Inspirational Woman: Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE | Founder, Stemettes; Speaker; Presenter & Author, She's In CTRL

Meet Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes; Speaker; Presenter & Author, She's In CTRL

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is a keynote speaker, presenter, and co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Stemettes. Voted the most influential woman in tech in the UK of 2020 by Computer Weekly and featured among the top 10 BAME leaders in tech by The Financial Times.

A recognised and respected thought-leader in the tech space and trustee at the Institute for the Future of Work, Anne-Marie has spoken across the globe for some of the world’s biggest digital companies and conferences, including Facebook, Amazon, Google, Mercedes Benz, Fujitsu and Mastercard.

Anne-Marie is the temporary Arithmetician on Countdown, the world’s longest running gameshow. She also hosts the highly popular Women Tech Charge podcast for the Evening Standard, and is a sought-after presenter and conference facilitator, conducting live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond, including Jack Dorsey and Sir Lewis Hamilton. Her first book She’s In CTRL is to be published by Transworld in September 2022

Anne-Marie has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University, Bristol University and Coventry University, and in June of 2017 was made an Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. She sits on the Board of Durham University’s Computer Science Department, which, in recognition of her work as Head Stemette, offers a scholarship to young women in her name. In 2019 she became a visiting professor for Sunderland University. She is on the board of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Music and Sport’s Digital Skills Partnership, the British Library Advisory Council, the Research England Council and is a trustee at the Urban Development Music Foundation and the Women of the World Foundation.

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

I grew up in East London, where I was the eldest of five. I was a child prodigy and always really loved maths and technology.

After studying at Oxford, I went to work in The City and was invited to speak at the largest women in tech conference in the world, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

There were thousands of women there, and I reliased my experience of maths and technology hadn’t just been strange because I’d had it so early, it was strange because I’d been a girl. I set about trying to change that with Stemettes.

Our latest project, the Stemettes Society, is a closed social network for girls, young women and non-binary people under the age of 25 who are interested in STEM.

We want to help them become role models and changemakers who can support eachother.
That could be with advice on making decisions about their GCSE or A-levels, or just having girls at University saying, ‘Hey, ask me anything’.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

For me, it goes in cycles. I’m constantly changing where I think I’m going to end up. I think it has to be like that because technology is constantly changing.

At first I wanted to be a management consultant, then I wanted to work in a bank. Now I honestly don’t know (I’ve got aspirations around broadcasting).

I’m constantly trying to evaluate what I’m best placed to do and what fits my idea of success, which has always been to wake up in the morning and do what I want.

I’d advise having a ‘Plan A’, so you know what direction you’re heading, but also to be open to new information so you can update it and build a new ‘Plan B’.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

My biggest challenge remains the same: having to work with people.

Anything that involves human beings has always been a challenge for me—I’m used to maths algorithms that just work, even when they are difficult.

I’m constantly learning how to manage, how to hire, how to deal with partners. At Stemettes we’re now adding a charity side, so figuring out how to work with donors will be another massively different kind of relationship.

People are messy. You have to understand that you can’t see everything, what’s happening internally. You have to learn how to be okay with uncertainty. But you can always learn from talking to people.

I’ve learned to never assume who a person is or how they will be. You have to expect the unexpected without any kind of prejudgement.

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Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes & Author of She’s In CTRL, is just one of our amazing speakers at our upcoming summit on 06 December. Anne-Marie will sharing stories from her book, including how she founded the amazing tech organisation Stemettes, why she believes women need to take back tech, the importance of role models and her top tips for for a successful technology career, and much more.

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What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

I usually say Outbox, our tech incubator for teenage girls, but really it has to be all the programs we run at Stemettes because of the impact they have in changing perceptions.

We’re giving girls an opportunity to grow up with a different social norm and giving them a shared experience of what a majority female industry looks like.

That will stay with them forever. It’s a shared bond.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?  

Ultimately, I’m a problem solver.

I can focus and see a problem as something clearly defined. That means that other people can support and help without too much work or convincing.

When I was a child prodigy I was solving maths problems rather than societal problems but it’s possible it’s the same thing, just more complex.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology? 

Always find your tribe. You don’t have to do it alone.

