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WeAreTechWomen & Funding Circle host inspiring & motivating network evening at the Big Tech Meet Up

WeAreTechWomen & Funding Circle - The Big Tech Meet Up

This week, WeAreTheCity gathered its WeAreTechWomen Women in Tech community for an action packed evening of career planning in the heart of the City of London.

The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by Funding Circle and was attend by over 50 women who work in various technology roles from across the UK.

During the event, Vanessa Vallely OBE shared her keynote which talks about her own career as a technologist and touches on hints and tips to overcome your inner imposter, how to harness your personal brand, how to build your network, how to optimise your digital footprint on line and the importance of coaches, mentors and sponsors in your career. The event was opened by Bruno Tavares who has recently joined Funding Circle as VP of Engineering.

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"What an inspiring event with so many amazing women working in technology. A huge thanks to Funding Circle and to Katie and Bruno for their fantastic hospitality, and to all our guests that brought their energy and passion to progress in their careers in tech. It was so wonderful to see so many new faces, alongside a number of our previous award winners. A great evening all round"

— Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen

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TechWomen100 Alumni Celebration

WeAreTechWomen honours its incredible TechWomen100 alumni at Goldman Sachs rooftop celebration

TechWomen100 Alumni Celebration

WeAreTechWomen honours its incredible TechWomen100 alumni at a rooftop celebration! 

Kindly hosted by Goldman Sachs on their beautiful rooftop terrace, our TechWomen100 alumni were given the opportunity to network with each other, sponsors and judges and to celebrate their achievements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently during 2020 and 2021 and hold a virtual award’s evening. The networking evening allowed our alumni to finally celebrate their achievements in-person. 

During the evening, guests also heard from some inspiring speakers including WeAreTechWomen’s founder, Vanessa Vallely OBE and Vanessa Yiu, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs.

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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.

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 awards are once again looking to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women working in technology.

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Women in tech gather for empowering One Tech World 2022 conference

One Tech World aims to highlight the challenges facing women in tech by fostering a community to transcend the hurdles.

As women continue to advance and excel in their tech careers, experts have urged the industry to be each other’s partners and allies.

The empowering one-day virtual event, One Tech World, offers the opportunity to learn about innovative technologies and professional development, whether you already have a strong network of female colleagues in your field or want to extend your network.

On 01 April, a community of women in technology gathered to hear inspiring messages from industry leaders, allies and advocates.

For the second year, the conference was delivered as part of a global virtual learning experience via a state-of-the-art conferencing platform.

Theresa Palmer

Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, said creating a diverse workforce is not something that occurs overnight.

“It takes a constellation of activity, over a continuous period of time, to really turn good intentions into tangible change.”

In her opening keynote address, Palmer said, it’s time to stop talking about change and make it happen: “We need some serious barrier-busting! For me, this means no longer talking about gender equity and encouraging anything because it’s the ‘right thing to do’. You’re darn right, it’s the right thing to do! So we, as organisations, need to get to work! If we need open and clear paths for women, what are we doing? If we need to retain women, what are we doing? If we need more women in senior roles, what are we doing?

“At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we do this by setting clear objectives and monitoring and reporting on gender across our organisation. We look for the leaky valve and we work to plug it. With tangible actions and measurements to understand if we’re getting it right,” she added.

She noted that a lot of work has already been done in recruitment: “Keep it up,” she said. However, she shared her concerns about learning and development. “Businesses should be identifying where their leak is and working two grade levels below it to close it,” Palmer added.

She advised: “To really drive gender diversity in organisations, we need to move on from gender equity being the right thing to do and we need to find the right thing to do. And then we need to do it.

“Act early. Intervene with genuine, worthwhile development programs. Set targets for your businesses, to drive diversity into your leadership development programs.”

Ensure our leaders are held accountable in their objectives and reviews for delivering diverse and cultural value to our businesses.”

Since the start of its annual conference in 2015, WeAreTechWomen has welcomed over 5,000 people through its doors. The One Tech World conference seeks to demonstrate how the tech world works and to introduce attendees to the cutting-edge technology that is now impacting industries around the world.

The purpose of the event is to provide opportunities for women in technology, at all levels, to adapt their skill sets and expand their networks. During the live conference, attendees of One Tech World 2022 had access to all keynotes, panels and content, as well as the chance to revisit all sessions for 30 days afterward.

This year, the event covered over 160 topics, including technology trends, artificial intelligence, the future of drones, FinTech, HealthTech, ageism and more.

Below are just a few of the standout topics that featured this year

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What can we expect from technology in the future?

Ortis Deley, the host of The Gadget Show, gave One Tech World attendees a whistle-stop tour of the future of technology.

Up and coming technologies mentioned included virtual reality, wearables, innovations in cameras to improve diagnoses through accessing healthcare data, 3D printing in healthcare, altruistic tech and energy storing materials to slow climate change, and the impact that fusion plasma will have on society.

Dealey said: “No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but a lot of the innovations that we take for granted today will form the foundation of some future tech.”

“I say ‘some’ because some of the techs that we use will quite possibly grow out of what we’re able to do with what we have at our disposal, at that time. For example, very few people saw the inception and rise of companies like Uber, because we didn’t have the infrastructure for 4G mobile telecommunication.”

Paving the way to net-zero

The term “net-zero” is a popular topic of discussion currently and refers to a situation in which greenhouse gas emissions are matched by their removal from the atmosphere.

According to international scientific consensus, global net human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be reduced by approximately 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, with net-zero emissions expected around 2050.

Jennifer Tsim, Partner at Oliver Wyman, and part of its Global Financial Services and Climate and Sustainability team, used her One Tech World session to give an overview of the topic with advice on what needs to be done.

“Achieving net-zero will ultimately require action from every company and every sector and a real shift in the entire global economy,” she said. “Net-zero requires an entire eco-system shift to a greener economy, and we’ll all be impacted.”

Tsim noted that governments, companies and individuals “all have a role to play if we are to be a success on this road to net-zero”. She invited attendees to think about their own roles, skillsets, companies and contacts and asked: “How will you think about contributing to net-zero in your work and in your decisions going forward?”

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Can Space Tech save the planet?

Dr Kathryn O’Donnell, COO, In-Space Missions Ltd, at BAE Systems, delved into the topic of space technology and whether it can help the planet with climate change and sustainability, defence and law enforcement, and space services.

“Can space tech save the planet? I’m going to say no. Not on its own,” she said. “It can give us the tools or data we need to save ourselves, though, and I think that’s what we need to consider. Hugely useful, but we need to act with it.”

O’Donnell informed attendees about the range of careers within the space sector and how those wanting to make a difference could find the answer in a space tech role.

“The space industry has a huge amount to do to help us save our planet,” she noted.

“There are lots of jobs and lots of really interesting careers in space industries, so for those of you attending One Tech World today who are interested, dust off that CV and have a look at how you can help the space industry save the planet.”

What is neurodiversity?

Jacqui Wallis, CEO of Genius Within CIC, discussed the topic of neurodiversity at work and dealing with cognitive overload with a DevOps engineer from Dropbox.

Jennifer Opal, DevOps engineer at Dropbox, was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD in 2018 and shared her experience with One Tech World attendees.

“I realised that when I was reading text, it was making me feel overwhelmed….and I’d never felt that before. I could see that I was avoiding reading in every way that I could.”

Wallis and Opal agreed that being a neurodivergent individual has several benefits. Opal said: “What I find so incredible about being neurodivergent is that we are looking at things from a whole different angle.”

“We’re able to connect the dots so well, see a pattern and share that…it helps in every industry, whether its tech or outside of it. You’re able to give an idea that can help and contribute to projects that can provide great impact to the team and great impact to the company.”

However, Opal added: “I have to work in an environment that’s healthy and inclusive and practices it. It’s not just about talking about it. The action has to be there.”

She closed by encouraging all neurodivergent minds to be themselves: “It’s okay to be who you are. Don’t feel guilty or ashamed of being who you are. And be sure that, wherever you are in terms of your career, don’t ever look at being neurodivergent as a deficit. And if anyone makes you feel that being neurodivergent is a deficit, always remind yourself that you’re not the problem.”

“You were born the way that you are. Your brain is beautiful and amazing and creative and talented just the way it is. If someone else has an issue with that, it’s them.”

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Menopause in the workplace

Kat Holmes, Founder of MenopauseX, discussed the topic of menopause in the workplace with a panel of experts working in the field. MenopauseX was created to bring together leaders in data, tech and menopause care.

Amy Lindsay, Chief Data Officer for a UK construction company, is currently leading one of the sub-teams on the MenopauseX initiative. She explained that MenopauseX is seeking to plug the gap from a data and insights perspective to make a material difference to the well-being of women in the workplace.

