Like Minded Females

Like Minded Females

Like Minded Females

Like Minded Females (LMF) is a female empowerment and diversity network founded in May 2018, which has enahged with over 14,000 people, hosted 40+ events and been recognised for 2 national awards within the first quarter.

Founded from a place of low self esteem and mental health, the founders wanted to create a community which was accessible, affordable and most importantly empowered Females to break the status quo throguh actionable workshops and life skill sessions.

Some of the organisations LMF have worked with to lead social change include a Vodafone, Taboola, Santander, Royal Mail, KHWS, Osaka Labs and the British Embassy in Lithuania. Their diversity initiatives have been recongised globally, inviting the founders
to lead a workshop on AI and gender in Budapest and keynote how we can use Tech to build inclusive communities in Lithuania. In Lithuania, LMF was awarded a diversity award and personally invited by the ambassador to lead a worshon on creating inclusive work environments.

Like Minded Females has grown to work with some of the largest global corporations and universities, focusing on leading cultural change through life skill style workshops led by real woman who have broken their glass ceiling.

Specific programmes which they offer include monthly focus workshops, an online slack community, free webinar series on how to manage money, an ebook on female founders and their stories and various articles on tech and diversity and a diversity in tech mentoring scheme.


TfL Women in Tech network

TfL WSNG Women in Tech

TfL Women in Tech network

TfL WSNG - Women in Tech (WiT) is a sub-group under the Women's Staff Network Group (WSNG) at Transport for London.

TfL WSNG Women in Tech works hard to raise awareness of tech as a viable career for women, and helps women to build the confidence to develop tech skills, and encourage s them to put themselves forward for tech roles. We invite everyone with an interest in tech to join our community in working towards equality in the tech industry . We provide support for women from all backgrounds who want to make a transition into the tech industry, and support those already in tech roles to develop and progress their careers.

The community launched in 2017 as it was evident that there was a serious lack of women doing hands on tech roles, and having only a handful of female developers in the Tech department, something needed to be done. It was important to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages exploration and confidence building with tech. We also raise the profile of role models already in tech so women can see what they can be.

We provide coding workshops, advice, mentoring, shadowing, sponsorship, tech career talks, and networking opportunities for women who are interested and curious about tech, whether for hobbies, skills development, or career transition/progression. We also raise awareness to the wider external community of the tech skills needed for the future and the role women need to play in designing and developing our products/services in order to meet the needs of the growing population we serve, so we open our doors regularly to underrepresented groups and host events and networking opportunities to encourage more women to see tech as a viable career, and hopefully consider TfL as their next employer of choice.

The TfL WSNG Women in Tech committee is comprised of a group of fourteen women (Dionne Condor-Farrell, Shivani Bhatnagar, Kathryn Lowen, Charul Gupta, Melanie Carter, Carly Plummer, Eleanor Morgan, Cassandra Bruce, Amy Allen, Elinor Hutchison, Sreelekha Doddipalli, Fiona Hammond, Krishna Jadeja, Deborah Esegbona Ofoma) who are passionate about diversity in tech, and dedicated to encouraging and supporting other women in technology-related careers.


EY Women in Tech

EY Women in Tech

EY Women in Tech

The EY Women in Technology (WiT) network, connects current and future women in technology to drive performance across the FTSE500 and our strategic partners supporting development and diversity in technology-driven careers.

We showcase great women in their technology pursuits. We collectively work to improve female participation in the technology industry at every step of their careers.


Lesbians Who Tech

Lesbians Who Tech

lesbians who techOur Goals:

To be more visible to each other

We all know that familiar feeling of meeting someone in a work setting, knowing she's a lesbian, and trying to work it into a conversation and make that connection. We're about making that happen: connecting lesbians and building a network of colleagues, associates and friends in the industry.

To Be More Visible To Others

Outside of Ellen, Rosie, Melissa, and now Tammy, what other mainstream lesbian role models can most people name? We need more examples of lesbian leaders and that means we need to come out as the amazing, successful people we are.

