Robyn Stephenson

Robyn Howard | PwC

I started my career journey at PwC almost 7 years ago in the recruitment team recruiting students onto our graduate programmes, including IT Risk vacancies. Following that, I joined the recruitment marketing team and had a focus on improving our position as an employer of choice for people looking for tech careers, driving careers campaigns for Students and Experienced Hires to join our Cyber Security, Data and Analytics (D&A) and Tech Consulting teams. This is where I got my first taste of the future of tech.

Because of my exposure to Data and Analytics while in recruitment, I shifted my focus towards this exciting area and joined the D&A marketing team and worked on developing campaigns to bring data to life including a year-long partnership with the science museum, sponsoring the Our Lives in Data exhibition and hosting technology recruitment events and a client-facing event. I was also instrumental in the creation and build of PwC's first UK innovation lab called, The Frontier Data Lab (https://www.pwc.co.uk/issues/data-analytics/the-frontier-data-lab.html).

More recently my role has broadened and I now look after marketing and communications for Technology and Investments, including our emerging tech areas like drones, AI and blockchain. This new focus has helped me discover my passion and more recently following the release of PwC commissioned research titled, Women in Tech: Time to Close the Gender Gap which surveyed 2,000 A Level and University students and told us only 3% of girls consider a career in technology as their first choice.research, alongside a small team, I pioneered the Tech She Can Charter (www.pwc.co.uk/techshecan). A commitment from government, academia and industry to take joint action to put an end to the gender gap in tech.

I am now proudly the Women in Tech Senior Programme Manager and have spoken about the charter in front of international crowds in excess of 2,000 at events such as Women of Silicon Roundabout, TechGirls Challenge, Scale: Female Founders events, and the Arab International Women's forum. In 8 short months we have secured over 75 external high-profile organisations such as Department for DCMS, Channel 4, RBS and Tesco to join our mission and support the project.