2019 everywoman in Tech Forum: The Power of Diversity


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everywoman in Tech Forum: The Power of Diversity 


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

everywoman in Tech Forum delegate 

Don’t miss this empowering one-day event focused on connecting, inspiring and motivating women in tech.

Understand the connections between new technologies, diversity and business success through motivating keynotes and engaging panels before immersing yourself in our Power Hours designed to turbo-charge your career.

Held during the week of International Women’s Day, the 5th Everywoman in Tech Forum is a premium opportunity for women in tech and business strategy roles to find out what today’s innovations mean for them in the workplace.

Join over 500 like-minded women to discover how technology + diversity = future proofing for your business and your career journey.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC
  • Dr. Marily Nika, Technical Product Manager, Google
  • Debbie Vavangas, Digital Strategy and iX UKI Lead, Vice-President, IBM
  • Jacqueline de Rojas, President, Tech UK
  • Fiona Buckland, Co-Active Life Coach and Facilitator

The power of diversity to capitalise on a wide range of people to provide insights into our future and who we are going to be is incredible. In fact, diversity – or seeing things from different points of view is an emotionally intelligent way of working bringing huge benefits personally and better still it makes perfect business sense.

Are you and your organisation in the right position to capitalise on these benefits?

Shift your thinking and knowledge at the Everywoman in Tech Forum:

  • Discover what the future of work will look like for women and what new technologies will mean for them in the workplace
  • Navigate your way through new cognitive and innovative technologies such as AI and Blockchain and discover how they can be catalysts for transformation
  • Learn how working creatively and thinking outside the box with data will generate business success
  • Gain the inspiration to change the game by broadening your base of input and ideas through diversity
  • Be challenged by the next generation of women to help them break through to success
  • Enhance your skills and get the toolkit to power through any challenge you face at work and in life.



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. You can email events@everywoman.com to speak to a member of our sales team about our streaming packages.



If you are interested in getting more involved with our events whether that be speaking, supporting or sponsoring we would love to hear from you at events@everywoman.com.



In addition to the everywoman in Tech Forum, we will be hosting the 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards on the evening of 6 March 2019. This event is attended by 500+ leaders and influencers from across the industry who come to celebrate role models from all stages of their career achieving success in technology.

When and where
6th March 2019
Start time: 
End time: 
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Lane, Mayfair
W1K 1BE London
United Kingdom



Registration and coffee: The Mindful Hour


Spoken word opening performance

Momtaza Mehri, Young People’s Laureate for London


Grasping the opportunities: Opening remarks and welcome from the co-founders of Everywoman.

The everywoman in Tech forum is all about advancing women working in tech, as well as women who want to stay abreast of how technology is affecting the workplace – and beyond. To kick-start the day, Karen and Max will share their views on how women can improve their position in a rapidly changing market to empower themselves and get a real seat at the table.


Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE


The art of the possible: Defying stereotypes and preconceptions through inclusion

Pre-conceived ideas of women could have stopped many of our role models being who they were. We are all part of the movement to dispel limiting stereotypes but how do you practice inclusivity yourself?


Melanie Eusebe, Business Strategist and Entrepreneur


Dataversity – a holistic approach to value creation of data

Data science can help women get a seat at the top table but the female voice needs to be heard in the discussion. This session will explore the challenges our panellists have faced whilst mining their insights into data and its business applications.

  • Bridging the business-IT gap: the cultural values your organisation needs
  • How data literacy and data ethics can be transformative for your business
  • What is the correct balance between extracting value from data whilst respecting privacy?
  • What part will data play in developing the future of work?
  • How data can amplify the social impact of female leaders

Holly Armitage, Head of Data Services, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence


Sue Daley, Head of Big Data, Cloud and Mobile Services, tech UK

Nicola Wadham, CIO, SSE

Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder, Ness Labs

Emma Kendrew, AI and Intelligent Automation Lead, Technology, Accenture UKI


Coffee and networking activity


Panel session: Inclusive innovation – driving transformation through different perspectives

This session will explore why a synthesis of people with differences of opinion, personality and thinking is essential and how diversity needs to be at the heart of the successful employment of innovative technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, virtual and augmented reality.

  • What does the future of inclusive innovation look like?
  • Hiring strategies to transform your workforce’s diversity
  • How broadening the base of input and ideas changes the innovation game
  • Stepping back and giving permission to people to change things/fail
  • The benefits of building inclusive products and what’s at stake if we don’t

Paula Kennedy, Vice-President, EMEA Markets, CEU, Concentrix


Andrew Harmel-Law, Technical Principal, ThoughtWorks

Dr. Marily Nika, Technical Product Manager, Google

Debbie Vavangas, Digital Strategy and iX UKI Lead, Vice-President, IBM

Paola Sandrinelli, Engineering Lead - Digital Platform Evolution, Lloyds Banking Group


Panel session: Blockchain – hype vs the reality of business models

Does blockchain disruption and diversity equal fresh thinking and new business models? This panel session examines whether blockchain technology can justify the current hype around it and how diversity is needed to shape the future of this technology.

