Looking to 'Level Up' your career? Join us on 06 December for career conversations, awesome industry speakers, networking opportunities & more

Looking to ‘level up’ your career? Join us at our Level Up Summit on 06 December for career conversations, awesome industry speakers, networking opportunities and much more!

Over the past seven years, WeAreTechWomen’s Women in Tech conference and summit events have helped over 11,000 female technologists upskill and grow their networks.

We are now delighted to introduce our latest offering – the “Level Up” Women in Tech summit bringing together best practices for career progression. The summit will take place at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London on 06 December 2022 for over 400 in-person attendees, as well as through our live stream for thousands of participants.

WeAreTechWomen Barriers to Tech surveyWhy Level Up?

Just 17 per cent of tech workers in the UK are female, with even fewer in senior leadership – and our recent research with Tech Talent Charter and Ipsos Mori showed that one in five women are thinking of leaving the tech industry! We need to think fast and act innovatively if we are to keep women engaged in the industry and to accelerate their rise to the top.  At WeAreTechWomen, we want to ensure that Women in Tech and the UK tech industry are successful today, tomorrow, and long into the future.

About Level Up

The “Level Up” summit will bring together awesome industry speakers, panels, and personal stories to provoke your thinking, answer your questions and share sustainable solutions to help change representation outcomes in the tech industry. Time will be built into every session for lively facilitated table discussions so you and your colleagues can build executable ideas to progress back at the office from what you’ve learned at the summit.

SPONSORED BY

 
Funding Circle
Bank of America
NatWest
Barclays
 

Who should attend?


Our Level Up Summit has been designed around and created for:

  • Mid-level Women in Tech e.g. 7 years+ experience, expecting to move into decision-making roles or seeking their next promotion
  • Male allies
  • HR/Tech business partners driving change
  • Senior tech leaders
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leaders
  • ERG leaders supporting Women in Tech
  • Individuals representing smaller companies who want to drive change for women in tech
  • Individuals who are keen to progress themselves, network and gain industry connections

Why attend?


In-person attendees will have access to an entire exhibition floor where you can:

  • meet our sponsor organisations and learn about their career opportunities in tech
  • connect with other attendees to share ideas and practice your networking skills
  • benefit from access to mentors
  • speak with our on-site career coaches about achieving your ambitions and addressing any concerns
  • have professional headshots for your social media channels

What else is going on at Level Up?

LinkedIn Clinic

Need help with your LinkedIn profile or social media presence? You can visit our social experts for top tips and advice.

Headshots

Need a new headshot? You can book to have your new headshot taken by our team of photographers. Limited spaces, booking required.

Coaches

We will have a number of career coaches on site throughout the day. If you need help with your career choices, you can check in with one of our experts.

Creche

Worried about the kids? The summit has an on-site creche to support participating parents (limited spaces apply)! These areas will be open throughout the day.

Exhibition Village

Visit our sponsors to find out about career opportunities and to learn how they are supporting women in tech within their organisations.

CV Clinic

CV Clinic

Need help revamping your CV? You can visit our experts for top tips and practical advice.


Recommended Event: 27/10/2022: The GTA Black Women in Tech Festival

GTA Black Women In Tech is hosting their first festival alongside the launch of their second book: The Voices In The Shadow”.

This October, GTA Black Women in Tech have an unforgettable festival that will allow you to grow, network with other budding Tech stars and industry professionals, and learn more about the tech field. The event will include remarkable keynotes, panels, and so much more. There will also be opportunities to meet successful tech brands face-to-face. All of these will aid you in discovering more of the qualities and skills required to make your mark in the tech industry as a Brilliant Black Woman.

They created this fantastic package to offer you the chance to learn & grow, network, and be the first to get the limited volume 2 book, their limited designed tote bag, and so much more. Use our code: WATC10 for £10 off until 15th September.


Inspirational Woman: Zeinab Ardeshir | Co-founder & CEO of PillSorted

Zeinab ArdeshirZeinab Ardeshir co-founded PillSorted, a personalised pharmacy service, nearly three years ago with the aim of disrupting the traditionally transactional pharma experience and instead delivering a compassionate, more relationship-focused experience.