To Get More Women And Lesbians In Technology

Lesbians are women first, and right now women are some of the most gifted folks in technology, yet there are far fewer of us than there should be (women account for 1 in 15 people in STEM fields). Because there aren’t enough women, women are rarely quoted as experts by the mainstream media and blogs, on panels, etc. And add the element of being lesbian, it’s equally important for us to represent women, and out women, for our communities.

To Connect Lesbians Who Tech To LGBTQ And Women’s Organizations Who Are Doing Incredible Work For Community

There are so many groups who are fighting for our rights, and they need our support. Lesbians Who Tech provides a platform to raise awareness of their work and connect these organizations to queer women in the tech community.

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Women in Tech Scotland

Women in tech scotlandWelcome to all women in tech in Scotland!

We are a group of female digital technology professionals getting together to discuss topics in tech, with a focus on advocating for better recognition and opportunities for women working in the technology sector in Scotland. This is a group for women working in all areas of digital technology, from education to software development, media to analytics, start-ups to multinationals - come along for discussion, presentations and networking.

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Black Women in Science (BWiS)

BWiS

The Black Women in Science Network strives to be a community of women with African and/or Caribbean heritage in various stages of their scientific careers. 

As a network, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to pursue careers of their choice and wants to make sure that black women feel equipped to do so.

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Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT)

Black Women Talk Tech BWTT

BWTT is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges black women startup owners 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. The network is the host of an annual conference The 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 network is now over 500 founders and in 2018 launched chapters in Atlanta, Georgia, New York City and San Francisco, California. To learn more please visit www.blackwomentalktech.com and their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Tech Manchester

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Tech Manchester is a non-profit organisation funded by British hosting firm UKFast, which supports early-stage technology companies.

Tech Manchester has helped hundreds of tech-focussed businesses by providing a host of support initiatives, including intensive educational workshops, a structured mentoring programme, PR and communications support and a media centre at UKFast Campus. The organisation’s mission is to support Manchester’s vision of becoming the UK’s leading city region digital hub.

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Getting Started: 10 Networking Tips For Newbies On LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is on a mission to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful”, and 300 million users can’t be wrong. Don’t have an account? Don’t panic. Become one of two people creating an account every single second and network your way to professional success with these top 10 tips:

1. Put your best profile forward

Before you even think about sending invitations to connect, ensure your profile portrays you in the best possible light. Complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities, so whether it’s employment or customers you seek, polishing your profile is a worthwhile investment. And it should go without saying – no selfies! Keep your profile pic classy, lose the sunglasses, and smile like you mean it.

2. Get optimised

Optimising your profile using keywords relevant to your job title, industry and experience ensures you appear in searches and increases your chance of attracting new connections, but don’t go overboard; more keywords aren’t always better.

3. Search party

Use LinkedIn’s search function to find and add people with which you’ve had professional contact. As Ariella Coombs of CAREEREALISM points out, “Always, always, ALWAYS include a personalised message! People want to know who you are and why you’re reaching out to them before they hit the “Accept” button. To increase your chances of getting accepted, include a brief message stating who you are, how you found them, and why you’re reaching out”.

4. Maintain connections

LinkedIn Contacts is a feature allowing you to bring together your address books, emails and calendars in one central location. It alerts you to job changes and birthdays: the perfect excuse to reach out and send some salutations!

5. Pay it forward

LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to endorse your connections’ skills. Take a few minutes each time you log in to add endorsements and boost your contacts’ credibility, which will encourage them to return the favour. Similarly with LinkedIn recommendations, making the effort to write detailed, authentic testimonials for your connections will prompt them to do the same for you.

6. Get introduced

Stumbled upon a friend’s connection that you think you should strike up a mutually beneficial relationship with? Request an introduction using the Get Introduced feature, located in the drop down button on their profile header.

7. Back to school

LinkedIn’s University Pages allow you to connect with professional alumni that you may have collaborated with on uni projects and keep up to date with what old friends are doing now they’re all grown up.

8. Become a groupie

If you’re a seasoned user, chances are you’ve joined some LinkedIn Groups. They are a great way to network with likeminded folk whom you can invite to connect after initiating conversation. Resist the temptation to send invites willy-nilly. We recommend becoming an active and regular group contributor first through posting and interacting with users.

