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WeAreTechWomen Conference 2020: In Words

WeAreTechWomen conference 2020

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first virtual, full-day conference for female technologists.

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.

Jacqueline de RojasSpeaking during her keynote about digital inclusion, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE said, "We need to more to make sure no one is left behind."

"Women make up 47 per cent of the UK workforce but only 17 per cent of the tech workforce, and only 15 per cent from a minority ethnic background."

"Diversity matters because equality is a noble cause, it's good for business and to create a digital world that works for everyone."

Dame Stephanie Shirley 1Speaking during her keynote, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH said, "I pioneered the concept of women returners and began a crusade for women - a company of women, a company for women, and early social business."

"For years, I was the 'first woman this' and the 'only woman that'...I couldn't even open the company's bank account without getting my husband's permission..."

"Never ever take today's freedoms lightly."

Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist; Martha Lane-Fox CBE, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, lastminute.com & Founder, Dot Everything; Sharmadean Reid, Founder, WAH Nails & Beautystack; Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, Group CEO, BenevolentAI; Wincie Wong, Head of Rose Review Implementation, NatWest; Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society; Mark Martin, Computer science lead, South Bank Engineering UTC aka Urban Teacher - UK Black Tech; and Anne Boden MBE, CEO & Founder, Starling Bank.

Throughout the day, delegates heard about topics such as AI, Cyber Security, Robotics & Drones, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Fintech, Green Tech, Health Tech, and many more. Attendees could also pose their questions to speakers via a number of virtual Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from the future of tech after COVID-19, data ethics, the future of banking, and health tech.

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Those attending the conference also had the opportunity to view two more exclusive stages - on-demand and the KiDS stage. The on-demand stage featured over five hours of content, including a fireside chat with Dame Wendy Hall; a look at how Formula 1 team, Williams is supporting women in engineering; Trinity, a keynote speaking robot; and gaming with Kate Russell.

The KiDS stage was designed for children, aged five to 15. WeAreTechWomen are avid supporters of encouraging children to enter the world of technology, and delegates were actively encouraged 'bring along' their own children, nieces or nephews. The stage featured a variety of interactive sessions, such as lessons about AI and Cyber, as well as learning to code. These sessions were kindly provided by our partners, TechSheCan, Raspberry Pi, Girlguiding & Code First Girls.

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Networking and visiting an exhibition hall were still on the agenda - albeit virtually. On the day, there were several networking lounges for delegates to attend and chat in group forums and personal one-to-one chat rooms. The exhibition hall featured 13 booths, where attendees could meet and engage with sponsors, download handouts and documents, chat with experts and watch additional videos.

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24/06/20: WeAreVirtual: Augmented working and the future of work in this new reality with Margarete McGrath & Mona Bitar

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Dell Technologies Chief Digital Officer, Margarete McGrath will host a discussion on the future of work with guest speaker, Mona Bitar, who is an EY Partner and leading EY’s client response to Covid 19 in the UK.

In recent weeks, we have seen technology enable communities to connect, engage and share not just workplace exchanges but family moments using collaborative technologies. Recent weeks have also highlighted the need for technology to become almost a utility that everyone has equal access to. This conversation will explore some of the emerging workplace trends and how workplaces are being reset for a new reality. Imagining a new paradigm where workplace and home become closer, where technology is used to augment working and living in a new way. Join us for what will be an engaging discussion on the workplace reality, one that is unlikely to revert to old patterns but presents an opportunity to reshape workplaces as we know them.

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About Margarete

Margarete McGrathMargarete is the Chief Digital Officer for Dell Technologies for the UK and Ireland.

Previous to that, Margarete worked as a Management Consultant where she worked for EY and PwC leading complex change programmes. She previously worked for PwC in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and more recently in Ireland. Margarete supported many public and private sector clients with their business transformations.

Alongside this, Margarete previously ran two successful start up’s focusing on sharing models in food sustainability and building social networks while in New Zealand.

Today, Margarete works with a diverse group of Dell Technologies clients to support them with their digital and security transformations. Dell Technologies provides a wide range of solutions ranging from edge computing delivering smart solutions to advanced analytics to drive enhanced and secure customer experiences and new business model opportunities for leading financial institutions.

Dell Technologies is continuing to invest and innovate in research and development across its seven technology businesses which enables Dell Technologies to partner with leading global clients to support them automate, modernise and transform their business models.

Margarete is a champion of diversity in digital and a strong advocate of STEM. She is big believer in female entrepreneurship and green technology. Margarete is an advocate of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dell.

About Mona

Mona Bitar Mona is an EY Partner and is leading EY’s client response to COVID-19 in the UK.