The healthtech – which works with a number of NHS services to deliver medications – uses technology to get medication dispensed and delivered to patients in a timely manner, which in turn means that pharmacists are able to optimise their time consulting patients.

Zeinab holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and a Postgraduate diploma for Overseas Pharmacists from Aston University and prior to Co-founding Pill Sorted, spent nearly 11 years working as a pharmacist at Boots and Tesco.

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

I’m Zeinab Ardeshir, the Co-founder, CEO and Chief Pharmacist of PillSorted. I’m a qualified pharmacist and worked as a community pharmacist for 17 years before starting PillSorted, in various countries.

I’ve always particularly loved community pharmacy, because it’s such a rare blend of science and human relationships.

I set up PillSorted in November 2019, right before the pandemic hit, to deliver a pharmacy experience that combined compassionate care and technology. PillSorted is a product of my love for community pharmacy and my desire to ensure pharmacists are providing the best care possible. Pharmacists are often seen as glorified retail assistants, however I believe their potential is untapped and they could be delivering more holistic care. We provide a completely personalised pharmacy service for people who are on multiple medications, delivering their medication and dosage information to them each month and reviewing their medications constantly. Many of our patients are elderly people who have different medical prescriptions, so our service is designed to provide ongoing support and make managing their prescriptions easier for them.

There are many manual and repetitive tasks in community pharmacy, which is where companies like PillSorted can help. In the same way that we can get groceries delivered on-demand, I  wanted to create a company that could provide something similar for antibiotics. I want PillSorted to play a role in providing preventative healthcare for the community, which is so important given the NHS staff shortages we’re currently seeing.

As the CEO, my focus is on customer care and the clinical side of the business, where my Pharmacist background helps. My co-founder Mohammad ensures that the operations run smoothly and together we make sure all teams work in unison.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I made a very conscious decision to move from being a pharmacist to an entrepreneur pharmacist, as I’ve always prioritised taking care of patients – it’s been my north star in all my career decisions.

Moving from a clinical focused background to being a Founder of a healthtech has definitely been a big change and a learning curve! I enjoy the multifaceted aspect of leadership, from marketing, finance, people management and moving the business forward and towards a common goal.

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

Starting a company was one of the pivotal changes in my career and definitely hasn’t come without its challenges. I started from thinking I wasn’t good enough, to realising that there are many questions that no one knows the answer to, and that it’s okay not to know everything.

I’d like to think I’ve embraced all the challenges as learning opportunities and am always asking questions.

And, having a great mentor helps too.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

Growing PillSorted from zero to where it is now is my biggest achievement to date, but it’s just the beginning. It has given me the chance to take care of patients more than any other time in my career and has been truly rewarding. I feel very lucky to have an amazing team of people in all aspects of the company.

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

The obsession with delivering the best care possible has always been at the heart of my career. I’m also brutally honest with people around me and more importantly, with myself. Being true to oneself is absolutely key in making consistent decisions. I also have an incredible support network, particularly my children, who motivate me and are in my corner.

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

Go ahead, be brave and ask questions! We have an amazing female software developer who is incredibly detailed in her work and has a positive attitude. She has been brave to join a sector that is completely new to her. She has been the only developer in our organisation for a while, has asked lots of questions along the way and has pioneered the creation of our operating system as a result. There will always be people in your corner.

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

I think like many male dominated industries, it is challenging to find the right career advice at the right time. Becoming a founder, venturing into business, or asking for investment can all feel like daunting tasks just as being the only female tech developer in a team can be daunting. We need to think of ourselves as pioneers and feel confident that mistakes are learning opportunities and nothing more. Barriers become much easier to overcome when they don’t stem from a fear of failure.

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

Creating a culture of nurture and mentorship enables women to flourish.

Companies need to provide training, to create career progression pathways, to proactively offer them to women and to encourage women to keep these decisions in their forecast.

Our employees trust their time and careers with us and we need to enable their career progression and the feeling of success being part of a winning team.

