everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology


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Advance your career in technology at the everywoman Academy |


Join 100+ rising stars and future leaders at the stunning Lowry Hotel in Manchester for the everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology - a day of networking and career insights for women in technology looking to advance their careers.


The interactive programme will equip you with practical techniques to navigate workplace challenges, become more confident and, ultimately, unlock your full potential.


During the Masterclasses you will discover how to:

  • Be more agile so you can be a leader in times of change
  • Develop a growth mind-set so you can take the lead and realise new opportunities


Motivational speakers on the day will include:

  • Morteza Mahjour, Group Chief Information Officer at Lloyds Banking Group
  • Claire Braithwaite, Tech Advisor at Manchester Growth Company


Previous everywoman in Technology Academy delegates have described the day as “a great investment of your time” and “impactful and positively challenging”, they told us that the Academy:

  • Gives you the opportunity to learn new skills to support your career advancement
  • Creates excellent networking opportunities
  • Provides you the time to think about the bigger picture and plan your progression
  • Helps you think about how you perform and appear at work, as well as how to improve
  • Offers valuable access to female role models you can identify with
When and where
13th October 2016
Start time: 
The Lowry Hotel,
50 Dearmans Place
M3 5LH Chapel Wharf, Manchester
United Kingdom
08.30 Registration & Coffee
09.15 Welcome
Karen Gill MBE & Maxine Benson MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd
09.30 Opening Address
Morteza Mahjour, Group Chief Information Officer, Lloyds Banking Group
09.45 Keynote
Claire Braithwaite, Tech Advisor, Manchester Growth Company
10.15 Refreshments & Networking
10.45 Keynote 
11.15 Panel Session
Panel Moderator - Martin Bryant, Community Editor, Tech North
12.15 Lunch & Networking


Becoming a Champion of Change - Des Christofi

In a business world where change is inevitable, personal agility and resilience are crucial when it comes to navigating your way through.

Join this masterclass to discover how to be more agile so you can be a leader in times of change. You’ll discover how to: 

  • Be purposeful - having clarity of purpose, goals and inner resources
  • Be future proof – having strengths and skills that are relevant
  • Take control – expanding your sphere of influence and being proactive


Embracing an Innovative Mind-set - Sally Kettle

Being risk-adverse holds us back from driving innovation, which stands between us and success.

During this masterclass you will explore your attitude to risk-taking and learn how to develop a growth mind-set so you can take the lead and realise new opportunities. You’ll discover:

  • How comfortable you are with taking risks
  • Practical advice to enable good decision making in risky situations
  • How to overcome the fear of failure and seize the opportunity
15.20 Refreshments & Networking 
15.45 Motivational Session
16.30 Closing Remarks
Karen Gill MBE & Maxine Benson MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd
16.45 Event Close



Claire Braithwaite

Manchester Growth Company

Des Christofi

everywoman Expert

Martin Bryant

Tech North

Morteza Mahjour

Lloyds Banking Group

Ofri Dar

Business Intelligence Manager

Sally Kettle

everywoman Expert
Amanda Follitt

Amanda Follit

Head of Digital Operations Services Amaze
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Key Partner

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group is proud to support 2016 everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology. Being able to attract, develop, fully utilise and retain top female talent is highly important to us, and we recognise that companies with gender diverse senior management teams perform better. It is for this reason, Lloyds Banking Group has made a commitment to be a leader in gender diversity. In 2014 we made a public commitment to having 40% of senior roles filled by women by 2020. We are proud to be the first FTSE 100 organisation to make such a bold commitment on gender equality.

Supporting Sponsor

FDM Group

FDM has long been a champion of everywoman and we share the same goals to inspire and create exciting careers for women in the technology sector. Inclusivity is one of our core values and with circa 50% of our senior management team being female, this commitment can be seen across all areas of the business. We are proud of our achievements but recognise that there’s still a long way to go. We are delighted to support the everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology and the important role these women play in inspiring the next generation. 


ResponseTap is a dynamic and forward-thinking company with clear strategies for managing resource diversity. Within this strategy, gender equality and development form an integral part. This year, we are delighted to sponsor the everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology in Manchester, with its focus on women in technology. Our support for this event highlights our commitment to nurturing inclusivity and gender driven results in the workplace. As a fast-growth tech company, ResponseTap's personnel numbers are rapidly expanding; as growth accelerates every care is taken to recruit a well-balanced and blended team. From the outset, ResponseTap founders, Ross Fobian and Richard Hamnett, have worked hard to foster a culture of workplace diversity. 

Supported by

Manchester Tech Nights
M14 Industries
M14 Industries
Women’s Engineering Society
Women in Telecoms and Technology
DevelopHer / GirlsInTechUk
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