9. Start a conversation

Creating a status update is a simple and effective way to position yourself as an industry expert, promote a product feature, announce company news, and weigh in on newsworthy topics. If someone in your network appreciates your update and shares it with their following, you might pique the interest of a soon to be made connection.

10. Play the nice guy (or girl)

Step outside the mindset of monetising every relationship. If you see a job that’s perfect for one of your contacts, email it to them. You could even attend a launch event or fundraiser occasionally (yes, you’ll need to get off the couch for this one), but your efforts will be appreciated and remembered next time you decide to host an event or create a fundraising campaign.

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Kristy is a career advice blogger at blog.opencolleges.edu.au advising you on everything from networking tips to career hacks and student tips. For more tips on finding a job, interview tips and networking check out our recent interview with the best career advice bloggers in 2014.


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Using Social Media Networking in Job Searching

Nowadays social media is becoming a key element to one’s job search campaign.Making sure that you are making use of social media effectively to harness it’s potential and benefit to you can really help you move forwards in your job search. There are a few key things to be aware of and to keep track of though for you to make it really work for you. Here are 5 ways to help you with your job seeking and your networking online:

1)    Think about which social media channels are best for you

There’s LinkedIn, twitter and facebook. There are many more but these are the main ones. Think about what you are looking to achieve from your social media channels and focus on the ones that will be most relevant to you.

2)  Seek people out

As open and accessible as social media is, possible new bosses aren’t going to come running to you as soon as you announce you’re looking for a job. You’ll have to seek them out, because it’s unlikely that they’ll actively seek you out. Twitter has an array of applications that can help you find potential employers and useful contacts. Directories like Twellow aid users in seeking out people in particular fields; keyword trackers such as Monitter highlight who’s using terms specific to your industry; and you can use apps like Twitscoop to track trends and events related to the type of work you’re interested in. On both Facebook and LinkedIn you can join groups discussing your targeted career areas, with the latter additionally possessing a Q&A function where you ask and answer the questions that will draw you into a network of potentially useful contacts. For a more comprehensive set of tips on how to harness LinkedIn for your job search read this eBook: 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips.

As important as it is to showcase both interest in and knowledge of your chosen industry, it’s just as important to show that you’re eager to learn and to build up your skills.

3)  Manage Your Online Reputation

Bear in mind that your employers can see your status updates so when you decide to do anything – keep that in mind and make sure your complete online reputation is coordinated well and that your profiles represent you in a professional manner. The photos, videos and groups you get involved in will be accessible to your wider audience and also when people google for your name so make sure you don’t forget this and that you leave a positive impression in all the activities you get involved in.

3)  Start networking with key contacts

Communicating with potentially useful contacts is about more than just asking them if know of any job vacancies.  It’s vital to spend time building up an online relationship with the relevant players so that even if they can’t immediately think of anything that would suit you, they’ll remember you if something comes up further along the line. By all means speak with people about your job hunt, skills set and ideal industry; just be sure not to make it all about you. What defines a relationship, both offline and online, is that it works both ways. Respond to your contacts’ online requests for help and contribute to the discussions started by them. Not only does it show that you’re willing to give as well as take, but it also demonstrates your expert knowledge of their particular industry or field.

4)    Be curious and open to learning

As important as it is to showcase both interest in and knowledge of your chosen industry, it’s just as important to show that you’re eager to learn and to build up your skills. Ask industry players for advice on your job search, use group discussions to get clear on things you’re unsure of, and read others’ conversations and discussions. You can also use social media to build up your experience and skill set offline. Even if a contact doesn’t know of any paid positions for you, you can press them for information on volunteering or work experience opportunities. If you’re actually aiming to gain some voluntary work experience before  finding a paid job, connect with the voluntary sector experts who can sort you out with opportunities suited to your desired career path.

5)   Don’t limit yourself

Social media is a useful job search tool, but it shouldn’t be your only job search tool. Combine it with both offline and other online strategies like looking at relevant organisations’ websites, going to industry events and making use of your existing contacts.

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