3, STTP

EPISODE THREE - Agile Working in Tech | Rebecca Fairlamb

'She Talks Tech' podcast brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the top women (and men!) in tech.

Today we hear from Vice President at JPMorgan Chase, Rebecca Fairlamb, in her session about agile teams. Rebecca is responsible for the delivery of products which serve thousands of the firm’s application developers – and has been leading agile teams for years, with a specific focus on transformation.

Rebecca talks about the future of agile through the lens of individual experiences, which in turn contribute to the potential of a team.

Find out more about Rebecca Fairlamb on her LinkedIn. 

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TechWomen100 Judges

WeAreTechWomen are proud to introduce our TechWomen100 judges for 2020

TechWomen100 Judges

Judging the TechWomen100 Awards is no easy task!

Several of the judges from last year's awards state it was one of the hardest judging activities they have ever undertaken, due to the amazing achievements of the women who were nominated. We expect this year will be no different.

For our 2020 TechWomen100 Awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of our amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise or their breadth of knowledge across the technology landscape.

We are also proud to welcome back a number of our 2019 judges including Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK; Mark Martin, Computer Science Lead, South Bank Engineering UTC aka Urban Teacher - UK Black Tech; Sheridan Ash, Technology and Investments Director and Women in Technology Leader, PwC; and Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and future nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 Awards in 2020.

The TechWomen100 Awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

MEET THE JUDGES


The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards are open for nominations via the WeAreTechWomen site. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

NOMINATE HERE


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Nominations are now open for the 2020 TechWomen100 Awards

Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce that the TechWomen100 Awards are now open for nominations - who will you nominate?

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. Women make up just 17 per cent of the industry. There are some fantastic awards for women working in tech, however, most of these focus on senior women.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight senior and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine.

This is why the TechWomen100 Awards were created. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

New for this year, we are also excited to introduce a new “Global Award for Achievement” category to our awards to expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2020 awards are kindly powered by BAE Systems and sponsored by Accenture, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Oliver Wyman and OpenFin.

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Nominations

Nominations are now open online via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 11 September.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in November and celebrated at a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Watch the highlights from our 2019 award’s ceremony below:

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisations wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Award's timeline

  • Nominations open – 03 August 2020
  • Nominations close – 11 September 2020
  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 26 October 2020
  • Voting closes – 13 November 2020
  • Winners announced – 16 November 2020
  • Winner’s celebration event – 08 December 2020

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Isabel Chapman

TechWomen100: What happened next for Isabel Chapman

Isabel Chapman

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fourth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Isabel Chapman, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Isabel is a communications expert who has worked with young people, parents and disadvantaged, isolated communities for the last twelve years in various settings, including the Criminal Justice System, Peabody Housing Association, the Charity Sector and inner-city schools and estates.

Isabel has extensive experience and specialises in increasing access to opportunities through technology, co-creation of technology tools, demystifying technology, platforming the voices and experiences of those who are often forgotten and hard to reach.

Isabel has expertise in managing multi-stakeholders campaigns and programmes across the private and public sectors, focusing on social change, inequality and youth violence. In 2013 Isabel managed and coordinated The Oii My Size Campaign, which was awarded the Nominet Award for ‘Making the Internet a Safer Place.’ The Oii My Size campaign is an educational, youth-led website about the consequences and legalities of sexting. Isabel worked with The Pixel Parlour to support the campaigners to harness the power of technology to create social change, and empower young people with knowledge about the sharing of sexual images and information about a relatively new social issue. In 2013, in line with the change in the law to include 16 and 17 year old in the Domestic Abuse Victim definition, Isabel worked with Peabody Domestic Abuse lead and the Oii My Size group again to create a young person-specific webpage ‘What Is Normal?’ on the website, to allow young people to access reliable information online about Relationships and Domestic Abuse.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was delighted and quite surprised to have been announced in the TechWomen100 award, to be honest. It was a huge accolade and a real sign of encouragement that I might not have had a conventional path into it, but that I do in fact work in Tech. The TechWomen100 Awards evening was one of the most amazing evenings, especially considering the next few months have been followed by the lockdown.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

At the start of the lockdown in March 2020, along with Alex Baker who I support at Battersea Power Station with the Education Programme across Wandsworth (usually for one day a week pre-lockdown), we set up Power To Connect and I became a Director of the initiative, which has now been developed into a Community Interest Company. This was a direct response to the COVID19 Pandemic, where local schools shared with us that they were previously unaware of how many of their pupils and families were without laptops, tablets and wifi at home. This was a huge barrier for families and schools trying to engage in homeschooling across the lockdown.

In partnership, Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station launched the Power to Connect initiative. With a two-pronged approach, the project tackles digital poverty through data vouchers and laptops. The first was for Battersea Power Station Foundation to make a donation of £10,000 towards £10 data top-up vouchers for families on Pay As You Go systems on their mobile phones. The donation was made to the Council’s school meal voucher app as we identified most of the families struggling with access to data were also recipients of free school meals.