Gaele Lalahy, Chief Operating Officer for the menopause app Balance, said we need more data on menopause to prove that there is a problem that needs addressing: “We need data to convince people. There’s a huge taboo around menopause and I think until you come with really hardcore data on what is happening – or more importantly, what is not happening – and the impact it has on the workplace, on women’s lives, and on society, it’s difficult for people to listen.”

“We know that 25% of women suffer serious symptoms from menopause, but 77% don’t realise it’s from menopause. 79% of those women visit a GP and 7% have to attend more than 10 appointments to get better assistance, and some 24% who are receiving treatment have to wait more than five years,” Lalahy explained.

“So you can imagine all those hurdles, all the unnecessary suffering just within that bit of data that I mentioned….already people can start to listen and say ‘Huh. I didn’t realise that was happening. So, what are the solutions? What can we do?’”

Lucy Chatwin, Director of the Newson Health Menopause Society, highlighted that the pandemic has created greater flexibility in working: “If you’re experiencing symptoms that aren’t very helpful, having the flexibility to be at home is great.”

“However, one of the things that we want to do is make sure that with the more than 32 symptoms that you experience with peri-menopause or menopause, you’re still able to have a conversation with your line manager about what they mean for you and what those daily adjustments need to look like. Because they will be different for all individuals.”

Attendees of One Tech World 2022 also had the opportunity to share selfies in the photo booth and interact with other participants, partners and speakers in the networking lounge, chat rooms and at a virtual pre-event networking meet.


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15/03/2022: WeAreVirtual: Impact And Gravitas For Women Part II | Cat Clancy

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During this session we will further explore the influence of gender on communication and empower women to increase their impact and gravitas.

We will build on our awareness of linguistic choices which can hold women back and focus on reframing language in order to get their ideas heard. We will look at how women can capitalise on their emotional intelligence through their use of voice. We will explore how to hold your ground when faced with challenging or confrontational styles of conversation and how to handle interruptions in a positive, assertive way. We will also address the psychology of Imposter Syndrome and explore strategies that can help you to manage it effectively. We will work on the importance of articulating your value and learning the art of self-promotion, as well as how to deal with a ‘no’.

Please note – this session will give attendees the option to have their cameras and microphones on.

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About Cat

Cat ClancyCat Clancy studied English at Oxford University and trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Based on the belief that Acting skills are really Life skills, she has worked as a Communication and Voice Coach for over 12 years, delivering highly-tailored training to business professionals, who seek to be more confident, and clear, while remaining authentic.

She has delivered communication courses for diverse organisations such as Shell, Time Inc, HSBC, Ernst & Young, Mott MacDonald, The BFI, Lazards, McGraw Hill, Fidelity, IFRS, MD2MD, Rothschild, Luxotica, Facebook, Publicis Sapient, Network Rail, Sodexo, Anglo-American, Prudential, Vitality, Nuffield, Santander, CMS, Brunswick Group LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, and MUFG.
Her bespoke one-to-one coaching encompasses all levels, from promising executives to Senior Directors, at companies including McGraw Hill, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Santander, IFRS, Global Forestry Investment, The Rank Foundation and Financial Ombudsman Service.

In addition, she has spoken at forums such as DAC Beachcroft’s ‘Creating an Inclusive Workplace’ event, ‘Breakfast Business Club’ and ‘ISES Powerhour Seminars’ and co-led business seminars for HealthTech UK. She has been featured twice in The Guardian and appeared as a guest Voice Coach on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour analysing the voices of female politicians.

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16/03/2022: #BreakTheBias with WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen | Celebrating International Women’s Day with Mairi McHaffie

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You are invited to #BreakTheBias and celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day with WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen!

We are delighted to host our first in person networking event in 2022!

16 March 2022
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Publicis Sapient,
63 Turnmill Street,
London, EC1M 5RR

You are in for a fun packed evening starting with speed networking, hosted by Vanessa Vallely OBE. This is fantastic opportunity to meet other members of the WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen community.  Thereafter, we will welcome Mairi McHaffie, Personal Impact Expert & CEO of Scene Change Creative Consultants who will be talking to us about Unconscious Bias. The evening will end with a group brainstorm on how we can challenge bias with everyday actions not just for IWD, but every day. The brainstorm will be followed by networking drinks.

About Mairi’s keynote, Fight, Flight and Unconscious Bias

If you have a brain – you have bias. Our brains instinctively categorize people using quickly observed criteria.  We all do it. It’s part of our “fight or flight” chimp brain that has been useful since our primitive days to allow us to differentiate between friend or foe. The disadvantage of this is that it can lead us to make assumptions and decisions about others based on those biases. This result is a tendency to rely on stereotypes, even if we consciously disapprove of them.

