2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology


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Stepping up and shaping the future


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As the UK’s largest tech forum for women, the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology, will gather both male and female forward-thinking futurists, many of the brightest business leaders in tech and some of the finest motivators and professionals in female development for an energising one-day event.


Whether you’re a manager looking to drive your team’s performance, an aspiring leader or an ambitious graduate looking to build a career in the tech sector, our inspiring line-up will help give you the skills and motivation you need to succeed.


A growing body of research demonstrates that gender balanced teams produce better outcomes and create a more sustainable future for an organisation’s entire workforce, with a direct and positive impact on the bottom line. The forum is attended by both men and women and is an ideal fit for female and male managers who are looking to develop teams of gender balance and productivity.


From communicating in a virtual world and the value of mindful leadership, to the importance of risk-taking in innovation and how to future-proof your career, the forum provides a much-needed opportunity for women at every level to give their career the attention it deserves.


And, with the last two forums each attracting more than 600 women and men from across 20 countries, don’t miss the chance to get connected at the tech sector’s most valuable networking event focused on advancing women and building gender diverse teams.


To find out more about how your company can get involved with the forum contact info@everywoman.com.

When and where
9th February 2017
Start time: 
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Ln
W1K 1BE London
United Kingdom


Registration and Coffee


Karen Gill MBE and Maxine Benson MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd


Building tomorrow’s legacy today​
Karen Quintos, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Dell


Panel session: Time to future-proof your communications
Moderated by Jennifer Thomas, Head of Internal Communications and Experience, Direct Line Group
Niki Dow, Senior Director, Technical Communications, ARM
Richard Davies, Director, I Like Mondays
Anna Lawler, UK&I Marketing Director, VMware

As technology evolves, so does the way we interact with each other. Have you found yourself wondering how to stay ahead in this ever changing landscape? Find out how to adapt the way you and your brand communicate in the digital age.

Industry experts will explore how today’s relationships are best cultivated and reveal which strategies you can adopt to future-proof your career.


6Ds shaping the future of work
Dr Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight & Futures, BT Global Services Innovation Team 


Coffee and networking​


Rocking the boat:  Learning from the journey of a disruptive start-up​
Nick Jenkins, Founder, Moonpig.com


Panel session: Is disruptive innovation such a risky business?
Moderated by Kate Jack, Head of UK, innogy Innovation Hub 
Nick Telford-Reed, Director of Technology Innovation, Worldpay
Fatima Zada, Director of Technology and Innovation, Harvey Nichols
Ariane Gorin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Expedia
Elspeth Briscoe, Founder and CEO, MyOnlineSchool, entrepreneur in residence for innogy Innovation Hub

The accelerating pace of technology means businesses may sometimes need to move even faster to capitalise on new opportunities.

Key players in innovation will come together to reveal what risk means to them and whether there are differences in the way men and women manage their approach to decision-making. Is it time to redefine failure and its connection with business success? And could it be that playing safe is the biggest risk of all?


Fireside chat: Harness the power of mindful leadership
Moderated by Tanya Cordrey, Non Executive Director and Digital Adviser, former Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News & Media
Orlagh Hunt, Former Chief People Officer, AIB
Olivia Gribaudo, Lead Consultant, PurpleBeach, former Head of Organisational Effectiveness at Diageo

Many of us have successfully applied mindfulness to our personal lives yet it can be a challenge to bring the same benefits into business. How can you instil mindful practices when leading a project or team and keep these sustained?

This session will reflect on the habits of successful mindful leaders and identify techniques to help you focus on the areas you can influence.  


Reclaiming the byte
Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation  


Preparing for digital natives: Attracting and retaining Generation Z

12.25 – 12.35    Defining Generation Z
       Tara Beard-Knowland, Senior Director, Ipsos MORI

12.35 - 13.00   Meeting Generation Z
                       Moderated by Laleh Mahjour, Chief Operating Officer, Modern Muse
                       Megan Hampton, Project Analyst, Microsoft
                       Jumainah Munim, Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
                       Marie Foster, Junior DevOps Engineer, BP plc





Confident Risk-Taking
LUCY BALL, everywoman expert

Risk-taking is a key factor when it comes to innovation and is essential for growth.  If you are risk-averse you need to find the right balance so that you can grab opportunities to make your career soar. Stepping up to leadership, shaping the future of a business or following your career dreams takes courage. How confident a risk-taker are you?

In this workshop you will learn about your own risk appetite and be inspired to get out of your comfort zone for game-changing results.


Futureproofing Your Career
Fiona Morden, everywoman Expert

As organisations adapt to the incredible pace of technological change, there are certain skills that will support you to adapt and transition.

Our expert will help you uncover the skills and approaches that can future proof your career in this dynamic industry.


Powerful Virtual Communication
Jodi Goldman, everywoman Expert

Ever feel like you’re constantly fighting to be heard? Jodi Goldman, Personal Impact Specialist, leads this workshop to help you fine-tune your communications skills and collaborate meaningfully with less face-to-face. Discover ways to remain in control and be heard over those bigger personalities.

From social media to conference calls, Jodi will share her top tips to sound (and feel) more confident, stay focused and contribute more effectively using different communication tools. 

Taking the Lead with Mindfulness
Molly Greenwood, everywoman expert

The daily act of juggling emails, social media, meetings, telephone calls, ad hoc projects, changing priorities and more, makes it harder to prioritise and easier to lose both focus and momentum.

This workshop will help you cut out the white noise, you’ll discover how to use mindfulness to improve your leadership skills and help with decision making.

All delegates will attend two of the above sessions. Masterclasses have limited availability and you will be asked to make your selection when registering.


Breaking boundaries and designing your future 
Stephanie Davies, Director and Founder, Laughology

It can sometimes be the belief that ability and intelligence are set, or we have reached the peak of our knowledge.  This is not true; intelligence and ability are not fixed, we can always improve and learn and intelligence is obtainable by all and generally the only thing stopping us is self-belief and bias. Popular culture and science plays up differences between male and female brains with potentially damaging consequences for workplaces and the future of development and beyond. Expelling these myths and giving a real insight into the mind, our ability and possibilities as well as how our beliefs impact how we  think, act and communicate can encourage us to excel as human beings.  Making ourselves and our business capabilities endless, rather than fixed by fictitious boundaries.  In this short but packed intro session you will take away:

  • An insight into human behaviour, the mind and abilities
  • An understanding of emotional intelligence and greater self-awareness
  • Practical techniques for greater decision making and innovative thinking
  • An understanding of how projected beliefs about brain gender differences and abilities impacts on individual and organisational development


Closing Remarks​
Karen Gill MBE and Maxine Benson MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd


Coffee and Networking


Event Close



Lucy Ball

everywoman Expert

Elspeth Briscoe

Founder and CEO, MyOnlineSchool, entrepreneur in residence for innogy Innovation Hub
Richard Davies

Richard Davies

Director, I Like Mondays
Stephanie Davies

Stephanie Davies

Director and Founder, Laughology
Niki Dow

Niki Dow

Senior Director, Technical Communications, ARM

Ariane Gorin

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Expedia Affiliate Network

Molly Greenwood

everywoman expert

Kate Jack

Head of UK, innogy Innovation Hub

Nick Jenkins

Founder, Moonpig.com

Fiona Morden

everywoman Expert
Chi Onwurah

Chi Onwurah

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation

Karen Quintos

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Nick Telford-Reed

Director of Technology Innovation, Worldpay

Jennifer Thomas

Head of Internal Communications and Experience, Direct Line Group
Fatima Zada

Fatima Zada

Director of Technology and Innovation, Harvey Nichols
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Key Partners

Dell Logo

Dell are proud to be sponsoring the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology. At Dell, we believe that women share a unique perspective and approach to business; they are using innovative technology to reach customers and utilize data in unprecedented ways. Women especially understand that it’s not the technology itself that is important, but what connections, solutions and changes it enables them to make, and events like everywoman Forum make these connections possible.

As a long-time partner of everywoman, Worldpay is proud to sponsor the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology; helping everywoman in its aim to champion female professionals in the technology sector. Worldpay is a leader in global payments processing and we help businesses of all sizes sell more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone, and on the move. Technology is at the very core of what we do. We are specialists in financial and payment technology and without the very latest technology and engineering we simply couldn’t satisfy our customers’ demands. Worldpay is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in the workplace as well as fostering an inclusive environment, promoting creativity and innovation. We are delighted to be supporting everywoman because we’re passionate about helping women to start and excel their careers in this exciting sector.

Platinum Sponsors

Cisco logo

Cisco technology solutions enable connections that create social, environmental and economic impact. We know that empowering women is a critical component of our success, and so Cisco has created a curriculum specifically for females, which supports women at all stages of their career, as well as an executive shadow programme to give talented females visibility to senior roles and for our leaders to understand the broad range of female talent that we have. This, when combined with our culture of empowerment and trust, and our flexible working practices, allows employees greater flexibility in accomplishing their work goals, while allowing for work-life balance as well. Cisco is proud to be supporting the 2017 everywoman Forum. Just being here shows that you are committed to developing yourself and your career and we are sure that today’s event will inspire you to leave with renewed confidence for the future.

Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) is the purely partner-focused arm of the Expedia group. Through our intelligent API; our white-labelled or co-branded template solutions; and our agent booking tool, we offer world-class accommodation and configurable services to a range of partners across the globe.

We are proud to be part of the everywoman Forum because we feel strongly that inclusion is important. Having diverse voices leads to a more creative workplace. The Expedia group recently released data about gender pay parity, and ongoing efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership within the Expedia family of brands. As part of this, Expedia revealed that, on average, pay at the company is equal between men and women, and that 52 percent of Expedia employees are women. Women also now hold 33 percent of Expedia’s leadership positions.