In the press and media, it’s always Mark Zuckerberg or some other figurehead they bang on about. You don’t see that they have a team, advisors and mentors behind them.

Alexander Bell didn’t invent the telephone on his own.

Your people could be alongside you or ahead of you, and you should work hard to help those behind you because it’s an investment. It pays back multiple times over.

How important is it to see female tech role models in the media?

It’s incredibly important. If you see someone like Yewande Biala (a smart biochemist who went to university early) on Love Island, that helps to normalise women in STEM.

It’s crazy that scientists still just exist just on The Big Bang Theory or The IT Crowd as some kind of sectioned-off programme, never just eating or cooking or kissing someone.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

Yes there are barriers, but if something is worth doing, you will always face barriers.

There’s a sense of purpose for any woman in the industry at the moment, whether you like it or not. Technology is going in a certain direction—and like colonies of ants or bees—we all have a part to play in pulling it back to where it needs to.

That means taking on counterproductive work policies, and the people hiding biases within your workplace who will get in your way.

We have to face those things and change them with our own power and influence through communication and collaboration. It’s a hard fight, but it’s the good fight. And if you hit a wall, you need to make a door.

What do you think companies can do to support to progress the careers of women working in technology?

Be willing to listen. There’s a distinct lack of listening right now.

If a company genuinely wants to change, there will be people facing bias in that organization who are crying out for change. Those people are leaving exit interviews, they are raising issues with affinity networks, they are speaking out loud.

Organisations have to make sure they are listening otherwise they can’t know what action to take.

There is currently on 15% of women working in tech if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry? 

Compulsory shared parental leave.

If someone is part of the making of a baby and they have to stay away from work, there’s a lot of intangible things they will learn. When they come back to the organization, they’re a fresh set of eyes and are able to see the holes they couldn’t before.

If you don’t have an understanding of what it’s like to be at home, you end up making backwards policies that say certain things must happen in the office at certain times. So if you don’t understand about external responsibilities you can’t bring about long-lasting change.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech, eg Podcasts, networking events, books, conferences, websites etc? 

The second season of my podcast Women Tech Charge is actually coming up in October, so you should tune in to that.

In terms of books, I’d recommend Inferior by Angela Saini  (it’s all about how science has got women wrong). And there’s my kid’s book called How to be a Math Whiz which is due out later in the year.

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Shelley Garlington

WeAreTechWomen talks health tech, inclusive cultures & developing a career in tech with Shelley Garlington, Medefer

Meet Shelley Garlington, Business Development Director, Medefer

Shelley Garlington

Shelley Garlington is the Business Development Director at Medefer – a UK-based health-tech startup that is transforming outpatient services for the NHS.

In this piece, we talk health tech, inclusive cultures & developing a career in tech.

I began my career as a student nurse in St James’ Hospital in Leeds. Although I had a passion for patients, I knew early on that I wanted to improve care for patients at a scale where I couldn’t do more than one patient at a time.

I’ve always been an organised, driven and output-orientated individual, so I was keen to find a role that combined these skills. I went into the pharmaceutical industry, where I was able to look at the business world from a healthcare perspective.

This led me into developing a training company for healthcare practitioners. I worked closely with the NHS, and it enabled me to understand the moving parts of NHS Trusts. It was here that I learnt the importance of putting patient voices at the forefront of everything a healthcare organisation does.  I was also constantly looking to identify any gaps in care that could be improved, especially by implementing technology.

The impact on patients was one of the reasons I was initially interested in Medefer – I knew that the use of technology within NHS pathways would make the process more efficient and improve patient access to care. From my own experience when my Mum had breast cancer during the pandemic, I often had to take her into environments that I didn’t feel entirely comfortable with.  I would send consultants pictures of anything they needed to look at and it made me realise this was another, more dignified way to deliver care. The potential impact of virtual care inspired me to work with Medefer.

Creating new partnerships

My job is to create partnerships with healthcare organisations and create noise around the great work that we do. I’m always looking for ways to increase growth and innovation, suggesting new patient pathways that Medefer could transform.

I was recently involved in looking at ways cancer alliance pathways can be improved and how NHS backlogs are associated with increased cancer risk. With this in mind, we launched a pilot programme with Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance aimed at early detection of prostate cancer.

