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WeAreTechWomen & Funding Circle host inspiring & motivating network evening at the Big Tech Meet Up

WeAreTechWomen & Funding Circle - The Big Tech Meet Up

This week, WeAreTheCity gathered its WeAreTechWomen Women in Tech community for an action packed evening of career planning in the heart of the City of London.

The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by Funding Circle and was attend by over 50 women who work in various technology roles from across the UK.

During the event, Vanessa Vallely OBE shared her keynote which talks about her own career as a technologist and touches on hints and tips to overcome your inner imposter, how to harness your personal brand, how to build your network, how to optimise your digital footprint on line and the importance of coaches, mentors and sponsors in your career. The event was opened by Bruno Tavares who has recently joined Funding Circle as VP of Engineering.

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"What an inspiring event with so many amazing women working in technology. A huge thanks to Funding Circle and to Katie and Bruno for their fantastic hospitality, and to all our guests that brought their energy and passion to progress in their careers in tech. It was so wonderful to see so many new faces, alongside a number of our previous award winners. A great evening all round"

— Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen

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WeAreTechWomen launch partnership with Speakers for Schools to inspire the next generation of technologists

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce a partnership with Speakers for Schools to inspire the next generation of technologists.

Speakers for Schools help young people access the top opportunities through free inspiring school talks and eye-opening onsite and virtual work experience.

As part of this partnership, WeAreTechWomen and Speakers for Schools will be hosting an event – “What does working in Technology look like?” – on 02 November.

The event will bring together an amazing array of WeAreTechWomen’s award’s community with girls and young women, to help encourage them into STEM and technology careers.

The super-talented technologists, from across gaming, special effects, climate change, cybersecurity, web design, artificial intelligence, engineering, space technology and more, will share their career stories and advice.

During the event, there will be the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and to find out what a career in technology really looks like.

Vanessa Vallely OBESpeaking about the partnership, Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen, said, “WeAreTechWomen are delighted to be partnering with Speakers for Schools to encourage more young people to consider careers in technology.”

“Our children’s tech conference will showcase the career stories of ten of our previous TechWomen100 Award winners and enable over 200 children to find out what it is really like to work in technology.”

“I am exceptionally proud to be partnering with Speakers for Schools and to be able to provide a platform for our award-winning role models to pay it forward and  inspire the next generation of technologists.”

Jason ElsomJason Elsom, Chief Executive Officer, Speakers for Schools added, “We are delighted to partner with WeAreTechWomen on this brilliant event.”

“In a world that is increasingly digitalised, there are a growing number of exciting job opportunities in the technology sector, but as they are less traditional by nature, young people can be less familiar with the career paths available.”

“Partnerships like this ensure we connect young women to careers in dynamic industries, no matter what background or circumstance.”

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people into the industry.”

Discover more about Speakers for Schools below

Have you ever wondered how apps are made or how social media platforms are built? Have you ever seen computer generated images in movies and wondered how they did that?

Have you ever played a game online and questioned how those images were made or wondered how websites are built? The answer is technology – something we all use every hour of every day!

From buying tube tickets, to buying clothes online, Googling, making calls or sending messages. There are millions of technologists all over the world, in thousands of different jobs, who bring this technology to life. These individuals not only enable us to enjoy life through the use of technology,but they also build tech and systems that save lives and help solve big societal issues, like poverty and climate change.

Join Speakers for Schools and WeAreTechWomen as we take you on an incredible journey, where you will hear career stories from a group of super-talented technologists in gaming, special effects, climate change, cyber security, web design, artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering and space technology. The day will run from 10.30am-2pm on 2nd November. During this event there will be the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and to find out what a career in technology really looks like. What are you waiting for?

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International Women and Girls in Science Day

The National Museum of Computing to host Young Women in STEM day

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The National Museum of Computing to host Young Women in STEM day, inspiring young girls to explore careers in engineering and technology.

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), an independent charity, announced it will host a virtual event for girls and young women interested in exploring a career in STEM. The event, on 24th March, will feature talks, quizzes and an interactive workshop on ML to help participants begin to start thinking about a career in this diverse and growing field.

Students will hear from a number of mentors and rising starts in STEM about the career options and opportunities available to them – not just within computing but also in engineering, science and mathematics. Speakers include:

  • Kahleelah Jones, owner and founder of Careful Feet digital agency that created Dime Digital - a SaaS tool that automates social media posting and brand creation.
  • Bukky Moyo Babjide, business transformation consultant who’s worked with BP, Nationwide and IPSL among others and who is director of software development company Crystal Options
  • Kim Diep, software engineer, volunteer and mentor who featured in the 2020 TechWomen100 List and who coaches young hopefuls trying to break in into technology.

Attendees can take part in individual sessions or join for the full day. The itinerary for Young Women in STEM can be found here.

