15/03/2022: WeAreVirtual: Impact And Gravitas For Women Part II | Cat Clancy

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During this session we will further explore the influence of gender on communication and empower women to increase their impact and gravitas.

We will build on our awareness of linguistic choices which can hold women back and focus on reframing language in order to get their ideas heard. We will look at how women can capitalise on their emotional intelligence through their use of voice. We will explore how to hold your ground when faced with challenging or confrontational styles of conversation and how to handle interruptions in a positive, assertive way. We will also address the psychology of Imposter Syndrome and explore strategies that can help you to manage it effectively. We will work on the importance of articulating your value and learning the art of self-promotion, as well as how to deal with a ‘no’.

Please note – this session will give attendees the option to have their cameras and microphones on.

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About Cat

Cat ClancyCat Clancy studied English at Oxford University and trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Based on the belief that Acting skills are really Life skills, she has worked as a Communication and Voice Coach for over 12 years, delivering highly-tailored training to business professionals, who seek to be more confident, and clear, while remaining authentic.

She has delivered communication courses for diverse organisations such as Shell, Time Inc, HSBC, Ernst & Young, Mott MacDonald, The BFI, Lazards, McGraw Hill, Fidelity, IFRS, MD2MD, Rothschild, Luxotica, Facebook, Publicis Sapient, Network Rail, Sodexo, Anglo-American, Prudential, Vitality, Nuffield, Santander, CMS, Brunswick Group LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, and MUFG.
Her bespoke one-to-one coaching encompasses all levels, from promising executives to Senior Directors, at companies including McGraw Hill, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Santander, IFRS, Global Forestry Investment, The Rank Foundation and Financial Ombudsman Service.

In addition, she has spoken at forums such as DAC Beachcroft’s ‘Creating an Inclusive Workplace’ event, ‘Breakfast Business Club’ and ‘ISES Powerhour Seminars’ and co-led business seminars for HealthTech UK. She has been featured twice in The Guardian and appeared as a guest Voice Coach on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour analysing the voices of female politicians.

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Recognising unconscious bias in the virtual workplace

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By Charlotte Berg, CEO at Compodium

2020 and 2021 will be memorable years – years that have caused many people a lot of hardship, but ones that also ushered in a new era of digital, workplace and social transformation.

One of the central threads to this is video communication – now widely used in almost all environments. Whether it’s meetings between employees, talking to your doctor or staying in touch with family members, video became the go-to tool in a year where face-to-face communication was severely restricted.

One of the first places to see this change was television news interviews.  Where previously guests would have patiently waited behind the scenes, ready to join the presenters in the studio for a short face-to-face conversation, suddenly these interviews began taking place over a video conferencing link.  This was an immediate solution, but an effective alternative for providing an expert opinion on a news story.  It was an approach that almost every industry would soon replicate.

The power of a bookcase

What became clear very quickly in the move to home-based interviewees on the news was how effective a subtle piece of background self-promotion could be on a video call.  With most of the screen taken up with the call participant, there isn’t a great deal of room for much else.  However, a well-placed book, award or piece of art in the background of the call – for example, on a bookshelf – can be an extremely effective promotional tool for the interviewee.  A shameful plug or brilliant marketing?  That’s a question open to debate.  But the innate power of imagery in this context is clear – which is why marketing agencies can charge significant sums for delivering this type of branding for businesses.

As Newton’s third law states: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  In this situation, a well-placed prop in a video call background can encourage a viewer to make assumptions about intelligence or accomplishment, or perhaps be more likely to take a particular action (“buy my book!”).  The opposite is also true; an ill-thought-out object in the background has a subtle power to convey a negative message, encourage harmful assumptions or, at its worst, damage the relationship between participants.

This notion is called unconscious bias.  It’s one of the many ‘tools’ the human brain relies on to speed up decision making – along with confirmation bias, availability bias and hindsight bias to name just a few – and is present in all of us.  Everyone has unconscious biases and – as the name suggests – for the most part, people are unaware they impact their decision making and assumptions.