Mona is experienced in operational turnaround and business redesign for large corporates, she advises clients who need to drive significant performance improvement across a spectrum of high performing and distressed organisations.

Mona has supported clients across many sectors including consumer products, retail, life sciences, diversified industrials, telecommunications, media and technology and her experience has involved spending time in the UK, North and South America, India, Europe and Africa.

Mona has worked with several FTSE 100 executive teams and her style and bold challenge helps to rapidly drive change and creates a coherence that transforms outcomes. She has been privileged to work with a cross-section of clients including a year on-site working side by side with a CEO. Using her unique view as an experienced strategy practitioner with deep operational experience, Mona can turn ideas into plans that can be executed, at pace, to rapidly create value.


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PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Understanding, preparing for and mitigating cyber threats with Rafe Pilling & Marcelle Lee

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Sadly, COVID-19 themed campaigns to conduct phishing attacks and deliver malware are being executed by hostile state actors and opportunistic cybercriminals alike.

The Secureworks Counter Threat Unit™ have observed criminal actors making cynical use of the current crisis to promote misinformation and products with intent to harm organisations and individuals. However, by following good cybersecurity hygiene best practices, organisations can protect themselves and their employees against these attacks.

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Rafe PillingAbout Rafe

Rafe is a Sr. Security Researcher working in the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU), Cyber Intelligence Cell. Rafe performs focused cyber threat intelligence research, delivering technical analysis for both targeted and commodity cyber threats. Rafe has an interest in studying cyber attacks from hostile state actors and emerging offensive cyber capabilities against Industrial Control Systems.

With over 13 years active experience in the cyber security industry, Rafe is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field and regularly asked to advise C-suite executives, comment on emerging cyber security news stories, speak at industry events and provide guest lectures to Academia.

Rafe holds a BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Management Science from the University of Edinburgh and PgDip(Merit) Advanced Networking and Web Technologies from Edinburgh Napier University.

Marcelle LeeAbout Marcelle

Marcelle Lee is a Senior Security Researcher in the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU), Cyber Intelligence Cell, and is the lead for emerging threats research. She specializes in network traffic analysis, malware analysis, and threat intelligence, and is an adjunct professor in digital forensics and network security. She is involved with many industry organizations, working groups, and boards, including the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, the NIST Cyber Competitions Working Group, and the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Advisory Council.

Marcelle has earned the CISSP, CSX-P, GCFA, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GISF, GSEC, GCCC, C|EH, CCNA, PenTest+, Security+, Network+, and ACE industry certifications.  She holds four degrees, including a master’s degree in cybersecurity. She has received the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Women in Tech (WIT) Award and the Volunteer of the Year award from the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. Marcelle frequently presents at conferences and training events, and is an active volunteer in the cybersecurity community.

 

 


13/05/20: WeAreVirtual: Business resilience in Times of Change with Dayne Turbitt & William McLeod Scott, Facilitated by Julia Streets

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Join us for an enlightening conversation between two distinguished leaders from Dell Technologies and Deloitte to hear how their organisations are navigating these turbulent times.

Organisational, technology and cyber resilience are all being put to the test right now. There is no predefined response plan but behaviours that focus on building resilience, demonstrating agility and leading with empathy are the qualities that will help us all respond effectively. Dayne and William will share their insights on how companies and their partners are responding to these challenges.

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About Dayne

Dayne TurbittDayne is the SVP & GM for Dell Technologies in the UK and its unified Sales and Partner organisation, leading the organisations work to help customers transform their businesses for the next decade. He is a strong believer in the power of technology to deliver for the benefit of society and is a champion for Dell Technologies in its pioneering sustainable and innovative technology solutions to further human progress.

Dayne campaigns to inspire young people to study and work in STEM as well as championing diversity and inclusion programmes across Dell Technologies in the UK. He is a board member of The Prince’s Trust and leads Dell Technologies work with the charity, providing mentoring, internships and seed investment to ensure talented young people can access the right opportunities.

He is also committed to stimulating entrepreneurship and leads a number of strategic partnerships with start-up accelerators across the UK focussed on helping entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.

Dayne joined Dell Technologies in 2010, previously serving as Vice President of Global Accounts and as Vice President of Dell EMC’s Emerging Technology Division, where he was involved in helping partners and businesses in different industries to restructure their teams and take advantage of new technologies.

Originally from South Africa, his previous experience includes a number of international leadership roles focused on delivering value for customers through technology.