The National Museum of Computing is working to close the gap, encouraging girls and women to consider careers in STEM by promoting the opportunities available. This latest event is part of a series of workshops for young women hosted by our museum and forms a part of our wider diversity programme.

Speaking about the event, TNMOC’s Director, Jacqui Garrad said, “We need to break down the gender stereotypes that perpetuate the longstanding imbalance that hangs over women in STEM."

"Fantastic, fun and rewarding career options are available to women of all ages in this field."

"Moreover, as a nation, we are missing out: we are allowing a large number of potentially skilled technologists and engineers to slip through our fingers, meaning innovation and progress are going unrealised."

“Our event is about alerting young girls to what’s possible and encouraging them to get thinking about careers in STEM."

"We are doing it in the setting of Bletchley Park, where women outnumbered men three to one during the centre’s famous World War II codebreaking operations."

"Women were integral to the success of Bletchley Park and our victory during the War."

"We hope to channel that early spirit and inspire the next generation of women coders, engineers and analysts.”The National Museum of Computing


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29/9/2016: WeAreTheCity and Made In Tech event | Unlock the power of social media

Made In Tech is excited to announce our next meet up in partnership with WeAreTheCity.

Given the rise in the number of social media platforms, you might think it necessary to market your business everywhere. All social media platforms have a different purpose and audience.Made in Tech - Unlock social media event - WeAreTechnology IT Event(2)

In this meetup, hear inspiring speakers share their expertise on how to use social media and discover the key to driving word-of-mouth marketing and brand awareness. When it comes to running a startup, spreading your brand awareness should be your primary goal.

Made In Tech is a non-profit community committed to creating and supporting ALL diversity within tech startup ecosystem. We meet every other month in Central London with high-profile speakers to support our cause and inspire Tech founders.

Book your place today as places are limited! The event’s main sponsor is HostMedia.

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Please note: This event is open to female tech founders only. 

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When

Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST) - Add to Calendar

Where

Capco, 77-79 Great Eastern Street, London

Speakers

Christina Richardson, Co-Founder at Openr

Christina Richardson-41 - cropped (2)Christina is co-founder and CMO at Openr, the new content-sharing tool that is all about engaging the engaged. Social and content marketers use it to add a message with a clear call-to-action to all the content that they share — on social, on email, even via paid-for distribution — unlocking the right action, at the right time, with the right audience. Christina spent much of her career managing and growing FMCG brands at Nestle and Robinsons, and then turned her hand to young start-up brands, and has never looked back since. Her first marketing technology business was acquired in 2015; and today she spends much of her time focusing on the growth of her latest, Openr. As well as this she teaches Entrepreneurial Marketing for University College London; is a start-up mentor; and can be found speaking and writing for various industry events and publications.

Laurie Wang  - Digital Marketing Strategist

laurieLaurie Wang is a digital marketing strategist based in London. She started her digital career at Ogilvy & Mather, where she developed her expertise in social media, content, inbound marketing, lead generation and influencer marketing. She launched her digital consultancy in 2015 with a track record of advising startups, growing businesses, global brands and executives on social media, digital strategy and influencer marketing. As a native New Yorker, Laurie enjoys travelling the world in her spare time and writes an award winning travel blog, New Yorker Meets London. She has previously been featured in Fast Company, Metro, Financial Times, and the Guardian.


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WeAreTheCity and Huddle event | Imposter syndrome is normal and so are you

“Every person that comes out of every womb has imposter syndrome. It is normal and so are you,” said Deena Gornick, Executive and Board Level Coach at Penna, during a WeAreTheCity and Huddle event recently.

WeAreTheCity recently partnered with Huddle to hold an event entitled You are not an Imposter: How to Beat Imposter Syndrome. 100 ladies gathered at Huddle’s offices, in London, to overcome their own worries about feeling like a fake in the workplace.

During the event Deena Gornick, Executive and Board Level Coach at Penna, (pictured below) led an interactive workshop on how to overcome imposter syndrome.

Deena Gornick, Executive and Board Level Coach at Penna delivers her session on Imposter syndrome

She explained: “I was an actress in Los Angeles and I trained to become a psychotherapist and later became a coach to help businesses.

“I was sat in black wooly tights, Doc Martins and denim skirts and I sat with high up people during meetings and they’d lean over to me and say: ‘I’m frightened I’m going to get busted and found out.’ I was amazed that people so accomplished and earning so many zeros could feel that way.”

Gornick admitted that she still suffers from imposter syndrome herself: “After working with such companies and taking all those notes on the subject, I’m still suffering from it.

“I’ve read a lot and sat down and looked at my own imposter syndrome and I have experienced it through board members too, but I know the pain you feel and I know the talent I don’t own.”

She noted that many perfectionists are frightened of following through on plans, because they do not own their own talents: “Procrastination is down to perfection and architects live in crap houses because the one they designed in their head is a phenomenal.

“90% of success is showing up. Perfectionists forget to show up.”

Locus of Control

Gornick continued: “It was thought for a long time that only women suffered imposter syndrome, but men suffer it too. Locus of Control is where we feel Guest strike a power pose to overcome Imposter Syndrome

we have control over our lives and influence our own destiny.”

“Women have an external Locus of Control, which means if they want to apply for a role, internally in a company, and they think the role is great but they’ll get in early and leave late and will wait to be asked to apply. Whereas a man has an internal Locus of Control and will see the ad, will feel it’s not right for him but will apply anyway. Both places are terrifying if you’re not owning your talent.”

She stressed how it is important to own your talents and to know that when you succeed that it was not through good luck but through your own hard work: “Being in this world requires lots of courage and that means vulnerability. We think we achieve things with luck. Luck is what happened to Cinderella. Hard work leads to preparation and that leads to opportunity.”

“We don’t take our vitamins when we’re given praise. We deflect it instead of saying thank you and taking the vitamin.”

She finished her interactive workshop by saying: “Know that you’re normal. Stay present. Take your vitamins. Every person that comes out of every womb has imposter syndrome. It is normal and so are you.”

Panel of imposters

To finish the evening Huddle invited a panel of industry experts (pictured right) to share their own experiences of imposter syndrome.

On the panel Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director and CEO of WeAreTheCity, said: “I was in a job when I thought I was not worth my salary and that HR would come in one day and tell me that they had made a mistake.”

Ian Cooper, Head of Architecture at Huddle, said: “I have thought that other employees are better than me or have questioned why am I here. I reacted badly to this and overcompensated by coming across as too pushy and in your face.”

Vanesa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity; Deena Gornick, Executive and Board Level Coach at Penna; Rosemary Cooper Clark, International Executive Coach and Management Consultant; Ian Cooper, Head of Architecture at Huddle discuss their own experiences of Imposter Syndrome

He advised: “Have a support system – someone that you know well enough and can say to them that you’re worried and you’re really not for this role. A support system can help silence those voices.”

Rosemary Cooper Clark, International Executive Coach and Management Consultant, said: “I was headhunted so I hadn’t been through an interview process for a while. I remember candidates talking about their degrees. I didn’t go to university until I was a mature student, so I used to wake up at 3am thinking they haven’t found me out yet.

“You should talk to yourself as if you would to your best friend. We talk terribly to ourselves sometimes.”

Vallely agreed and added: “I didn’t go to university so I feel out of my comfort zone when people are knowledgeable with a posh accent. But I know that is my problem not theirs.”

Gornick said: “After 32 years of coaching imposter syndrome and the only time I don’t suffer it is when I’m with the person I love. I am a trained actor so I know what to do with my body, to breath and to make eye contact. But I suffer it every day.”

“When you think or know that someone has imposter syndrome be open and warm to them.”

Vallely said: “Everyone has a persona that they’re trying to get across. When I think of imposter syndrome I think of someone that looks like a rabbit in the headlights, but they do not look like that because they are hiding it.

“If you never take praise or always say it wasn’t you then people will start to believe it. Just have a polka face and say thank you.”

 


WeAreTheCity and Huddle event | You are not an Imposter: How to Beat Imposter Syndrome | In Pictures

WeAreTheCity recently partnered with Huddle to hold an event entitled You are not an Imposter: How to Beat Imposter Syndrome.

Led by Executive and Board-level coach, Deena Gornick, and featuring a panel of business leaders, attendees learnt how to overcome Imposter Syndrome, how to increase confidence and better celebrate their successes. Guests left feeling empowered and able to properly take credit for and acknowledge their successes.

100 ladies gathered at Huddle's offices, in London, to overcome their own worries about feeling like a fake in the workplace.

To realise your full potential you not only need to have the skills, you need to be confident in them – to not only succeed, but to take ownership for this success. And yet, for the 70% of people that suffer from Imposter Syndrome this is much easier said than done.

“I am not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people,” John Steinbeck wrote in his diary in 1938. 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said, "There are still days when I wake up feeling like a fraud."

Deena Gornick

Executive and Board-level coach Deena has over 20 years’ experience in coaching both men and women to help them with confidence, presence and communication. Deena will give a short introduction to the subject of the Impostor Syndrome, then she will run 3 sessions that have the aim of enabling attendees to stand by their achievements and to be able to articulate them to others clearly without feeling like a fraud.

You can find pictures from the  Imposter Syndrome event below.

 


25/05/2016: You are not an Imposter: How to Beat Imposter Syndrome

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FULLY BOOKED: You are not an imposter: Getting ahead isn’t just about being the best, it’s about believing it.

