WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

Win a ticket to WeAreTechWomen's first virtual women in tech conference

WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

WeAreTechWomen have ten tickets to give away for our first virtual women in tech conference on 26 June.

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

Hear from our amazing line-up of speakers

We are proud to introduce our virtual tech conference's incredible speakers and thought leaders, including Martha Lane Fox CBE, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, lastminute.com & Founder, Dot Everything; Anne Boden MBE, CEO, Starling Bank; Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, Group CEO, BenevolentAI; Sharmadein Reid, Founder, WAH Nails & BeautyStack; Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes; and many, many more.

Discover all of our speakers here.

WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference speakers

There's something for everyone

WeAreTechWomen's conferences and summits have a five year history of providing innovative and interactive learning and networking opportunities for female technologist. This year is no different - all of our speakers are leaders in their sectors, experts in their fields and have a detailed understanding of how the tech industry is evolving.

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

View the agenda here.

Everything recovery

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

Shape your own learning

There will be ample opportunities to engage via our Q&A's and network through our virtual coffee rooms. Throughout the day our delegates can shape their own learning as well as revisiting sessions they may have missed - up to 30 days after the conference concludes.

Join us for a learning experience like no other!

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Debbie Forster featured

WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference Speaker Spotlight: Debbie Forster MBE | CEO, Tech Talent Charter

WeAreTechWomen speaks to Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter about her career.

Debbie is also one of our speakers at our upcoming virtual tech conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. on 26 June. Debbie is holding a session on why we must all work together to foster diversity in tech.

Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education, first as the UK CEO of Apps for Good and now as CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce.

Signatories of the charter make several pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016, describing her as “an exceptional and inspirational woman… an extraordinary role model.” She has also been named on Computer Weekly’s list of “25 Most Inspirational Women in UK IT” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity is excited to introduce its first ever global virtual conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. This unique learning experience is aimed at individuals working in technology who would like broaden their industry knowledge, learn new skills and benefit from the thought leadership of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I’m originally from the US but lived in the UK for 30 years.  I have worked in education, public, private and third sector—so I’m a professional foreigner or newcomer and thrive in working across different contexts and finding how they can fit, work and thrive together.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not even remotely; what’s taken me from job to job and sector to sector is seeing a great idea I want to make work or a great problem I want to help fix.  Like many people, I now see my career as a series of connected chapters rather than 1 focused career plan.

What inspired you to get involved with motivational speaking?

My first talk in front of a large audience (about 800 people) was when I was 18. I was terrified then but loved the buzz and connection with people and I suppose I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

I now do a lot of coaching and mentoring as part of my portfolio of work. I absolutely love being on the journey with women and watching them make real breakthroughs in their confidence, their choices, in their place in the world.  It’s a privilege and so energising for my wider work.

What do you think WeAreTechWomen guests will gain from your talk?

Big issues like diversity and inclusion are things we believe in but are so big, it is hard to think what we can do to make a difference. I’ll try to leave everyone with a sense of how they can be a part of an exciting whole.

What are your top 3 tips for success?

  • Work to silence (or at least turn down the volume) of your imposter syndrome—it doesn’t just rob you of opportunity, it is sucking the joy from your successes.
  • Know you will make mistakes and that’s a good thing.
  • Don’t wait to feel brave enough to do something. Do it while you are terrified, that is where all the fun is.

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

Learning to ignore the imposter syndrome.

Which female role models are you most inspired by?

You know, I’ve stopped listing the amazing famous women for this question.  To be inspired means “fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something”  and I get that from the women I coach, them women I call friends and my 22 year old daughter.  Knowing their inner fears and how they face them keeps me filled with the urge to do something.

In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle for women at work and how can it be overcome?

