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21/06/2021: Politics Makes a Great Second Career! | WeAreTheCity & 50:50 Parliament

WeAreTheCity and 5050 Parliament event, Politics Makes a Great Second Career

We need women's wisdom in the corridors of power.

We Are the City and 50:50 want to inspire women who have a wealth of life experience and talent to consider taking the plunge into politics.

The panel will include inspirational women who have entered the political arena following on from another career.

This is your chance to ask questions. Hear directly from all these amazing women about their journey and why they think that it is important to have more women at Westminster and on all elected bodies, at a national and local level.

About us:

We Are The City has been helping organisations attract, retain and develop female talent since 2008. We have a membership of over 120,000 women and have curated over 95 events. With our inspirational network we support women in pursuing their career aspirations. See more here.

50:50 Parliament's mission is to build a better democracy, one in which women have equal seats and equal say.

50:50 work with all the political parties to encourage women to stand for elected office at local and national level. When women click #SignUpToStand via www.5050Parliament.co.uk/signuptostand they:

- send them an interactive Personal Political Profile
- allocate them a 50:50 Buddy
- invite them to weekly party specific Bite Size meetings
- and offer bespoke support to women from diverse groups.

In the corridors of power, men still outnumber women by 2:1. Campaign for change!

Join 50:50 today at: www.5050Parliament.co.uk/join

Or become a Friend at www.5050Parliament.co.uk/donate.

This is event is funded by Comic Relief as part of the Equal Power coalition. Our partners are the Fawcett Society, Parliament Project, Glitch UK, Muslim Women's Network UK, Citizens UK and Centenary Action Group.

REGISTER HERE


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

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WeAreTechWomen Conference Featured

WeAreTechWomen Conference 2018: In Words

Images from the We Are Tech conference. Etc Venues. 26NOV18

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its third full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, St Paul's, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Worldpay, saw over 400 attendees from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Amazon, BT, Credit Suisse, Dell, Dyson, Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Sky, and Visa.

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.

Images from the We Are Tech conference. Etc Venues. 26NOV18

Facilitator Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting, kicked off the day and welcomed all the delegates. The opening address was delivered by our Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, former UK Minister for Internet Safety & CEO, Benevolent AI, who started the day with some inspiring thoughts for delegates to take away, saying, “I’ve worked my way up this male dominated tech industry with a child...”

"It’s about working together with women to encourage each other."

“We should all be proud of the women across the globe who are fighting for our empowerment.”

The morning began with a number of keynotes from speakers such as Rob McCargow, AI Programme Lead, PwC UK; Rachel Bale, Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard; and Dr Pippa Malmgren, Founder, H Robotics.

Images from the We Are Tech conference. Etc Venues. 26NOV18

Malmgren took the stage to talk about the holographi datasphere and how it affects the future of technologists. She explained why we shouldn't be fearful of technology, saying, "Robotics augment humans, not replace humans.”

She then went on to explain how the holographic data sphere, “gives us radical transparency and the ability to see the future.”

Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Satnam Bhogal, Principal Consultant, Verizon; Kaijia Gu, Partner, Oliver Wyman; Ildefonso Olmedo, Head of Innovation - Blockchain Lead, Santander UK Technology;

There were also research spotlights from Scott Campbell, Director, Lead for Deloitte Ventures and Catherine Wallwork, Head of Innovation, Engagement & Mindset, Deloitte LLP, who spoke about how to adapt in order to thrive in the future world of work.

During the lunch break, delegates had a chance to attend 'soapbox' drop-in sessions and hear about such topics as wearable tech, online violence and abuse against women; and tech-enabled sponsorship. Attendees were also treated to refreshments and had the chance to meet the conference's very own robot, Eva the Sanbot. Eva can read every gesture and pose, and guess people's names, ages and genders with your fingerprint.

Delegates had the chance to enjoy drinks and network with sponsors, browse tables and stands of tech-related products, as well as connect with a number of not-for-profit organisations including, Your Future, Your Ambition, WomanKind, Autistica, Women's Engineering Society, Raspberry Pi, and TechSheCan.

Throughout the day, attendees heard about the cyber security, data and privacy, artificial intelligence, FinTech, holographic datasphere. Attendees were also invited to put their questions to speakers during a number of Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from career advice, increasing diversity in tech, flexible working and how to handle gender discrimination.

The afternoon consisted of delegates attending their chosen elective sessions to partake in hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Coding, payments, digital innovation, cloud technology, and diversity were just some of the topics covered within the sessions.

Delegates also had the opportunity to hear from our inspiring speaker, Dame Stephanie Shirley, IT entrepreneur and philanthropist. Having arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939, she started what became Xansa plc (now part of the Sopra Group) on her dining room table with £6 in 1962. In 25 years as its Chief Executive, she developed it into a leading business technology group, pioneering new work practices and changing the position of professional women along the way. Her Dameship in the Millennium honours was for services to IT.

Images from the We Are Tech conference. Etc Venues. 26NOV18

During her talk, Shirley said, "A healthy selfishness to ensure my own self preservation & development."

"I believe in the beauty of work when we do it properly & with humility."

"Making it happen requires self belief, energy and hard work."

Speaking about the next generation of technologists, Shirley said, “Girls have to understand the obstacles in front of them and know that they are surmountable...go round, go over, go under, go elsewhere”

Shirley also inspired attendees with her career advice, saying, “Find something that you’re really interested in, scares you a bit and go for it. Enjoy it!”

Concluding the event, delegates and speakers alike took part in a speed mentoring session, opened by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTechWomen, who instilled the importance of mentoring.

Speakers and senior individuals joined delegates for an hour of mentoring to discuss career goals and ask specific questions.

You can also check out the conference buzz here.

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WeAreTech: Women Conference 2016 | In Pictures

 

WeAreTechnology, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first full-day WeAreTech: Women conference for female technologists.

Over 200 women in technology descended on Barclays, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf on 23 November to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

Throughout the day, attendees heard about the latest in digital, mobile and apps; big data; and cyber security. Attendees were also invited to put their questions to speakers via the sli.do app or in person, during a number of Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from career advice, how to get more women into tech and STEM, why should we dumb tech down, how to generate the right balance and closing the skills gap.

Below you can find a selection of photos from the day: