Shwetal Shah

TechWomen50: What happened next for Shwetal Shah

Shwetal Shah

Shwetal was named a UN Empower Women “Champion for Change” and is on the  Forbes 30 Under 30 by Forbes Asia 2018 list, she works as an international technology partnerships planner at Mediacom’s Blink and makes award winning documentaries in her spare time.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen50 award?

It felt great to be recognised for the STEM outreach work I was specifically working on and be part of a platform that celebrates different role models

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen50 award?

I have won a few awards after that, I was on the Financial Times Top BME people in Tech in the UK, I was also endorsed by Tech Nation for the Exceptional Talent Visa in the field of digital tech, it increased my network of women in tech which I would not have come across if it wasn’t for this award

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

I would advise them to focus on the impact they were able to make with the technical projects they were involved with and how they brought their diversity into the organization

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

Besides constantly upskilling, it is equally important to create a network around you that will open up doors for you, living in London we have access to some great minds, but I would make use of social media to also reach out to people whose work you admire or want to learn more from and learn what is going on in other industries and parts of the world to get creative ideas.


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Now in their fifth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

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TechWomen50: What happened next for Shwetal Shah

 

Shwetal Shah

Shwetal was named a UN Empower Women “Champion for Change” and is on the  Forbes 30 Under 30 by Forbes Asia 2018 list, she works as an international technology partnerships planner at Mediacom’s Blink and makes award winning documentaries in her spare time.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen50 award?

It felt great to be recognised for the STEM outreach work I was specifically working on and be part of a platform that celebrates different role models

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen50 award?

I have won a few awards after that, I was on the Financial Times Top BME people in Tech in the UK, I was also endorsed by Tech Nation for the Exceptional Talent Visa in the field of digital tech, it increased my network of women in tech which I would not have come across if it wasn’t for this award

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

I would advise them to focus on the impact they were able to make with the technical projects they were involved with and how they brought their diversity into the organization

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

Besides constantly upskilling, it is equally important to create a network around you that will open up doors for you, living in London we have access to some great minds, but I would make use of social media to also reach out to people whose work you admire or want to learn more from and learn what is going on in other industries and parts of the world to get creative ideas.


Have you nominated an amazing woman for our 2019 Rising Star Awards? Nominations close on 22 March 2019.

Now in their fifth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.


Christina Maddy

Christina Maddy | Nomura

Christina Maddy

I joined Nomura on the Graduate scheme in 2014 as a Business Analyst and Scrum Master, after graduating from Loughborough University with a 2.1 in Information Technology Management for Business. Soon after joining, I was leading the delivery of a key, regulatory system to control and report on access to production systems. This role gave me exposure to internal and external auditors, as I had to present and meet with them regularly, and also all areas of technology.

I have since led the delivery of other projects such as a tool to consolidate all of your outstanding tasks (from timesheets to access approvals) into a single pane of glass view, and most recently Symphony, a cloud based communication and content sharing platform.

I have championed and applied Agile processes across all of the platforms and systems mentioned, either by acting as the BA/Scrum Master myself or by training and mentoring other members of the organisation to fulfil these roles, and I am now managing a small team of business analysts within my division, which is a new and exciting challenge, and together we are working to implement agile processes and a continuous delivery strategy against other teams in our division, to ensure we, as an organisation, are working as efficiently as possible.

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Kamila Piorowska

Kamila Piorowska | Barclays

Kamila Piorowska

How you could describe me…

Agile Coach with financial industry experience specialiasing with technology transofrmations. Very passionate about leaning software delivery model and transformational changes to deliver the highest value to the customer. Comfortable coaching distributed agile teams, C Level managers, multimillion programmes, IT and business. Experience with scaled agile, enterprise transformation and Community of Practice.

What others say about me....

“Kamila is one of the strongest Agile coaches I have been fortunate to work with. Possessing good knowledge of Agile theory, Kamila has consistently demonstrated a firm understanding of Agile principles and mind-set, by taking a pragmatic approach (based on unique team/programme/ organisational constraints) to Agile transformation.”
(Ade, Agile Coach)

What I say about myself….

I make teams happy. Dreadful faces, working long hours, high level of stress. This is what I have observed working in Investment Banks, Consultancies. Having Software Delivery background helped me to relate to their pain. But… is this what we want from life? Surely there must be more. Teams who I am coaching work less and deliver more. I use mindful coaching techniques and agile way of working to transform individuals as well as teams.

I have been recognised as a face of Agile cultural change at Barclays. Agile is a great example of stewardship in IT departments. It is an innovative approach towards software development emphasising self-empowered teams working together efficiently but in a sustainable way. I have run an Agile transformation in my own team and also trained over 1,000 Barclays IT employees.
Outside of Barclays I stand for Human values (IAHV)– I am an active volunteer of a large volunteer based organization – International Association for Human Values. I teach yoga, mindfulness and stress management .

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Lisa Rajan

Lisa Rajan | Tara Binns Books

Lisa Rajan
I write and publish books that show a little girl doing different jobs, so show boys and girls that anyone can be anything. I choose male-dominated Tech and STEM jobs (engineer, doctor, astronaut, scientist for starters) to normalise these jobs for women and encourage girls to be ambitious in these fields. After graduating in Biotechnology I did an MSc in Science Communication, and have had careers in scientific publishing and medical writing. When my daughter was born, I wanted to read her books with a strong female lead character who tackled STEM jobs and showed resilience, analytical skills, courage, inquisitiveness, resourcefulness and imagination. When I couldn't find them I wrote and published the books myself. I visit primary schools to read to the children, raise aspiration and introduce the idea of Tech and STEM careers. I use my books to break gender stereotypes and encourage girls to see a career in Tech or Sciences as desirable, so that in the future there is gender balance in the tech industries and the industry benefits from the creativity, talent and ideas of more girls. Two of my books were nominated for the prestigious 2016 Carnegie Medal and my mission to 'give little girls big ideas' has been featured in The Sun newspaper. Harper Collins support my ambition to get more girls into Tech and STEM and are planning to publish my books in their Big Cat reading scheme next year. I'm not strictly a Woman in Tech, but I am doing everything I can to encourage the women of the future to go into tech so that we are no longer a minority and more girls can contribute to the most innovative and exciting industry to be in.

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Anisha Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton | 23 Code Street

Anisha Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton decided she wasn’t going to try for a place at Oxbridge (oxford/Cambridge), and instead was going to intern at businesses around the world with the goal of doing something "businessy".

Since then, she has been part of the tech scene for 5 years which began with her starting a company at 19. This was a student freelance company called Pocketmuni that won her the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the IPA and took her to number 10 as part of the Start Up Games in 2012. This is when she began teaching herself how to code. After losing her developer, she understood the importance of understanding the possibilities, your IP, and being able to have conversations within the tech scene at an appropriate level.

She then went on to work for The Bakery, an open innovation accelerator, working with some of the best and upcoming start ups and the world's biggest brands. After seeing the inequality, lack of diversity and need to have more women have a technical understanding, Anisah founded 23 Code Street.

23 Code Street is a coding school for women based in London. For every paying student in the UK, they teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of Mumbai.

Anisah believes diversity breeds inclusive and accessible innovation. With a workforce that represents our society, we will build for everyone.

She is a big believer that learning how to code doesn’t mean you have to, or want to, become a developer and that we need to educate on the opportunities and possibilities that tech skills bring in other industries and jobs.

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Diane Reddell

Diane Reddell | Department for Work and Pensions

Dianne Reddell
I started out in my career as systems tester as an intern with ITSA as part of my HND in business computing. Once I completed my degree I worked temporarily with EDS as a software tester. I had a small break from IT and then worked for Atos Origin as a graduate software tester where I helped train 10 other graduate testers. More recently I completed a 16 week software development course and I am now a junior software developer. I am also completing my second masters in Computing and IT by distance learning. In addition to this I am a participant in the Northern Voices programme to speak at technology events to encourage more women to join the technology community.