As the innogy Innovation Hub, we aim to radically innovate energy to unlock a smart, responsible and people-powered future. That’s why we are co-creating with start-ups who can shape the future with us. Based on our five focus areas, we concentrate on business model innovation, aiming to bring digital based businesses to reality. Our London outpost is no different, harnessing one of the finest and most diverse innovation ecosystems in the world to create new kinds of partnerships that advance the ambition of our startup founders.

Gold Sponsors

Diversity is at the very core of ARM and is what drives our innovation and success. The 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology, is an important recognition of the work that women are doing in technology and we're proud to be supporting it. Our view is that we need to foster a strong gender mix in the workplace by establishing a creative, inclusive and well-balanced environment that ultimately leads to success. As a company, we live and breathe this philosophy.

Bloomberg logo

Bloomberg is proud to support the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology. At Bloomberg, we’re focused on attracting, retaining and developing the best people around the globe to help us succeed in all we do. Our mission is to establish an inclusive work environment where all Bloomberg employees feel respected for their diversity and empowered to impact the business globally and achieve success. Since 2014, Bloomberg has also supported Bloomberg Women in Technology, a group which brings together people from across the company to focus on coding, leadership and mentorship.

SAP logo

SAP SuccessFactors is very proud to be supporting the everywoman Forum. We know that a rich mix of gender perspectives helps drive our innovation and enables us to better serve customers. That’s why SAP is committed to having 25% women in leadership by the end of 2017 and has created numerous initiatives to reach that goal. The SAP Business Women’s Network is SAP’s largest employee-driven network, with more than 8,000 members and 50 chapters globally. It helps women advance their careers by building strong relationships, sharing professional insights, developing skills, and seizing career-advancing opportunities.

SSE logo

SSE are pleased to be a gold partner of the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology. This is the third consecutive year that SSE has supported this event which is indicative of the importance that SSE place on diversity and inclusion across the organisation. Advancing women in technology is a key initiative within the SSE IT function. SSE IT recognises the benefits and value of ensuring that we have balanced teams across all parts of the function. Diversity is considered at all levels from graduate recruitment, career development and senior leadership appointments. We are delighted to continue to be involved with the everywoman Forum.

VMWare logo

VMware is proud to be supporting the everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology. At VMware, we pride ourselves in fostering an inclusive culture, and we empower our employees regardless of gender. We are both passionate and fully committed to supporting initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women in technology. We believe that this is a great opportunity to recognise, highlight and celebrate the positive impact that women have within our industry.

Silver Sponsors

At BAE Systems, we value diversity. It benefits our people and helps our business grow. A diverse workforce encourages innovation, improves productivity and brings us closer to our customers. We work with a number of organisations to encourage more people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. We are proud to support everywoman and the Advancing Women in Technology Forum and see it as a key way to help us retain the best women in tech and create an inclusive environment where every one of our employees is valued and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Lloyds Banking Group is proud to sponsor the 2017 everywoman Forum. We recognise that everyone is different and value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day.

In 2014, LBG made a public commitment in its Helping Britain Prosper Plan to having 40% of roles filled by women in 2020, and our Returners initiative is designed in part to enable senior female talent into the business who have been out of the workplace for 2 years or more. Many of these careers are within our Group IT Division, for more information search for Lloyds Banking Group Careers.

Bronze Sponsors

Dassault Sytemes logo

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Our solutions transform the way products are designed, produced and supported. With 14,000 passionate people from 123 nationalities, we believe in the power of diversity. That is why we are delighted to sponsor the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology.

As a woman working in the technology space, you are driven to make a difference. You have dreams. You enjoy challenges. You want to unleash your imagination and creativity. Let’s open new horizons together with the power of virtual universes!

vocalink logo

We’re VocaLink. A champion of workplace diversity in the UK Fintech industry and a proud sponsor partner of the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology. We’re committed to empowering the next generation of technology leaders around the world and building a workforce that better reflects the communities we’re part of.

Supporting Sponsors

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. The tech industry is creating jobs and growth across the UK. In 2015 the internet economy contributed 10% of the UK’s GDP. 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium sized businesses.

Where can you find a group of successful, selfless women dedicated to furthering their own and others development through sharing their wisdom and experience? This was the question we asked ourselves in 2012 when we were looking for ways to support our female talent at T-Systems Limited to be the best they can be. Our answer was, everywoman! Great women are made, not born and under our Guiding Principle, ‘Best Place to Perform and Grow’ we endeavour to create an environment for our people to thrive, where they can grasp opportunities; get recognised and be rewarded for good performance. What we saw in everywoman was a network that not only supported our vision but also stretched our thoughts and challenged us to look deeper at our goals. Together and in collaboration, we now have a supportive network of dynamic, innovative and empowered women who have achieved success and love what they do. Everywoman has provided us with guidance, training materials, connections and much more. Together we are supporting women in technology and business for today and tomorrow.


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