There are currently only 21 percent 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

It starts in school. Educating girls to flourish in STEM topics and showing the excitement and impact that science brings to people’s lives is important. Women are naturally nurturing characters, so showing the impact that the STEM sector can have is especially important.

During their careers, encouraging women to consider choices that include learning and stepping up to the opportunities, are of utmost importance, as they would never know if they enjoy a new profession/ skill until they try.

For women who have been fortunate enough to succeed in their careers, holding the hands of the younger generation, helping them envision different perspectives so they make informed choices, is the most important contribution.

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

I have used Coursera for my learnings and would recommend using any of the notable online courses. It is a true blessing to have this wealth of knowledge at your fingertips and being able to learn at your own convenience. I’ve learned a lot from YC Startup School and also following thought leaders in the industry. I prefer a mix of learning methods such as podcasts, well written subjects, and short videos. There’s a plethora of knowledge and I’d advise making it a priority to block time out of the day to learn and think.


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One week to go until nominations close | TechWomen100 Awards 2022

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Just one week to go until nominations close for the TechWomen100 Awards 2022!

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.

Nominations close at 23:59 (BST) on 12 August 2022. Don’t miss your chance to nominate amazing women, Champions, Networks and Companies!

CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS

What happened next for our TechWomen100 alumni?


Hear from our TechWomen100 alumni about what they’ve achieved since winning the award, how it’s helped them progress and why you should nominate an amazing woman

Tribeni Chougule | Head of Change Management, Visa Finance (Europe)

Shruti Ajitsaria | Partner and head of Fuse at AllenOvery

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

Award’s timeline

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

Winner’s celebration event
06 December 2022

POWERED BY

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SPONSORED BY

TechWomen100 Sponsors 2022

Diverse international and interracial group of standing women, women empowering women

What does DEI&B mean to me as a woman in tech

Diverse international and interracial group of standing women, women empowering women

Article by Nikki Dawson, Head of EMEA Marketing at Highspot

There’s definitely been a shift in the way companies take care of their employees. It’s not uncommon nowadays to see companies advertising their attractive initiatives that are there to encourage employees to look after their own well-being.

It’s been proven time and time again that in the long run, this results in a more functional, happy team.

At Highspot we are passionate about giving everyone a seat at the table, bringing your ‘full unique self’ to work and creating an environment whereby people can develop and grow.

Being a woman in the sales tech space

One of the main reasons I joined my current company was due to the fact the Leadership Team I sit on for the EMEA business is predominantly female. This is a rare find in tech, and as my industry is sales and tech, it’s even more of a rare find and important to have that diversity.

I think it’s important for women in tech to push the stereotypes that surround the industry and be an advocate for more women who want to come into the industry. I think we set a good example as my peers – both our Northern European Head of Sales (liz Hajjar) and our EMEA Director of Business Development (Charlotte Herbertz) are women which is quite unique to have both sales and marketing functions led by women.

That advocacy needs to come from not only women, but ensuring all employees understand the importance of a diverse workforce and giving equal opportunities to recruiting and promoting top talent regardless of gender.

DEI&B, what does this mean?

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is something we not only reference a lot at Highspot but live by on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Our Guiding Principles is something we live by day to day that helps drive DEI&B in every interaction. These Guiding Principles offer up trust and openness to allow individuals and teams to be inclusive.

Some of my favourite principles are, ‘Most Respectful Interaction’, assuming colleagues have good intentions from the start, being ‘Open and Real’ when more challenging conversations need to happen, and ‘Learn it All, Not Know it All’ which provides an environment where no one needs to be afraid to ask questions and be curious.

Our ‘Stand for Change’ week is also another key initiative. We have a dedicated week every year focused on various DEI&B topics. We not only hear from external speakers but have several discussion forums on key topics that bring colleagues together from across the globe to share different perspectives.

Another key one for me is our monthly ‘Recharge Fridays’. Everyone across the company has one set Friday off a month. This was started during the pandemic to help with Zoom fatigue.  Our fantastic People team and Leadership saw the huge impact this was having and decided when we moved to hybrid working to keep the day.  As a working parent, I highly value this time to have a dedicated day to myself or to catch up with friends and family.