We are often internally waiting for “permission” to do things, to be things, to ask for things and we are too often afraid of getting it wrong. We need to walk through that uncertainty, find and draw on mentors, and allies and champions from the women and men around us.  And we need to offer that same support to those around us.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

Cementing the current breakthroughs on virtual and remote working and then pressing for the growth of meaningful part time work for all.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Relax, you can do this and remember this is a marathon, not a spring.


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FemTech Forum

Win a ticket to FemTech Forum 2020 - the first global virtual conference about FemTech

FEMTECH FORUM

WeAreTechWomen have ten tickets to giveaway for the FemTech Forum 2020 on 25th June.

The FemTech Forum - the first global virtual conference about FemTech - is a celebration of innovation in women’s health, spotlighting tech-powered solutions and products that are disrupting the market and changing our everyday lives for the better.

Investors are starting to recognise the value of the FemTech space, which is estimated to be worth $50 billion by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan. Women in the workforce spend 29 per cent more per capita on healthcare than their male peers and they’re 75 per cent more likely to use digital tools to track their health.

Organised by Women of Wearables (WoW), a global community for women in emerging technologies that has grown to become a network of more than 20,000 members, is hosting the virtual conference on FemTech on June 25th.

The one-day forum, which will be held on Zoom, will address topics like fertility, sexual wellness, the gender gap in medical research and more.

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The A-list panel of speakers includes: Eirini Rapti, Founder and CEO of Inne; Sophia Bendz, Partner at Atomico; Louise Samet, Partner at Blossom Capital; Gian Seehra, Investor at Octopus Ventures; Michelle Kennedy, Founder and CEO of Peanut; Valentina Milanova, Founder and CEO of Daye; Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, Co-Founder and CEO of Natural Cycles; Lea von Bidder, Co-Founder and CEO of Ava; Billie Quinlan, Founder and CEO of Ferly; Katherine Ryder, Founder and CEO of Maven Clinic; Afton Vechery, Co-Founder and CEO of Modern Fertility and Kat Mañalac, Partner at Y Combinator.

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Nancy Doyle featured

WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr Nancy Doyle | Occupational Psychologist & CEO, Genius Within

Nancy Doyle headshotWeAreTechWomen speaks to Dr Nancy Doyle, Occupational Psychologist & CEO, Genius Within about her career.

Nancy is also one of our speakers at our upcoming virtual tech conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. on 26 June. Nancy is holding a session on neurodiversity in tech, which will look at the full range of talents associated with neurodiversity and how considering competencies could open up untapped talent within an organisation.

Dr Nancy Doyle is a Registered Occupational Psychologist and the CEO of Genius Within CIC, a non-profit who specialize in neurodiversity inclusion at work. Genius Within works with thousands of businesses each year, many in tech and finance, exploring inclusion at the individual and company wide levels, advising on the legal, human and relational aspects of inclusion. Nancy was the driving force and lead presenter for Employable Me/The Employables, a now worldwide documentary on the BBC/A&E exploring the hidden talents of individuals with autism, Tourette Syndrome and a wide range of disabilities. Nancy undertakes many voluntary advisory committee roles, including with the British Psychological Society, UK government bodies and international labor events and is a leading researcher in neurodiversity, a Fellow of the University of London (Birkbeck).

WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity is excited to introduce its first ever global virtual conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. This unique learning experience is aimed at individuals working in technology who would like broaden their industry knowledge, learn new skills and benefit from the thought leadership of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I am a Registered Occupational Psychology, PhD specialising in neurodiversity at work.  I’ve worked in social inclusion all my life – disability support, unemployment – I’ve always been a geek about people working at their best, how we all have abilities and value, and that when we are in the right context, when it ‘fits’ you get ‘flow’.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

No, but I’ve always thought it was important to do due diligence to your craft. Many early personal and professional experiences led me to question traditional psychology approaches, but in order to understand how to fix the problem I studied psychology. I can now advocate for the talent aspects of neurodiversity competently and from a position of expertise as opposed to shouting from the sidelines. The science of neurodiversity is changing and evolving, I am happy to be part of that within a well-regulated profession, developing the right evidence based and applying rigor and integrity to this niche field.