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Sonal Shah

Sonal changed careers into IT in 2001 by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and has since worked in a range of IT, Change and digital security projects ranging from the public sector to BP in their companywide Digital Security programme up to present time at Barclays Investment Bank.

When starting out in Tech, her previous experience as an IT Trainer was used when teaching adults IT in evening classes from college beauty and sports students through to recent as a keen voluntary worker teaching OAPs in spare time in the local community centre to learn / coach on PC and iPads to become more ‘IT savvy’ right through to sharing tips through her blogs (see URLs published by a global author in her eZine and websites).  I enjoy sharing and encourage women into IT and to share my passion and knowledge.

Maggie Semple Fashion Magazine recently approached Sonal to blog for them on Tech. She is also an active committee member of WIN The Gender Network at Barclays where she volunteers and organises many tech/non tech based voluntary activities and give support outside the demanding day job such as last year developed the WIN internal website pages for the committee for wider internal network coverage, active member of Women in IT where she helps and mentors younger people school ages to encourage females into Tech, mentor females, a cyber champion at work and has held voluntary events to share security knowledge and staying safe, also having gone into schools to share and speak re tech, assist in IT and CV help and to encourage interest for females to join the tech sector.

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Shana Dacres

Shana Dacres | Capgemini

Shana Dacres

I have never been scared of the sign ‘not for girls’ (whether literal or subliminal). From a young age I have been interested in technology and despite things not always going right, being constantly mistaken for a ‘hair and beauty girl’, and being the only BAME (and female) when starting my graduate career, I love and embrace all the challenges working in technology brings.

From being introduced to a computer in primary school, to now developing and deliver applications for critical systems, working in technology is something which continues to excite me.
I studied ICT at GCSE, enjoyed it so much I chose it at A Levels and then went on to pursue a First Class degree in Computer Science.

I started my career in Cyber Security, developing and testing applications in C++, C# and Python. I then joined Capgemini as a Software Engineer Lead helping to develop and deliver solutions in Java to a range of customers.

Today, I am working on a project to help deliver government critical systems as a technical architect. In spare time I like to read thrillers, explore different cultures and indulge in a lot of desserts!


Arfah Farooq

Arfah Farooq | Muslamic Makers

Arfah Farooq

I am a collaborator who loves bashing and connecting random ideas to create one big vision that will impact the world in a positive way. Since my school days I’ve always been involved in something “extra” from school council to community projects to becoming a London 2012 Gamesmaker and then sat on the Youth Board for the London Development Corporation.

I was on the first pilot youth coaching programme run by Spark+Mettle that led me to co-found Discoverables a website that helps young people find and develop their key skills and strengths. Co-founding the platform has led me to secure investment from Big issue invest and Wayra UnLtd where I started my #startupkid journey and worked on on a product called Up: a skills development and feedback tool for businesses and youth organisations.

The startup didn’t quite work out but your learn from your failures. I then joined Makers Academy a 12 week coding bootcamp and worked there as a marketeer for over 2 years getting more people from diverse backgrounds into coding. I achieved a 51% female cohort (smashing the 13% industry average).

While working at Makers Academy I become even more passionate about other forms of Diversity. With a friend I co-founded Muslamic Makers a community which aims to encourage and provide confidence for Muslims to seek a career in Tech. This involves networking with existing Muslim entrepreneurs and leaders, and providing a platform for them to share their experiences with young muslims who aspire to work in the sector. I’m also 2017 fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship exploring Muslim Women in Technology in USA, UAE and Pakistan.

Right now i’m currently on my fellowship and working freelance for Detective Dot as a marketing consultant. Detective Dot is all about inspiring kids into coding through storytelling.