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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


26/11/2021: TechWomen100 Alumni | Durham University Learning Event

WeAreTechWomen are commited to supporting our TechWomen100 Alumni, and once again, in partnership with Durham University, we are providing them with the opportunity to attend a complementary full day seminar.

In this interactive virtual workshop, there are four sessions designed to help you further your understanding on certain tech topics and get the most out of your career. Plus there is a chance to hear Professor Sue Black’s story and ask her questions!

The session topics include Sentiment Analysis, Bias in Artificial Intelligence and Making the Most Out of LinkedIn.

All the sessions draw on Durham’s world-class research and teaching. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions, as well as some short individual exercises to help you to get the most out of the workshop.



10:00 – Intro to the day with Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen

10.05 – Welcome from Professor Gordon Love, Head of Department of Computer Science, Durham University

10.10 – ‘If I can do it, so can you’ plus Q&A with Professor Sue Black OBE, Award-Winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert

10.40 – Break

10.50 – Session 1 – A world full of surprises: Bayesian theory of surprise to quantify degrees of uncertainty with Dr Nelly Bencomo

11.20 – Session 2 – Sentiment Analysis with Professor Alexandra Cristea

12.20 – Lunch & Networking

13:20 – Welcome back

13:25 – Session 3 – Maklng the most of Linkedin with Duncan McDonald

14:10 – Session 4 – The Bias and Ethics of AI with Dr Noura Al-Moubayed

14:55 – Wrap-Up

15:00 – End

Professor Sue Black OBE

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Professor Gordon Love

Professor Gordon Love is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. He has overseen the tripling in size of the department over the last 5 years – both in terms of staff and students, and has really put an emphasis on gender diversity and promoting more women to come and study computer science and enter careers in tech. He is a physicist by background and his research is on optics and vision science.

Alexandra Cristea

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Deputy Head, Director of Research and Head of the Artificial Intelligence in Human Systems research group in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. She is Advisory Board Member at the Ustinov College, N8 CIR Digital Humanities team lead for Durham. She is Honorary Professor at the Computer Science Department, Warwick University.

Noura Al-Moubayed

Dr Al Moubayed is an Assistant Professor at the department of computer science in Durham University. Her main research interest is in explainable machine learning, natural language processing, and Bias in AI. She develops machine learning and deep learning solutions in the areas of healthcare, social signal processing, cyber-security, and Brain-Computer Interfaces. All of which involve high dimensional, noisy and imbalance data challenges. She leads on multiple projects in collaboration with different industrial partners with a team of over 10 researchers. I was ranked amongst the top 20 women in AI in the UK by RE•WORK 2019.

Duncan McDonald

Duncan McDonald is the Internships and Industry Manager for Durham University’s Computer Science department, managing relationships with a number of local and global firms to aid the recruitment of the University’s students and alumni. He has over 8 years of Business Development and Relationship Management experience within the HE sector and holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Sunderland, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of Derby

Dr Nelly Bencomo

Dr Nelly Bencomo exploits the interdisciplinary aspects of software engineering, comprising both technical and human concerns while developing techniques for intelligent, autonomous and highly distributed systems. She is an Associate Professor in the CS Department at Durham University. Earlier, Nelly was a Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in the Computer Science Department at Aston University. From September 2020, she is also the PI of the EPSRC Twenty20Insight research project.

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Rising Star alumni & 3M

Rising Star alumni and sponsors, 3M, help inspire students into STEM

Rising Star alumni & 3M

WeAreTheCity's 2020 Rising Stars in Science and Engineering alumni helped inspire Year 9 students in Leicestershire, through 3M’s STEM careers Q&A.

3M sponsors the Science and Engineering category of the Rising Star Awards programme, championing females working in the industry who help to highlight the wide range of STEM careers available.

The Q&A session was attended by teachers from Soar Valley College, the Jameah Girls Academy and South Charnwood High School who put forward questions to the panel on behalf of their students. In addition, questions from students attending Orchard Mead Academy and Lancaster Academy were invited.

Amber O’Connor, Hannah Ratcliffe, Katie Burnell and Rebecca Cocklin were joined on the panel by 3M’s Sarah Chapman, EMEA market segment Application Engineering manager for the Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division and a Science and Engineering Rising Star in 2016.

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During the session, the Rising Stars were asked a wide range of questions, covering topics such as the skills and qualifications needed to become an engineer; what they enjoy most about the job; who inspired the panellists to study STEM subjects; and how much they earn.

The event was promoted to local schools by the Leicestershire Education Business Company. The organisation’s STEM manager, Judith Payne, said, “The Rising Stars were all fabulous."

"They gave some really interesting and thought-provoking answers to the questions, especially around how doing projects outside their comfort zone has helped them to develop new skills.”

Watch a recording of the session below

Nominations for the 2021 Rising Star Awards are now open.

Now in its seventh year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Our strategic goal, set in 2015, aims to showcase 1,000 outstanding women by 2022. By highlighting the accolades of these women, WeAreTheCity are not only promoting the amazing female talent that exists across the UK, but actively encouraging organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise these women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors to their respective industries.

These awards will recognise and celebrate a further 100 female individual contributors from over 20 different industries that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. These winners will join our award’s alumni of 650 previous winners, across the UK and India.

New for this year, we are also excited to introduce a new “Global Award for Achievement” category to our awards to expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within any industry, outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Alongside these categories, we are also calling for nominations for Champions, Men for Gender Balance and a Company of the Year. Our Champion award recognises the achievements of five senior individuals, of any gender, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their day job. Nominations for this award are individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to gender, e.g. HeForShe supporters, network leaders, directors, MD’s & C-Suite individuals who are championing women either inside or outside their organisations.

The Men for Gender Balance category is for men who are championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. Nominees must be at least Director level (or equivalent) or above, and must demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities.

The Company of the Year award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting its female talent pipeline through their initiatives, training, development programmes and internal employee relations and diversity network groups.

You can find out more and nominate here.