Through this, and transforming patient pathways, I use these great patient outcomes to demonstrate to organisations how best we can support hospitals and patients, through new partnerships and alliances.

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Exploring the world of med-tech

I have always been interested in technology and how it can transform many common issues faced by health systems and patients. I thought about how new technology and processes could be used to manage risks and improve outcomes. That mindset makes you want to be around tech interaction. My natural inquisitiveness and inability to stand still meant that I was constantly looking for areas of improvement, and that made Medefer a great fit for me.

Inclusive culture is key

A strong pull for me at Medefer is its purpose. One of the hardest things in sales is selling something you don’t believe in, but Medefer adds so much value to patients lives. They are changing the landscape so rapidly and so differently to anyone that has been in this space before. Waiting lists are a pressing issue and the NHS has always had targets that they have been unable to reach. So, why not think differently?

The culture at Medefer is inclusive. The management team work hard to flatten the structure both in the language that we use and by including all staff whilst we expand and evolve. I am excited to have been involved in the process of becoming who we are today.

Medefer also care about their staff and value them as individuals. As an example, I have dyslexia and dyscalculia and I have never felt comfortable admitting this to any other workplace except Medefer. There is this open and honest culture where Medefer are willing to see the difference in people and work on their strengths, and that makes it a company of the future.

Advice for anyone considering a role in the tech industry

I have worked in a very male-dominated industry, especially as a pharmaceutical rep, and it was difficult starting a company as a single mum. However, I think one of the most important things is to not be afraid of challenging the status quo. You need to believe that you can make a difference.

There are some companies who see people as commodities, and it’s important for your own development to identify them and avoid them. You need to be clear of what you bring to the table, and don’t be afraid to own that.

I have always cared about people and how my job impacts them directly. Yes, I’ve got a natural drive, but at the heart of it, I like people. Remembering this and keeping it at the centre of what I do is the reason that I’ve been successful.


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Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2022 TechWomen100 Awards

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Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen’s 2022 TechWomen100 Awards!

A shortlist of 200 women will now be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in October.

The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final 100 winners will then take place with independent judges. The TechWomen100 Award winners will be announced on 10 October and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony to celebrate on 06 December 2022.

For the TechWomen100 awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 19 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the tech landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 awards in 2022.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

Remaining timeline

  • Shortlist announced – 03 October 2022
  • Public vote opens – 04 October 2022
  • Voting closes – 07 October 2022
  • Winners announced – 10 October 2022
  • Winner’s celebration event – 06 December 2022

*There is no public vote of support for the Champion, Global Award for Achievement, Network and Company categories

If you have any additional questions about the awards, please contact [email protected]. For further details about the awards, please click here.

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce that the TechWomen100 Awards are now open for nominations – who will you nominate?

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. Women make up just 17 per cent of the industry. There are some fantastic awards for women working in tech, however, most of these focus on senior women.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight senior and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine.

This is why the TechWomen100 Awards were created. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2022 awards are kindly powered by Barclays and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, BT, Clifford Chance, Credit SuisseFunding CircleGoldman SachsHuawei, Morgan Stanley, Northern TrustOliver Wyman, PwC and Sky.

The process

Nominations open online on 01 July via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 12 August.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in October and celebrated at award’s ceremony on 06 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

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Nominations open
01 July 2022

Nominations close
12 August 2022

Shortlist announced
03 October 2022

Public vote opens
04 October 2022

Voting closes
07 October 2022

Winners announced
10 October 2022

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06 December 2022

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WeAreTechWomen & Funding Circle host inspiring & motivating network evening at the Big Tech Meet Up

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This week, WeAreTheCity gathered its WeAreTechWomen Women in Tech community for an action packed evening of career planning in the heart of the City of London.

The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by Funding Circle and was attend by over 50 women who work in various technology roles from across the UK.

During the event, Vanessa Vallely OBE shared her keynote which talks about her own career as a technologist and touches on hints and tips to overcome your inner imposter, how to harness your personal brand, how to build your network, how to optimise your digital footprint on line and the importance of coaches, mentors and sponsors in your career. The event was opened by Bruno Tavares who has recently joined Funding Circle as VP of Engineering.

