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Will this be building cyber resilience: Cyber risk is here to stay, businesses must build resilience? She Talks Tech podcast

Today we hear from Jim Shook and Elizabeth Green – both cybersecurity experts at Dell Technologies. 

They’ll be discussing how to build cyber resilience to help protect you and your business and be sharing real-world examples of how businesses have developed their cyber resilience skills.

You can find out more about and connect with Liz and Jim on LinkedIn.

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‘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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Looking back at 2020: A WeAreTechWomen round-up

WeAreTechWomen logo 12020 is nearly over and to celebrate the year gone by, WeAreTechWomen is taking a look back at our top moments.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year we had to adapt and innovate to host some of events, conferences and awards virtually. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without our supporters. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us this year. A huge thank you to our clients, sponsors, speakers, judges, partners, champions, advocates and above all, our community. We look forward to supporting you and your progression in 2021.

Check out what happened during our 2020 below:

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January

We started January off with a bang, by celebrating our 2019 TechWomen100 winners at our award’s ceremony at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.

Winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne reception to toast the TechWomen100 finalists’ achievements. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, Founder, Streets Consulting and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; headline sponsors, Karin Rossi, J.P. Morgan; and our education partners, Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist, Speaker & Author and Professor Gordon Love, Durham University.

View the pictures from the night here.

March

The COVID-19 virus has, and will no doubt continue to have a significant impact in terms of how we all continue to work.

In the light of these challenges, we have had to adapt and innovate in order to find our new normal. This may have meant working from home, eliminating travel, managing work and family as well as learning how to continue to operate, albeit in a virtual world.

As a direct influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, WeAreTechWomen, together with our sister site, WeAreTheCity, launched WeAreVirtual in March, to offer our support to keep you engaged and inspired over the coming months.

WeAreVirtual offered free weekly skills webinars. This ‘pay it forward’ initiative has been kindly supported and shaped by over 45 amazing speakers and companies, who have all pledged to share their expertise.

Thanks to our speakers, we have and will cover a myriad of topics relating to both work and life. You can watch our previous webinars on playback or discover our upcoming ones here.

We also celebrated International Women’s Day on 08 March.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, with the first day being held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

This year’s theme was #EachForEqual – which looked to celebrate women’s achievements, to raise awareness against bias and to take action for equality.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked over 70 women in tech, from across all backgrounds, ethnicity and ages, to tell us what exactly the day means to them. You can find out what they thought here.

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In April, in light of the pandemic, we announced that our annual WeAreTechWomen conference was going virtual!

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.

Disrupt. Innovate. Lead wasn’t like any other virtual event you may have experienced in the past. We used 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.

WeAreTechWomen & WeAreVirtual, in partnership with Dell Technologies, also introduced a series of free tech webinars.

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 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 brought you webinars focused on how technology can help you to navigate these uncertain times. Held every three weeks via Zoom, each session was 45 minutes long, full of educational tips and tricks and a Q&A.

You can watch the series on playback here.

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June

In June, we held our first virtual WeAreTechWomen conference!

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Dell Technologies, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, NatWest, Oliver Wyman, OpenFin; PwC; and RBC; saw over 1,000 delegates log on, from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Sky, Aviva, RAF, Finding Ada, Stemettes, Mastercard, Three, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Shell and Monzo.

The conference consisted of six stages, with over 60 speakers, 20 exhibitors and over 15 Q&A panels. Delegates could shape their own learning as well as revisiting sessions they may have missed, with a 30-day playback.

The morning began with a number of keynotes from inspirational role models in tech, including Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK; Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; and Edwina Dunn OBE, Chairman, Starcount and Founder, The Female Lead.

July

In July, we gave you another chance to join our WeAreTechWomen conference with a digital pass.

The digital pass enabled you to watch all 72 sessions over a 14-day period. With the ticket, you could access the platform to gain a deeper understanding of over 25 different areas of tech.

Thanks to the help of over 108 global speakers we covered everything from Technology Trends, AI, Cyber, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Drones, Internet of Things, Wearables, Agile, DevOps, Fintech, Payments, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, HealthTech and Diversity & Inclusion, Neurodiversity, Mental Health in Tech, Returnships and Flexible Working.