This interactive talk provides practical insights about how our brains make decisions and how our preferences affect how we interact with our clients and each other in the workplace with positive and negative effects. We will:

  • Discover how we subconsciously process information and why
  • Understand how bias can affect decision making and interactions at work
  • Learn to mitigate the negative effects of how we judge each other
  • and become consciously inclusive

Mairi McHaffieAbout Mairi

With over 15 years of experience as a personal impact and communications consultant Mairi has designed and delivered bespoke people development and talent initiatives globally across the sectors and across commercial brands, international law firms, banking and financial institutions and the UK central government. She specialises in Embracing Change, Presentation Skills, Managing Crucial Conversations and Influencing Skills – enabling learners to credentialise themselves and confidently position themselves as a trusted advisor.

As a trained professional actor and BBC TV presenter Mairi combines her theatrical training with results driven social psychology systems.

She has been a judge for the BBC Apprentice Final and for the prestigious WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards. She is the mother of two young boys and occasionally dabbles in stand-up comedy.

For the safety of others, attendance this event is limited to 50 guests. Tickets cost £25 plus VAT* and are on a first come, first served basis.  

Please ensure that you perform a lateral flow test before attending. Proof of a negative lateral flow will be required for entry.

*Publicis Sapient do not receive any ticket fees

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TechWomen100 Awards Ceremony 2021: In Pictures

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WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards last night (Wednesday 8th December) via a virtual award’s ceremony.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently, once again, 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, award-winning Entrepreneur, Personal Brand Expert, Speaker & Author, Bianca Miller-Cole;  Singer-Songwriter, Shae Universe; and Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist and Writer, Jaspreet Kaur.

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TechWomen100 Award’s Ceremony 2021: In Words

TechWomen100 Awards Ceremony 2021

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards last night (Wednesday 8th December) via a virtual award’s ceremony.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently, once again, 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, award-winning Entrepreneur, Personal Brand Expert, Speaker & Author, Bianca Miller-Cole;  Singer-Songwriter, Shae Universe; and Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist and Writer, Jaspreet Kaur.

Watch highlights from the ceremony below:

Watch the full ceremony via our Facebook page

“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.”

VANESSA VALLELY OBE, FOUNDER, WEARETECHWOMEN & WEARETHCITY

In November, WeAreTechWomen, powered by Goldman Sachs, announced the winners of the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including Manisha Ganguly, who is a multi-award-winning independent conflict journalist & filmmaker using open-source techniques to investigate human rights abuses under conditions of war; Alice Hendy, who founded the app, R;pple Suicide Prevention, after the tragic loss of her brother, Josh, in 2020; Priyanka Mittal, who led the Cloud-based architecture of two national programmes at NHS Digital, which have been the backbone of the government’s response to COVID-19; and Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee, a Senior Flight Systems Engineer, working on a next generation fast jet, the Tempest project.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, The British Army, NHS Digital, BT, Transport for London, Vodafone, BBC World Service, Google, Mastercard, London Stock Exchange and many more.

The awards were entered by over 1,000 individuals from across the UK and Ireland and the nominees received over 40,000 votes of support from across the globe.

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


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WeAreTechWomen's One Tech World Conference | In Words

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WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first three-day virtual conference for female technologists, One Tech World.

The conference, proudly sponsored by BAE Systems and supported by Accenture, CMS, Credit Suisse, Discovery+, Goldman Sachs, Huawei, MarketAxess, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Oliver Wyman, OpenFin, PwC, Robert Walters, Royal Air Force, Royal Bank of Canada, Sage, Sky, Societe Generale, and SUSE; saw over 1,500 delegates log on around the globe, from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Bank of England, Mastercard, UBS, EY, Nationwide, National Grid, BT, Mettle, Dell, Vodafone, Schroders, Ipsos, Atos, Santander, and many more.

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The three-day conference consisted of two stages, Let’s Talk Tech and Career Development, with 197 speakers, held over 20 Q&A panels and shared over 130 webinars, which have been watched over 15,000 times. Delegates could shape their own learning as well as revisiting sessions they may have missed, with a 30-day playback.

