WEARETECHWOMEN’S HYBRID CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN IN TECH

Date

07 June 2024

Time

8.30am - 5pm

Location

etc.venues St Paul's

Date

07 June 2024

Time

8.30am - 5pm

Location

etc.venues St Paul's

Date

07 June 2024

Time

8.30am - 5pm

Location

etc.venues St Paul's

STAGE AGENDAS

Click on the STAGES below to see what we are covering on the day.

Welcome: Opening remarks and introduction to the conference

with Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting

Opening addresses, what to expect of the day and to make the most of your time with us at WeAreTechWomen!

Vanessa Vallely OBE - Headshot 2024Meet the Room: Speed Networking

with Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO of WeAreTechWomen

Join Vanessa Vallely OBE, as she provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of networking. In this engaging session, Vanessa will delve into the significance of networking in both personal and professional spheres, sharing its pivotal role in fostering meaningful connections, expanding opportunities, and cultivating a thriving community.

This session will feature a dynamic segment of speed networking, allowing participants to put their newfound knowledge into practice in a fast-paced and interactive setting.

Keynote: The Tech Landscape for Women with Tech Talent Charter

with Karen Blake, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Tech Talent Charter and Lexie Papaspyrou, Product Director for the Tech Talent Charter

Join us for an eye-opening keynote as we delve into the critical findings of the latest report from the Tech Talent Charter, shedding light on the alarming defunding crisis facing diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts in the tech industry.

In this session, we’ll uncover the sobering statistics surrounding gender and ethnic diversity in the tech sector, alongside emerging data points on socio-economic diversity, neurodivergence, and disability. However, beyond the numbers lies a stark warning: the hard-won progress in D&I is perilously close to being undone.

Learning Session: Allyship, Sponsors and Mentors – You Need Them All!

During this keynote, we explore the fundamental pillars of allyship, sponsorship, and mentorship in the ever-evolving landscape of the tech industry. In a world where diversity and inclusion are paramount, understanding the significance of these support systems is essential for women navigating their careers in technology. During this session, we will delve into the need for allies, sponsors, and mentors and share how to get the best out of these relationships.

Panel: Maximise your potential – drive your career, your way!

Facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting

Listen to the inspiring stories of resilience and success from a diverse group of seasoned women in tech. Our discussion will cover critical topics such as the importance of being a role model, how to navigate your own pathway for progression and how to maximise mentoring and sponsorship opportunities. Join us as we share actionable strategies to accelerate a career that you are in control of!

Learning Session: Your Career Might Be Squiggly! Embrace It

In this session, we learn how the landscape has changed in terms of traditional career paths. We will also discuss why we need to embrace the non-linear journey of career advancement with open arms. Join us as we delve into the twists and turns that shape individual career trajectories, highlighting the versatility and resilience gained from embracing a squiggly career path.

Keynote

with Baroness Martha Lane Fox, British entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Martha Lane Fox is a British entrepreneur, philanthropist, and public servant.  Martha is best known for co-founding Lastminute.com, an online travel and leisure retailer, along with Brent Hoberman in 1998. Lastminute.com became one of the most prominent British internet companies of the dot-com era. Join us for this inspiring keynote where Martha shares her incredible career journey, her reflection on the tech industry and the impact of AI.

Martha Lane Fox

Networking break


Keynote: Negotiation Strategies for Equal Pay and Promotions

with Natalie Reynolds, Founder of advantageSPRING; Author of ‘We Have A Deal’

During this interactive session, we’ll explore negotiation tactics for salary negotiations and career advancement. Through interactive exercises and expert guidance, we’ll delve into the art of negotiation, equipping you with the skills and strategies necessary to advocate for yourself effectively. Learn how to conduct thorough research, set achievable goals, and communicate your value proposition with confidence. Additionally, we’ll share insider tips to ensure that the deal you secure is the one you truly deserve. By the end of this session, you’ll feel empowered to navigate negotiations with clarity and assertiveness, driving your career forward with purpose.

Panel: Unlocking Your Worth: Mastering Pay Negotiation and Advancement Opportunities

Facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting

This discussion will focus on the lived experience of our panel where they will share how they have mastered negotiation tactics for salary and career advancement. Our panellists will offer invaluable insider tips garnered from their own negotiation journeys, ensuring that you leave equipped with the tools and knowledge to secure the deal you truly deserve. By the end of this panel, you’ll feel empowered to approach negotiations with clarity and assertiveness, driving your career forward with purpose and determination.

