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23/06/2022: WeAreVirtual: Return from maternity leave courageously | Verena Hefti

WeAreVirtual, Verena Hefti

Returning to work can be an incredibly difficult transition to make. In this practical session, Verena Hefti FRSA will share how to return from maternity leave courageously. 

In this webinar, Verena will share:


– practical things to prepare as you return from maternity leave
– different options on how to best settle back into work and make the transition easy
– some tips on making sure to make sure you are still able to progress your career with a young baby
– pitfalls to avoid and what I have seen work well from supporting more than 150 parents on their return to work

About Verena:


Verena Hefti is the CEO and Founder of the award winning Social Enterprise Leaders Plus. She set up Leaders Plus in order to support leaders with babies and young children to continue to progress their careers.
She believes that no one should have to choose between becoming a CEO and enjoying their young children. She stands for supporting parents to fulfil ambitious career dreams which she believes is essential to achieving gender equality at the top. Verena is a self confessed career development geek and spends a lot of her spare time reading about the science behind career progression.
She won several awards for her work with Leaders Plus including the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award.
Verena is the podcast host of the popular Leaders with Babies podcast.

WeAreTechWomen Survey (800 x 600 px)

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.


WeAreVirtual, Emma Murray (800 × 600 px), New

12/05/2022: WeAreVirtual: Cultivating Brand You – Own Your Career! | Emma Murray

WeAreVirtual, Emma Murray, New

To start taking ownership, you need to first take a step back and reflect.

Not all careers are linear and evolve over time. Asking yourself the hard questions and being open to opportunities around you is key to visualising your true goal.

Ready to create a roadmap for your life? It’s time to Own Your Career – no more waiting and sitting on the side-lines. This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Who is ‘Brand You’?
  • How do you create your own personal brand?
  • What do you want your career journey to look like?
  • How can you maximise the opportunities available to you?
  • What can you do to ensure that you achieve your definition of career success?

Join this interactive workshop with Product Owner, Emma Murray from DWP Digital to learn how to cultivate your personal brand and take control of your career today.

About Emma:

Emma MurrayEmma Murray Product Owner at DWP Digital has a love for learning and exploiting new technology as well as shearing that knowledge with others to help them to embrace the changing world of digital technology. She is also a leading figure in the DWP Women in Digital Network Group, organising events, speakers and developing new ways to communicate and engage to all existing and new members.

One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

01 APRIL 2022

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Morgan Stanley

Recommended Event: 31/03/2022: Women Who Lead - Building Influence & Impact | Morgan Stanley

Morgan StanleyAre you ready to take your career to the next level? Building self-confidence, the importance of authenticity and developing leadership skills are just some of the topics which we will discuss at our ‘Women Who Lead | Building Influence & Impact’ event.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, join us on March 31st,  for this empowering and informative panel discussion. Here you will have the opportunity to hear from inspirational female leaders and allies from within the firm, as they share first-hand experiences and actionable advice on how you can elevate your career with influence and impact.

Hosted in partnership with Morgan Stanley’s Women’s Business Alliance, our team will address these topics, and more. They will share personal career stories and will offer insights on how you can strengthen your profile in an authentic way to make the most meaningful impact.

Don’t miss out, register today to:

  • Learn how to develop key leadership qualities, and the importance of leading with influence
  • Discover how to overcome setbacks, build self-confidence and combat imposter syndrome
  • Find out the impact you can have by being a strong ally and get a behind-the-scenes look into the unique culture at Morgan Stanley and how it empowers women to thrive both personally and professionally

Event Date: Thursday, 31st March, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM BST

Please note this event will be hosted via Zoom Webinar; attendee details will remain confidential and will not be visible to other attendees.

For questions, please email: [email protected]

Attendees will be sent the joining details by Wednesday, 30th March, via the email address indicated on your registration.

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The Route To A Sustainable Future, Startups Magazine

31/03/2022: The Route To A Sustainable Future | Startups Magazine

The Route To A Sustainable Future, Startups Magazine

Join our event to find out the route to making your business more sustainable and hear from startups making waves in the traveltech space.

As this issue focuses on both sustainability and traveltech we thought why not combine the two and look at how travel technologies and innovation can help lead us to a more sustainable future.

Join us, as we celebrate the launch of our next issue, Sustainable & Travel Tech at Clockwise in Wood Green, London on 31st March at 6pm. We will be bringing you a fantastic keynote all about how you can power your business with sustainable tech, and make more conscious decisions when it comes to technology. We will then be joined by a knowledgeable panel of traveltech startups who will be discussing a greener future, how we can achieve this and what solutions may aid in this journey.


6pm: Arrival & drinks 🥂

6.30pm: Keynote with Arif Hussein

7.00pm: Panel with Travel Tech Startups

7:30pm: Networking, Drinks, and Food

9pm: Goodbyes 👋

One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

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2022 Inclusion in Tech Festival, Tech Talent Charter

Recommended Event: 01/03/22-02/03/22: Inclusion in Tech Festival: This Works | Tech Talent Charter

2022 Inclusion in Tech Festival, Tech Talent Charter

The 2022 Inclusion in Tech Festival takes place virtually on 1st and 2nd March and is proudly sponsored by Beazley.