August

In August, we announced that we were once again looking for nominations for our 2020 TechWomen100 Awards.

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

Through the awards, we also 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 2020 awards were kindly powered by BAE Systems and sponsored by Accenture, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Oliver Wyman and OpenFin

September

September saw WeAreTechWomen launch our 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.

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’.

October

In October, we announced our TechWomen100 shortlist.

The shortlist showcased remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; Charlene Hunter, who founded Coding Black Females, to inspire, provide opportunities and showcase the talents of black women in tech; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

November

November saw the announcement of our 2020 TechWomen100 winners!

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including 12-year-old Avye Couloute, who, aware of female under-representation in STEM education and careers, founded Girls Into Coding to encourage more female involvement in tech; Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as the BBC, NatWest, Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Trainline, Visa, Deloitte, Microsoft, Bank of England and Monzo Bank, amongst many more.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. New for this year, the TechWomen100 awards are also celebrating women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

WeAreTechWomen also announced their Editor’s Choice winner, June Angelides. Named the 6th Most Influential BAME tech leader by the FT in 2018 and 15th Most Influential Woman in Tech by Computer Weekly in 2018, Angelides is an early stage investor at Samos Investments. Prior to joining the world of venture capital, she founded a social enterprise, Mums in Technology, which was the first child-friendly coding school in the UK.

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We closed the year as we had started in 2020 – by celebrating our TechWomen100 Award winners.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently with our awards, hosting the award’s ceremony virtually.

Over the course of the night, our attendees were congratulated by our sponsors and special guests and we heard from inspirational speakers and entertainers, who all endeavoured to create a truly magically experience.

The event was attended by winners, judges, sponsors and special guests and our winners had the opportunity to network with each other in our interactive breakout rooms. Each winner received a goodie box with their award, complete with champagne, chocolates, books and other treats.

The virtual award's ceremony was hosted by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting. Throughout the evening, we were joined by our special guests, IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley CH; maker, coder, tech advocate and TechWomen100 winner, Avye Couloute; and live vocal duo, The Vocal Jewels, as our special guests for the 2020 TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony.


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TechWomen100 Awards Ceremony 2020: In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the 2020 TechWomen100 Awards last night (Tuesday 8th December) via a virtual award's ceremony.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently with our awards this year.

Over the course of the night, our attendees were congratulated by our sponsors and special guests and we heard from inspirational speakers and entertainers, who all endeavoured to create a truly magically experience.

The virtual award's ceremony was hosted by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting. Throughout the evening, we were joined by our special guests, IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley CH; maker, coder, tech advocate and TechWomen100 winner, Avye Couloute; and live vocal duo, The Vocal Jewels, as our special guests for the 2020 TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony.

View photos from the TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony below:

 


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TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony 2020: In Words

TechWomen100 Award's Ceremony

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the 2020 TechWomen100 Awards last night (Tuesday 8th December) via a virtual award's ceremony.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently with our awards this year.

Over the course of the night, our attendees were congratulated by our sponsors and special guests and we heard from inspirational speakers and entertainers, who all endeavoured to create a truly magically experience.

The event was attended by winners, judges, sponsors and special guests and our winners had the opportunity to network with each other in our interactive breakout rooms. Each winner received a goodie box with their award, complete with champagne, chocolates, books and other treats.

The virtual award's ceremony was hosted by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting. Throughout the evening, we were joined by our special guests, IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley CH; maker, coder, tech advocate and TechWomen100 winner, Avye Couloute; and live vocal duo, The Vocal Jewels, as our special guests for the 2020 TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony.

Speaking about the awards, Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder of WeAreTechWomen, said, “At WeAreTechWomen we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech.”

“Our strategic aim is to highlight 1,000 female future leaders in technology by 2025.”

“The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding!”

“I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements.”

In November, WeAreTechWomen, powered by BAE Systems, announced the winners of the 2020 TechWomen100 Awards.