  • So what is blockchain and is it a catalyst for transformation?
  • What are the real business benefits of the disruptive thinking behind blockchain?
  • What are the benefits of applying other technologies on top of blockchain?
  • Stimulating creativity and innovation through the right mix of collaboration and competition and tolerating differences

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, tech UK


Troy Norcross, Co-Founder, Blockchain Rookies

Jessica Douglas, Executive Partner, UKI Blockchain Leader, IBM

Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco, Chair of the International Committee, Senior Regional Adviser, Africa, British Blockchain Association

Nkiru Uwaje, Blockchain Strategy Lead for UKI Enterprises, Dell Technologies


In conversation: The role of ethics and emotions in technology

As we increase our focus on transforming the way we work, both in terms of culture and technology, we must be mindful not to leave anyone behind. It is not enough to build diverse environments – they must also be truly inclusive. In this session we look not just at what we do, but how we do it, and how we can engage our hearts and emotional intelligence to achieve success for everyone.


Clare McDonald, Business Editor, Computer Weekly


Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC


Modern Muse Live: By girls for girls

The Modern Muse charity informs girls about future careers. It helps them explore their subject choices and empowers them to make more informed career decisions and be future leaders. This panel session will take a look at the future of the workplace and how this may or may not chime with the needs and aspirations of our young panellists.

  • What’s important for young women in the workplace of the future?

  • Perceptions vs reality: work/life balance, innovation, true diversity and measuring productivity in a knowledge economy

  • 5 ways the workplace is going to change and how it will impact us all

  • The Modern Muse Challenge: How you can be the change needed


Priya Guha, Advisor, Merian Ventures, Member, InnovateUK Council


Dr Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight and Futures, BT Global Services Innovation Team

Shahd Ahmed, Intern, Microsoft

Elizabeth Babalola, Year 12 Student, Harris Academy Bermondsey




Power Hour – Session 1
1. OWNING THE ROOM – Jodi Goldman, everywoman expert

In this power hour Jodi Goldman, THE Personal Impact Specialist, will run this high energy workshop where she will uncover the secrets of confidence, control and charisma. She will share tools, techniques and strategies that can be applied to meetings at all levels, networking events and when presenting to audiences of any size. Discover how to:

  • get into the conversation (even with more dominant, loud personality types)
  • hold attention (without getting interrupted or spoken over) so you're memorable for all the right reasons
  • work a room (even if you're an introvert) and connect with people quickly and effectively.


2. ACHIEVING PEAK PERFORMANCE – Dr. Carlton Brown, everywoman expert

How do you achieve peak performance? Is it even achievable? In this session, Carlton explores how you and your organisation can measure, achieve and continue to deliver your best performance yet. Demystify the interplay between the determinants for peak performance through:

  • discovering the effect of personal branding, personality constructs and levels of motivation 
  • exploring what styles of leadership work and how reward, compensation, training and development should be deployed
  • learning how to use emotional intelligence and goal setting to support great performance.




Power Hour – Session 2
3. BUILDING AN AUTHENTIC BRAND – YOU! – Des Christofi, everywoman expert

We all have a personal brand and reputation as we are creating day to day experiences in others.  The question is whether its Brand You – I.e. The brand you want. In this session, Des will explore how you know, own, manage and evolve your brand so that you are you with skill and influence those around you. Discover how to:

  • identify the uncompromisable you
  • land with effect without compromising what you’re about
  • actively manage others perceptions of you
  • manage your brand footprint through consistency and visibility
  • cultivate your personal boardroom so that you have brand ambassadors, lifters and enablers
  • evolve your brand so that you’re relevant and staying true to self.
4. UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOUR – EQ IN AN IQ WORLD – Pippa Isbell, everywoman expert

EQ, unlike IQ, can be learned and developed throughout life and it has become clear that IQ needs EQ, emotional quotient or intelligence, to function effectively. In this session, Pippa will guide you through the wide spectrum of intelligence that makes all us tick and show you how to develop your EQ for personal and business success. Find out how to:

  • recognise and positively manage your own emotions, developing resilience and setting goals for success
  • manage teams, conflicts and office politics effectively by recognising emotions in others and developing empathy
  • address unconscious bias and support diversity for high performing teams.


Closing keynote: Be happy and fulfilled without being perfect

This interactive session will explore how we often inhabit a fiction about who and what we should be, telling ourselves that we are not good enough, striving for perfection. Fiona will guide you in identifying your true values and how you can honour these to live a fulfilled and authentic life. You will step forward from this session with shining eyes and a heart full of kindness towards yourself!