Final thoughts

DEI&B isn’t just a phrase, it’s something to live by. The shift within the workplace to a more inclusive environment has bettered the workforce and helped create a more meaningful brand, not just for Highspot, but for many others.

Being a woman in tech and sales is no longer a rarity, and we will continue to advocate for others and set an example within the male-dominated sectors.


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How to find your motivation at work when all hopes are lost

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“Where on Earth do you find the motivation to show up at work with so much energy and get things done?” turned out to be the most popular question I got over the past year.

A personal year like no other. After months of visits to hospitals, one day I woke up with the sounds of war outrage in Ukraine. Following days of raid alerts and shelters, I ended up in Poland with my whole life put into one backpack, just grateful for the fact of staying alive. Since then, one of the most important things which helped me to stay sane appeared to be my work. So, I decided to summarise my motivations during this time to answer how work can become the lighthouse even in the darkest hours.

A job gives you a feeling of control

A simple routine brings a sense of accomplishment. Even if your life is entirely out of control, you know much more about your work. You know what to do, when to do it, and in which sequence. You can easily measure the progress, which is under your control. This routine helps you to be present in time and focus on which valuable tasks you can accomplish today at work rather than allowing your brain to stay anxious about your future 24/7.

In my case, one day I found myself heading to a country, where I did not know the language, had no idea about local rules, and barely knew anyone. I neither have planned nor properly prepared for the move. I still have no certainty on when and whether I can get back home, and what tomorrow holds for me. But I know for sure that every morning I can greet my colleagues on daily meetings. I know my planned activities for the week and what is scheduled in the calendar for upcoming days. This gives me certainty, and certainty gives a piece of mind.

Work can help your mental health, not only harm it

No one would argue that health is the most important of all. When we deal with serious health issues, it is even harder. All of a sudden instead of job discussions, you have doctor appointments and exhaustive procedures. If that lasts long, you are getting so tired that you need another treatment after the main treatment. That is when your work can help by being a distraction.

This month during my educational program at Stanford GSB I met a peer, who told me about his idol. A person fighting a serious disease in the hospital, every day writes work emails, stays deeply engaged, and does not disappear from work radars. Some may argue that in such conditions people should not work for the sake of their health. Which might be true. However, specifically for him, this experience allows him to distract from painful procedures and thoughts about how many days he has left, while being locked in the hospital room. He uses work as an enabler to get through unpleasant experiences, replacing them with a normal work routine that keeps him interested and energised.

It is not about what, it is about why

Many of us believe that only certain kinds of jobs permit people to find meaning and bring social value. If we take this view, good work is just going to be the province of the few – doctors, teachers, CEOs, etc. But you can (and I would say should) shape your job with a central purpose of organisation in mind. And then craft your jobs with short-term impacts you collectively create. If you are in tech, regardless of whether you work as an executive assistant, HR professional, or marketing officer, you create digital solutions, which shape our tomorrow – the way the next generation will educate, travel, get their groceries and spend their leisure time. This reminder might drastically change your perception of daily tasks.

For example, I do not show up every day at work thinking that I will prepare another tremendous proposal today and that is an amazing achievement as such. Instead, I show up with a mindset that I am here to enable our clients to start a new journey. A journey of a disruptive product that will change the industry or users’ experience. That sounds way more inspiring!

You are always part of a bigger picture

Recently, with the war outrage in Ukraine, I opened more secret senses of my job. The job is means to support the Ukrainian economy and create new workplaces. Workplaces for those, who either need a new job or will go through upskilling and will get to IT in Ukraine in the long run. This is an absolutely different perception of my daily work. When even a drop to the ocean counts. And I would highly recommend looking beyond your organisation to find that big purpose, if you completely lost one on your own.

In summary, your job might be as important and meaningful as you choose it to be. And when everything in life goes wrong, you can at least hold on to your job. “I have not found a motivation, I crafted it” turned out to be the most honest answer on my end to the initial question.

