WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce our 2022 TechWomen100 shortlist

WeAreTechWomen is extremely proud to announce the TechWomen100 shortlist for 2022!

Since July 2022, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor Barclays, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1,000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

The shortlist showcases remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Marie Hemingway, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Speak Out Revolution, a not-for-profit with a mission to cancel the culture of silence on harassment in the workplace; Dayo Akinrinade, who built a social audio app to democratise access to mentorship and create a diverse community centred on knowledge sharing; Jessica Heagren, co-founder of That Works For Me, a platform that connects forward-thinking businesses with professional mums looking for flexible work; Priyanka Gangishetty, Senior Azure Customer Engineer at Microsoft and ambassador for women in STEM, aiming to show young girls from all backgrounds that you can achieve your dreams; and Dr Chun Huang, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and an award-winning innovator, working to reduce human impact on climate change.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. The TechWomen100 awards also celebrate women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, Santander, Amazon, Royal Air Force, Bloomberg, J.P. Morgan and many more.

Over the nomination period, we received over 1,000 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

DISCOVER OUR SHORTLIST

The public vote of support will open on 04 October for our 200 individual shortlist nominees. Votes can be cast here*.

*Please note there is no public vote for Champions, Companies, Global Award for Achievement or Networks.

Craig Bright, Barclays“At Barclays, we’re focused on improving gender diversity through a workplace environment and culture that enables our female colleagues to fulfil their career aspirations. For me, as a leader in technology, this means really investing in how we attract, retain and develop our female tech talent. Recognising and celebrating female technologists is fundamental towards closing the gender gap and building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture across the industry. Barclays has been working with WeAreTechWomen since 2015 because they do a fantastic job of shining a spotlight on female role models in technology, and those who support and empower them to realise their full potential. We want to help promote, support and amplify those voices leading positive change and inspiring others, which is why we’re proud to be the headline sponsor for the 2022 TechWomen100 awards.”

CRAIG BRIGHT, GROUP CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, BARCLAYS

“At WeAreTechWomen, we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 1,000 female future leaders in technology by 2025.”

“The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding. I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be on 10 October.”

VANESSA VALLELY OBE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, WEARETECHWOMEN

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees and best of luck in the next round of judging.

The final list will be announced 10 October. Finalists will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony on 06 December.

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A shortlist of 200 women will now be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in October.

The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final 100 winners will then take place with independent judges. The TechWomen100 Award winners will be announced on 10 October and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony to celebrate on 06 December 2022.

For the TechWomen100 awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 19 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the tech landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 awards in 2022.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

Remaining timeline

  • Shortlist announced – 03 October 2022
  • Public vote opens – 04 October 2022
  • Voting closes – 07 October 2022
  • Winners announced – 10 October 2022
  • Winner’s celebration event – 06 December 2022

*There is no public vote of support for the Champion, Global Award for Achievement, Network and Company categories

If you have any additional questions about the awards, please contact [email protected]. For further details about the awards, please click here.

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce that the TechWomen100 Awards are now open for nominations – who will you nominate?

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. Women make up just 17 per cent of the industry. There are some fantastic awards for women working in tech, however, most of these focus on senior women.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight senior and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine.

This is why the TechWomen100 Awards were created. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

The process

Nominations open online on 01 July via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 12 August.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in October and celebrated at award’s ceremony on 06 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Award’s timeline

Nominations open
01 July 2022

Nominations close
12 August 2022

Shortlist announced
03 October 2022

Public vote opens
04 October 2022

Voting closes
07 October 2022

Winners announced
10 October 2022

Winner’s celebration event
06 December 2022

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TechWomen100: What happened next for Victoria Riess

What happened next for Victoria Riess?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Victoria Riess, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2021.

Victoria Riess

Victoria is a Senior Strategy Leader of McKinsey Digital, Cambridge MBA, and award-winning Women in Tech.

She has a track record as a women leader in tech and over twelve years of leadership experience in general management, digital strategy consulting, and corporate strategy on digital transformation. She leads digital strategy consulting programs across the EMEA region in IT and fintech as well as intelligent transportation. She has experience in business strategy, digital transformation, Cloud DevOps Engineering, data science, and leadership.

