2016 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology

Event info

London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE
23 Feb 2016 8.30am to 5.00pm

women in technology: be seen, be heard, be memorable



After a phenomenal first year, the everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology is back, our one day event that will bring together and motivate 600 women in technology.


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Join us on Tuesday 23 February 2016 to hear from international leaders at the helm of million pound businesses, career development specialists, through to entrepreneurs whose innovation has moved the industry forward.

We’re pleased to announce that attendees will hear from Etsy, BT, Sony Professional Services, Fujitsu, Microsoft, Barclays, Skimlinks, Seenit and many more aspirational leaders in the industry.

The event was fully sold out last year, so get your tickets now.


what you'll learn:

  • The art of being memorable in the workplace, through confidence and charisma masterclasses.
  • Your ultimate career vision and how to fulfil your long term and short term career aspirations
  • How to cultivate the mind-set of success.
  • How to become ‘an agent of change’ and play a part in advancing other women in technology.


you should join the forum if you are:

  • a middle manager in technology.
  • an aspiring leader.
  • a junior staff members showing great promise.
  • a senior manager looking to inspire and invigorate your team.


last year's delegates said:



Registration & Coffee


Welcome – Maxine Benson MBE & Karen Gill MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd



Advancing in Technology: The importance of making connections

Erin McSweeney, Global Head of HR (CHRO), EMC Corporation




Nicole Vanderbilt, VP International, Etsy


Panel 1 - 'Agents of Change'

How can we make sure that technology is diverse as it is disruptive? The quest for parity cannot be achieved alone, we need both men and women involved in the conversation. In this panel we’re inviting ‘agents of change’, men and women who are actively encouraging and advancing women working in technology, to share how they do it and how we can all play a part.

Panel Moderator: Jackie Glenn, VP Global Chief Diversity Officer, EMC


  1. Jacky Wright, Vice President – Strategic Enterprise Services, Microsoft
  2. Tanya Channing, HR Director for Group Technology and Engineering, Worldpay
  3. Helen Adams, Vice President of Sales, Europe & Asia, ARM Holdings


Refreshments Break


Panel 2 – 'The art of being memorable'

Research shows that the key to leading a successful career isn’t how hard you work, but the way others perceive you and who you engage with. So to lead an unforgettable career, you must learn ‘the art of being memorable’.  In this panel discussion four women with outstanding careers share how they’ve become noticed in the workplace through charisma, confidence and self-belief.

Panel Moderator: Denise Law, Deputy Community Editor, The Economist Group


  1. Jacqueline de Rojas, VP & General Manager, Northern Europe, Citrix and President, TechUK
  2. Naomi Climer, President, The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  3. Dr Alison Vincent, Chief Technology Officer, UK & Ireland, Cisco


Tech visionaries on innovation 

Hear from two women who are revolutionising the way we use tech. Our speakers in this session are young, successful startupreneurs who have ventured into the unknown to bring the world never-seen-before tech, and they’re going to tell us all about their journey, from prototype to deployment. During this session we’ll also hear about their careers to date and discover how innovation doesn’t just lay in the hands of inventors; everyone can bring novelty and new ideas to their day-to-day roles. 


  1. Emily Forbes, Co-founder, Seenit



Michael Keegan, Head of EMEIA Product Business & Chairman of UK & Ireland, Fujitsu



12: 20

Becoming a Modern Muse

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette & Co-founder, Stemettes


Masterclasses (choose two of four masterclasses as seen below)

13:50 – 14.50 Session 1

14:50 – 15:00 Session changeover

15:00 – 16:00 Session 2


1. 'Up, down, or sideways: Take charge of your career' - Pippa Isbell, everywoman expert

What is your ultimate career vision? This session will help you uncover your strengths and drivers, to help you fulfil your long term and short term career aspirations. Turn your career vision into reality by being purposeful, having a goal, setting out and committing to some first steps.

2. 'Adapt to fit in? Why authenticity matters for women in tech' - Des Christofi, everywoman expert

In an industry where women are a minority, we may feel we need to adapt to fit in and be successful. Some of us do this to the extent of compromising on what we are about and who we are. This session will help you understand your values and USP so you can operate at your best authentically and encourage others to do so.

3. 'Think: a mindset for success'

The first step to success is understanding that our mindset controls where we want to go and can be our best friend or our worst enemy! This session will encourage you to take time out to ‘think about thinking’, understanding what you are truly committed to achieving – while allowing you to embrace the possibility of failure.

4. 'Get noticed for the right reasons: the misunderstood skill of charisma' - Ros Taylor, everywoman expert

Some people seem to ooze charisma out of every pore while others appear to have none. But what is ‘charisma’? And how can you get it? This masterclass will distil this often misunderstood leadership trait into its key components, so you can embrace the optimism, confidence and drive of ‘charismatic leadership’ – whether you consider yourself a leader or not.


Closing Keynote

In our speaker sessions the audience will hear from a trailblazer in technology, she could be an entrepreneur or a senior business leader, who will share her insights on building a career in technology. Last year we had the pleasure of hearing from M L Krakauer, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at EMC, Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist and Space Communicator. This year’s speaker session is to be announced.


Close - Maxine Benson MBE & Karen Gill MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd


Coffee & Networking




Key partner


EMC’s partnership with everywoman has expanded from sponsoring the Technology Leadership Academies in 2013 and 2014 and now encompasses the inaugural everywoman Technology Forum. The Forum will provide a greater number of women with access to the development and networking it fosters. At EMC, we are passionate about discovering and nurturing the industry’s best talent, and creating an environment in which it can thrive and achieve its potential.  Importantly for us, our partnership with Everywoman provides access to networking and development events for women at EMC and across the technology sector. We are committed to offering these opportunities for women to be successful, inspired and confident. The event will offer delegates a rich and valuable agenda full of world-class speakers. 


As a long time partner of everywoman, Worldpay is proud to sponsor the 2016 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 has a 42% market share in the UK. 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 partner


Cisco is delighted to be supporting Everywoman’s Advancing Women in Technology Forum as a Technology Partner.  Cisco’s goal is to connect everything - people, processes, data and things.   This requires innovation and creativity, which is delivered through having a diverse and inclusive culture. Cisco is committed to lead by example, and to create an inclusive environment where people openly share their own perspectives and are respected, valued, and heard.  We are actively promoting he talents and creativity of women within our company, empowering them to be truly authentic and allow each individual to flourish and achieve their personal best.  

Gold partner


Diversity is at the very core of ARM and is what drives our innovation and success. The 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.


SSE is one of the largest and broadest-based energy companies in the UK with interests in generation, wholesale, transmission, distribution and the sale of energy, telecoms and home services. It supplies electricity and gas to around 9 million homes and businesses throughout Great Britain and Ireland. SSE is proud to be both a Living Wage employer and the only FTSE 100 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark, meaning it is fully open and transparent over its tax affairs in the jurisdictions in which it operates. In addition, SSE employs almost 20,000 people across the UK, takes on over 100 apprentices annually and contributes around £9.1 billion to the UK economy annually. SSE is delivering unprecedented technology enabled transformation across its business and is investing more than £500m in our major programmes to deliver outstanding customer experiences.  SSE is proud to make a difference.  Difference being at the heart of diversity, we believe better diversity leads to better discussions, leading to better decisions and better business results. We are proud to sponsor the 2016 everywoman Forum: Advancing women in Technology.

Silver partner

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group is proud to support 2016 everywoman Forum: 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.

Bronze Partner


Supporting partner


techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 500,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. We are committed to increasing the number of women in leadership positions in technology businesses.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Media partner

Computer Weekly
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