About William

william-mcleod-scottWilliam is a Financial Services Partner with over 25 years’ experience working primarily with retail and investment banks, insurance businesses, financial market infrastructure businesses and with FS regulators MAS, FDIC, FED, PRA and the FCA. This includes 10 years of direct experience working in Global Markets for three global banks. He leads Deloitte’s Cyber Resilient Practice incorporating Technology Resilience, Cyber Incident Response, and Cyber War gaming. He has a broad background in Financial Services having led multiple Structural Reform projects specifically in Recovery and Resolution (RRP) for four global banks in the UK and US across a range of areas from Board Governance to Operational Resilience. William's experience includes leading response to cyber-attack, post incident reviews and cyber contingency planning to enable businesses build capability and technology solutions to recover from ransomware attack.


About Julia

Julia Streets | CEO, Streets ConsultingJulia 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.

Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies, serving on the Executive Committee and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet.

Wary that diversity and inclusion is fast becoming the latest corporate marketing jargon (a bit like ‘innovation is in our DNA’), 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. (www.divercitypodcast.com // @DiverCitypod)

Brummell Magazine, known as the ‘City’s little black book’, has recognised Julia a number of times— last year as one of their 30 Inspirational Women Influencers, in 2014 as one of 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs and in 2013, one of 30 Inspirational Women on Boards.  She is one of SWIFT’s Global Power Women in FinTech and been listed in Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech Power List for the past three years. This year she was a finalist in the Variety charity’s ‘Catherine’ UK-wide awards, celebrating inspiring women in business and philanthropy.

Julia is the author of ‘The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker’,  lampooning corporate jargon. She is called upon to host and MC many public events, is an after-dinner speaker, and stand-up comedian.

Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Street Child’ and is a Fellow of the British American Project, the transatlantic leadership fellowship.


22/04/2020: WeAreVirtual: Recovering from a Cyber Attack with Des O’Connor and Elizabeth Green

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As cyber attacks increase in frequency and severity, it has become clear that those businesses that can best cope with traditional commercial, economic, operational and political shocks are also the most cyber resilient.

The rapid evolution of the workplace environments in which we work greatly increases the likelihood of a catastrophic data loss scenario being realised. A catastrophic data loss scenario assumes complete loss of a technology systems and associated backups.

An effective cyber strategy is not just about businesses improving their cyber security to prevent and detect attacks. It is also about improving cyber resilience so your business can respond to, and recover from, attacks quickly, and learn from the experience. This webinar will explore how to build effective cyber resilient strategies, outline some of the lessons learnt from organisations that have been attacked and provide you with some guidance on how to prepare for a cyber-attack.

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Des O'ConnorAbout Des:

Des works in Dell Technologies and is focused on Cyber Resilience and Artificial Intelligence across Finance, Media and Telecoms and Oil and Gas.

Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Des was a Management Consultant and has experience in Go to Market Strategy development, Transformational Change and Project and Programme Management. He is excited about emerging technologies and co-creating new solutions, enhancing human progress. Outside of work Des is a keen runner, cook and works at the Royal Trinity Hospice as a befriending volunteer for people with end of life illnesses.

Liz GreenAbout Liz:

Liz Green is a Cyber Specialist at Dell Technologies. She has spent the last five years at Dell Technologies helping organisations use IT infrastructure to innovate and solve business challenges across Finance, Insurance, Media, Telecoms and Oil and Gas.

She is familiar with the US and UK regulatory environment and leverages this knowledge to help financial institutions ensure critical data is protected and available. She is passionate about equal opportunities for all and supports women in STEM and Dell Technologies’ Women in Action. Outside of work, Liz enjoys Pilates, travel in Europe and finding new London eateries.

 

 


Award winners at the TechWomen100 Awards

TechWomen100 Awards 2019: In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their 2019 TechWomen100 awards on 23 January, at a prestigious ceremony at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.

Over 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.

Kicking off the proceedings and inspiring the guests, Vallely said, “Let tonight’s awards be the platform you all spring from, to achieve more, to get your promotions, to help others thrive and be a beacon of light in the tech industry.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards. Speakers praised the emerging talent within the room and called out for more women to put themselves forward for tech roles.

View the photos from the night below:


If you know an inspiring woman in tech then nominate them for a 2019 Rising Star Award in Digital, Technology or Science & Engineering!

Find out more about the awards here.

 

 


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WeAreTechWomen celebrate emerging talent at the 2019 TechWomen100 Awards

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WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their 2019 TechWomen100 awards on 23 January, at a prestigious ceremony at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.

Over 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.

Kicking off the proceedings and inspiring the guests, Vallely said, “Let tonight’s awards be the platform you all spring from, to achieve more, to get your promotions, to help others thrive and be a beacon of light in the tech industry.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards. Speakers praised the emerging talent within the room and called out for more women to put themselves forward for tech roles.

