WeAreTechWomen are delighted to invite you to our TechWomen100 award’s ceremony.

Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen are having to do things a little differently with our awards this year. We will be holding a virtual award’s evening for all winners, sponsors and judges on the evening of 08 December 2020.

Over the course of the award’s ceremony, you will hear from inspirational speakers and entertainers who will all be endeavouring to create a truly magically experience for you all. We cannot give you the true physical experience of one of our award ceremonies, however what we have planned will be an evening to remember!


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17:45 – Welcome speeches

18:05 – Welcome and keynote from Dame Stephanie Shirley

18:15 – Award’s presentations

19:00 – Keynote from Avye Couloute

19:05 – Award’s presentations

19:50 – Entertainment from The Vocal Jewels

20:00 – Award’s presentations

20:15 – Closing entertainment from The Vocal Jewels

20:20 – Close



Julia Streets is a champion of fintech entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity.

In 2007, Julia founded Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy. She helped launch the Chi-X brand of international alternative stock exchanges, including Chi-X Australia. Since then she and her team have advised a wide range of firms in the world of capital markets, B2B and payments, and offering specialist technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, cyber and more.

Wary that diversity and inclusion is fast becoming the latest corporate marketing jargon, last year Julia launched a podcast series, ‘DiverCity Podcast’. On each episode, industry luminaries shine a light on progress, call out areas requiring further focus and offer insights and best practice to help listeners drive change.



Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH, age 87, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist.

Her life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she started a software house, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. In 2009/10 she served as the UK’s first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact, totally £67m to date. The focus is on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.

Her memoir Let It Go was published in 2012. It has sold 30,000 copies and Penguin re-published in April 2019 with a view to distributing it worldwide – the first translated version launched in Germany in October 2020. A big screen film is also in the making by The Artists Partnership, with Producer Damian Jones and Director Haifaa al-Mansour. The shortlist for an actress to play Dame Stephanie includes Claire Foy and Emily Blunt. Filming is currently on hold due to Covid_19.

During Lockdown 2020, Dame Stephanie produced her second book, So To Speak, a collection of 30 of her speeches given over the last 40 years. The book was launched on 1st November 2020.

Dame Stephanie has been much honoured. In 2013, she was named by Woman’s Hour as one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain. In 2014, the Science Council listed her as one of the Top 100 practising scientists in the UK. In 2015, Dame Stephanie was given the Women of the Year Special Award. Her TED Talk in 2015 was to a standing ovation from more than a thousand of the world’s most recognised technical entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators and doers. It has received 2.1m views. In 2017, Dame Stephanie received a Companion of Honour, one of only 65 people worldwide to receive such a recognition.



The Vocal Jewels are a brand new live vocal duo for special occasions. Cartier and Gemma are professional Musical Theatre performers with credits between them including Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hair, Best of Wham, Buddy The Musical and HMS Pinafore. With vast experience singing at live events, launching The Vocal Jewels was a very exciting natural progression for them.

They curate bespoke set lists for their clients ranging from reception music, to party music, to themed feature sets of songs from the Movies and Musicals.

Cartier and Gemma have been best friends and singing together since they were 11 years old! They love performing together and are so excited to be singing for WeAreTechWomen for the amazing TechWomen100 awards and are delighted to offer our congratulations to all the amazing winners!



At WeAreTechWomen, social responsibility is hard-wired into everything we do and we are passionate about paying it forward.

We are very honoured to be working with our charity partner, Autistica, for this year’s awards. Autistica is the UK’s largest and leading autism research charity, which both funds and campaigns for medical research into autism. Their mission is to build long, healthy, happy lives for all autistic people and their families.

To find out more about Autistica and how to get involved, click here.