What inspired you to get involved with motivational speaking?

I’m not really interested in motivational speaking, I’m interest in engaging people into my area of interest and my passion! Our society has become inefficient and is missing the opportunity to benefit from neurodiverse thinking, as a result too many people are cast aside and are devalued. Its annoying and we are changing it. Giving talks is one part of that process.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

Passing my PhD Viva with no corrections from my examiners. It’s up there with becoming a parent and marrying the love of my life. It was the culmination of so much hard work and energy, the icing on the cake, the validation of what I had spent 20 years experiencing, exploring, researching. It felt like getting to the top of the mountain and discovering a bright sunny day where I could see the whole landscape, and just breathing the fresh air.

What do you think WeAreTechWomen guests will gain from your talk?

Hopefully some ideas about how to move forward with the neurodiversity paradigm. Neurodiversity has become a buzzword, a token, a compelling idea that people want to understand more about. We’re seeing pilot projects here and there but we’re yet to see systematic changes to the way we incorporate neurodiversity, and we’re missing a lot of “how to” information. There’s a lot of amateurism in the field, which is legally risky as neurominority individuals are eligible for disability protection in most advanced economies. I’d like people to come away feeling inspired to embrace a more diverse talent pool, understanding the intersectional implications and the professional expertise required to make the shiny ideas into serious organizational strategies.

What are your top 3 tips for success?

  • Always meet your deadlines and when you occasionally err, apologize profusely – no matter who you are engaging with (customers, boss, staff).
  • Follow what engages your heart but lead with training your mind – if your next career move is worth it, then having the right qualifications, supervision and expertise will edify you.
  • Never discount the worth of any job, no matter how seemingly irrelevant. Working as a personal care worker for adults with physical and learning disabilities may not seem grand in the context of my career, but it was pivotal to inspiring my drive for systemic inclusion and I have spent 20 years learning how to improve workplaces such that a wider range of humans can take part in our economy.

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

Learning to self-reference and chose my advisors. Many women are inculcated into people pleasing stereotypes, we often need the approval of others to make decisions and feel confident. This is not the same as seeking consensus which is a strength, it’s more toxic than that, and involves being submissive to rejection or disagreement, and not being able to hold a line. This can be compounded by intersectional experiences of disability, race, sexuality. My journey to CEO was accidental – my business was originally an extension of private consultative practice – so being continually overpromoted as it grew was a steep learning curve. I had to learn the hard way that not everyone is authentic and that you can give your power away by capitulating to people who are projecting their failures onto you. Confidence grows by seeing solid results, as well as choosing wise counsel and steady mentors who are not engaged for their own egos.

Which female role models are you most inspired by?

Debbie Harry, Reese Witherspoon, Hillary Clinton, Dr Virginia Schein, Professor Denise Rousseau, Professor Almuth McDowall. Bold women who believe that ambition is not a dirty word.

In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle for women at work and how can it be overcome?

Pseudoscientific quackery about female and male brains. Read Prof. Gina Rippon’s book the Gendered Brain. As long as we are believing ourselves to be passengers in a brain that will dampen ambition, courage, boldness, directness or assign these traits to “behaving like men” we will lessen our trajectories. Compassion doesn’t have to be the expense of strength, you can be decisive at the same time as empathetic. There’s no such thing as ‘male leadership’ or ‘female leadership’, there’s just the skills required for the job and a whole bunch of gendered cheese about women who self-advocate and men who would prefer to be present at their kids’ bedtime.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

So many things! Too hard to stick to one! I guess in a work context I would encourage male parents to be visible, talk about their kids, role model leaving work on time and being vocal about that to inspire each other.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

You are more right than you give yourself credit for, but you are wise to diligently keep challenging and checking your assumptions. Choose your advisors for their deeds and track records, not their flattery and words.