About the author

Nataliia PelykhNataliia Pelykh is a Solutioning Director, Product at Ciklum, a global digital solutions company for Fortune 500 and fast-growing businesses. She has a proven track record of leading global product development for some of the world’s largest organisations in roles of product owner and business analyst. Nataliia led cross-functional teams, worked as internal competency lead, and now is primarily focused on setting up new product engineering engagements. Prior to IT, Nataliia worked in business consulting at EY.

Nataliia’s contribution to her organisation and wider IT community helped her secure Finalist positions in Ukrainian and UK IT Awards in two consecutive years. She has also been nominated multiple times for the Women In Tech Excellence Awards.

Additionally, Nataliia is a Board Member of a non-profit organisation with a key focus on professional education and networking events. Recently, this society launched ‘Fearless Girls’ program aimed at helping women affected by war in Ukraine, which Nataliia is actively supporting.


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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Barclays as headline sponsor for our 2022 TechWomen100 Awards

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WeAreTechWomen is excited to announce Barclays as our headline sponsor for the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards!

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 awards are once again looking to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women working in technology.

Our strategic objective is to use the awards to highlight 1,000 future female tech leaders by 2030. To date, we have celebrated the success of over 475 incredible women, alongside outstanding tech networks, senior champions who are driving change and companies who are doing their upmost to support the careers of their female technologists.

In previous years, the awards have been supported by an array of FTSE sponsors and this year is no different.

We are extremely proud to announce that the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards are powered by Barclays. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Barclays for their support for this year’s awards, their words of encouragement and for helping us to celebrate the achievements of amazing women.

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

A word from our headline sponsor

“At Barclays, we’re focused on improving gender diversity through a workplace environment and culture that enables our female colleagues to fulfil their career aspirations. For me, as a leader in technology, this means really investing in how we attract, retain and develop our female tech talent. Recognising and celebrating female technologists is fundamental towards closing the gender gap and building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture across the industry. Barclays has been working withWeAreTechWomen since 2015 because they do a fantastic job of shining a spotlight on female role models in technology, and those who support and empower them to realise their full potential. We want to help promote, support and amplify those voices leading positive change and inspiring others, which is why we’re proud to be the headline sponsor for the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards”

 Craig Bright, Group Chief Information Officer, Barclays

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Nominations for our TechWomen100 Awards are open until 12 August 2022!

The TechWomen100 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.


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Two weeks to go until nominations close | TechWomen100 Awards 2022

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Just two weeks to go until nominations close for the TechWomen100 Awards 2022!

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.

Nominations close at 23:59 (BST) on 12 August 2022. Don’t miss your chance to nominate amazing women, Champions, Networks and Companies!

CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS

What happened next for our TechWomen100 alumni?


Hear from our TechWomen100 alumni about what they’ve achieved since winning the award, how it’s helped them progress and why you should nominate an amazing woman

Shruti Ajitsaria | Partner and head of Fuse at AllenOvery

Sonal Shah | Vice President in Projects, Barclays

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

Award’s timeline

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

Winner’s celebration event
06 December 2022

POWERED BY

Barclays logo - NEW 2022

SPONSORED BY

TechWomen100 Sponsors 2022

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SysAdmins: The backbone of our organisations

SysAdmin Day has arrived, giving us a chance to show appreciation for our system administrators.

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They are the ones who undertake the work on the front line of the IT world, handling everything from system failures to updating hardware and a variety of other tasks in between. Unfortunately, because much of the work they do takes place behind the scenes, they are often under-appreciated despite being so integral to day-to-day runnings. We spoke to ten technology experts to give us a better insight into the vital work SysAdmins carry out and how we can appreciate them going forward.

The lack of acknowledgement of SysAdmins seems to stem from a lack of understanding their work.

Mike Gosling, IT Service Platforms Manager at Cubic Transportation Systems expands, “whilst SysAdmins are respected within the IT profession, many people do not understand the scope and complexity of their role. High quality IT services are often taken for granted, with the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ proving indicative. Indeed, organisations have a tendency to recognise customer facing staff more than roles like the SysAdmin, which keep systems running behind the scenes”.

