She Talks Tech Podcast on 'Diversity in Tech - How do we build a culture of inclusion?'

Listen to our latest She Talks Tech Podcast on 'Diversity in Tech - How do we build a culture of inclusion?'

She Talks Tech Podcast on 'Diversity in Tech - How do we build a culture of inclusion?'

Today, we hear from Sheree Atcheson (Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Peakon), Seyi Akiwowo (Founder and Executive Director of Glitch), Christina Scott (Chief Technology Officer at News UK), Shefali Gera (Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Wellness at Goldman Sachs).

The panel will be discussing the best practices lived in organisations to foster greater inclusion. They will focus on examples of how organisations have attracted and nurtured their diverse talent, and also talk about why inclusion and diversity in tech is key to the future success of the industry and to society as a whole.

You can find out more about and connect with our panel on LinkedIn.


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Computer Weekly Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Marija Butkovic, Sheree Atcheson & Sophie Deen amongst those named on the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech list

Computer Weekly Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Marija Butkovic, Sheree Atcheson & Sophie Deen are amongst those named on Computer Weekly's 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech list.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO, founder and head stemette at social enterprise Stemettes topped the list for 2020. Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In three years 7,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also Co-Founded Outbox Incubator: the worlds first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU. She has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Imafidon recevied an MBE in 2017 for her services to STEM.

In September 2020, Imafidon joined the Hamilton Commission, a research project set up by race car driver Lewis Hamilton to help find and break down barriers to recruitment for black people in UK motorsport.

Now in its ninth year, the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech list, was introduced in 2012 to make female role models in the sector more visible and accessible.

While the original list in 2012 featured only 25 women, it was expanded in 2015 to include 50 women, going on to also introduce annual lists of Rising Stars and a Hall of Fame to ensure as many women in the sector as possible are given recognition for their contribution to the tech sector and the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the IT industry.

Also recognised in the list were Marija Butkovic, founder and CEO of Women of Wearables; Sophie Deen, CEO, Bright Little Labs; Sheree Atcheson,director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Peakon; June Angelides, venture capitalist, Samos Investments; Liz Williams, CEO, FutureDotNow; Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank; and Carrie Anne Philbin, director of education, Raspberry Pi Foundation.

You can view the full list here.

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Inspirational Woman: Sheree Atcheson | Tech Business Consultant, Deloitte; Founder of I Am Lanka; Global Ambassador at Women Who Code

Listed as one of the UK’s Top 35 Most Influential Women in Tech 2017 by ComputerWeekly, one of the Belfast Business Top 50 2017, and a finalist in the Women in Business NI 2017’s Young Business Woman of the Year category, 26-year-old Sheree Atcheson (@nirushika) is a tech business consultant at Deloitte, founder of I Am Lanka, and UK expansion director at Women Who Code.

As well as her day-to-day life in the industry, Sheree is a tech outreach leader across the UK.

As a passionate advocate for gaining and retaining women in the tech industry, in 2013, she brought Women Who Code to the UK. Women Who Code is a global non-profit, working to eradicate the gender bias through free hack nights, tech talks and career trainings. The UK cohort (Belfast, London, Edinburgh and Bristol) has featured in several publications, such as HuffPost, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Marie Claire and many more.

The aim of Sheree’s career is to ensure people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the tech industry has to offer, and that
everyone – regardless of gender, race or social stature – is able to benefit from these and reach their full potential in their careers.

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

Currently listed as one of the most influential women in technology across the UK, I am a 27 year old, Tech business consultant at Deloitte and a board appointed global ambassador at the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to women excelling in technical careers, Women Who Code.

I have launched and led WWCode’s award-winning UK expansion since 2013, taking their UK membership from zero to over 8,000 members. I am a thought leader in the tech outreach space, speaking regularly at global conferences, pairing women with mentors, seeking jobs for minorities and showcasing the diverse nature of the tech industry to the next generation.

At Deloitte, I am the “middle-man” between clients and developers. As an ex-developer, I am able to easily traverse the technical space, whilst being able to discuss technical efforts in a non-technical way for clients. I have worked on several high-profile, public digital transformations, of which I am very proud of.

At WWCode, my role is now focused on showcasing the global diversity work of WWCode, empowering our current leaders and mentoring when required, creating and seeking new partnerships between tech companies and the non-profit.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Yes and no. I have always had a view that I would be in technology, however I never imagined I would have the responsibility or impact that I have had on the tech industry. I actively know I will do something else in technology that will shape my career and bring me to the next level – I’m still figuring out what that is, which is exciting to me.

I always say I never turn down opportunities, and it’s hard to plan for unexpected turns – which is fantastic and stressful all at once.

Have you faced any particular challenges along the way and if so, how did you deal with them?

Of course. I began the WWCode UK outreach at 22 – a fresh Computer Science graduate. I certainly received friction from those who “didn’t get it”. Negativity is always offputting however, disruption never comes easy. I was here to make a difference, I persevered and here we are today, with several successful WWCode UK branches, many new connections being made and new leaders being empowered every day.

Dealing with it was a case of seeing the bigger picture – yes, some people won’t get it, however my goal is bigger than them and that attitude.

If you could change one thing for women in the workplace, what would it be?

That middle-management fully understand the benefit of having a diverse team. Middle-management have primarily the most contact with women in technology, with more women being in junior/mid-tier positions than senior. With that in mind, middle-management are crucial in any company’s diversity initiatives being successful. Having a more understanding middle-management workforce will directly affect inclusion of women in the workforce and ensure that we do not just hire diversity, but simply promote conformity.

How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?

I actively mentor/sponsor around 25 women and men. I am privileged to be in a position of leadership and now, it is my turn to pass it on. Mentoring is crucial in supporting people, providing growth opportunities and providing useful feedback on assignments.

I am mentored/sponsored with 3 people – 2 senior leaders within my business unit in Deloitte and one entrepreneur in the UK tech scene, Mary McKenna. These are the people I actively seek advice from – those who I bounce ideas off and expect an honest response, not just positive “pat on the back” feedback.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Empowering many women to take the next step in their career – if a 22 year old, adopted from Sri Lanka and raised in rural Ireland can make a difference – so can they.

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I am going to do something in my career that is going to be a shift for me. I don’t know what it is yet, but it’s coming. My career will eventually focus much more on diversity and inclusion and I look forward to figuring out what that is. I do not like resting easy and I strive to be challenged every single day.