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Christian Edelmann

HeForShe: Christian Edelmann | Co-Head EMEA Financial Services, Oliver Wyman; Executive Sponsor of Oliver Wyman’s Women’s Network; & Co-Founder of Men4Change

Christian Edelmann

Christian Edelmann is Co-Head EMEA Financial Services & Global Head Wealth & Asset Management practice at Oliver Wyman.

He is also the Executive Sponsor of Oliver Wyman’s Women’s Network and a co-founder of Men4Change, a network to create and support male allies and advocates for gender equality in the workplace. To find out more about Men4Change and get involved, contact ukevents@oliverwyman.com

Why I became an advocate for gender diversity

My wife first introduced me to the challenges women can face in the workplace when they are in the minority. She opened my eyes to the lack of gender diversity in most businesses.

I work in the financial services sector, where this is a particular problem. At Oliver Wyman, we’ve been examining the representation of women in senior roles in financial services since 2014. Back then, we found that on average 13 percent of executive committees were women, a number which grew to 20 percent in 2019.

While this is change in the right direction, the pace is too slow: at this rate, it would be 2035 before we achieve gender balance on executive committees at financial services companies. This is, quite simply, not good enough.

Men must support gender equality in the workplace

I’ve been serving as the executive sponsor of Oliver Wyman’s women’s network, WOW, for nearly four years. As a team we are clear about what needs to be done next to accelerate gender equalisation, and it’s not just more activities for women. It’s greater engagement from men.

This makes sense because men still make up most of the world’s biggest companies, especially at the executive level. We must get involved if the whole business is to benefit from inclusion and diversity.

In management consulting, we are addressing some of the toughest problems businesses face. From digitalisation to Brexit to climate change, solutions come from having creative teams. This creativity comes from having a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and an environment of inclusion where people feel able to share their ideas.

Engaging other men in conversations on gender equality

I’ve always felt very welcomed to conversations around gender equality at Oliver Wyman, in part because I am not afraid to raise the subject and ask questions. When I don’t understand something my network of female colleagues have always been willing to invest their time to educate me, for example by sharing their experiences.

Our women’s network has always been open to all genders, but to increase the engagement of men they’ve helped establish Men4Change. This is a forum where men can start to better understand the challenges facing women, get involved with the debate, have their questions answered, and find out tangible steps they can take to make a difference.

When engaging with men, we make it clear that we are not assigning blame. The purpose is to create empowered champions of inclusion, not to reprimand men for the problem. This approach is helping Men4Change expand its reach beyond those who are already interested in diversity. However, encouraging participation from disinterested or passive individuals remains a huge challenge.

The role I play in career development

For most of my time at Oliver Wyman, I have mentored equal numbers of men and women. Now, I actively mentor two female colleagues and am lightly involved advising another half dozen.

I’ve read in the media that some women are less likely than men to put themselves forward for jobs that are very senior or out of their comfort zones. I hope that my efforts in mentoring individuals and sponsoring our women’s network have helped create an environment where everyone feels heard, valued, and able to take up new challenges.

Additionally, we’re looking at supporting career development through sponsorship. Sponsors not only ensure that women are pushing themselves forward, but also use their seniority to actively help them advance.

The future of gender equality in the workplace

Looking ahead, we’re seeing gender-based targets within businesses become more granular: they are no longer looking at senior leadership alone, but increasingly every step of the career ladder. Nurturing the talent pipeline in this way will accelerate the journey towards equality, but, as men are most often at the top of businesses, they need to lead it.

Beyond counting the number of women at each level of the business, executive teams are starting to want to better measure firm culture, as this strongly determines women will stay within the firm in the long term. I expect we’ll see more efforts to track in real-time behaviours and attitudes and identify the drivers behind them. Armed with this information, companies can re-shape their workplace cultures to be more welcoming and inclusive of everyone.


WeAreVirtual - Rafe Pilling - Webinar

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.