Recognising bias in new ways

The question of bias is at its heart a complex and difficult one.  Regardless of how open-minded we try to be, having bias is part of what makes us human.  But combined with societal, cultural and historical stereotypes and prejudices, unconscious bias can heavily influence how we behave towards, or think about, other people.

Recognising, understanding and overcoming this bias plays a huge role in the workplace.

Many organisations are aware of the issues surrounding unconscious bias in the workplace and there are a range of advisory services, such as Acas, offering independent help and advice – online tests that help individuals become more aware of their own biases.  The impact of unconscious bias in the workplace can determine how people make choices, from the way they allocate tasks to how they manage challenging situations and conflict between colleagues.  It can emerge in even the most inclusive of teams, particularly during challenging and stressful times, or periods of uncertainty.

And this is where we need to be mindful in the new era of video collaboration.  In the past, efforts to address unconscious bias has focused on first impressions, handshakes, eye contact, and clothing choices.  With much of this now off the table, organisations must ensure the same level of focus is given to video communications – providing limited body language but other considerations such as background and décor.  It’s entirely likely that video conferencing has actually opened up new avenues for unconscious bias, with everyone from employees to doctors now showcasing more aspects of their personal lives and living spaces.

Whether it’s seeing where someone lives, meeting their pets, hearing their children, or noticing a well-stocked garden – these things can contribute to the subconscious thoughts, feelings, assumptions and decisions someone makes on a video call.

Seeing bias for what it is

Amy Bonomi, a social science researcher from Michigan State University, and Nelia Viveiros from University of Colorado, have recently explained how unconscious bias works in practice during video conversations.  The researchers concluded that video calls have the potential to uncover unconscious bias related to gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.  Even something as straightforward to a conversation icebreaker can unintentionally reinforce dominant social norms and identities.

In the new era of video collaboration, it’s crucial that organisations recognise the potential for bias to occur in this way and put in place processes and tools to help employees identify and overcome this when it happens.  Amy Bonomi and Nelia Viveiros offer a number of areas organisations can focus on the support inclusivity, including:

  • Using inclusive language
  • Approaching conversations with sensitivity
  • Remaining conscious of symbolism in the ‘virtual environment’ and how participants may want to express themselves
  • Challenging microaggressions when they occur and any negative effects they may have had on participants
  • Respecting participants’ time by including frequent breaks in long calls

Unconscious bias is not unique to the post-pandemic era we now find ourselves in, but organisations need to be even more mindful of its impact now virtual collaboration is firmly established in the workplace.  Working virtually offers enormous benefits to society.  But as with any widespread social shift, it’s crucial we ensure inclusivity is at its heart.


International Womens Day: Networking event for women in tech

05/03/2021: #ChooseToChallenge: WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen's International Women's Day Virtual Networking Event

You are invited to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day with WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen

Please join us from 12pm to 13.30pm on 5 March for the biggest virtual networking event in 2021.  Let’s celebrate IWD by making those connections we have all missed and by choosing to challenge!

WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen would like to invite you to a different kind of online networking to celebrate IWD! Join us in our really cool virtual world.

Whilst with us you can:

  • Visit our main stage and hear from some incredible women on why they have chosen to challenge for IWD
  • Visit eight different virtual networking spaces and make connections
  • Join round tables for discussions on Gender Equality, Women supporting Women and the Importance of Male Allies

There is no awkwardness of breaking in to a conversation in our virtual world, you can just rock up to anyone on the platform and say hello.

We hope you will join us for this very special #Choosetochallenge International Women's Day event.

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WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

Win a ticket to WeAreTechWomen's first virtual women in tech conference

WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

WeAreTechWomen have ten tickets to give away for our first virtual women in tech conference on 26 June.

Disrupt. Innovate. Lead won’t be like any other virtual event you may have experienced in the past. We are using a state of the art platform to bring you four stages of inspiring content from LIVE keynotes, webinars, recorded content, Q&A panels as well as the opportunity to meet some of our speakers and sponsors in our virtual exhibition hall. Yes, we will have a virtual exhibition hall!

Hear from our amazing line-up of speakers

We are proud to introduce our virtual tech conference's incredible speakers and thought leaders, including Martha Lane Fox CBE, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, lastminute.com & Founder, Dot Everything; Anne Boden MBE, CEO, Starling Bank; Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, Group CEO, BenevolentAI; Sharmadein Reid, Founder, WAH Nails & BeautyStack; Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes; and many, many more.

Discover all of our speakers here.

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There's something for everyone

WeAreTechWomen's conferences and summits have a five year history of providing innovative and interactive learning and networking opportunities for female technologist. This year is no different - all of our speakers are leaders in their sectors, experts in their fields and have a detailed understanding of how the tech industry is evolving.

We will be sharing insights and covering everything from Tech trends, Cyber, Artificial Intelligence, Data, Ethics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Drones, GreenTech, HealthTech, Payments, Cloud, Agile, DevOps, Fintech, 5G, Entrepreneurship and Block Chain.

View the agenda here.

Everything recovery

We have heaps of panels that discuss the impact of the pandemic on the world of tech and how companies pivoted their businesses, worked collaboratively and rose the challenge of super speed engineering.

Shape your own learning

There will be ample opportunities to engage via our Q&A's and network through our virtual coffee rooms. Throughout the day our delegates can shape their own learning as well as revisiting sessions they may have missed - up to 30 days after the conference concludes.

Join us for a learning experience like no other!

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FemTech Forum

Win a ticket to FemTech Forum 2020 - the first global virtual conference about FemTech

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WeAreTechWomen have ten tickets to giveaway for the FemTech Forum 2020 on 25th June.

The FemTech Forum - the first global virtual conference about FemTech - is a celebration of innovation in women’s health, spotlighting tech-powered solutions and products that are disrupting the market and changing our everyday lives for the better.

Investors are starting to recognise the value of the FemTech space, which is estimated to be worth $50 billion by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan. Women in the workforce spend 29 per cent more per capita on healthcare than their male peers and they’re 75 per cent more likely to use digital tools to track their health.

Organised by Women of Wearables (WoW), a global community for women in emerging technologies that has grown to become a network of more than 20,000 members, is hosting the virtual conference on FemTech on June 25th.

The one-day forum, which will be held on Zoom, will address topics like fertility, sexual wellness, the gender gap in medical research and more.

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The A-list panel of speakers includes: Eirini Rapti, Founder and CEO of Inne; Sophia Bendz, Partner at Atomico; Louise Samet, Partner at Blossom Capital; Gian Seehra, Investor at Octopus Ventures; Michelle Kennedy, Founder and CEO of Peanut; Valentina Milanova, Founder and CEO of Daye; Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, Co-Founder and CEO of Natural Cycles; Lea von Bidder, Co-Founder and CEO of Ava; Billie Quinlan, Founder and CEO of Ferly; Katherine Ryder, Founder and CEO of Maven Clinic; Afton Vechery, Co-Founder and CEO of Modern Fertility and Kat Mañalac, Partner at Y Combinator.

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New virtual cyber school gives teens chance to try out as cyber security agents

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Thousands of young people are being offered the chance to join a virtual cyber security school as part of plans to make sure the country develops the next generation of professional cyber defenders.

At a time when schools remain closed to most children, the online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes.

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through the game as a cyber agent. This will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.

The school provides free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems.

Speaking about the initiative, Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said, "This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional."

"We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position."

The move comes as the government announces a number of other online training courses to give UK school pupils the opportunity to learn and develop cyber security skills, including the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses. The courses are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14 to 17-year-olds develop important cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.

The National Crime Agency and Cyber Security Challenge UK will also this week announce teenagers can access their online cyber skills platform CyberLand for free during the coming months. In the game designed to teach teenagers the fundamentals of cyber security, players protect the virtual city ‘CyberLand’ from cyber attacks while learning key skills.

Adding his thoughts, Computer science teacher & EdTech evangelist Mark Martin said, "This is a great initiative to encourage young people to consider future careers in cyber security and see that they can have a tech job keeping people safe online."

"The virtual cyber school will help students learn valuable skills needed to work in the industry in a fun and entertaining way."

"I encourage teachers to share these programmes with their students as a productive activity to do in their spare time from home."

