Recommended Event: Black Girls Tech Summit 2020 | Girls Talk London

Black Girls Tech Summit,Girls Talk London

Girls Talk London is proud to announce that we are bringing the second edition of "The Black Girls Tech Summit" to you virtually with our sponsors Facebook and Snap Inc across two days on Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th November 2020 4:00-8:30pm GMT!

We have an exciting line up of influential speakers, insightful panels, sessions, networking and exhibition spaces from both our sponsors and community partners.

The theme for this year is "Safe spaces' after an emotional year so far this will be the breathing space and medium black women need to regroup, strategise and plan for the future.

We intend to welcome women from all over the world to join us as we discuss topics such as navigating the workplace as a black woman, dealing with micro-aggressions, how to land your dream job, salary negotiations and the opportunity to meet recruiters from Snap Inc and Facebook.


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Vanessa Sanyauke featured

Inspirational Woman: Vanessa Sanyauke | Founder & CEO, Girls Talk London

Vanessa Sanyauke is the Founder and CEO of Girls Talk London, an award winning organisation that has engaged half a million women around the world and directly impacted 1,500 women & girls in the UK.

Vanessa SanyaukeVanessa is also a speaker, presenter and writer based in London. Vanessa has over a decade of experience advising FTSE 100 businesses on Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and policy. Vanessa has worked with over 50 businesses that include The Bank of England, UK Parliament, Facebook, O2, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, State Street, Salesforce, Vodafone, BT, Ericsson, Allen and Overy, Lloyds Bank, Bauer Media, UBS, RBS Legal, Rabobank, Reed Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna. Vanessa has also been an adviser on Youth Policy to the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and The former Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

In 2018 Vanessa was listed on the 2018 EMpower 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times and as a Changemaker on the 2018 Evening Standard 1000 most influential Londoners list. That same year she won an award at the 2018 European Diversity Awards for Best Community Project for setting up the pan-industry project, Step into STEM.

Vanessa is the Host and creator of business podcast “The after work drinks club” which is a top 100 iTunes global business podcast which interviews and features discussions with influential people of business and popular culture.

Vanessa is also the Host and Creator of Girls Talk, an online panel talk show for millennial women that has been viewed by over half a million people worldwide.

She is a sought-after Presenter and Speaker on business, women’s issues and popular culture featured on BBC Radio One and hosting the Penguin Living and Virgin Books ‘Live.Life. Better’ Podcast.

Her speaking engagements have taken her across the globe at institutions such as The Southbank Centre, Glitz Africa She Summit, UN Women UK, Cosmopolitan Self-Made Summit, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Google UK, City Hall, Institute of Directors and Women in Research UK.

Vanessa is a regular visiting lecturer and speaker on Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion for London School of Economics, City University London, Kent Business School, Brunel University and Kings College London.

Vanessa has written and featured in publications such as The Guardian, Stylist, The Telegraph, LOOK Magazine,, Confederation of British Industry and Entrepreneur Country. The 16th April 2017 Edition of The Style Magazine Sunday Times Supplement listed Vanessa as one of 10 people changing the workplace for women in the UK.

During her final year at Brunel University in 2008, Vanessa started her first social enterprise, The Rafiki Network, an award-winning organisation that provided mentoring & training services for over 2,000 young people in London. In April 2010 until January 2014 she was a Trustee of national youth volunteering charity inspired. In 2011 she was presented with a Peace Award from The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson for her contribution to the well-being of people in London and was Co-Chair of the Spirit of London Awards Select Committee in 2012 producing their biggest ever show at London’s 02 Arena.

After completing a Masters in Sustainability & Management at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012 she started Girls Talk London and began working for The Brokerage CityLink as a Senior Programme Manager. The 9th March 2015 issue of Look Magazine featured Vanessa as one of the most inspiring women in the UK and in June 2015 She was named as one of 67 Changemakers in the UK at The Southbank Centre as part of their annual Festival of Love. During the same month she was also invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In December 2015, Vanessa was nominated for a Digital-IS award for Best Online Presenter.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I am the CEO and Founder of Girls Talk London, which is a social enterprise that connects women and girls with FTSE 100 businesses via bespoke programmes and events to help them develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace. To date we have engaged half a million women around the world and directly impacted 1,500 women & girls in the UK. I am also a speaker, presenter and writer based in London with over a decade of experience advising FTSE 100 businesses on Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and policy.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

No, I initially was pursuing a career in medicine at university when I realised that I wanted to become social entrepreneur and help people with their careers and life.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

Yes, getting people to believe in my vision for the programmes I have set-up has been challenging and especially getting executives to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion to their bottom line. I have overcome this by not giving up, getting internal champions to advocate for me aswell.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

My biggest achievement has to be setting up and delivering Step into STEM, our seven month mentoring programme for females aged 16-18 who want to work in Technology which is funded by O2, BT, Vodafone and Ericsson. To date we have given nearly 150 girls mentors and we won a European Diversity award for Best Community Project in 2018. What really makes this my biggest achievement is where our mentees end up as we currently have mentees studying Technology based subjects at Oxford University and MIT and they have credited the support of their mentors in helping them get there!

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

I am persistent.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Seek a sponsor to open up opportunities for you.

Keep being curious.

Hold the door open for someone else who wants to enter the Tech space, you will learn a lot from them.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

Yes, because there are still small numbers of women working in Tech. We need to create a talent pipeline of young women who have the skills to succeed and enter the Tech sector. We need more mentoring schemes and work experience opportunities to prepare them.

What do you think companies can do to support to progress the careers of women working in technology?

Invest in training and development such as MBAs for female staff and sponsor them for opportunities at Senior Level.

There is currently on 15% of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

Make every Tech company have a 50:50 spit for gender balance on their boards and if not achieved fine them big bucks! Change starts from the top and we need more visible female role models in Senior roles in tech.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

I would recommend attending events and conferences to get connected and learn new skills aswell as reading books and blogs in your sector.

Girls Talk London featured

Girls Talk London

Girls Talk London connects women with Senior leaders in FTSE 100 businesses & influential individuals to empower them to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in their lives and in the workplace.

We work with global businesses and brands to create live and online experiences for women that include events, masterclasses, seminars and festivals.

Our popular online talk show, Girls Talk, provides a platform for women to discuss trending news and interviews inspiring individuals.

We provide a variety of initiatives to support women in the UK with career development and lifestyle issues.

Step into Industry

Our step into Industry programmes target female students aged 16-18 and provides them with a mentor and work experience in male dominated sectors .


We advertise opportunities and jobs in FTSE 100 businesses on our website to increase the number of women entering male dominated sectors and advancing onto more Senior roles.


We connect businesses and brands with women aged 21-34 to conduct market research on engaging and supporting women within the workplace, life and in society.

Digital Engagement

Our website is a blog that provides editorial content to help women succeed within the workplace and life featuring interviews, advice and opportunities. Our website has on average over 6,000 views per month. Over 431,000 people have watched our online talk show for young women.

Insight Experiences

We partner with businesses to offer female sixth form and university students insight experiences that include evenings, days and weeks to showcase all the opportunities available to them in specific businesses and gives them the chance to meet recruitment teams

Summer Business School 

Every summer we partner with businesses who host our summer business school for millennial women in the workplace who want to develop skills and qualities that will assist them in progressing in the workplace. Our facilitators and experts cover topics such as negotiation, building relationships, managing teams and leadership.

Mentoring programmes

We have designed successful mentoring programmes for businesses that want to create a talent pipe into their business or support the development and progression of female employees.


We deliver events, festivals and masterclasses for millennial women and host these in partnership with FTSE 100 businesses and brands.