Neha Rajesh

Neha Rajesh | Google

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.


Women Developer Academy

Apply for the Women Developer Academy Europe & become a leader in the technology industry!

Women Developer Academy

Google’s Women Developer Academy is currently accepting applications – could you become a leader in the technology industry?

The free 4-week-long program will equip women software engineers and developers across Europe with the skills, resources and support they need to become leaders in the industry through public speaking and other community contributions.

If you are a professional IT practitioner (e.g. software engineer, data scientist, developer, etc.), bringing skills in one of the many Google technologies, looking to land more speaking opportunities, improve your public speaking skills and build your confidence and network, this month-long programme is for you.

You’ll have weekly workshops focussing on specific topics from public speaking to community contributions and have access to weekly 1:1 mentor sessions facilitated by Googlers and technical experts within our European developer community.

Beyond gaining new skills, you will also get to meet, connect, and network with other women developers who are on a similar journey and support you to find speaking opportunities through Women Developer Academy’s developer community network to showcase your newly developed presentations.

They also encourage a big interest in our Google Developer Experts program and support you on the way to become one after the Academy.

Let’s work together to bring diversity to the stage, because impact does not end there, that’s where it starts!

Women Developer Academy

Who are Women Developer Academy looking for?

  • Knowledge, passion and experience in one of the following technologies: Android, Google Cloud, Tensorflow, Machine Learning, Flutter, Firebase, Kotlin, Go, Web Technologies, Google Workspace and the goal to become a Google Developer Expert in the future.
  • Little public speaking experience.
  • Motivated to be active and vocal in the developer community and keen to participate as a speaker in developer conferences and meetups.
  • Available throughout October to attend all workshop and mentoring sessions (virtually) as well as commit to the programme requirements.
  • Based in any of the European countries.

FIND OUT MORE & APPLY

Applications for the Women Developer Academy close on 19 September 2021

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TechWomen100

Nominations are 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 now open until 10 September 2021.

CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS

Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2021

Salesforce, Google, Apple & Microsoft among the best places to work in 2021

Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2021

Salesforce, Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are among the best places to work, according to Glassdoor.

Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies, has announced the winners of its 13th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honouring the Best Places to Work in 2021 across the UK and four other countries. Unlike other workplace awards, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards highlight Best Places to Work across the UK, France, Germany the U.S. and Canada. Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year.

The top ten Best Places to Work in 2021 for the UK are:

  1. Salesforce (4.5 rating)
  2. Microsoft (4.4 rating)
  3. Abcam (4.4 rating)
  4. Google (4.4 rating)
  5. Softcat (4.4 rating)
  6. GTB (4.4 rating)
  7. Apple (4.3 rating)
  8. Bella Italia (4.3 rating)
  9. SAP (4.3 rating)
  10. Facebook (4.3 rating)

Speaking about the awards, Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer, said, "COVID-19 is in the driver’s seat and every employer has been impacted. This year’s winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they’ll rise to the challenge to support their people.”

“A mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and career opportunities are always hallmarks of Best Places to Work winners."

"This year, we also see exceptional employers who have prioritised the health, safety and well-being of their employees."

"My congratulations go to all of this year’s outstanding Employees’ Choice Award winners.”

Glassdoor’s 50 Best Places to Work (UK) in 2021 list features winning employers across a range of industries, including technology, finance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, insurance, food and more. Notably, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there are four restaurant employers on this year’s list, with three of those also appearing on last year’s list, including Bella Italia, Nando’s and wagamama. Google is one of only two employers to make the UK list every year since launch, the other being J.P. Morgan.

Nineteen employers are newcomers to the UK large list in 2021, including Sage, Majestic Wine, Just  Eat and The Body Shop. Seven employers are rejoining the list in 2021, including Sky Betting & Gaming, Arm and Waitrose & Partners.

Salesforce is the only employer to appear on all five lists - US, Canada, UK, France, Germany).

When employees submit reviews about their employer on Glassdoor, they are asked to share their opinions on some of the best reasons to work for their employer (pros), any downsides (cons) and are encouraged to provide advice to management. In addition, employees are asked to rate how satisfied they are with their employer overall, rate their CEO as well as rate key workplace attributes like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work-life balance, senior management and culture and values. Employees are also asked whether they would recommend their employer to a friend and whether they believe their employer’s six-month business outlook is positive, negative or if they have no opinion.


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Marily Nika

Marily Nika | Google

Marily Nika

Marily has spent her career leveraging state of the art AI models in order to make users' daily lives better.

Marily now works for Google as a Machine Learning Product Manager on Speech Technologies, previously worked at Facebook London as a Data Analyst and is also the founder of a London-bassed EdTech startup. Marily holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Imperial College London and is a part-time Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School on Innovation & Strategy.

Dr. Marily Nika is not only an outstanding scientist; outside of her day job, she dedicates her life to supporting and championing the Women in Tech community in every way she can. She has been an outstanding ambassador and is an inspirational role model and humanitarian, that has as a life goal to aspire the current and next generation to join a career in technology. Marily has delivered three TEDx talks and has received international recognition — including the Woman of the Year 2018 Award by the FDM Group (everywoman) in London, as well as the Women in Science and Engineering Influence Award in 2015 that was awarded to her by HRH Princess Anne, for empowering the Women in tech community, by having founded 3 women in tech groups.


Moriah Baxevane-Connell

Moriah Baxevane-Connell | Google

Moriah Baxevane-Connell

Moriah Baxevane-Connell is from a small, rural town in Pennsylvania, USA.

During her time at university, she accidentally fell into the field of technology after taking a C++ module required for her originally-planned maths degree and was hooked. Throughout her remaining years in school, Moriah attended the life-changing Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) twice, including presenting original research around women in tech-related fields of study in 2011.

After graduating with a dual degree in Information Science & Technology and Psychology, Moriah joined Microsoft as a Technology Consultant specialising in databases, reporting, and analytics. She spent almost five years travelling across the US and parts of Europe working directly with customers to implement, use, and create informative analytics from a multitude of Microsoft technologies. Craving a big life change, Moriah left Microsoft and moved to the UK to study for an MBA at the University of Oxford. She graduated in 2018 and joined Google’s London offices shortly thereafter as a Cloud Consultant within the Professional Services Organisation. In her current role, Moriah uses her background in tech as well as the foundational business knowledge from her MBA course to work with customers across Europe to optimise their usage of Google Cloud Platform.

Throughout her career, Moriah has remained very passionate and focused around promoting and encouraging women in technology – something that stems from her years as one of the only woman in her field of study at university. She was lucky enough to have three incredible female professors-turned-mentors during her time in school, and they gave her the incredible foundations on which to build her technology career. Through attending GHC during school, Moriah had the chance to experience the strong sisterhood across tech that was sometimes missing in her male dominated university classes. She went on to help lead Microsoft’s involvement in GHC for three years, and also contributed and co-led multiple Microsoft-internal women’s initiatives. She’s been a speaker at GHC twice – once to an audience of over 5,000 – to share her journey and provide advice for conference attendees on how to navigate the field of technology consulting. During her time at Oxford, Moriah was co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Oxford Business Network and spent the year continuing the conversation around women in STEM. Now at Google, Moriah has already become involved in women in cloud initiatives and mentoring groups, has attended and worked the Google booth at the Women of Silicon Roundabout conference, and has spoken at the Wonder Women Tech conference. With a ‘’pay it forward’’ mentality, Moriah is a mentor to multiple young women within technology, as she has (and still does) consistently leaned on her amazing mentors throughout her career.