Love OyeniranIn this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their third year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Love Oyeniran, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2018.

In an era of digital disruption, Love drives change; championing transformation and re-invention of user journeys within various business streams. She works in a consultative manner with businesses on issues of strategy, organisational efficiency and technology and is experienced in delivering change in complex, global Business and IT programmes.

Love was recently awarded the Tech100 award, and nominated for WATC Rising Star 2019, for her contributions to two industry pioneering automation and digital transformation projects that were mentioned in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. Love is passionate about ensuring a greater representation of young minority females, in her industry and has looked to address the shortfall by providing structured mentorship and work experience, for those who did not study a STEM subject and want to work in Tech.

As a board trustee, Love has coupled her technical, change and organisational management skills to support a UK charity to advance its vision and achieve good governance.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

Firstly I was shocked to even be nominated; so to find out that I had won I was over the moon. I was very grateful for the recognition and aside I was further encouraged to find more was to creatively promote other women in Tech.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Since winning the award I have been approached to a speak at the DX summit centred around digital transformation. It is a great opportunity to share the stage with people at the forefront of the Tech industry.  Along with the organisers I will be providing a number of tickets to my wider network, in hopes this will provide insights to different emerging technologies including RPA/AI, IoT, Blockchain and Smart Homes to young women in various stages of their Tech career.

After the TechWomen100 award, I was nominated as a WATC ‘Rising Star’ in the technology category. I am excited by the opportunity to get to know the other nominees and expand my network.

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

It’s a great opportunity to let people know what you’ve been up to, so don’t be shy! I was taken back by how much support was shown by, friends, colleagues and wider network.

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

I find it really interesting how the landscape is always changing, and gaining the understanding of this is an interesting way to enhance ones career. I would suggest members exploring their wider industry; for example you may have thought to work in a traditional bank, but you may be pleasantly surprised to understand how Fintechs challenging the status quo. Wherever you find yourself, try to understand the shortcoming and the successes of both the firm and your team and assess the ways you can add value.