Debbie Forster MBE at the TechWomen100 Awards

To round off the evening, the Editors Choice Award was given to Debbie Forster MBE, Tech Talent Charter. Speaking of her award, Forster said, "I say this to every woman who carries the imposter, who feels that they don't deserve to be here, we all deserve to be in the room, we all deserve to be here, and we're going to change the world."

To close the night, guests were treated to a performance from Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winners, Revelation Avenue, and invited to network, pose for photos against the TechWomen100 letters and celebrate their achievements.

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.

Since August 2019, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. Now in its third year and with the support of headline sponsor J.P. Morgan, the awards received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. Over 40,000 public votes of support were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. In November, the shortlist was judged by our esteemed panel of judges who helped us identify our TechWomen100 winners.

You can find all of the winners here.


If you know an inspiring woman in tech then nominate them for a 2019 Rising Star Award in Digital, Technology or Science & Engineering!

Find out more about the awards here.


WeAreTechWomen Conference 2019: In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its fourth full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, Bishopsgate, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Dell Technologies, saw over 500 attendees from across the technology sector and range of companies including Sky, Amazon, HSBC, Visa, Spotify, ASOS, Tesco, Goldman Sachs, DWP, BT and many more.

The conference was aimed at women in the tech sector who were looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

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Delegates at the WeAreTechWomen conference

WeAreTechWomen Conference 2019: In Words

Delegates at WeAreTechWomen conference

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its fourth full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, Bishopsgate, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Dell Technologies, saw over 500 attendees from across the technology sector and range of companies including Sky, Amazon, HSBC, Visa, Spotify, ASOS, Tesco, Goldman Sachs, DWP, BT and many more.

The conference was aimed at women in the tech sector who were looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

Facilitator Kate Russell, Journalist, Tech Reporter & Author, BBC Click, kicked off the day and welcomed all the delegates. The morning began with a number of keynotes from speakers such as Dr Pippa Malmgren, Founder, H Robotics; Sheridan Ash, Technology and Investments Director and Women in Technology Leader, PwC; Emma Kendrew, Intelligent Engineering Services Lead, Accenture Technology UKI; and Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC.

Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Deborah O'Neill, Head of UK Digital, Partner, Oliver Wyman; Lopa Ghosh, Associate Partner, UKI Cyber Leader, People and Culture Lead, EY; and Caroline Criado Perez OBE, Writer, Broadcaster and award-winning feminist campaigner, author of Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.

Caroline Criado Perez speaking at the WeAreTechWomen conference

During her talk, Caroline highlighted the issue that gender inequality is more prevalent throughout technology than most realise, with data collection being designed around men.

Caroline went on to discuss that having a female body has led to women often being involved much less frequently than men in medical studies, resulting in a data gap that is impacting our understanding of health care in relation to women. The consequences of data bias is substantial with women often being incorrectly diagnosed because the symptoms for females often look different from those of males.

During the lunch break, delegates were treated to refreshment and had the chance to network with sponsors, browse tables and stands of tech-related products, as well as connect with a number of not-for-profit organisations including Autistica, Raspberry Pi, TechSheCan and Apps for Goods.

Throughout the day, attendees heard about artificial intelligence, big data, cyber security, tech innovation, payments, disruption, cloud technology, transformation, software engineering, and health tech.

Attendees were also invited to put their questions to speakers during a number of Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from increasing diversity in tech, career advice and flexible working.

The afternoon consisted of delegates attending their own chosen elective sessions to partake in hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Alexa, coding, payments, health tech, and data science were just some of the topics covered within the sessions.

Hall of Fame panel with Ortis Deley at the WeAreTechWomen conference

Hosted by Ortis Deley, Host and Presenter, The Gadget Show, the Hall of Fame panel concluded the event and featured Professor Sue Black OBE; Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE; Dorothee Schobert-Sargent; and Jacqueline de Rojas CBE.

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WeAreTechWomen celebrate emerging talent at the TechWomen100 Awards

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Images from the We Are Tech Women 100 Awards

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their TechWomen100 awards on 31 January, at a prestigious ceremony at etc. venues, County Hall, London.

Over 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 Kate Russell, Journalist, Author and Tech Reporter, BBC Click and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity, and sponsors, Christina Hamilton, Senior Vice President Commercial Development UK & Europe, Worldpay.

Kicking off the proceedings, Kate Russell praised how far the technology sector had come, saying, “We are here tonight to celebrate a wealth of talent across the technology industry…they are our best hope for the future.”

“They also happen to be women.”

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