Fireside Chat: Sophie Neary in conversation with Vanessa Kingori OBE and audience Q&A

with Sophie Neary, Managing Director, Retail & FMCG @ Google and Vanessa Kingori OBE, Managing Director, Tech, Media and Telecoms at Google UK

Join us for this special fireside chat with Sophie and special guest Vanessa Kingori MBE. Sophie has over 28 years executive leadership experience spanning Marketing, E-Commerce, Strategy and Digital Transformation for the likes of Boots, Marks and Spencers and Meta. A feminist since 1971, Sophie is a passionate champion of women’s health in the workplace and has recently launched a series aiming to break down taboos and stereotypes called Courage Is Contagious. As a woman who is single and childfree from choice – Sophie will speak about embracing a life outside of the traditional expectations of society and helping to build a future where everyone has the greatest freedom of all – the choice to lead a life of their own choosing.


Lunch break

A chance to build your network, visit our partners in the exhibition lounge, access our on-site coaches and support our female entrepreneurs!


Closing Keynote 

with Vanessa Sanyauke, Founder of The Hill app, CEO of Girls Talk Corporation

Vanessa Sanyauke
Closing Activity: Peer to peer speed mentoring

with Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO of WeAreTechWomen

Participants engage in rapid-fire mentorship sessions with senior leaders from diverse industries. Through quick rotations between tables, mentees glean insights, seek advice, and forge connections with influential figures. Mentees seize the opportunity to pose burning questions, share aspirations, and receive personalized guidance tailored to their professional goals. For mentees, it’s a chance to tap into vast experience and propel their careers forward. Senior leaders pay it forward, investing in the next generation and leaving a lasting impact on their industries. As the session concludes, mentees depart with newfound wisdom, empowered to succeed. Speed Mentoring with Senior Leaders is more than networking—it’s a catalyst for growth and empowerment.

PANEL: The resilient leader – how to find your inner strength and Q&A

Join our expert panel as we explore the essential qualities of resilient leadership and uncover strategies to cultivate inner strength in today’s ever-changing world. From navigating adversity to inspiring teams, our panellists will share insights, tips, and real-world experiences to empower you on your leadership journey. Discover how resilience, courage, and adaptability can elevate your leadership effectiveness and guide your organization through challenges with confidence and grace. Get ready to unlock your inner strength and lead with resilience in an uncertain world.

KEYNOTE: Why can’t they see my potential? Strategies for standing out and showcasing your skills and Q&A.

with Susie Ramroop, Women’s Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Author of Be The Leader You Want To See

Join us for an empowering keynote on unlocking unrecognized potential and standing out in your career. Learn actionable strategies to showcase your skills effectively and elevate your visibility. Through real-world examples and proven techniques, gain the confidence to command attention for your talents and propel your career forward. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock your full potential and thrive in your professional journey.

PANEL: How to get promoted – Senior leaders share their top tips

Join seasoned senior leaders as they share top tips for securing that coveted promotion. Gain insights on navigating corporate landscapes, mastering essential skills, and showcasing your value to decision-makers. Discover the importance of cultivating a strong network and demonstrating leadership potential. Whether you’re aiming for advancement in your current role or preparing for the next step, this discussion will equip you with practical strategies for success. Don’t miss out on unlocking the keys to your professional advancement!

PANEL: How to get out of your own way – Building confidence, banishing your inner imposter

Join our expert panel for practical insights on overcoming self-doubt and unleashing your potential. Learn strategies to build confidence and conquer imposter syndrome. Gain actionable advice to silence your inner critic and cultivate self-assurance. Whether in career, relationships, or personal pursuits, this discussion offers valuable tools to thrive. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain clarity and empowerment. Join us for an inspiring conversation on embracing your true potential.

KEYNOTE: Supercharge your career with brand, networking, social media, coaches, mentors and sponsors and Q&A

with Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO of WeAreTechWomen

Join us for a dynamic keynote session where we’ll explore powerful strategies to propel your career forward. Learn how to build a standout personal brand, master networking and social media, and leverage the guidance of coaches, mentors, and sponsors. Through real-world examples and practical insights, you’ll gain actionable tools to navigate your career path with confidence. Stick around for a Q&A session to get personalized advice and supercharge your career journey. Don’t miss this chance to unlock your full potential!

KEYNOTE: Mindful Living: Balancing Mental Health and Life’s Demands (includes short meditation session)

Join us for a keynote session on mindful living and balancing mental well-being with life’s demands. Learn practical strategies for integrating mindfulness into your daily life and managing stress effectively. Experience a guided meditation to recharge and reconnect with yourself. Whether you’re navigating work or personal commitments, this session will equip you with tools for greater serenity. Join us for an inspiring journey towards enhanced mental well-being.

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Other activities available to attendees during the day

Virtual Exhibition Hall

Immerse yourself in our virtual exhibition hall to engage with our partners and sponsors

Product demos

Watch live product demos

Inspirational Stories

Visit our library of pre-recorded inspirational stories from leading figures in tech

Special Offers

Take advantage of our partners’ special offers

Venue


etc.venues, St Paul's, 200 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London, EC1A 4HD

Located near St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London, etc.venues‘ St. Paul’s location is part of etc.venues’ global portfolio of award-winning locations.

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