Victoria is a sound Senior Strategy Leader in technology and builds and leads digital functions with high performing global teams. She demonstrates senior leadership in technology by combining business acumen with innovative strategies to attract and develop top talent. She is a known thought leader in technology, showcasing value of digital capabilities to a wider audience. She collaborates with different senior stakeholders to enable digital experience across my organisations, digital ecosystems, and services and products. She encourages digital innovation to further positive impact solutions, sustainable practices (ESG), and a more inclusive working environment for Women in Tech.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

When it was announced that I had won the TechWomen100 award, I felt very honoured to receive this prestigious Women in Tech award from Goldman Sachs. I was humbled that my achievements in demonstrating a clear passion for technology, paying it forward and helping other Women in Tech were recognised.

A dream came true!

I was also grateful to receive this award alongside big (female) thinkers in the tech industry.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Since winning the TechWomen100 award, I developed into a sound Senior Strategy Leader in technology by being promoted into a senior role at McKinsey Digital, building and leading digital functions with high performing global teams. I demonstrated senior leadership in technology, combining business acumen with innovative strategies to attract and develop top talent. I developed into a known thought leader in technology by being invited to over five speaking engagements with more than 15,100 attendees, showcasing the value of digital capabilities to a wider audience. I collaborated with different senior stakeholders to enable the digital experience across my organisations, their digital ecosystems, and services and products. I encouraged digital innovation to further positive impact solutions, sustainable practices (ESG), and a more inclusive working environment for women in tech. Besides the TechWomen100 award, I was recognised with the prestigious WomenTech Global Awards by the WomenTech Network, three-times shortlisted as Women in Tech Award Finalist, and nine-times nominated for the Women’s Leadership Awards.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Just go for it!

Overcome your imposter syndrome and ask your sponsors and mentors to nominate you – or simply nominate yourself.

Then, when you are “in”, always remember “It takes a village…” So connect to your entire community of women champions and allies to continuously promote and inspire you to reach your full potential in the tech industry – and simply ask them to vote for you!

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

I have learned to achieve success as women within a senior role in the technology industry and display qualities of dynamism and daring in my working life. So my tip, which I would give to your other members to enhance their careers, is that they should use their leadership skills beyond their own career such as I did by serving on boards of other tech organisations and my involvement with furthering the interests of women in the technology industry.

Be bold, think big, impact the world, and fail forward fast!

I am now considered a role model in the technology industry and am making a significant impact by driving change across the tech industry.

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Nominations now open!

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are open via the WeAreTechWomen website until 12 August 2022.

NOMINATE NOW

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Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

Nominations close at 23:59 (BST) on 12 August 2022. Don’t miss your chance to nominate amazing women, Champions, Networks and Companies!

CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS

What happened next for our TechWomen100 alumni?


Hear from our TechWomen100 alumni about what they’ve achieved since winning the award, how it’s helped them progress and why you should nominate an amazing woman

Tribeni Chougule | Head of Change Management, Visa Finance (Europe)

Shruti Ajitsaria | Partner and head of Fuse at AllenOvery

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

The process

Nominations open online on 01 July via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 12 August.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in October and celebrated at award’s ceremony on 06 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Award’s timeline

Nominations open
01 July 2022

Nominations close
12 August 2022

Shortlist announced
03 October 2022

Public vote opens
04 October 2022

Voting closes
07 October 2022

Winners announced
10 October 2022

Winner’s celebration event
06 December 2022

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SPONSORED BY

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Barclays as headline sponsor for our 2022 TechWomen100 Awards

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WeAreTechWomen is excited to announce Barclays as our headline sponsor for the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards!

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 awards are once again looking to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women working in technology.

Our strategic objective is to use the awards to highlight 1,000 future female tech leaders by 2030. To date, we have celebrated the success of over 475 incredible women, alongside outstanding tech networks, senior champions who are driving change and companies who are doing their upmost to support the careers of their female technologists.

In previous years, the awards have been supported by an array of FTSE sponsors and this year is no different.

We are extremely proud to announce that the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards are powered by Barclays. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Barclays for their support for this year’s awards, their words of encouragement and for helping us to celebrate the achievements of amazing women.

The 2022 awards are kindly sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

A word from our headline sponsor

“At Barclays, we’re focused on improving gender diversity through a workplace environment and culture that enables our female colleagues to fulfil their career aspirations. For me, as a leader in technology, this means really investing in how we attract, retain and develop our female tech talent. Recognising and celebrating female technologists is fundamental towards closing the gender gap and building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture across the industry. Barclays has been working withWeAreTechWomen since 2015 because they do a fantastic job of shining a spotlight on female role models in technology, and those who support and empower them to realise their full potential. We want to help promote, support and amplify those voices leading positive change and inspiring others, which is why we’re proud to be the headline sponsor for the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards”

 Craig Bright, Group Chief Information Officer, Barclays

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Nominations for our TechWomen100 Awards are open until 12 August 2022!

