2018 everywoman in Tech Forum


General information

energising tomorrow's world 


The next everywoman in Tech Forum will be returning to London on 8 February 2018. This empowering one-day event will gather both male and female role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology, inspirational women who have achieved great success within the sector and influential entrepreneurs who will share stories of their journey. The event will be attended by 600 women and men working in tech across industry sectors so offers a fantastic networking opportunity.

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.

And, with the last three 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.





“It’s been inspiring listening to so many accomplished leaders and most certainly empowering”

2017 everywoman in Tech Forum delegate 


NOT ABLE TO join us in london?

In addition to the UK event, this year we will be streaming the everywoman in Tech Forum live across the globe enabling participation wherever you are based. Click here for further information and to speak to a member of our sales team about our streaming packages.



In addition to the everywoman in Tech Forum we will be hosting the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards on the evening of 8 February 2018. This event is attended by 500+ leaders and influencers from across the industry who come to celebrate role models achieving success in technology.  Click here for tickets and further information.


To find out more about how your company can get involved with the forum or awards programme please contact seema@everywoman.com.


The 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum is certified by The CPD Certification Service.

When and where
8th February 2018
Start time: 
End time: 
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Lane
W1K 1BE London
United Kingdom


08:30 Registration & coffee 


09:00 Welcome - Maxine Benson MBE & Karen Gill MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd
09:20 Gender PARITY and artificial intelligence  

Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder, CognitionX

The tech entrepreneur discusses her journey into AI and the challenges she faced and overcame along the way. Tabitha will use her experience to discuss the impact of AI on the workplace and her advice for women working within the tech sector.


09:40 Knowing what I know now...

Melissa Di Donato, Chief Revenue Officer, SAP S/4HANA Cloud

In this session, hear from Melissa Di Donato, who will discuss hercareer journey and her strategic insight to advise on what you can expect to see happen in the future of the sector and how best to advance your career in technology.



Panel moderator: Marija Butkovic, Founder & CEO, Women of Wearables

Elena Corchero, Founder & Director of Lost Values 

Tania Boler, Co-Founder & CEO, Elvie

In this session key players in IoT will look at how this fast-paced sector will affect women in business. What impact will the IoT have on workplace equality and what resulting opportunities will arise for women in tech?


10:30 Refreshments Break


11:00 Panel session: What key skills are required for staying relevant during the rise of AI?

Panel moderator: Denise McQuaid, Commercial & Strategy Director, everywoman

Inma Martinez, Venture Partner, Deep Science Ventures & Chief Data Scientist, Right Brain Future Ltd

Suki Fuller, Founder, Miribure

With data, analysis and fact-based decisions becoming more automated as machines become faster and more efficient than humans, skills such as social understanding and empathy are going to become essential to anyone who wants to future proof their career. In this session key players in AI will look at how AI is transforming the workplace and the opportunities arising as a result. What are the  implications on the workplace? And, how can you manage this change? 


11:30 Building teams of balance & productivity 

Panel moderator: Helen Kelisky, Vice President of Cloud Business, IBM UK and Ireland

Ed Alford, Vice President of Business Application Services, BP

Jess Butcher, Co-Founder & Director, Blippar

Tunji Akintokun, Senior Vice President, NSC Global

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. In this panel session leaders in diversity will discuss the importance of implementing diverse strategies and the impact it has had on their workforce productivity.



Yen-Sze Soon , Managing Director, Accenture

In this session Yen-Sze Soon discusses her experience in training cobots, collaborative machines working with humans to help revolutionise the UK production line. You will hear about her passion for bringing digital to the industry as well as arising opportunities for women in this sector. In addition to this Yen-Sze Soon will deliver a live demonstration of how cobot can work.


12:20   Reverse mentoring

Panel moderator: Denise McQuaid, Commerical & Strategy Director 

Odo Noel, Senior Project Manager, Santander

Erica Neve, Director of Learning & Impact, Freeformers

Adam Freeman, Co-Founder & MD, Freeformers

Joseph Charm, Coach, Freeformers


13:00   Lunch


14:00   POWER HOURS 

14:00 – 15.00    Session 1

15:00 – 15:05    Session Changeover

15:05 – 16:05    Session 2

1. Building teams of balance & productivity

Matt Grimshaw, everywoman expert

Diversity within organisations and teams is increasingly sought as a source of competitive advantage. This session will explore the practical skills that managers need to manage diverse teams and foster an environment of psychological safety. 

2. Emotional Intelligence & theory of mind

Des Christofi, everywoman expert

With the rise of AI, and skills such as social understanding and empathy becoming essential, our everywoman experts in this workshop will focus on how you can develop your emotional intelligence in order to stay relevant.