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"What an inspiring event with so many amazing women working in technology. A huge thanks to Funding Circle and to Katie and Bruno for their fantastic hospitality, and to all our guests that brought their energy and passion to progress in their careers in tech. It was so wonderful to see so many new faces, alongside a number of our previous award winners. A great evening all round"

— Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen

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You are invited to the Big Tech Meetup – Raise Your Game and Speed Network

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WeAreTechWomen are delighted to invite you to join us at our next event at Funding Circle on 7 July 2022 from 6pm.

This fantastic evening of networking is about re-connecting and finding the inspiration and motivation to really grab your career by the horns!  Are you ready to make a plan and make the most of 2022, then join us!

During the evening you will hear from our founder, Vanessa Vallely OBE as she explains how to excel in your career.  Vanessa will share her own experience as a woman in tech and explain the strategies and techniques she used to rise to the C-Suite.  This session will cover:

  • Banishing your inner critic and getting out of your own way!
  • Why you need to set goals and measure your own success
  • The importance making a career plan
  • Why your network is your net worth – Speed Network
  • How to raise your profile both internally and externally
  • How to get your ideas heard

We will also be creating connections with a facilitated speed network to allow you to meet other women in tech and form your support networks for the future.

About Vanessa Vallely OBE

Vanessa Vallely OBEVanessa is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on a variety of career related topics for over 500 companies worldwide. Vanessa is also one of the UK’s most prominent figures in gender equality and often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent. Vanessa was awarded her OBE in June 2018 for her services to women and the economy.

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Funding Circle 1000x500Funding Circle is the largest online small business loans provider and one of the best-capitalised lending platforms in the world. The business is listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Our backers collectively manage over $5 trillion and are the leading firms behind Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Betfair.  Over the past ten years, we have built a machine learning and technology platform that is revolutionising how small businesses access finance. Business owners can complete a loan application and receive a decision in a matter of minutes, enabling them to get funding quickly at an affordable rate.

Today, as the leading global provider for small business loans we have helped more than 122,000 small businesses access more than £13.7 billion in finance.  We stand for small businesses.

Small business owners are forward thinkers. They’re determined. They stand up to make a difference and work hard to make it happen. When small businesses succeed, they create jobs, support local communities and drive the economy forward – that’s why we care about helping them win. To us, nothing is more important.

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Northern Trust

WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Northern Trust are now promoting their roles on our job board

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Northern Trust are now promoting their roles on our job board!

We launched our revamped job board with the aim of helping you find the job of your dreams at an employer that will truly support you and your career. We won’t be working with every company, just those that can demonstrate they are on the journey towards gender equality and that they are putting in place programmes or support systems to progress women in the workplace.

Northern Trust is one of those companies!

Northern Trust provides innovative financial services and guidance to corporations, institutions and affluent families and individuals globally. With 130 years of financial experience and nearly 20,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

As a Northern Trust partner, you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organisation is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve!

Northern Trust recognise the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why Forbes ranked them the top employer for Diversity in 2018.

Build your career with Northern Trust and apply today!

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Northern Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, design-driven creative to join our team as a React Native Developer.

As Northern Trust works on our exciting digital transformation products this role will be central to that change and will be an opportunity for the preferred candidate to express themselves in the creation of a best in class market app to support our clients and investors.

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Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst

The Global Threat Management (GTM) organization is seeking an experienced Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst to join the Threat Intelligence (TI) team. The TI team directly supports the Chief Information Security Officers (CISO’s) organization by providing Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) to security operation teams as well as leading cyber risk reduction efforts by identifying emerging Cyber Threats facing Northern Trust and Northern Trust technologies.

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Cyber Security Solutions Architect

Reporting directly to the EMEA Chief Information Security Officer, the Cyber Security Solutions Architect will play a crucial part in the protection of Northern Trust’s systems through the embedding of strong security controls and best practices throughout the project lifecycle. This is an exciting opportunity to become a key security stakeholder in a variety of transformational programmes, acting as a trusted adviser and security subject matter expert to technology teams and business lines.