The TechWomen100 awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level.

We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.


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Just two weeks to go until nominations close for the TechWomen100 Awards 2022!

Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

Nominations close at 23:59 (BST) on 12 August 2022. Don’t miss your chance to nominate amazing women, Champions, Networks and Companies!

CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS

What happened next for our TechWomen100 alumni?


Hear from our TechWomen100 alumni about what they’ve achieved since winning the award, how it’s helped them progress and why you should nominate an amazing woman

Shruti Ajitsaria | Partner and head of Fuse at AllenOvery

Sonal Shah | Vice President in Projects, Barclays

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

The Process

Nominations open online on 01 July via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 12 August.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in October and celebrated at award’s ceremony on 06 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Award’s timeline

Nominations open
01 July 2022

Nominations close
12 August 2022

Shortlist announced
03 October 2022

Public vote opens
04 October 2022

Voting closes
07 October 2022

Winners announced
10 October 2022

Winner’s celebration event
06 December 2022

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TechWomen100: What happened next for Sophie Hebdidge

What happened next for Sophie Hebdidge?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Sophie Hebdidge, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2021.

Sophie Hebdidge

Sophie Hebdidge is the Academy Director and CTO at futureproof, a technology training company which supports diverse talent in forging a tech career through comprehensive training, deployment, and ongoing support.

She is also the founder of Techniclarity, which gives female founders the tech know-how they need to lead their start-ups. Sophie began her career at Barclays as a business analyst, before moving on to develop some of the world’s leading coding communities in London and New York. She is also a serial founder and CTO, notably developing voicebots which equip teenage girls with the skills they need to manage their own mental health.

Whether facilitating an advanced Python course or educating senior leaders on cybersecurity, Sophie is deeply passionate about helping women create and understand technology.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I couldn’t quite believe it and was even more excited when the physical award came in the post, I’ve never had anything like that happen before! I’ve worked for nearly all of my career to support and encourage women into tech and I felt really proud to be recognised for this work.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Since my award futureproof has gone on to scale up quite rapidly, we’re now training 3x more people than we were last year and have won numerous more awards including Best Small Employer from the Women in Tech Awards.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Your work will speak for itself, just keep doing amazing work and it will be recognised.

Also don’t be ashamed to shout about the fact that you are nominated and you want people to vote for you!

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Focus on what motivates you and keep trying to do work that makes a difference.

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Nominations now open!

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are open via the WeAreTechWomen website until 12 August 2022.

NOMINATE NOW

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TechWomen100: What happened next for Sara Hidayatullah

What happened next for Sara Hidayatullah?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Sara Hidayatullah, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2021.

Sara Hidayatullah

Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Sara Hidayatullah studied economics at the University of California, Berkeley, before taking a job with Applied Predictive Technologies (now owned by Mastercard) that brought her to London.

Within Mastercard, Sara is an expert at optimising business innovation and experimentation for customers using the Test & Learn software. Sara leads teams of analytics consultants and data engineers to deliver short-term analytics projects and long-term software-as-a-service engagements to 20+ clients across multiple industries throughout Europe.

In her spare time, Sara partnered with Mastercard’s philanthropic hub, the Center for Inclusive Growth, to think about how the Center can use Mastercard’s assets to drive social impact. Through this partnership, Sara has led multiple pro bono projects with charities and developed tools for public sector decision making, like the Inclusive Growth Score, a measurement for objectively assessing communities and their needs, a particularly prescient tool as the UK implements their Levelling Up agenda to prioritise neighbourhoods in need of investment.

Starting this fall, Sara will be pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at Georgetown University (in Washington, DC) where she has been chosen as a McCourt Scholar, and will receive a full merit scholarship based on her leadership potential and background in social impact.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was elated! I felt very proud of myself and grateful to my wonderful manager who nominated me and encouraged me to apply. I felt especially proud to be nominated amongst such amazing and inspiring women in technology from all different backgrounds!

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Winning the award inspired me to formally pursue my passion for social impact and apply for a Masters in Public Policy. I am excited to share that I will be starting a two-year MPP program at Georgetown University (in Washington, DC) this fall as a McCourt Scholar with a full merit scholarship.

The award encouraged me to apply for the scholarship and was called out as a big plus on my application!