The awards were entered by over 700 individuals and were judged by a panel of 14 independent judges. 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.
The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including 12-year-old Avye Couloute, who, aware of female under-representation in STEM education and careers, founded Girls Into Coding to encourage more female involvement in tech; Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as the BBC, NatWest, Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Trainline, Visa, Deloitte, Microsoft, Bank of England and Monzo Bank, amongst many more.

The winners of each category for the TechWomen100 Awards can be found in alphabetical order below. Full details of each winner can be found here.

Alina Timofeeva – KPMG

Amelia Hayward – BBC

Amy Khalfay – IBM

Ananya Gupta – J.P. Morgan

Anasol Pena-Rios – BT

Anastasia Perysinakis – Jaguar Land Rover

Avye Couloute – Girls Into Coding

Becky Hartley – PwC

Beverley O’Neill – NatWest

Breda Forrest – Nomura

Carly Morris – International Airlines Group Cargo

Carmel Britto – LPF Kiddies Club

Carolyn Ngiam – Barclays

Charlene Hunter – Coding Black Females

Cheryl Hung – Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Chloe Crutchlow – Jaguar Land Rover

Christina King – Tribosonics Ltd

Claire Venners – Telefonica UK

Cristina Munteanu – Silverbird

Danielle Calabrese – Baringa Partners

Danielle Stewart – National Grid

Daphne Coates – IBM

Elissa Webb – NatWest

Emily Beeney – Morgan Stanley

Emma Martin – BT

Faye Skinner – Adobe

Gabriela Adamczyk – Sensor City

Gill Cooke – Three UK

Gillian Lamela – Barclays

Heather Black – Supermums

Helen Needham – Capco

Ivana Skerlikova – Atos

Jennifer Opal – BT

Jessica Leigh Jones – iungo solutions limited

Kajol Patel – Deloitte

Kari Lawler – Youth4AI

Katherine Ramo – CMS

Katie Severn – University of Nottingham

Kayla Lawrie – PwC

Kayleigh Ridd – Zone Digital

Kaysee Sahni – Atos

Kelly Gardner – CodeBase Stirling

Khaleelah Jones – Careful Feet Digital

Kim Diep – Trainline

Laura Marulanda-Carter – Institute of Technology, Milton Keynes College

Laura Price – O2/Telefonica

Lavinia Osbourne – Women in Blockchain Talks

Lesley Jonas-Nartey – IBM

Lucy Futcher - Visa

Lucy Marshall – Deloitte

Lucy Woodhead – GSK

Mansha Rajani – IBM

Mari-Ann Ganson – Envirocache Ltd

Marlene Spensley – Hitachi Vantara

Monica Menniti – MySense

Mumuksha Singh – CMS

Nerissa Arviana Prawiro – Goldman Sachs

Oishi Deb – Imperial College London

Olivia Nicklin – EY

Padmasini Dayananda – Cognizant Worldwide Ltd

Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer – School of Chemical Engineering and Institute of Healthcare Technologies, University of Birmingham

Rachel Pattinson – Newcastle University

Rahel Tesfai – FroHub

Rashada Harry – AWS

Rituja Rao – Sparta Global

Rupinder Sandhu – BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Sahydi Garcia – Morgan Stanley