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Women in tech gather for empowering One Tech World 2022 conference

One Tech World aims to highlight the challenges facing women in tech by fostering a community to transcend the hurdles.

As women continue to advance and excel in their tech careers, experts have urged the industry to be each other’s partners and allies.

The empowering one-day virtual event, One Tech World, offers the opportunity to learn about innovative technologies and professional development, whether you already have a strong network of female colleagues in your field or want to extend your network.

On 01 April, a community of women in technology gathered to hear inspiring messages from industry leaders, allies and advocates.

For the second year, the conference was delivered as part of a global virtual learning experience via a state-of-the-art conferencing platform.

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Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, said creating a diverse workforce is not something that occurs overnight.

“It takes a constellation of activity, over a continuous period of time, to really turn good intentions into tangible change.”

In her opening keynote address, Palmer said, it’s time to stop talking about change and make it happen: “We need some serious barrier-busting! For me, this means no longer talking about gender equity and encouraging anything because it’s the ‘right thing to do’. You’re darn right, it’s the right thing to do! So we, as organisations, need to get to work! If we need open and clear paths for women, what are we doing? If we need to retain women, what are we doing? If we need more women in senior roles, what are we doing?

“At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we do this by setting clear objectives and monitoring and reporting on gender across our organisation. We look for the leaky valve and we work to plug it. With tangible actions and measurements to understand if we’re getting it right,” she added.

She noted that a lot of work has already been done in recruitment: “Keep it up,” she said. However, she shared her concerns about learning and development. “Businesses should be identifying where their leak is and working two grade levels below it to close it,” Palmer added.

She advised: “To really drive gender diversity in organisations, we need to move on from gender equity being the right thing to do and we need to find the right thing to do. And then we need to do it.

“Act early. Intervene with genuine, worthwhile development programs. Set targets for your businesses, to drive diversity into your leadership development programs.”

Ensure our leaders are held accountable in their objectives and reviews for delivering diverse and cultural value to our businesses.”

Since the start of its annual conference in 2015, WeAreTechWomen has welcomed over 5,000 people through its doors. The One Tech World conference seeks to demonstrate how the tech world works and to introduce attendees to the cutting-edge technology that is now impacting industries around the world.

The purpose of the event is to provide opportunities for women in technology, at all levels, to adapt their skill sets and expand their networks. During the live conference, attendees of One Tech World 2022 had access to all keynotes, panels and content, as well as the chance to revisit all sessions for 30 days afterward.

This year, the event covered over 160 topics, including technology trends, artificial intelligence, the future of drones, FinTech, HealthTech, ageism and more.

Below are just a few of the standout topics that featured this year

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What can we expect from technology in the future?

Ortis Deley, the host of The Gadget Show, gave One Tech World attendees a whistle-stop tour of the future of technology.

Up and coming technologies mentioned included virtual reality, wearables, innovations in cameras to improve diagnoses through accessing healthcare data, 3D printing in healthcare, altruistic tech and energy storing materials to slow climate change, and the impact that fusion plasma will have on society.

Dealey said: “No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but a lot of the innovations that we take for granted today will form the foundation of some future tech.”

“I say ‘some’ because some of the techs that we use will quite possibly grow out of what we’re able to do with what we have at our disposal, at that time. For example, very few people saw the inception and rise of companies like Uber, because we didn’t have the infrastructure for 4G mobile telecommunication.”

Paving the way to net-zero

The term “net-zero” is a popular topic of discussion currently and refers to a situation in which greenhouse gas emissions are matched by their removal from the atmosphere.

According to international scientific consensus, global net human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be reduced by approximately 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, with net-zero emissions expected around 2050.

Jennifer Tsim, Partner at Oliver Wyman, and part of its Global Financial Services and Climate and Sustainability team, used her One Tech World session to give an overview of the topic with advice on what needs to be done.

“Achieving net-zero will ultimately require action from every company and every sector and a real shift in the entire global economy,” she said. “Net-zero requires an entire eco-system shift to a greener economy, and we’ll all be impacted.”

Tsim noted that governments, companies and individuals “all have a role to play if we are to be a success on this road to net-zero”. She invited attendees to think about their own roles, skillsets, companies and contacts and asked: “How will you think about contributing to net-zero in your work and in your decisions going forward?”