To realise your full potential you not only need to have the skills, you need to be confident in them – to not only succeed, but to take ownership for this success. And yet, for the 70% of people that suffer from Imposter Syndrome this is much easier said than done.

“I am not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people,” John Steinbeck wrote in his diary in 1938. 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said, "There are still days when I wake up feeling like a fraud."

On Wednesday the 25th of May in partnership with WeAreTheCityHuddle will host an interactive evening aimed at conquering Imposter Syndrome.

Lead by Executive and Board-level coach, Deena Gornick, and featuring a panel of business leaders, attendees will learn how to increase confidence and better celebrate their success. Guests will leave feeling empowered and able to properly take credit for and acknowledge their achievements.

Please join us for an evening of presentations, workshops, networking and refreshments. All are welcome at this free event, we encourage both men and women to join however space is limited so register early! THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

When: Wednesday, 25th May, registration at 6:15pm

Where: Huddle Offices

2 Leman Street
2nd Floor Aldgate Tower
London, E1 8FA

Our Speaker:

Deena Gornick

Executive and Board-level coach Deena has over 20 years’ experience in coaching both men and women to help them with confidence, presence and communication. Deena will give a short introduction to the subject of the Imposter Syndrome, then she will run 3 sessions that have the aim of enabling attendees to stand by their achievements and to be able to articulate them to others clearly without feeling like a fraud.

Panel: 

To be confirmed, stay tuned for updates!

Agenda:

Registration & Refreshments from 6:15pm - 6:40pm

Start &Welcome: 6:40pm - 6:50pm

Deena Gornick Avoiding Imposter Syndrome: 6:50pm - 8:00pm

Panel Discussion: 8:00pm - 8:30pm

Close: 8:30pm - 8:35pm

Network & Refreshments: 8:35pm – 9:00pm

EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM (BST) - Add to Calendar

Where: 2 Leman Street 2nd Floor Aldgate Tower, London E1 8FA, United Kingdom - View Map

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15 per cent discount to Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016 for WeAreTheCity readers

WeAreTheCity readers are entitled to a 15% discount to attend the Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016 event in January.

Using the code WATC15 WeAreTheCity readers receive a discount for the women in technology conference taking place in London on January 28th.Woman of silicon Roundabout 2016 Feature

Organised by Maddox Events, Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016 will offer the female technology community a day of panels and presentations to offer a voice for all those working within the industry.

The event will hear from senior technicians and engineers about their journeys so far and their perspectives for the future.

The Lead Producer of Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016, said: “This topic comes up, year on year, without major change ever occurring. Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016 aims to break this trend by supercharging the motivation and ambition of our community.

“We hope to fast-track female code slingers to managerial positions and ultimately the Boardroom.”

The agenda for the day is broken into four primary focus areas:
  • Women in Tech Leadership
  • Closing The Gender Gap
  • The Journey of a Coder
  • Inspiring Future Generations of Women in Tech

You can find out more information about this event and how to register here.


TeenTech holds event to inspire next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers

Over 500 year 8 and year 9 students descended on London’s Olympic Park for the TeenTech City event this week.TeenTech week

200 scientists, technologists and engineers gathered to showcase the rich and fulfilling careers available in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

Challenges were set for the students by organisations such as Barclays, BBC, Cisco, National Grid, Atkins, JVC and Samsung.

Speaking at the event, founder of TeenTech, Maggie Philbin said: “There’s a huge amount of young talent all over the UK, and yet a generation still sits in the classroom convinced subjects like maths and physics are irrelevant. TeenTech City captures the imagination of those who at one time would have dismissed a career in science – allowing them to walk away with a real understanding of how they can make a difference to the world of tomorrow.

“We owe a huge amount to the brilliant companies and universities who came together to make today an outstanding catalyst – helping students see how creative and exciting this contemporary industry can be."

Mark Boleat, policy chairman of the City of London Corporation, sponsors of the TeenTech City Event, said: “The capital is really leading the way when it comes to digital innovation, and in particular, financial technology. There are currently more FinTech employees in London and the southeast than the whole of California.

“To maintain our global position as the leading financial centre, it is vital to develop and maintain a high-skilled workforce. Events like this really help educate young people about careers in the technology and science sectors and hopefully inspire them to become the innovators of tomorrow.”

Ms Feione Cooper Art & Design Teacher at The Urswick School said: “Our school first participated in TeenTech in 2011 and ever since we have never looked back. STEM workshops are an opportunity to push the boundaries and create new initiatives in an explorative and exciting way – and the students leave thinking of different ways they can execute ideas collectively.”

The students were surveyed when they arrived at the event, with 57% saying they would consider a career in engineering. At the end of the event this figure had rose to 71%. Only seven per cent said they were considering an apprenticeship after school.