Sandie Small – Bank of England

Sarah Croxford – Microsoft

Sema Yuce – Truth ISC Technology and Security Consultancy

Sepideh Bazazi – Oliver Wyman

Shara Gibbons – Barclays

Simran Mohnani – Deloitte

Sinead Byrne – BNY Mellon

Siobhan Tierney – Telefonica UK

Snezhana Ilieva – PwC

Snigdha Satti – News UK

Sophie Jane Wilson – Raytheon UK

Srishti Issrani – Deloitte

Sukhi Jutla – MarketOrders

Susan Jason – In-Space Missions Ltd

Suzanne Lord – BBC News

Suze Shardlow – Self-Employed

Swati Toshniwal – Mphasis

Tabby Davies – Zynga/Natural Motion

Tanya Knowles – Oil and Gas Authority

Temi Nelson – PwC

Tereza Litsa – Lightful

Tracy Higgs – Kainos

Tulsi Parida – Visa

Valeria Cortez Vaca Diez – Monzo Bank

Vibhusha Raval – BT

Victoria Repa – BetterMe

Victoria Forrest – VIKA Books

Vittoria Millan – Fondy

Vivian Galinari – BBC

Wincey Tang – Oliver Wyman

Yasmin Curren – Creative Asembly

Yasmin Desai - Impala

Yasmin Johal – CMS

Champion

Rav Bumbra – Structur3dpeople

Global Award for Achievement

Amanda Obidike – STEMi Makers Africa

Network of the Year

The Shuri Network

Company of the Year

Atos IT Services Ltd

Editor’s Choice

June Angelides MBE – Samos Investments


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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, Avye Couloute and The Vocal Jewels as special guests for the TechWomen100 Award's Ceremony

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley CH; maker, coder, tech advocate and TechWomen100 winner, Avye Couloute; and live vocal duo, The Vocal Jewels, as our special guests for the 2020 TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen are having to do things a little differently with our awards this year. We will be holding a virtual awards evening for all winners, sponsors and judges on the evening of 08 December 2020.

Over the course of the award’s ceremony, our attendees will be congratulated by our sponsors and special guests and hear from inspirational speakers and entertainers, who will all be endeavouring to create a truly magically experience. We will also include Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK; Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter, Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, UK Government Strategic Advisor, and June Angelides MBE, VC at Samos Investments, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Speaker, Writer.

Whilst we cannot give our winners the true physical experience of one of our award ceremonies, what we have planned will be an evening to remember!

Find out more about our special guests below:

Dame Stephanie ShirleyDame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH, age 87, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist.

Her life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she started a software house, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. In 2009/10 she served as the UK’s first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact, totally £67m to date. The focus is on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.

Her memoir Let It Go was published in 2012. It has sold 30,000 copies and Penguin re-published in April 2019 with a view to distributing it worldwide – the first translated version launched in Germany in October 2020. A big screen film is also in the making by The Artists Partnership, with Producer Damian Jones and Director Haifaa al-Mansour. The shortlist for an actress to play Dame Stephanie includes Claire Foy and Emily Blunt. Filming is currently on hold due to Covid-19.

During Lockdown 2020, Dame Stephanie produced her second book, So To Speak, a collection of 30 of her speeches given over the last 40 years. The book was launched on 1st November 2020.

Dame Stephanie has been much honoured. In 2013, she was named by Woman’s Hour as one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain. In 2014, the Science Council listed her as one of the Top 100 practising scientists in the UK. In 2015, Dame Stephanie was given the Women of the Year Special Award. Her TED Talk in 2015 was to a standing ovation from more than a thousand of the world’s most recognised technical entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators and doers. It has received 2.1m views. In 2017, Dame Stephanie received a Companion of Honour, one of only 65 people worldwide to receive such a recognition.

Avye CoulouteAvye Couloute

Avye is a maker, coder, Tech Advocate, workshop leader and Social Entrepreneur.

She began attending coding & physical computing workshops at 7. Nowadays she is very active in the tech & maker community, dedicating a lot of her spare time to exploring & learning about coding & technology.

Among other activities, Avye leads regular coding & physical computing workshops for Coder Dojo at Kingston University & the University of West London and have entered and won competitions with the robots which she designs and makes.

Avye is enthusiastic about sharing her skills & experiences with others and she is an Arm ambassador, part of the GenArm2Z program which enables young people to talk to tech leaders about how technology is being used & shaped for the future.

Aware of female under-representation in STEM education & careers, Avye was motivated to found Girls Into Coding to encourage more girl involvement in tech, to offer them the opportunity to develop their digital and making skills. She has received the Diana Award, the Diana Legacy Award and the FDM EveryWoman Tech Award in the “One To Watch” category for her work to create opportunities for girls to engage with tech and for fundraising to provide girls with microcontrollers, physical computing kits & STEM themed books.

Julia Streets

The incredible Julia Streets will be hosting this year's TechWomen100 Award's Ceremony. Julia Streets is a champion of fintech entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity.

In 2007, Julia founded Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy. She helped launch the Chi-X brand of international alternative stock exchanges, including Chi-X Australia. Since then she and her team have advised a wide range of firms in the world of capital markets, B2B and payments, and offering specialist technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, cyber and more.

Wary that diversity and inclusion is fast becoming the latest corporate marketing jargon, last year Julia launched a podcast series, ‘DiverCity Podcast’. On each episode, industry luminaries shine a light on progress, call out areas requiring further focus and offer insights and best practice to help listeners drive change.

The Vocal JewelsThe Vocal Jewels

Cartier and Gemma are professional Musical Theatre performers with credits between them including Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hair, Best of Wham, Buddy The Musical and HMS Pinafore. With vast experience singing at live events, launching The Vocal Jewels was a very exciting natural progression for them.

Cartier and Gemma have been best friends and singing together since they were 11 years old! They love performing together and are so excited to be singing for WeAreTechWomen for the amazing TechWomen100 awards and are delighted to offer our congratulations to all the amazing winners!


In November, WeAreTechWomen announced the winners of our 2020 TechWomen100 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including 13-year-old Avye Couloute, who, aware of female under-representation in STEM education and careers, founded Girls Into Coding to encourage more female involvement in tech; Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as the BBC, Barclays, NatWest, Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Trainline, Visa, Deloitte, Microsoft, Bank of England and Monzo Bank, amongst many more.

The awards received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Ireland and the nominees received over 35,000 votes of support from across the globe.

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.

DISCOVER OUR 2020 WINNERS HERE


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WeAreTechWomen, powered by BAE Systems, are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 TechWomen100 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including 12-year-old Avye Couloute, who, aware of female under-representation in STEM education and careers, founded Girls Into Coding to encourage more female involvement in tech; Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as the BBC, NatWest, Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Trainline, Visa, Deloitte, Microsoft, Bank of England and Monzo Bank, amongst many more.

DISCOVER OUR WINNERS

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. New for this year, the TechWomen100 awards are also celebrating women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

WeAreTechWomen also announced their Editor’s Choice winner, June Angelides. Named the 6th Most Influential BAME tech leader by the FT in 2018 and 15th Most Influential Woman in Tech by Computer Weekly in 2018, Angelides is an early stage investor at Samos Investments. Prior to joining the world of venture capital, she founded a social enterprise, Mums in Technology, which was the first child-friendly coding school in the UK.

Those receiving the Editor’s Choice award are individuals who have been specifically selected by the leadership team at WeAreTechWomen and one independent judge. This award recognises their outstanding contribution and tireless efforts towards women in tech.

Since August 2020, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. This year’s winners join an alumnus of 250 winners from 2017, 2018 and 2019. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of the WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1,000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

Speaking about the awards, Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder of WeAreTechWomen, said, “At WeAreTechWomen we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 1,000 female future leaders in technology by 2025. The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding! I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and look forward to celebrating our winners and their achievements.”

Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, added, Year after year we choose to partner with the WeAreTheCity organisation for one simple reason. They get it. The TechWomen100 awards offers on-going opportunities and membership to a wealth of information and networking to a community of women at the forefront of changing an industry globally. At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence we want to help drive that in any way that we can. Our industry depends on the best and brightest and supporting the growth and development of women in all roles across the technology industry. In a year when we can no longer see the diversity in our meeting rooms and client sites it seemed fitting to step up and headline such an important event. We see the value in celebrating what makes us unique and are very proud to be headline sponsor of the TechWomen100 awards.”

The awards were entered by over 700 nominations from across the UK and Ireland and the nominees received over 35,000 votes of support from across the globe. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at a final list, due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

The awards were entered by over 700 individuals and were judged by a panel of 14 independent judges. 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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WeAreTechWomen launches new collaborative networking forum for Women in Tech Network leaders

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to launch WeAreTechNetworks, a collaborative networking forum for individuals who are leading their organisations Women in Tech networks.

WeAreTechNetworks will welcome the chairs, co-chairs and D&I leads from a broad range of industries and sectors; and allow them to share best practice and collaborate. Founding members of WeAreTechNetworks are PwC, Visa, HSBC, Barclays, Oliver Wyman, Credit Suisse and KPMG. The group will meet for the first time in January 2021. The new network is also supported by the Tech Talent Charter.

WeAreTechNetworks founding membersMembers of WeAreTechNetworks benefit from four networking and learning events a year with topical speakers, network hacks, gender and tech headlines and speed networking with other members. Members contribute to an annual company-wide survey, which details their strategic objectives, how they are engaging male allies and the governance of their networks.

Members also benefit from hotline access to a WeAreTechNetworks co-ordinator for advice, networking matching and connections; bonus networking events; gain access to other relevant events and activities; and share the latest insights, front-line experiences and best practices.

 

 

Debbie Forster, WeAreTechNetworksWeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen have extensive experience in bringing together the chairs and co-chairs of networks to share best practice and collaborate. In 2009, CEO, Vanessa Vallely OBE launched Gender Networks, the network for women’s network leaders. This group has now grown to 100 FTSE member firms and over 400 members. Gender Networks members have benefited from cross company collaborations, sharing of ideas and best practice as well as hearing from speakers such as Baroness Goudie, June Sarpong OBE, RtH Nicky Morgan, Jo Swinson, Sadiq Khan, Shola Mos Shogbamimu and Dr Helen Pankhurst CBE.

WeAreTechNetworks’ members comprise of individuals who already chair or co-chair a corporate or public sector women in tech network; and individuals who are looking to set up a women in tech network within their organisations.

Find out more, register your interest or become a member here.


Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

WeAreTechWomen’s 2020 TechWomen100 shortlist announced

Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

WeAreTechWomen is extremely proud to announce the TechWomen100 shortlist for 2020.

Since August 2020, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor BAE Systems, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

The shortlist showcases remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; Charlene Hunter, who founded Coding Black Females, to inspire, provide opportunities and showcase the talents of black women in tech; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. New for this year, the TechWomen100 awards are also celebrating women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as Monzo Bank, IBM, Adobe, PayPal, Trainline, BT, Visa, Jaguar Land Rover and many more.

Over the nomination period, we received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

Speaking about the awards, Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said, “Year after year we choose to partner with the WeAreTheCity organisation for one simple reason. They get it. The TechWomen100 awards offers on-going opportunities and membership to a wealth of information and networking to a community of women at the forefront of changing an industry globally."

"At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence we want to help drive that in any way that we can. Our industry depends on the best and brightest and supporting the growth and development of women in all roles across the technology industry. In a year when we can no longer see the diversity in our meeting rooms and client sites it seemed fitting to step up and headline such an important event. We see the value in celebrating what makes us unique and are very proud to be headline sponsor of the TechWomen100 awards."

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTechWomen said, “At WeAreTechWomen, we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 500 female future leaders in technology by 2022."

"The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding. I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be in November.”

Please find the full shortlist in alphabetical order here

The public vote of support is now open for our 200 individual shortlist nominees. Votes can be cast here*.

*Please note there is no public vote for Champions, Companies , Global Award for Achievement or Networks.

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.

We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees and best of luck in the next round of judging.

The final list will be announced 16 November. Finalists will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December.


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Recommended Event: Black Girls Tech Summit 2020 | Girls Talk London

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Girls Talk London is proud to announce that we are bringing the second edition of "The Black Girls Tech Summit" to you virtually with our sponsors Facebook and Snap Inc across two days on Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th November 2020 4:00-8:30pm GMT!

We have an exciting line up of influential speakers, insightful panels, sessions, networking and exhibition spaces from both our sponsors and community partners.

The theme for this year is "Safe spaces' after an emotional year so far this will be the breathing space and medium black women need to regroup, strategise and plan for the future.

We intend to welcome women from all over the world to join us as we discuss topics such as navigating the workplace as a black woman, dealing with micro-aggressions, how to land your dream job, salary negotiations and the opportunity to meet recruiters from Snap Inc and Facebook.

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Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 


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.