In order to rectify this under-appreciation, it is first important to realise what the role of a SysAdmin involves. Paul Farrington, Chief Product Officer at Glasswall explains: “SysAdmins are vital employees – from ensuring that system patches are rolled out on time, to monitoring the performance of all IT systems to ensure they’re working effectively, SysAdmins keep their organisations delivering services to customers”.

Advanced skillsets demanded of SysAdmins

The position also requires a great deal of multitasking as Terry Storrar, Managing Director, Leaseweb UK highlights. “SysAdmins not only have to contend with day-to-day tasks, they also have to be crisis managers in the event of a natural disaster or cyber attack. In addition to this, they also have to keep up with the latest IT trends, home working and introduction of BYOD – no mean feat by anyone’s standards. When it comes to multitasking and wearing many hats, SysAdmins reign supreme”.

David Miller, SVP Technology, at Fluent Commerce also touches on the many roles SysAdmins cover: “they have evolved into DevOps, cloud, and site reliability engineers (SREs) in the age of the cloud. These individuals are the backbone of organisations by ensuring shipping software is cost-effective, reliable, secure and performant. By converting committed code into value that is delivered to clients, they empower users to have all they need to accomplish their jobs securely.”

He adds “they are the foundation for ensuring that performance and availability are increasing globally. On SysAdmin Day, we are proud to honour their dedication and hard work.”

With technology advancing, this only means the requirements expected of SysAdmins are increasing. Richard Orange, Vice President EMEA at Exabeam furthers, “their job is getting harder every year. Challenges now facing SysAdmins include supporting a geographically diverse workforce, while contending with an ever-expanding attack surface and diminishing distinguishable corporate perimeter.

“And, as organisations become increasingly cloud-focused, SysAdmins are doing a huge amount of the heavy lifting when it comes to migration. Accelerated cloud adoption is also removing some of the previous security controls inherent in provisioning on-premise infrastructure, causing further complexities for our SysAdmins”.

Working from home impact

The pandemic thrust everyone into the unknown territory of working from home, meaning different things for different professions and industries, and SysAdmins were no exception. Steve Young, UKI Sales Engineering Director at Commvault, explains, “as working from home has doubled in the UK in the past two years, more employees are remotely accessing company networks than ever before. At the same time, the threat landscape has grown dramatically, with 39% of UK businesses suffering a cyberattack in 2021. Not only are there now more potential entry points for bad actors to access systems, but files are increasingly being stored locally, creating a greater risk of data loss as a result of shadow IT and files not being backed up. For this reason, the job of a SysAdmin has never been more necessary”.

Despite these added challenges, SysAdmins continue to persevere. Rob Gilbert, Managing Director for Commercial and Logistics Business at Totalmobile discusses how this is evident within the transport sector. “Despite this increase in workload and simultaneous decrease in team members, SysAdmins have worked around the clock during the past few years and helped to successfully keep the country moving – literally. It’s important therefore to take the time to appreciate them for keeping drivers on the road. Just one of the ways businesses can do this is through training and development: creating a clear path for career progression through regular training sessions and opportunities to take on greater responsibilities, supported by fit-for-purpose and innovative technologies that enable them to deliver maximum value”.

Valuing your SysAdmins

No one can argue that the role of SysAdmins is easy, by any means, therefore we must remember to value them and the work they do. Gregg Mearing, CTO at Node4 notes, “SysAdmins quietly bear the full-force of any and all IT business challenges thrown their way. And while they bear the huge responsibility of making sure every piece of equipment and technology runs correctly and efficiently, a SysAdmin’s job is often overlooked. We should appreciate these crucial workers everyday – if you rarely notice the work of a SysAdmin, it proves how good of a job they do! Take time this SysAdmin Day to celebrate the unsung heroes of your business”.

There is a role we can all play in appreciating SysAdmins. Steve Cochran, CTO, ConnectWise advises, “the best thing an organisation can do to support its SysAdmins is to find the right programs to provide insight into workflows and efficiency while facilitating system response monitoring. This frees up SysAdmin to address other, more pressing issues so they are able to be more proactive and handle reactive situations with ease”.

Hugh ScantleburyHugh Scantlebury, CEO and Founder of Aqilla concludes, “they play a central role in maintaining applications, coordinating cloud services and environments, managing data storage and business continuity strategies, and supporting the broader IT infrastructure. They’re the people who keep our networks up and running, rain or shine. We simply would not be able to work without them”.


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How to break into the tech industry as a woman with little experience

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By Frankie Malpass, Senior Product Manager, Goodlord

According to a study from PwC, women value making a difference in the world with half of those surveyed stating that feeling like the work they do makes the world a better place is the most important factor when deciding their future career, and I would have to agree.

But when you consider the small number of women in the tech industry – arguably the most significant sector in shaping our world today – it becomes alarmingly clear that more needs to be done to close the existing gender gap.

Whether it be down to the belief that the industry is too male dominated, the lack of visible female role models, or simply a lack of encouragement at education level, women are missing out on the opportunity to pursue a career in tech. But the industry needs women for a multitude of reasons: to ensure a diverse and talented workforce, to prevent biases in the sector, to narrow the gender pay gap and to provide role models to other aspiring women.

Personally, tech was the last industry I thought I’d end up working in. From avoiding IT class at school, to just generally being somewhat of a technophobe, I’d say it was a stroke of serendipity that got me to where I am today…

My journey

Starting any new career can be daunting, especially for the many people who finish education not knowing exactly what the future holds career-wise. Influenced by my friends, I joined a graduate scheme at the rental tech start-up, Goodlord. From what I’d witnessed from my friends’ experiences, start-ups seemed to offer the type of working environment I was looking for – innovative, fast-paced and creative.

A graduate scheme also sounded ideal as you would get the opportunity to rotate between many different sectors and learn which area of a company you could really enjoy and excel in. While this was my intended plan, I started in the tech support team at Goodlord and loved it so much I never left! Being exposed to the everyday problems faced by the customers inspired me to stick with tech, as being able to contribute to solutions and seeing the impact in the real world was especially rewarding.

During my scheme, an opportunity to join the product team cropped up and naturally, I didn’t want to miss out. Joining the product team enabled me to work alongside engineers to come up with tech solutions to problems unaddressed by previous innovators in the ‘PropTech scene’. Whilst it was initially very challenging, constantly feeling out of the loop and failing to understand various tech jargon, I couldn’t be more pleased that I persevered and finally managed to overcome any feelings of imposter syndrome. Being immersed in an environment of passionate and intelligent colleagues and having a mentor to look up to for support really enabled me to grow in both confidence and knowledge.

I am now a senior product manager, which involves developing and leading long-term strategic roadmaps, negotiating with stakeholders to ensure the most impactful work is prioritised and helping teams to consistently meet their objectives. The thing I love most about my job is the autonomy and creative licence it grants.

Top tips for women breaking into the tech landscape

  • You won’t know unless you try – If you’re considering a career in tech my best piece of advice would be to just go for it. Worst case scenario, it’s not for you and you move on to try something else. But you’ll be able to do so without being haunted by thoughts of ‘what if’.
  •  Imposter syndrome is natural – Everyone, whether they care to admit it or not, has probably experienced the feeling of being inadequate and unfortunately, this can be common for women in the workplace, namely due to a lack of females in similar roles, especially as you go higher up the ladder. Don’t let this become a barrier. Recognising your limitations and having confidence in your abilities can really help you to overcome this common phenomenon.
  •  Have the courage to ask questions – In my experience, the people that ask the most questions are the ones that go on to be really successful. After all, asking questions signals your willingness to learn and demonstrates receptiveness to new information – a skill that will be invaluable for career progression.

Today, it’s great to see more and more women deciding to pursue a career in technology and it’s easy to understand why it appeals to so many. A career in tech can truly empower an individual to implement real difference in the world. Working on the edge of innovation with like-minded people can also provide incredible job satisfaction and the scope of possibilities in tech is enormous– a career in technology is boundless. See for yourself and give it a go.

About the author

Frankie Malpass is senior product manager at RentTech company Goodlord. Since joining the company in 2016, Frankie has developed a great knowledge of the core tech platform and is a key driver of business growth.