 

 

 


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PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Understanding and Acquiring Sustainable IT Solutions with Brittani Bobowick

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As digital technologies become the driving engine and key differentiator for progress in business and society, it is important now more than ever that companies consider the sustainability impact across the lifecycle of the IT solutions they look to acquire.

While governments and businesses alike place an increased focus in how and with whom they conduct business, based upon CSR agendas and carbon footprint related criteria, there are several critical factors to consider in sustainable IT; inclusive of product design and manufacturing, overall energy efficiency, through to end-of-life recyclability & reusability.

This webinar will explore the importance of each of these components as they relate to making sustainable technology choices. We will share best practices on what to consider when assessing and selecting technology solutions, with a mindful eye on how this aligns to and affects your companies sustainability goals.

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Brittani BobowickAbout Brittani

Brittani Bobowick leads the activation of Dell Technologies’ Corporate Social Responsibility agenda across the Europe, Middle Eastern and African markets. Utilising the breadth of Dell’s sustainability strategy, Brittani works closely in partnership with many of our leading customers to identify and implement key alignment opportunities across their CSR agenda’s. These collaborations drive greater social impact outcomes for society, building and leveraging on our goal to drive human progress.

Brittani joined Dell Technologies in 2010 as a sales associate based in Boston, Massachusetts, responsible for client relationships across New England. Subsequently, she has served in various channel enablement and customer advocacy roles, where she focused on assessing and improving the Dell Technologies customer experience. Brittani holds a BS in Advertising and Business from the University of Texas in Austin.

 

 

 


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PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Understanding, preparing for and mitigating cyber threats with Rafe Pilling & Marcelle Lee

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Sadly, COVID-19 themed campaigns to conduct phishing attacks and deliver malware are being executed by hostile state actors and opportunistic cybercriminals alike.

The Secureworks Counter Threat Unit™ have observed criminal actors making cynical use of the current crisis to promote misinformation and products with intent to harm organisations and individuals. However, by following good cybersecurity hygiene best practices, organisations can protect themselves and their employees against these attacks.

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Rafe PillingAbout Rafe

Rafe is a Sr. Security Researcher working in the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU), Cyber Intelligence Cell. Rafe performs focused cyber threat intelligence research, delivering technical analysis for both targeted and commodity cyber threats. Rafe has an interest in studying cyber attacks from hostile state actors and emerging offensive cyber capabilities against Industrial Control Systems.

With over 13 years active experience in the cyber security industry, Rafe is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field and regularly asked to advise C-suite executives, comment on emerging cyber security news stories, speak at industry events and provide guest lectures to Academia.

Rafe holds a BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Management Science from the University of Edinburgh and PgDip(Merit) Advanced Networking and Web Technologies from Edinburgh Napier University.

Marcelle LeeAbout Marcelle

Marcelle Lee is a Senior Security Researcher in the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU), Cyber Intelligence Cell, and is the lead for emerging threats research. She specializes in network traffic analysis, malware analysis, and threat intelligence, and is an adjunct professor in digital forensics and network security. She is involved with many industry organizations, working groups, and boards, including the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, the NIST Cyber Competitions Working Group, and the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Advisory Council.

Marcelle has earned the CISSP, CSX-P, GCFA, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GISF, GSEC, GCCC, C|EH, CCNA, PenTest+, Security+, Network+, and ACE industry certifications.  She holds four degrees, including a master’s degree in cybersecurity. She has received the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Women in Tech (WIT) Award and the Volunteer of the Year award from the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. Marcelle frequently presents at conferences and training events, and is an active volunteer in the cybersecurity community.

 

 


PLAYBACK: WeAreVirtual: Recovering from a Cyber Attack with Des O’Connor and Elizabeth Green

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As cyber attacks increase in frequency and severity, it has become clear that those businesses that can best cope with traditional commercial, economic, operational and political shocks are also the most cyber resilient.

The rapid evolution of the workplace environments in which we work greatly increases the likelihood of a catastrophic data loss scenario being realised. A catastrophic data loss scenario assumes complete loss of a technology systems and associated backups.