Across the three days, delegates enjoyed listening to high-profile speakers including Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist & TV Broadcaster, The Gadget Show; June Sarpong OBE, TV Presenter, Diversity Expert & Award Winning Author; Air Marshal Sue Gray CB OBE MSc CEng FIET FREng, Director General Defence Safety Authority, Royal Air Force; Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes; Professor Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, TED Speaker, Business Author & Former CEO; Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Tracy Edwards MBE, Founder, The Maiden Factor; and Shellye Archambeau, CEO, Silicon Valley leader, Author & Board member for Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies and Okta Inc., plus many more.

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Over the three days, delegates viewed over 130 webinars on topics such as Future World of Work, Technology Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, The Future of Data, The Wonder of Wearables, Data Science, The Future of Drones, FinTech, The Future of Robotics, Cloud Technologies, Quantum Computing, Coding, Innovation in Health Tech, Transformation & Change, Ethics in Tech, The Challenges for Tech Business, Post-Pandemic, Cloud Native, DevOps, Agile, Blockchain, CryptoAssets, Tokenisation, De-Si, Collaboration Tools, and many more. Attendees could also pose their questions to speakers via a number of virtual Q&A sessions.

Those attending the conference also had the opportunity to access our ‘follow the sun’, on-demand stage for individuals joining us from other global time zones. The on-demand stage featured over five hours of content, including 'Machine Learning and Robotics in Healthcare Devices and Rehabilitation’ with Alishba Imran, Machine Learning, Robotics and Blockchain Developer; ‘Getting Kids into a Tech Mindset', with Lisa Goodchild, Chief Trouble Maker, Digilearning; and an 'In the Lounge' chat with former Eastenders actress, Linda Davidson.

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Networking and visiting an exhibition hall were still on the agenda – albeit virtually.

Throughout the three days, delegates had the opportunity to visit over 20 exhibitors and sponsor booths to meet representatives from their companies virtually. Each booth had documents, leaflets and videos which were added to delegates' Swag Bags.

Aside from networking opportunities on the conference platform, delegates were also invited to join us every morning and evening in our unique, virtual networking world. This bespoke space allowed delegates to create connections in our virtual bar, rooftop lounge, cyber world lounge, AI world lounge and our jobseekers’ lounges. They could even join us in our meditation lounge to decompress the day before going out and making those all-important connections for the future.

Over the three days, attendees were also given the chance to win Amazon gift cards and an Amazon Echo, through our Scavenger Hunt for iconic women in tech; and our leadership board competition.

WeAreTechWomen would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers, supporters and above all, our delegates for making this conference such an incredible virtual experience.

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23/03/2021: WeAreVirtual: AI and the Gender & Ethnicity Pay Gaps | Maya Welford

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Maya completed dissertation research for her Master's degree in September 2020, which explored perceptions of AI and how it may help or hinder progress towards closing gender and ethnicity pay gaps.

This included an extensive literature review, a survey completed by members of the general public, and a series of interviews with AI professionals and AI ethicists. During this engaging session, Maya will share her research findings and cover important topics including pay gaps, cognitive bias, and bias within AI.

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About Maya:

Maya WelfordAfter graduating from King’s College London in 2018 with a First Class BSc Psychology degree, where she received the Desmond Tutu Award for her commitment towards serving society, Maya joined Barclays on their Human Resources Graduate programme. Maya has made a positive impact both through her day role at Barclays as well as through extra-curricular endeavours. Within her first 6 months at Barclays, Maya received a Barclays Values Recognition Award in recognition of her commitment to the Barclays values. In September 2020, Maya was promoted to Global Wellbeing Manager at Barclays.

Beyond her day role and as part of her engagement with Win, Barclays’ Gender Network, Maya founded the Charity Mentoring Programme, which connects Win members with staff at charities aligned to driving the cause of gender equality. From 43 mentor/mentee matches in 2019 to over 200 in 2020, and from partnering with 6 charities in 2019 to 20 in 2020, the programme has gone from strength to strength. In 2015, Maya completed a mental health placement in Sri Lanka where she supported individuals with mental health issues in clinical and community based settings. Maya currently volunteers for non-profit, Like Minded Females, and leads their Social Mobility efforts. Furthermore, she recently joined The Early Careers Foundation as an Advisory Group member. Maya additionally mentors young individuals to raise their aspirations.

Alongside employment and given her hunger for continuous self-development, Maya recently completed a Master’s degree in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Birkbeck, University of London, for which she achieved a Distinction. Maya’s dissertation research investigated bias within AI and the opportunities and threats of AI within the gender and ethnicity pay gap space, using qualitative and quantitative research methods.


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TechWomen100 Award's Ceremony

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: