The Shuri Network

The Shuri Network

The Shuri Network

The Shuri Network is the first NHS network to focus on the support and furtherance of BAME women in health and care tech.

Launched in 2019, we champion diversity, innovation and safety and support BAME women to gain the skills and confidence to progress into digital leadership positions. We are named after Shuri, the Black Panther character who is responsible for her country’s success.

The Network was founded by two former NHS Chief Clinical Information Officers, Dr Shera Chok, a GP and Sarah Amani, a nurse. There are fewer than 10 BAME women in senior digital roles in the NHS and no initiatives existed to increase this number, so we took action to change this and make the NHS a more inclusive place to work.

The pandemic has highlighted how important technology is in helping us care for patients, connect patients, families and clinicians and deliver safe services. Having greater diversity in our senior digital leadership will help improve the use of technology and data across health and care.


The Tech She Can Charter

The Tech She Can Charter

The Tech She Can Charter

The Tech She Can Charter is a community of 170+ organisations working together to boost the diversity of future technologists.

Our mission is to inspire and educate young people of all backgrounds, particularly women and girls, on the exciting possibilities that a career in technology can bring.

Our key initiatives are to:

  1. enrich education: educate and inspire pupils, especially girls, to take technology subjects and consider technology careers.

  2. influence change: in the workplace, in schools, in government.

Despite the unsettling period of covid-19, we haven’t wavered in our commitment to upskilling the younger generation and influencing change, and if anything, have worked harder to quickly adapt our initiatives to support children, as well as schools, teachers, parents and carers who have been teaching in the classroom, and at home.

 


Barclays Women in Technology Network

Barclays Women in Technology Network

Barclays Women in Technology Network

Women in Technology (WiT) is part of global Barclays community which aims to empower women of all levels and backgrounds to achieve their career aspirations in technology, offering our members networking, upskilling and collaboration opportunities.

We have ~15,000 women in technology committee members in major cities such as London, Glasgow, Radbroke, Gadbrook, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Northampton, Prague, Dublin, New York, Whippany, Pune, Noida, Chennai, Singapore and plan to extend into further sites in 2021.

Our Objectives:
1. Grow the presence and skills of women in the technology workforce
2. Inspire women both internally and externally to consider a career in Barclays Technology
3. Retain and promote our internal female technology talent
4. Provide mentoring/guidance and access to role models in Technology
5. Provide career coaching sessions and pathways for careers in STEM
6. Support local schools and communities by hosting interactive learning sessions focusing on programming fundamentals for students to encourage youngsters to consider a career in technology.

Regional Co-Heads
WiT AMER: Augusta Sanfilippo and Roopa Gosain
WiT EMEA: Joanne Garnett and Gillian Lamela
WiT India: Archna Negi and Gunjan Shah

Follow #BarclaysWomeninTech on #LinkedIn, #Twitter to see what’s happening across Global Women in Technology Network.


Zone Women in Digital

Women in Digital logo

Reports show that only one in 10 IT leaders and 16% of creative directors are women.

We want to change these numbers for the better by teaming up with women – and men – to drive greater diversity in the industry and beyond, creating a more inclusive, innovative and happy workforce.

At our Women in Digital events, expert speakers from across the industry discuss a broad range of juicy, insightful topics. From diversity and inclusion to technology and innovation, they inspire us through their personal stories and advice. Expect lively debate across talks, show & tells and panel discussions.

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Empowering Women With Technology

Empowering Women With Tech

Empowering Women with Tech is a Leeds based group that works to elevate, educate and empower women in digital, tech and science careers.

Only 17% of the Tech workforce are female, with less than 10% in leadership positions. With the significant role Digital/Technology plays in all of our lives, we need more of us to be active creators, not passive consumers and help shape what the tech products will look like in the future to ensure they meet all our needs.

We run a mentoring scheme and host events with inspirational role models working across all levels of science/digital/tech (from fashion bloggers to computer scientists/inventors to website entrepreneurs) to show just how varied and exciting the careers paths are, and to break the stigma that tech isn’t creative.

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The Shuri Network

The Shuri Network logoQ: How many times have you seen an all-female and black and ethnic minority (BME) panel talking about health technology?

A: For many in the NHS and care their first time would have been the Shuri Network launch last July.

Who are we ? 

The Shuri Network is the first NHS and social care network of BME women in digital health. We champion diversity, innovation and safety and support women of colour in health tech to develop the skills and confidence to progress into senior leadership positions. We are named after Shuri, the Black Panther film character who is responsible for her country’s technological success.

What do we do? 

  • ​We highlight and showcase the contribution women of colour make to digital innovation and data, and share our powerful stories to inspire others.
  • We work with partners in the NHS and private sector to create opportunities for our members to shadow digital leaders, apply for bursaries to support professional development and build connections.
  • We challenge the health and care system to do better on diversity and inclusion, address the inequalities raised by Covid-19 and deliver the aims of the NHS People Plan.
  • We aim to help our members feel empowered to apply for and succeed in digital roles​.

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J.P. Morgan partners with Finding Ada to offer free mentoring and network subscriptions

young Asian woman looking at laptop, watchin a webinarThe Finding Ada Network has partnered with J.P. Morgan to offer free mentorship for 50 women in technology in the UK.

The scheme will pair mentees from across the UK with women in technical roles within J.P. Morgan. Mentors are available from various levels across the company, from junior software developers to senior tech leaders.

For women with a tech or STEM background, this provides an amazing opportunity to find a mentor who can help them progress in their careers over the next year. As part of the scheme, mentee's will be given 12 months free access to the Finding Ada Network online network, where they will be able to make use of their world class mentorship platform and exclusive content covering careers advice, personal and professional development, plus HR policy and advocacy advice.

Mentoring has many proven benefits, including helping mentees to improve their soft skills, confidence and communication skills, as well as making them, on average, five times more likely to receive a promotion compared to non-mentees.

As we continue to adjust to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it is now more than ever that women need additional help and support. The Finding Ada Network, being online-based, is an ideal way to access the guidance you may need to further progress your career through these troubling times.

The scheme is open to any women in STEM who have a right to work in the UK.

Apply for the scheme here


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Women in DevOps

Women in DevOpsWe established Women in DevOps in 2017 specifically to address the issue of gender imbalance in our the DevOps industry.

Our aim is to help close the gender DevOps gap, by empowering women to create innovative solutions, encourage organisations to retain women into their communities and to promote gender equality. We are a not-for-profit committed to creating an open and inclusive community and inspiring the female DevOps leaders of the future.

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Scotland women in technology

Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT)

Scotland women in technology

Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT), exists to Champion, Celebrate, and Invest in women in the technology sector in Scotland.

Founded in 2008, SWiT is a not-for-profit organisation with a drive to put gender equality at the forefront of the technology industry in Scotland.  SWiT is run by a board of committed volunteers who have the vision and alignment to promote and champion gender equality at the heart of our proposition.

Champion & Celebrate

Championing diversity and gender equality in the technology sector, both now and for future generations, is a key priority for SWiT.  We want to help shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s most inspirational female technology leaders and encourage more young women to pursue a career in technology and innovation.

Invest

SWiT believe our multifaceted approach of investment - through; working with schools to encourage our young people to consider a career in the technology industry, Celebrating the women who are at the forefront of the industry and lastly, through enabling and empowering those who are figuring out their next steps small grants for training and development.

At SWiT, we are dedicated to making sure innovation is led by women too, and that the key benefits from their talents and ambitions are considered and heard.

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Network Spotlight: Black Women Talk Tech

Black Women Talk Tech BWTT

Tell us a bit about your network

Black Women Talk Tech, Inc., co-founded in 2016, by Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro and Lauren Washington, is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges black women-led startups face in the industry, but most importantly they understand the contribution of these innovators. The organization seeks to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. Black Women Talk Tech is the host of an annual conference “Roadmap to Billions” which was developed to provide an empowering experience for black women tech entrepreneurs to learn about business growth strategies and connect with investors and other tech founders.

The BWTT community is now over 3,000 founders, engineers, technologists and developers that engage with local chapters in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

Today there are 6 chapters, three more (LA, Austin and Miami) planned for 2019. Each chapter is led by 2 chapter leaders who are tech founders.

To learn more about Black Women Talk Tech please visit www.blackwomentalktech.com and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@blackwomentalktech).

What is your network’s prime objective?

Our mission:

We are a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges we face in the industry, but also of the advantages we can bring. We’re here to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion dollar business.

How is your network helping women to progress in the workplace?

We implement our mission and vision of assisting black female founders to create billion dollar enterprises by offering an interactive deep learning experience at our annual “Roadmap to Billions” conference and by offering members access to ongoing technical expertise and support through our chapters.

Tell us about your events?

Our annual conference “Roadmap to Billions” is the base event that started the inspiration, support and identification of the need for a continual support network.

The Chapter Events

Each chapter’s desire is to inspire, support and provide members with the tools and access to funding opportunities they need to scale their businesses.

Events include meet ups and expert speaker presentations with Q&A and networking. Speaker events highlight various experts who cover topics such as technical needs, access to funding, successful pitching and how to develop your tech team.

What should we expect if we join?

We embrace the power of collaborations. Collaborations provide opportunities for expanded programming and networking opportunities that can assist with growth of members and their tech startups.

How do our members join your network, is there a fee?

Currently, membership is free. We have an application process and follow up communication to make sure the members are a fit.

What advice would you give to anyone who is joining a network for the first time?

Our advice is to be open to learning, networking and bringing your expertise to the group. Each member offers an expertise that may assist another member or members.

Members are offered a discount to the annual conference and other BWTT events.

Any top tips for new networkers? Why is building your network important?

Learning to become a power networker is important to building capital and other tools your business may need for growth.

it’s important to perfect your pitch and remember building a network is about building relationships by providing value and assistance.

Relationships - It is also good to remember that people do business with people they like and know.

Finally, what’s next for your network?

We plan to continue the growth of our network of founders and create additional programming that will assist founders with the growth of their businesses.