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

My advice would be to create a cohesive story and stick to it. As ambitious women, most of us are juggling many different activities (e.g. volunteering, leading organisations, blogging, courses) in addition to our day job that may not always have a common theme. Find the common thread and stitch together your experiences to create a strong personal story that effectively shows who you are to the judges!

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

My advice would be to figure out how you can use your skills/expertise outside of your day job. For e.g. if you’re a consultant, can you work on projects outside of your team to get more exposure to the company? Can you use the same skills to help charities further their mission? This will enhance your network and increase your exposure to new opportunities. Oftentimes we stay on the same career path because we haven’t tried anything different – this is your chance to do that in the safest way possible!

My other advice is to just go for it (easier said than done!). I hear so many women including myself saying no to exciting, new opportunities because they are outside of our comfort zone or aren’t “safe”. Over the years, I have found that the most fulfilling opportunities were the ones that seemed scariest.

Always repeat to yourself: someone’s going to do it, why shouldn’t it be you?

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Nominations now open!

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are open via the WeAreTechWomen website until 12 August 2022.

NOMINATE NOW

TechWomen100: What happened next for Neha Rajesh

What happened next for Neha Rajesh?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Neha Rajesh, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2021.

Neha Rajesh

Knowing that technology has the power to create a better and more inclusive world for every human is what gets me out of bed every morning.

I work at Google, and my goal is to help small and large businesses in EMEA unleash the power of cloud technology through Chrome Enterprise. I entered the world of technology marketing 10 years ago with a ‘non-technical’ background, and within months, I was running our marketing efforts in niche technology areas such as Semantic Modelling, Insurance Telematics and Robotic Process Automation. In my previous role at Temenos, a banking software company, I was responsible for growth marketing and driving adoption of cloud-native and AI-driven software that makes banking better for over a Billion people worldwide.

Born in India and immigrating to the UK at the age of 20, I realized the value of having strong mentors and coaches in life who can unlock opportunities for young women in technology. I launched my own organization, WonderWoman to connect girls with women mentors in the tech space to support each other on their journeys in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am a regular speaker at schools around the UK for Year 12 to 14 students, to empower and inspire the next generation of female leaders. I am also an ambassador for ‘I Can Be’ and run school visits for girls aged 7–8 from underprivileged backgrounds to introduce them to the world of work. My mission is to open as many doors as possible for women and I take every opportunity within my sphere of work or in a personal capacity to drive this change.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was absolutely honoured and humbled to be announced as a winner. The women on this list are just phenomenal and true superheroes! Getting to know them and their stories over the TechWomen100 journey instils confidence in me that if we can all shout loud enough and push for change, we can foster inclusivity in tech. Each one of these women has shared a personal story on breaking down barriers across their childhood and careers. I think we are on a mission to drive representation in the tech sector and I am thrilled to be on this journey with fellow Changemakers!

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

The award was great validation that I am on the right path and doing the right things to support women in my network. I am doing more and more school and college talks to encourage future women leaders to pursue a career in technology. I have grown my mentoring platform, WonderWoman, and have had the chance to build an awesome network of like-minded women. This award has also boosted my profile and I have been recognised across other platforms like the ‘Woman who Achieves’ program. The highlight of my year so far is that I won the Platinum Champion Award in honour of Her Majesty The Queen and her 70 years of service. The awards were launched by the Royal Voluntary Service together with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to recognise volunteers across Great Britain. I was also inspired to look at other DEI forums and became a member of Forbes The Culture whose mission is to create equitable pathways for leaders of colour who are impacting culture globally to connect, collaborate and change.

More than anything, I look forward to amplifying the TechWomen100 initiative that really brings together the most amazing female talent, and I will be nominating some superstars for an award this year.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process? 

Ultimately it’s not about winning or losing. I am so grateful to be shortlisted for awards, but I don’t pursue the trophy (although the TechWomen100 trophy is a stunning one 🤩). I pursue the opportunity – the opportunity of meeting like-minded women, bonding over our common goals, discovering career and growth opportunities just over coffee chats!

Just be relaxed, be yourself and do it because you care about the mission and legacy you want to leave behind.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

Find a mentor! The most priceless career moves I’ve had are due to relationships I’ve built with mentors and champions over my career. Find your cheerleader who is going to push you forward but also be brutally honest with you, and cherish that relationship! Some mentors are for life 🙂

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The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are open via the WeAreTechWomen website until 12 August 2022.

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