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Can Space Tech save the planet?

Dr Kathryn O’Donnell, COO, In-Space Missions Ltd, at BAE Systems, delved into the topic of space technology and whether it can help the planet with climate change and sustainability, defence and law enforcement, and space services.

“Can space tech save the planet? I’m going to say no. Not on its own,” she said. “It can give us the tools or data we need to save ourselves, though, and I think that’s what we need to consider. Hugely useful, but we need to act with it.”

O’Donnell informed attendees about the range of careers within the space sector and how those wanting to make a difference could find the answer in a space tech role.

“The space industry has a huge amount to do to help us save our planet,” she noted.

“There are lots of jobs and lots of really interesting careers in space industries, so for those of you attending One Tech World today who are interested, dust off that CV and have a look at how you can help the space industry save the planet.”

What is neurodiversity?

Jacqui Wallis, CEO of Genius Within CIC, discussed the topic of neurodiversity at work and dealing with cognitive overload with a DevOps engineer from Dropbox.

Jennifer Opal, DevOps engineer at Dropbox, was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD in 2018 and shared her experience with One Tech World attendees.

“I realised that when I was reading text, it was making me feel overwhelmed….and I’d never felt that before. I could see that I was avoiding reading in every way that I could.”

Wallis and Opal agreed that being a neurodivergent individual has several benefits. Opal said: “What I find so incredible about being neurodivergent is that we are looking at things from a whole different angle.”

“We’re able to connect the dots so well, see a pattern and share that…it helps in every industry, whether its tech or outside of it. You’re able to give an idea that can help and contribute to projects that can provide great impact to the team and great impact to the company.”

However, Opal added: “I have to work in an environment that’s healthy and inclusive and practices it. It’s not just about talking about it. The action has to be there.”

She closed by encouraging all neurodivergent minds to be themselves: “It’s okay to be who you are. Don’t feel guilty or ashamed of being who you are. And be sure that, wherever you are in terms of your career, don’t ever look at being neurodivergent as a deficit. And if anyone makes you feel that being neurodivergent is a deficit, always remind yourself that you’re not the problem.”

“You were born the way that you are. Your brain is beautiful and amazing and creative and talented just the way it is. If someone else has an issue with that, it’s them.”

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Menopause in the workplace

Kat Holmes, Founder of MenopauseX, discussed the topic of menopause in the workplace with a panel of experts working in the field. MenopauseX was created to bring together leaders in data, tech and menopause care.

Amy Lindsay, Chief Data Officer for a UK construction company, is currently leading one of the sub-teams on the MenopauseX initiative. She explained that MenopauseX is seeking to plug the gap from a data and insights perspective to make a material difference to the well-being of women in the workplace.

Gaele Lalahy, Chief Operating Officer for the menopause app Balance, said we need more data on menopause to prove that there is a problem that needs addressing: “We need data to convince people. There’s a huge taboo around menopause and I think until you come with really hardcore data on what is happening – or more importantly, what is not happening – and the impact it has on the workplace, on women’s lives, and on society, it’s difficult for people to listen.”

“We know that 25% of women suffer serious symptoms from menopause, but 77% don’t realise it’s from menopause. 79% of those women visit a GP and 7% have to attend more than 10 appointments to get better assistance, and some 24% who are receiving treatment have to wait more than five years,” Lalahy explained.

“So you can imagine all those hurdles, all the unnecessary suffering just within that bit of data that I mentioned….already people can start to listen and say ‘Huh. I didn’t realise that was happening. So, what are the solutions? What can we do?’”

Lucy Chatwin, Director of the Newson Health Menopause Society, highlighted that the pandemic has created greater flexibility in working: “If you’re experiencing symptoms that aren’t very helpful, having the flexibility to be at home is great.”

“However, one of the things that we want to do is make sure that with the more than 32 symptoms that you experience with peri-menopause or menopause, you’re still able to have a conversation with your line manager about what they mean for you and what those daily adjustments need to look like. Because they will be different for all individuals.”

Attendees of One Tech World 2022 also had the opportunity to share selfies in the photo booth and interact with other participants, partners and speakers in the networking lounge, chat rooms and at a virtual pre-event networking meet.