3. Your authentic self 

Lucy Ball, everywoman expert

In this digital age it is easy to let the pressures of advertising and social media as well as competitive organisational life affect your own self-belief. Many of us as a result of this compare ourselves unfavourably to others and focus on our weaknesses. During this workshop Lucy Ball, everywoman expert, will help you identify and appreciate your strengths, preferences and talents and explore what gets in the way of you being the best version of yourself.  

​4. Gender Dynamics

Fiona Morden, everywoman expert

Gender dynamics are informed by sociocultural ideas about gender and the power relationships that define them. Playing a part in our daily lives, gender dynamics can reinforce or challenge existing norms. This workshop will look at how gender intelligence impacts motivation and ambition.


16:10   What’s getting in the way of your true work happiness 

Samantha Clarke, Happiness Consultant & Changemaker, Growth & Happiness School

When we feel happier, more connected, and more fulfilled at work, the impact on goals and those around us is infinitely better. However most of the time we struggle to function effectively or falter over common workplace woes like finding meaning in a monotonous job, dealing with a difficult coworker, or stepping up confidently as a new leader. In this talk, Samantha will share concrete and substantial ways you can implement happiness & wellbeing to navigate the natural highs and lows of work to help yourself and others flourish.


16:30   Closing Remarks - Maxine Benson MBE & Karen Gill MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd
16:40   Coffee & Networking
17:00   Close





Ed Alford

Vice President Business Application Services, BP

Lucy Ball

everywoman Expert

Tania Boler

Co-Founder & CEO, Elvie

Jessica Butcher

Co-Founder, Blippar

Marija Butkovic

Founder & CEO, Women of Wearables

Des Christofi

everywoman Expert

Samantha Clarke

Happiness Consultant, The Growth and Happiness School

Elena Corchero

Founder & Director, Lost Values

Melissa Di Donato

Chief Revenue Officer, S/4 HANA Cloud at SAP

Suki Fuller

Founder, Minibure

Tabitha Goldstaub

Co-Founder, CognitionX (Product, Marketing and A.I. News)

Matt Grimshaw

everywoman Expert

Inma Martinez

Venture Partner, Deep Science Ventures & Chief Data Scientist, Right Brain Future Ltd

Fiona Morden

everywoman Expert

Erica Neve

Director of Learning & Impact, Freeformers

Yen-Sze Soon

Managing Director, Accenture
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Key Partner

We are proud to work with everywoman to sponsor this year’s everywoman in Tech Forum. At SAP, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of our culture ensuring equal opportunity for all our employees. We are incredibly proud EDGE has named SAP the first global technology company certified for Gender Equality. Today, 25% of our managers and leaders are women and that number will be 30% before 2020.  

Gold Sponsor

SSE IT is proud to be a gold partner of the 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum. Inclusion and diversity are core values for SSE IT and that is why we are supporting this event for the fourth consecutive year.  Advancing women in technology across all areas is a key initiative for us because we recognise the tremendous benefits of having balanced teams across all our function. In SSE IT, as well as SSE plc as a whole, inclusion is considered at all levels from recruitment to career development to senior leadership appointments. We are delighted with our continued support for the everywoman in Tech Forum.


Silver Sponsors

Lloyds Banking Group are extremely proud to be supporting the everywoman in Tech Forum this year. As part of our commitment to supporting the development of female colleagues across the Group, it’s important that we champion events such as this, alongside the initiatives which are run by the Group and our Gender Diversity network to develop female leaders and ensure that opportunities are available for all colleagues to progress.

T-Systems are extremely proud to be supporting the everywoman in Tech Forum this year as it fully aligns with our strategy and supports the development of our female talent to be the best they can be.  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.

We recognise that the advancement of Women within our business is a critical part in us developing a diverse and Inclusive culture and ultimately helps us to achieve our business goals

Together we are supporting women in technology and business for today and tomorrow.

A Mastercard company, Vocalink designs, builds and operates industry-leading bank account-based payment systems. As a technology company in the global payments industry, we know how important it is to create an environment in which our diverse workforce can thrive in an innovative culture. We work hard to offer personal growth and opportunity to our colleagues, and empower them to make a real impact through their work.

We’re proud to return to the 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum as a Silver Sponsor and look forward to meeting the men and women who are innovating, challenging and embracing the trends that will shape the future of technology and the workplace of tomorrow. 

Bronze Sponsors

Accenture is proud to support the everywoman in Tech Forum. We are passionate about supporting women in technology to ensure they can reach their potential, with the ultimate aim of helping to make the industry a more innovative and diverse place to work.

The diversity of our people is part of what makes Accenture exceptional, we recognise that the advancement of women in business and technology is a critical element of an inclusive and diverse workforce and are delighted to support everywoman.


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 Tech 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 are valued and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Supporting Partners

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. techUK believes that digital talent is the currency of the future, and we need to bring everyone along on that journey. That’s why we are supporting the everywoman in Tech Forum, to help enable women to progress in the industry.



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The 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum is certified by The CPD Certification Service.