We will present findings from the latest Diversity in Tech Report with panels of Signatory employers, experts and ministers sharing the practical ‘how to’ of DE&I interventions that actually work.

This is a 2-day flexible and virtual festival with 4 separate sessions designed to work around work, life, and caring commitments. Our festival is free and open to all – please share this invitation with employees, colleagues, and clients.

Why join?

During this 2-day festival, we will bring to the forefront the Signatories that are leading change and, most importantly, what actions are having the greatest impact.

One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

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Tech for D&Iversity 2022

Recommended Event: 31/03/2022: Tech for D&Iversity 2022 | Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates

Tech for D&Iversity 2022

Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates are returning to Here East for TECH FOR D&IVERSITY 2022.

This hybrid event will ask whether the tech sector has made progress when it comes to diversity and inclusion, or whether tech companies have failed to address this ongoing challenge.

The event will include entrepreneurs, investors, tech leaders, campaigners and grassroots activists from across the UK and around the world.

The event will showcase the Tech London Advocates Working Groups driving change around D&I related issues in the UK – TLA Women in Tech, TLA Black Women in Tech, TLA LGBTQ+, TLA Asians in Tech, TLA Young Entrepreneurs, TLA Tech for disability.

The full speaker list will be confirmed. Current speakers include:

  • Deanna Patterson, Workday Professional Services EMEA, Programme Manager, OneSource Virtual
  • Debbie Forster, CEO, Tech Talent Charter
  • Dr Grace Lordan, Founding Director, The Inclusion Initiative (London School of Economics)
  • Esther O’Callaghan, Hundo
  • Flavilla Fongang, Founder, 3 Colours Rule
  • Garry Bernstein, Tech Scotland Advocates
  • Iain Anderson, UK Government’s LBGTQ+ Champion
  • Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK
  • Jeanette Carlsson, Tech Nordic Advocates
  • Jonathan Brown, GLA
  • Kate Marshall, Global Technical Ambassador Lead, IBM & GTA Quantum
  • KC Goundiam, Tech Canada Advocates
  • Lannie Medina, Tech Bay Area Advocates
  • Nikita Thakrar, Co-Founder & CEO, Included.VC
  • Oli Barrett MBE, Event MC
  • Priya Guha MBE, Venture Partner, Merian Ventures
  • Russ Shaw CBE, Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates
  • Sarah Luxford, Founder, TLA WiT
  • Sarah Turner, Co-Founder & CEO, Angel Academe
  • Suki Fuller, TLA WiT
  • Teresa Martin, Tech Spain Advocates
  • Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTechWomen

The event will be hosted online on the TLA YouTube channel. Restrictions permitting, we will be hosting a limited in-person audience at Here East. If you would be interested in attending in-person, please email [email protected]

One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

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Recommended Event: 24/02/22: FemTech Untapped - Creating accessible solutions for the future of healthcare | Women of Wearables

FemTech Untapped, Women of Wearables

FemTech Untapped is an online program and a global movement tapping into areas of women’s health that have long been underserved, underresearched, and underfunded.

In 2022, we will be covering a wide range of topics with a goal to educate and destigmatize areas of FemTech that still remain “untapped”.

Join us every month for a series of events where we will cover topics from diversity and inclusion in the femtech space, to menstrual health and sextech, to mental and cardiovascular health for women and underrepresented audiences and groups in the healthcare space. Together, we can all work towards FemTech being more accessible and inclusive.

Creating accessible and inclusive solutions for the future of healthcare

Everyone has the right to healthcare. Healthcare that meets and takes into account each individual patient’s needs. How can tech innovations help change healthcare’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to a person-centered approach?

From serving the LGBTQ+ community, young people, safe abortion care, to a personalized approach to hormonal health, join us to meet and hear from startup founders and industry leaders building the next generation of innovative products and services in the health tech space.

One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

01 APRIL 2022

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Harriet Minter

Recommended event: 10/11/2021: The tech that makes hybrid work - webinar | Harriet Minter

Harriet Minter

A new breed of young companies offering tech solutions can actually transform the way way your business works and the results it gets.

Eighteen months of Zoom doom and feeling at the mercy of Microsoft Teams has rather taken the shine off workplace technology. But there are a new breed of young companies offering tech solutions that not only make hybrid-working easier but which can actually transform the way your business works and the results it gets.

In this one hour webinar, hosted by journalist and hybrid-work specialist, Harriet Minter, we’ll look at how tech can hinder or help our move towards hybrid-working. The panel will look at the impact hybrid-working is having on business culture, staff relationships and working practices.

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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IGNITE - Virtual Career Fair, WiT-Ace featured

Recommended Event: 12/11/2021: IGNITE - A Virtual Career Fair | WiT-Ace

IGNITE - Virtual Career Fair, WiT-Ace

Ignite 2021 – A Virtual Career Fair by WiT-Ace is India’s largest career fair for women.

This is uniquely curated event where we plan to squarely focus on trending opportunities that enable and employ women in STEM. It’s a fun and engaging way for job seekers to explore 1000+ job openings, directly interact with recruiters on the spot and have access to over 50 top employers at the same time.

Candidates can attend multiple masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions with global leaders when they join the fair. With no entry fees and exciting giveaways and rewards, it’s a new way to ignite your career.


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. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars.