Recommended Event: 13/10/2022: Stemettes 2022 Showcase - Ada Lovelace Day

Stemettes 2022 Showcase

An hour-long event celebrating the contributions of women to STEM on #AdaLovelaceDay 2022 and seeking action to build a better STEM industry for the future.

Aimed at existing and prospective partners across Industry, Academia and Entrepreneurship in STEM. Come along to catch up on recent Stemettes happenings, hear from inspirational STEM role models, and hear more about supporting the work of charity Stemette Futures.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
  • Current Stemettes
  • Panel of STEMazing Women in STEM

Please note that this event is for stakeholders, partners, volunteers and those that would like to hear more about Stemettes & Stemette Futures and how to get involved as a prospective partner or volunteer.

Recommended Event: 22/09/2022: CMS equIP #LeadHers Social

LeadHers Social CMS event

You are invited to join us for the CMS equIP #LeadHers social on Thursday 22 September 2022. 

This event will bring members of the #LeadHers community together to make new connections over drinks and nibbles at the wonderful Huckletree PUBLIC Hall.

We are encouraging all guests to pay it forward by inviting a colleague or fellow female founder who would also benefit from meeting an engaged group of entrepreneurs and investors in the Tech space.

Tech for social good, gender equity in healthcare

Recommended Event: 20/09/22: Tech for Social Good - FemTech to Increase Gender Equity in Healthcare | Citizen Sustainability Summit

Women incur significantly higher healthcare expenses than men, an iniquity that many FemTech pioneers are seeking to solve.

Join leading experts for a thought-provoking panel discussion on how novel technologies can address gaps in women’s healthcare. Watch 5 Nordic FemTech companies pitch their solutions to create the next generation of digital tools bridging critical gaps in women’s healthcare.

What does robust governance of a learning healthcare system look like?

Recommended Event: 29/09/22: What does robust governance of a learning healthcare system look like?

Our panel will be discussing the unique governance challenges at each stage of the machine learning lifecycle, and what that means for achieving transformation at scale.

Our panel of experts from the NHS, Academia and Central Government will be discussing topics including: privacy preserving technology, data protection policy and legislation, and AI-as-a-medical-device regulations.

Athena Hackathon

Recommended Event: 22/10/22-23/10/22: Athena Hackathon - All Women and Non-Binary Tech Event | ShowCode

Athena Hackathon

Join us in London or virtually for our all Women and Non-Binary Hackathon for a chance to win prizes, make friends and boost your career!

Hold your laptops – the all women and non-binary hackathon is back and it’s even better than before! 💜

If you are looking to join the virtual hack, please click here 😉

Athena at a glance 👀

– A 24-hour hack and a forever community 🤝

– All experience levels and backgrounds welcome 😁

– Come with a team or on your own – if you are alone, we will find teammates for you 👩‍💻 (please note that every team member needs to get their own ticket)

– Over 200 people attended our last hack in-person, with more than 50 projects submitted overall 🎉

At Athena Hackathon you will:

– Build solutions to real life problems 🤖

– Meet like-minded individuals 😎

– Launch or advance your career in tech 🚀

– Learn new skills ✔️

– Get free swag 👕

Limited tickets available so make sure to get yours now 🚀

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Recommended Event: 08/09/2022: FemTech Lab Autumn 2022 Cohort Celebration

FemTech Lab Autumn 2022 Cohort Celebration

We are thrilled to invite you to our IN-PERSON FemTech Lab celebration on September 8 in London.

🦄🥳 Welcome to the FemTech Lab Autumn Cohort Celebration!

You will get an exclusive opportunity to meet the Autumn 2022 cohort, catch up with the FemTech Lab alumni and connect with new advisors and investors.

Come and raise a glass for our new FemTech pack. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all! 🤗

*Please note that due to limited capacity this event is for the FemTech community – startups, investors, mentors, press and any FemTech fans. All ticket orders will be checked and verified.

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You are invited to the Big Tech Meetup – Raise Your Game and Speed Network

The Big Tech Meetup

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to invite you to join us at our next event at Funding Circle on 7 July 2022 from 6pm.

This fantastic evening of networking is about re-connecting and finding the inspiration and motivation to really grab your career by the horns!  Are you ready to make a plan and make the most of 2022, then join us!

During the evening you will hear from our founder, Vanessa Vallely OBE as she explains how to excel in your career.  Vanessa will share her own experience as a woman in tech and explain the strategies and techniques she used to rise to the C-Suite.  This session will cover:

  • Banishing your inner critic and getting out of your own way!
  • Why you need to set goals and measure your own success
  • The importance making a career plan
  • Why your network is your net worth – Speed Network
  • How to raise your profile both internally and externally
  • How to get your ideas heard

We will also be creating connections with a facilitated speed network to allow you to meet other women in tech and form your support networks for the future.

About Vanessa Vallely OBE

Vanessa Vallely OBEVanessa is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on a variety of career related topics for over 500 companies worldwide. Vanessa is also one of the UK’s most prominent figures in gender equality and often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent. Vanessa was awarded her OBE in June 2018 for her services to women and the economy.

About Funding Circle

Funding Circle 1000x500Funding Circle is the largest online small business loans provider and one of the best-capitalised lending platforms in the world. The business is listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Our backers collectively manage over $5 trillion and are the leading firms behind Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Betfair.  Over the past ten years, we have built a machine learning and technology platform that is revolutionising how small businesses access finance. Business owners can complete a loan application and receive a decision in a matter of minutes, enabling them to get funding quickly at an affordable rate.

Today, as the leading global provider for small business loans we have helped more than 122,000 small businesses access more than £13.7 billion in finance.  We stand for small businesses.

Small business owners are forward thinkers. They’re determined. They stand up to make a difference and work hard to make it happen. When small businesses succeed, they create jobs, support local communities and drive the economy forward – that’s why we care about helping them win. To us, nothing is more important.


Funding Circle

71 Queen Victoria Street



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Recommended Event: 01/07/2022: TechWomen100 Awards Alumni 2020-2021 Networking Event

TechWomen100 Award Alumni Networking Event

WeAreTechWomen and Goldman Sachs are excited to invite our TechWomen100 alumni from 2020 and 2021 to an evening of networking with your fellow winners.

Our alumni are in for a fun packed evening including a welcome from our hosts, a keynote and speed networking, hosted by Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO, WeAreTechWomen.

This is fantastic opportunity to network with fellow winners and the WeAreTechWomen/TechWomen100 family.

We cannot wait to see you in person and hope you can join us!


If you are winner in 2020/21 and haven’t received your invitation to join us, please email [email protected]

Goldman Sachs

"I am so excited to welcome the winner's of our 2020/2021 awards to Goldman Sach's on 01 July. My team and I had the pleasure of meeting all of our amazing winners via zoom and online as part of their learning day at Durham University, however seeing everyone in person will be very special indeed. I am looking forward to speed networking everyone and to help facilitate connections for the future."

— Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO, WeAreTechWomen


Goldman Sachs International
25 Shoe Lane

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to release our recommendations from our Barriers for Women in Tech research

WeAreTechWomen Survey

Last year, WeAreTechWomen partnered with Ipsos MORI and the Tech Talent Charter to look at the barriers women face in the tech industry. We are proud to release our recommendations from this research, publicly for the first time.

Women in tech infographic W800pxThe research canvassed the views of 369 women across a multitude of sectors. The findings included in the infographic show that 1 in 5 women in tech are thinking of leaving their jobs. With just 21% of women working in the tech industry*, if they chose to leave this would have a significant impact in terms of female representation in the sector. The findings also highlighted that 58% of respondents said that visible role models are one of the things that attract them to organisations but noted the lack of female representation at the top of their organisations. The other key finding was that only a third felt that processes and systems were in place to prepare them for promotion.

Mentorship was highly attributed to aid career progression; however, sponsorship opportunities appear to be lacking, with only 1 in 5 stating they have access to sponsorship programmes. Of those who did have access to sponsorship, 55% of them said it has greatly benefitted their career.  With regard to male allies, over 75% of survey respondents stated that at least some men are not allies, two thirds of whom finding that men talk over them or don’t listen in meetings. Only 19% of those surveyed see all or most men as allies, with 85% citing the best way to demonstrate allyship is by giving credit for achievements. It is no surprise that 29% of our respondents also stated they have experienced sexism or gender bias in some form. It is also interesting to see that salary has now become the main driver in terms of women joining a tech organisation (84%), followed by supportive managers (83%) and an inclusive culture (76%).

*Source: 2019 ONS data

“The research data shows mixed results. There is good news that those tech women surveyed are attracted to organisations by higher salaries and supportive managers. And while one in five are considering leaving their current roles, this is broadly in line with other current data across sectors around the “Great Resignation” – and 80% actually intend to remain in a tech role or in the tech sector. That’s positive for organisations which are being proactive about their gender balance efforts, but it still has the potential to cause significant damage to the overall sector representation which is starting from such a low base. The report highlights that the tech women surveyed are flagging issues about a lack of clarity and transparency around career paths in their organisations. While mentoring appears to be of some benefit, it’s not enough – and only 49% are aware of what sponsorship relationships are. Depressingly in this day and age, more than half of respondents (52%) still feel that their gender limits them in their careers.”


While it is deeply frustrating to see the numbers of women in tech at a plateau, there is much in this report to be optimistic about, IF you are an employer who is willing to act on it. We can see that women can be attracted to tech, can love tech, can be very successful and will want to stay in tech IF we as employers get it right. It is great to see that salary is being called out as a key factor, emphasising the positive impact and ongoing need for gender pay reporting. It is also positive to see other things that employers with smaller budgets can do to get it right in terms of transparent promotion structures, mentoring and sponsorship as well as good management and culture. The talent gap continues to grow and women are key to filling it. There are great actionable insights here, but it requires leadership, commitment and action. Every company willing to do this will reap the benefits.


Debbie Forster

“Few disagree that better gender balance is better for the technology industry and those working in the myriad of tech functions within every business. As with all companies addressing similar challenges, there is no silver bullet which will bring overnight change. However, this research highlights the potential cost of doing nothing (1 in 5 women working in tech are thinking of leaving their current role). This is not about fixing women. This is more about fixing the environment and culture in which they work. Transparency of promotion opportunities, increased awareness of bias (conscious and unconscious) and policies that acknowledge the distinctive needs of working women could all have material impact on women’s likelihood to remain within an organisation. Ipsos has been proud to partner with WeAreTheCity to give leaders in tech some clear actions that will improve the gender balance in their organisations.”


Sue Phillips

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Level Up Summit 2022

06 DECEMBER 2022

We built the Level Up summit around the findings of this research, to highlight the issues women face and empower their careers.

Join us for keynotes, panels, Q&A’s and breakout sessions where we will be providing opportunities for our delegates to obtain an understanding of the key skills they will need to move in to more senior positions.