The second approach has been the campaign to encourage donations of old, working laptops/tablets. Launched in April 2020, Power to Connect has collected over 300 devices from local members of the community, refurbished them as Google Chromebooks and donated them to 36 local schools, guided by the Council's Free School Meals Deprivation Data. Schools identify who the vulnerable families are who would benefit most from a laptop, and provide the devices for the families to keep, to support homeschooling.

Local volunteers were recruited via Social Media and through local community partners. Volunteers have been sought to provide IT specialism in repurposing the donated computers at the ROSE Community Club in Nine Elms, cleaning and checking devices; delivery/collection of the devices from the donors from across London, and delivering updated devices to schools and community groups.

  • 332 Devices donated to Power To Connect in total
  • 100 Donated by Corporate Partners
  • 80 Donated by Local Councils
  • 300 Updated Chromebook Devices delivered to Schools and Community Organisations since April 2020 in Wandsworth
  • 259 Laptops / 41 Tablets  / 2 iMAC Desktops / 8 iPhones all donated locally
  • 185 Devices Delivered to 36 schools
  • 48 Volunteers Signed Up as IT, Logistics and Transport Volunteers
  • 4 community organisations in Wandsworth benefitted - FAST London, Carney’s Community, Katherine Low Settlement and Waste Not Want Not (food poverty programme). Devices that are unable to be updated have been recycled locally

My role has been to oversee the setup and delivery of Power To Connect, coordinating all donations, volunteers and distribution of the Chromebook laptops. The TechWomen100 Award absolutely gave me the confidence to put myself forward as one of the founders and directors of Power To Connect. Access to laptops and data for families has been a passion of mine since working at #techmums; Power To Connect has allowed me to hopefully make a lasting impact on local families during the pandemic.

I have also helped to move Battersea Power Station Community Choir onto Zoom, helping over 70 choir members with rehearsing online and using Zoom for the first time, hosting virtual training sessions, as well as coordinating a top-secret project, where the choir remotely recorded a song with Sting, who lives at the Power Station. The choir meeting Sting and the song can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB8i2Kt9eaY / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MydHpXq-Quo

At the end of February 2020, I was invited to speak at the University of Leeds, where I studied to talk about the TechWomen100 Award and being self-employed in the creative industries.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

My advice would be to put yourself forward, this process has taught me how the outdated and fixed ideas people have in their minds about what the Tech Sector and who works in it, needs to be challenged to make it more accessible for a diverse range of people.

Since the start of my career developing apps, websites and online campaigns with young people, I did not identify as working in Tech, even though Digital Innovation was a core part of all of my work.

I'd met some amazing mentors through the TechWomen100 process and I feel as if this is just the beginning for a really exciting part of my career, so I am very grateful to WeAreTheCity for the opportunity.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

I think opportunities often evolve, they don't arrive at your door fully formed. Events, courses, coffees, small pieces of work, or even an email, can lead to new opportunities, so where you can, put yourself out there. A lot of people like to talk a lot, but I prefer to get on and do things, making things happen quickly and responding to need. I've found being open-minded, reliable and working hard usually leads to new opportunities.


The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards are open for nominations on 03 August 2020. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.


Anahita Mahmoudi

TechWomen100: What happened next for Anahita Mahmoudi

Anahita MahmoudiIn this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fourth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Anahita Mahmoudi, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Born and raised in Iran, Anahita called England home in 2009. She came to London in her early 20s and embraced her diverse spirit. By her early 30s she was one of the top 100 women in the technology sector, a public speaker, a coach, a peace activist and a yoga instructor with a passion for dancing.

Anahita is an experienced business consultant, professional and life coach, where she dedicates her time to helping individuals and organisations to become educated, ethical, and aware of their full potential to embrace change in the workplace and life. Her focus now lies in leadership and transformational coaching. Her ethos considers connecting to true values of life as they lead us in the transition from the present time to a new future world.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

It was a huge honour to receive an award in recognition of my work. Looking back, I feel this award was not for me, it was for all women; the activists, the doctors and nurses, the mothers and daughters, the teachers and students, who are not only excelling in their roles, but who are  recognising their power and giving something back to our industry and the wider community.

The more we learn about who we are and what we have to bring to our societies and communities, the more we achieve and change. In our present time, there is no job that women have not done and more women are becoming change makers. This for me is the beauty, the magic of our time!

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Press coverage: I was interviewed by ‘Where Women Work” who aim to inspire and support women career in STEM. Read the full article here

Promotion: I was appointed as a leader of ‘emerging talents’ community in my company to engage, equip and lead classified junior employees to acquire and develop the skills they need to grow within the organisation

Community: I became a Personal Development coach at Code Your Future and currently working with them to empower their students to start their career in the industry

Supported the Future Global Leaders programme (sponsored by Queen Mary University) that aims to build the skills, mindset and cultural agility needed in a future global leader.

Delivered a lightening talk to the students of the school that where I studied, 23 years ago. I am currently working with the headmaster to introduce a series of inspiration talks for their pupils.

Lastly, I am working on introducing an award system for the Women Network Group within the Business Unit where I work.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Look outside of your day job and think about the values that you are bringing to your team and community.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

  • All of us dedicating our lives to get money. Do not let that to strain your ambition in reaching what you truly want.
  • A lot of us lose a lot of time, a lot of resources, working on the old stories of our society.
  • Tap into your potentials, explore new opportunities, work on creating new stories.
  • Lastly, learn more and teach more.

The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards are open for nominations on 03 August 2020. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.


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WeAreTechWomen & WeAreVirtual, in partnership with DELL Technologies, introduce FREE tech webinars

WeAreVirtual, WeAreTechWomen, Dell Technologies webinars

WeAreTechWomen & WeAreVirtual, in partnership with Dell Technologies, introduce FREE tech webinars

WeAreTechWomen and WeAreVirtual, in partnership with Dell Technologies, are proud to introduce a series of tech webinars for FREE.

WeAreVirtual is WeAreTechWomen’s new initiative to pay it forward and support the ongoing development of our community. Together with our sponsors and supporters, we will want to bolster your learning by providing more content through our websites and social channels, as well as opportunities to learn and engage online.

With the support of Dell Technologies, we will be bringing you webinars focused on how technology can help you to navigate these uncertain times. Held every three weeks via Zoom, each session will be 45 minutes of educational tips and tricks and will include a Q&A.

Topics will include:

  1. Recovering from a cyber-attack – Lessons learnt and looking towards the future
  2. Building business resilience in times of change – Insights from Business Leaders
  3. Understanding, preparing for and mitigating cyber threats
  4. Augmented working and the future of work in this new reality
  5. Making the most of cloud technologies in a multi-cloud era
  6. Making sustainable technology choices

Dayne TurbittSpeaking about the partnership, Dayne Turbitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell Technologies UK, said, “We share a goal to increase diversity and female representation, from our engineering teams through to our fields sales team.”

“Diversity, inclusion and belonging are core to our values and we are proud to support WeAreTechWomen.

“We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of creating, nurturing and empowering talented females in technology.”

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTechWomen added, “We are incredibly excited to be working with DELL Technologies and to be bringing our members this fantastic webinar series.”

“In these challenging times, we have to adapt and change and these webinars are a perfect example of such. We hope our technology community will use this new initiative to support their ongoing development and learning.”

You will be able to register for the DELL webinars via the WeAreTechWomen website. Stay tuned for more information.

 

 


WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

WeAreTechWomen are excited to announce the largest virtual women in tech conference for 2020 | Disrupt. Innovate. Lead | 26 June

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For the past four years WeAreTechWomen have hosted their flagship annual conference in London.

This event has enabled over 2,500 women to network with their peers and learn about what is innovating and disrupting the tech industry.

In light of the pandemic, we are proud to be doing some disrupting and innovating of our own! This year’s conference (now moved to 26 June) will be hosted virtually.

These are challenging times for all, and there is little an organisation like ours can do to make it easier. However, we will do what we do best and continue to keep you connected. Our intention is to deliver an exceptional learning experience that will inspire you, expand your industry knowledge and motivate you over the coming months.

Disrupt. Innovate. Lead won’t be like any other virtual event you may have experienced in the past. We are using a state of the art platform to bring you four stages of inspiring content from LIVE keynotes, webinars, recorded content, Q&A panels as well as the opportunity to meet some of our speakers and sponsors in our virtual exhibition hall. Yes, we will have a virtual exhibition hall!

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Hear from some of the greatest names in tech

On our stages are some of the greatest names in tech, Martha Lane Fox CBE, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Professor Sue Black OBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Debbie Forster MBE, Kate Russell to name a few.

Click the images below to read more about these amazing individuals:

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We will be sharing insights and covering everything from Tech trends, Cyber, Artificial Intelligence, Data, Ethics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Drones, GreenTech, HealthTech, Payments, Cloud, Agile, DevOps, Fintech, 5G, Entrepreneurship and Block Chain.

Everything recovery

We have heaps of panels that discuss the impact of the pandemic on the world of tech and how companies pivoted their businesses, worked collaboratively and rose the challenge of super speed engineering.

You can see our full list of speakers here and here for the agenda 

Book your ticket today

 

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Thanks to the financial support of our amazing sponsors, we are able to offer you this fantastic day of learning for just £99.00 plus VAT.

Given our extensive agenda, we know that some of you won’t be able to attend every session available on the day. Not to worry, as your ticket also includes a 30 DAY platform content licence which will enable you to watch all of the sessions up until 26 July.

We are also offering a percentage of free tickets to those who have lost their jobs due to the crisis and students. If you are individual in this position, please email us here (tickets are not guaranteed and offered on a first come, first served basis). There will also be discounted tickets priced at £75.00 plus VAT for those working in the not for profit sector, charities or entrepreneurs running small businesses. We are actively encouraging corporate organisations to fund groups of tickets to continue to develop their teams during this time.  To encourage organisations, we have special offers for corporates who wish to book 10 or more tickets. If you are interested in bulk bookings, contact us on info@wearethecity.com.

So what are you waiting for?

If you are free on the 26 June and you are keen to learn, be inspired and expand your knowledge of tech, then join us, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

This invitation is open to all.

BOOK HERE TO SECURE YOUR TICKET