WATCH THE PLAYBACK BELOW

https://youtu.be/L4hT3VRe4Gk

 

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.

 

 


Joud Hadaie

In Her Shoes: Joud Hadaie | Associate and Product Owner, Oliver Wyman Digital

Joud Hadaie

Joud is the product owner for a technical solution used by retailers across Europe.

After moving her university studies from Syria to Lebanon, she now lives and works in London, managing a global team of software developers and designers.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

Having graduated with a degree in Engineering, I wanted to gain business and consultancy skills, so I joined Oliver Wyman in 2016. After a year, I combined my technical and consulting skills by moving to Oliver Wyman Digital, where I create innovative, robust, scalable software solutions for our clients.

How does a typical workday for you begin and end?

My teams practice agile development, so we like to start the day with a video conference with everyone to discuss progress, priorities, blockers and achievements.

Although the meetings follow the same format every day, no two days are ever the same due to the nature of my job and the project.

I aspire to creating a good work-life balance for myself, so by the end of the day I always aim to be offline from work emails and spending quality time with my husband and hobbies.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I always wanted a career that involved both technology and business, but I didn’t know exactly what that would look like. The digital and technology sector is changing so rapidly even now I don’t know what the future holds for me! But so long as I continue to learn, grow, and face new challenges I will be happy with my career.

What do you love about working for Oliver Wyman?

I’m proud to work somewhere with a culture that helps people flourish. The business puts a great degree of trust in those it hires, and myself and my peers had the opportunity to work directly with senior clients from the very beginning of our time here.

I also love working among super-intelligent colleagues who combine amazing critical thinking skills with a practical approach to problem solving. It’s a collaborative environment where we all learn from each other.

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you overcome these challenges?

I had never stepped foot in England before joining Oliver Wyman. Coming to London made me face a few cultural differences. I had a different working style to everyone else but benefited from continuous guidance, mentoring, and support from my career advisors to help me find ways to adjust to the new environment while staying true to myself.

Have you benefited from coaching, mentoring, or the sponsorship of others?

I am very lucky to have participated in several mentoring programmes such as MissionINCLUDE and the 30% Club. I’d recommend them both very highly: they helped me take on new challenges and choose courage over comfort.

Do you believe in the power of networking? If so, where do you network?

Networking can help open doors you didn’t even know were there. I network at the conferences I attend, and in smaller, more focussed settings. I’m keen to meet people with similar values and career interests, and of course connect with and learn from people who inspire me.

What advice would you give to those who aspire to a career in tech?

I would definitely say that it is never too late to start a career in tech. You don't have to know coding and programming to have a career in the sector. There are a lot of transferrable skills that you can bring to the table. If you are passionate about a topic then try to be courageous to step into the unknown.

What does the future hold for you?

No-one knows what tomorrow holds, however, I am determined to keep developing myself as a manager and as a person. I want to continue to be inspired by amazing people, especially amazing women. My hope is that one day, having put all my heart and energy in what I do, younger women could look up to me and call me inspiring.

 

 


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

WeAreVirtual, WeAreTechWomen, Dell Technologies webinars

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

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

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

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

Topics will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hear from some of the greatest names in tech

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

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

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

Everything recovery

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

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

Book your ticket today

 

Agenda WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

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

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

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

So what are you waiting for?

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

This invitation is open to all.

BOOK HERE TO SECURE YOUR TICKET


Colleen Wong featured

Catching Up With: Colleen Wong | Founder, My Gator Watch

Colleen Wong With no technical experience Colleen set-up the successful My Gator Watch for children and seniors.

Now, the inspirational mother of two plans to evolve the product from a tracker for kids, to a wearable mobile device for seniors that can track location and detect falls, to help the elderly maintain independence

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

Before starting Techsixtyfour, I was a stay at home mum for 18 months (hardest job in the world) and before that, I was a VP in sales in investment banking.

My idea for My Gator Watch came to me almost four years ago when I was with my two babies, then aged 4 months and 18 months old. I saw a fellow mum running around looking for her young child and my first thought was ‘how can we be more connected to our younger children so we don’t lose their minds.’ A few weeks later, Techsixtyfour was born.

My Gator Watch is a mobile phone and GPS/WIFI tracker made for children between the ages of 5-11. It does not have access to the Internet, social media or games. The watch is designed to offer peace of mind to parents who have a child too young for a smartphone but old enough to want some independence. My Gator watch is pre-installed with a sim, mic and speaker and can be used almost anywhere in the world.

I raised £200k in July 2017 through crowdfunding which allowed me to build a team and focus on marketing. I now have a team of 13 flexible working staff, most of whom are mums of young children. I strongly believe in the flexible work culture because so many mums and dads just want to put their children first but can’t or feel guilty doing it. I tell my team to put their family and health above work and the productivity is the best I have ever seen. I hope to build the first technology brand which hires only flexible working staff.

I have now put together a world class team to build a wearable for the ageing and dementia market. We are building Freedom G, a wearable tracker and mobile phone that has the world’s most accurate location tracking (sub 1m) both indoors and outdoors. We have focused on making it extremely simple, useful and affordable.

We have listened to hundreds of people tell their stories about living with dementia and we believe we have a revolutionary solution that can track, protect and communicate with our loved ones while giving us peace of mind.

How did you feel when you were chosen for Sky’s Women in Tech Scholarship?

I was speechless. I really didn’t expect them to choose an ‘older’ Scholar as there were age restrictions in the past but it was confirmation that I have been doing something amazing for the last five years. Working alone sometimes makes you forget about your own achievements as it seems more like a battle every day so being chosen by a group of experts and by such a large well known organisation was a wonderful validation.

What has happened since you won the scholarship? How has the initiative helped?

I have met with many people both at Sky and at other companies and all of whom have been very supportive in my work. I have done many talks to encourage other career changers, mums and women to start a career in tech. I have also been invited to speak about diversity and inclusion.

The £25k grant has allowed me to start building my next wearable which is one for the ageing/dementia market. I have also been given two mentors and the one who I speak to monthly has really helped me get through a lot of hardships. Being an entrepreneur is lonely and you do need someone to talk to who is not a friend or family member but who you can share every detail with.

How do you think initiatives like Sky’s Women in Tech Scholarship helps open doors for women and ensure greater diversity in tech?

Most definitely. The PR around the campaign is spread far and wide and I think the Scholars really do inspire women to think about tech in different ways. I am so pleased that Sky increased the age limit for the Scholars as women of any age can get into tech. I started at 40!

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Listen and learn from people who know more than you. Be humble. Have some fun! Being serious and focused all the time doesn’t build long lasting relationships!

Have you faced any personal battles? How did you overcome them?

My biggest personal battle was trying to start a tech business while taking care of two babies. Everyone thought I was crazy…and I mean everyone. No one really supported what I was doing merely because they were worried about my lack of sleep and ability to think with everything that was going on. But I know myself and when I have an idea, it will take more than two babies to stop me. I overcame the hardships just by having so much adrenaline that I just powered through.

What do you think companies can do to support and progress the careers of women working in technology?

Offer courses not just in technology but in other subject areas such as finance and marketing as it is important to always see the bigger picture in anything that we do. I also think that companies should be supportive of women who need a career break to have children and who want to return with a flexible role. When a working mother can put her children first without feeling guilty, this leads to productivity and loyalty.

There is currently only 17% of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

I would use my magic wand to make more TV shows which show women doing amazing things in technology and not just programmers or computer scientists but roles which people can relate to which involve technology. I would also use the same wand to remove reality shows as I find a lot of those shows don't encourage young women in positive ways.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

I am a big fan of networking events as I love talking to people and learning from them. I think building long lasting relationships is key to success and so any resources that allows you to meet new and amazing people.