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Whether you are a technologist or not, tech is something that already is and will become a fundamental part of our work and lives.

Each year, we work with our community at WeAreTechWomen to identify what tech innovations and topics you would like us to cover as part of our annual conference. We build our agenda around that feedback – giving you what you want to not just accelerate your careers, but to understand about the wider world of tech, and how this will affect the future world of work.

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Our conference is now available as a digital pass for individuals who didn’t manage to secure a ticket the first time around. With your ticket, you can access the platform for the next 30 days in order to gain a deeper understanding of over 25 different areas of tech. Thanks to the help of over 200 global speakers we have covered everything from Technology Trends, AI, Cyber, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Drones, Net Zero, Agile, DevOps, Fintech, Payments, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, HealthTech and Diversity & Inclusion, Neurodiversity, Menopause, Male Allies, Mental Health in Tech, Returnships and Flexible Working.

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We are blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who joined us to share their wisdom and knowledge.

You can hear from Ortis Deley, TV Presenter, DJ & Actor; Briony ChappellHead of Digital, KISS FM; Vicki Lau, Visual Effects (VFX) Artist/Generalist, Virtual Reality (VR) Developer, TEDx speaker, Entrepreneur & Educator; Russ Shaw CBE, Founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates; Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter; Vanessa SanyaukeFounder & CEO, Girls Talk London; Tabitha Goldstaub MBE, Co-Founder, CogX; Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer & Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US; Ann Hiatt, Leadership Strategist & Author of Bet On Yourself, to name a few.

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The stages are divided into six tracks – Innovation, Emerging Technology, You and Your Career, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We also have an ‘In the Lounge, Career Conversations’ stage and an on-demand stage for individuals joining us from other global time zones.

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Each year, we work with our community at WeAreTechWomen to identify what tech innovations and topics you would like us to cover as part of our annual conference. We build our agenda around that feedback – giving you what you want to not just accelerate your careers, but to understand about the wider world of tech, and how this will affect the future world of work.

This year, we are going to be bringing you the very best global virtual learning experience on a state-of-the-art conferencing platform. Our conference will provide ample opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and what is innovating and disrupting the industry. We are blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who will be joining us to share their wisdom and knowledge. We will deliver innovative sessions on a variety of different areas of tech, with a side order of career development, fireside chats and ample networking opportunities, both on the day and through our global virtual networking world.

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Hear from some of the greatest names in tech

We are blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who will be joining us to share their wisdom and knowledge.

On the day, you can hear from Ortis Deley, TV Presenter, DJ & Actor; Briony ChappellHead of Digital, KISS FM; Vicki Lau, Visual Effects (VFX) Artist/Generalist, Virtual Reality (VR) Developer, TEDx speaker, Entrepreneur & Educator; Russ Shaw CBE, Founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates; Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter; Vanessa SanyaukeFounder & CEO, Girls Talk London; Tabitha Goldstaub MBE, Co-Founder, CogX; Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer & Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US; Ann Hiatt, Leadership Strategist & Author of Bet On Yourself, to name a few.

Below, some of our amazing speakers tell us what to expect from their sessions and why you should join us on 01 April 2022.

DISCOVER ALL OUR SPEAKERS

Discover 6 stages of technology keynotes, career advice, fireside chats & much more

The sessions* featured on our stages are a mixture of live and recorded keynotes, Q&A panels and ‘In the Lounge’ fireside chats.

The stages will be divided into six tracks – Innovation, Emerging Technology, You and Your Career, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We also have an ‘In the Lounge, Career Conversations’ stage and an on-demand stage for individuals joining us from other global time zones.

All sessions and panels are being recorded and will be available for ticket holders to play on demand for a period of 30 days.

VIEW THE FULL AGENDA

Thanks to the financial support of our amazing sponsors, we are able to offer you one incredible day of learning for  just £115.00 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 01 May 2022.

By attending you will also be helping others. For every ticket bought, we will gift a ticket to an individual out of work, a returner to the industry or a youngster studying for a tech career.

If you are an individual in this position, please email us here (tickets are not guaranteed and offered on a first come, first served basis). 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].

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