An effective cyber strategy is not just about businesses improving their cyber security to prevent and detect attacks. It is also about improving cyber resilience so your business can respond to, and recover from, attacks quickly, and learn from the experience. This webinar will explore how to build effective cyber resilient strategies, outline some of the lessons learnt from organisations that have been attacked and provide you with some guidance on how to prepare for a cyber-attack.

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Des O'ConnorAbout Des:

Des works in Dell Technologies and is focused on Cyber Resilience and Artificial Intelligence across Finance, Media and Telecoms and Oil and Gas.

Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Des was a Management Consultant and has experience in Go to Market Strategy development, Transformational Change and Project and Programme Management. He is excited about emerging technologies and co-creating new solutions, enhancing human progress. Outside of work Des is a keen runner, cook and works at the Royal Trinity Hospice as a befriending volunteer for people with end of life illnesses.

Liz GreenAbout Liz:

Liz Green is a Cyber Specialist at Dell Technologies. She has spent the last five years at Dell Technologies helping organisations use IT infrastructure to innovate and solve business challenges across Finance, Insurance, Media, Telecoms and Oil and Gas.

She is familiar with the US and UK regulatory environment and leverages this knowledge to help financial institutions ensure critical data is protected and available. She is passionate about equal opportunities for all and supports women in STEM and Dell Technologies’ Women in Action. Outside of work, Liz enjoys Pilates, travel in Europe and finding new London eateries.

 

 


WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference

WeAreTechWomen are excited to announce the largest virtual women in tech conference for 2020 | Disrupt. Innovate. Lead | 26 June

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For the past four years WeAreTechWomen have hosted their flagship annual conference in London.

This event has enabled over 2,500 women to network with their peers and learn about what is innovating and disrupting the tech industry.

In light of the pandemic, we are proud to be doing some disrupting and innovating of our own! This year’s conference (now moved to 26 June) will be hosted virtually.

These are challenging times for all, and there is little an organisation like ours can do to make it easier. However, we will do what we do best and continue to keep you connected. Our intention is to deliver an exceptional learning experience that will inspire you, expand your industry knowledge and motivate you over the coming months.

Disrupt. Innovate. Lead won’t be like any other virtual event you may have experienced in the past. We are using a state of the art platform to bring you four stages of inspiring content from LIVE keynotes, webinars, recorded content, Q&A panels as well as the opportunity to meet some of our speakers and sponsors in our virtual exhibition hall. Yes, we will have a virtual exhibition hall!

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Hear from some of the greatest names in tech

On our stages are some of the greatest names in tech, Martha Lane Fox CBE, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Professor Sue Black OBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Debbie Forster MBE, Kate Russell to name a few.

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We will be sharing insights and covering everything from Tech trends, Cyber, Artificial Intelligence, Data, Ethics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Drones, GreenTech, HealthTech, Payments, Cloud, Agile, DevOps, Fintech, 5G, Entrepreneurship and Block Chain.

Everything recovery

We have heaps of panels that discuss the impact of the pandemic on the world of tech and how companies pivoted their businesses, worked collaboratively and rose the challenge of super speed engineering.

You can see our full list of speakers here and here for the agenda 

Book your ticket today

 

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Thanks to the financial support of our amazing sponsors, we are able to offer you this fantastic day of learning for just £99.00 plus VAT.

Given our extensive agenda, we know that some of you won’t be able to attend every session available on the day. Not to worry, as your ticket also includes a 30 DAY platform content licence which will enable you to watch all of the sessions up until 26 July.

We are also offering a percentage of free tickets to those who have lost their jobs due to the crisis and students. If you are individual in this position, please email us here (tickets are not guaranteed and offered on a first come, first served basis). There will also be discounted tickets priced at £75.00 plus VAT for those working in the not for profit sector, charities or entrepreneurs running small businesses. We are actively encouraging corporate organisations to fund groups of tickets to continue to develop their teams during this time.  To encourage organisations, we have special offers for corporates who wish to book 10 or more tickets. If you are interested in bulk bookings, contact us on [email protected].

So what are you waiting for?

If you are free on the 26 June and you are keen to learn, be inspired and expand your knowledge of tech, then join us, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

This invitation is open to all.

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