Fiona Buckland, Co-Active Life Coach and Facilitator


Closing remarks



Shahd Ahmed

Intern, Microsoft

Holly Armitage

Head of Data Services, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Dr Carlton Brown

Everywoman Expert

Fiona Buckland

Co-Active Life Coach and facilitator

Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco

Chair of the International Committee, Senior Regional Advisor, Africa, British Blockchain Association

Des Christofi

everywoman Expert
Sue Daley

Sue Daley

Head of Big Data, Cloud and Mobile Services, tech UK

Jessica Douglas

Executive Partner, UKI Blockchain Leader, IBM

Melanie Eusebe

Business Strategist and Entrepreneur

Jodi Goldman

everywoman Expert

Priya Guha

Venture Partner at Merian Ventures

Pippa Isbell

everywoman Expert

Andrew Harmel-Law

Technical Principal, Thoughtworks

Paula Kennedy

Vice-President, EMEA Markets, CEU, Concentrix

Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Founder, Ness Labs

Clare McDonald

Business editor, Computer Weekly

Momtaza Mehri

Young People’s Laureate for London

Dr Nicola Millard

Head of Customer Insight & Futures at BT

Marily Nika

Technical Product Manager, Google
Troy Norcross

Troy Norcross

Co-Founder, Blockchain Rookies

Paola Sandrinelli

Engineering Lead – Digital Platform Evolution, Lloyds Banking Group

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

President, techUK

Nkiru Uwaje

Blockchain Strategy Lead, Dell Technologies, UK & Ireland
Nicola Wadham

Nicola Wadham


Debbie Varvangas

Digital Strategy and iX Lead, UKI, IBM

jacky Wright

Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


At SSE ‘proud to make a difference’ is more than just our slogan; it’s a guiding principle for every single employee. That’s what makes us different from our competitors.  SSE is focussed on building inclusion into the way we do things at every point in the employee lifecycle, from attraction through to people leaving the business. We do this in place of a series of one-off interventions because we believe that building stronger foundations brings sustainable cultural change. Our approach and commitment to inclusion and diversity was recognised across our industry when SSE scooped Utility Week’s Diversity Award for 2018. SSE is extremely proud to support the 2019 everywoman in Tech Forum.

ARM Holdings

Arm technology is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Working together with 1,000+ technology partners we’re at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of computing from the chip to the cloud. Our advanced processors designs have enabled intelligent computing in more than 130 billion chips worldwide and more than 70% of the world’s population are using Arm technology. Our unique individuals have achieved this through collaboration. At Arm we strive to build and nurture an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diversity of our community, where everyone can thrive, everyday.

Silver Sponsors

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group is a passionate supporter of the everywoman in Tech Forum.  We are truly committed to maximising the potential of, and opportunities for, our female colleagues. We have successfully deployed a progressive plan across Inclusion & Diversity which focuses on colleagues bringing their whole selves to work.  This event is a natural progression and a great partnership where we can collectively focus on developing female talent, ensuring equal opportunities and supporting career progression.

BAE Systems

At BAE Systems we strive every day to be a diverse and inclusive employer as a part of what we do.  Diversity in the workforce is not an initiative, we make it a part of our “business as usual”.  Diversity of people drives diversity of thought.  Diversity of thought drives innovation.  Innovation is at the heart of what we do.  We want thought leaders pumping that heart and that’s why we come back year after year to support the everywoman in Technology Forum to sponsor the continued advancement and recognition of women in the technology field. 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 is valued and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Tesco Technology
Tesco Technology

"Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco" sits at the heart of our values. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment; building an inclusive culture where everyone has the opportunity to get on is a key action throughout the business. We not only celebrate diversity, but embrace the value it brings to enable us to serve our customers a little better every day. We’re delighted to bring this to life through our support of the everywoman in Tech Forum again this year.

Bronze sponsors

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies are delighted to be supporting the 2019 everywoman in Tech Forum. It’s never too early to start thinking about your career. Dell Technologies are committed to growing the next generation of great thinkers who can guide our business forward, today and tomorrow. We encourage young people to progress future careers through IT, especially supporting and mentoring females and ethnic minorities through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects.


At IBM iX we believe diversity is an integral factor in progressing in the field of technology. We are delighted to be sponsoring the everywoman in Tech forum, which celebrates the mission to empower woman into the digital and technology industry. We are passionate in involving female talent in all aspects of the business, and proudly support everywoman in striving to bridge the gap between gender diversity and the world of tech.


At ReAssure, we are passionately committed to being an inclusive employer.  We believe that diversity can be an engine of creativity and innovation, by bringing together different perspectives. Having a diverse workforce is good for our business, but it is also fundamentally the right thing to do.  For this reason, we embrace and nurture the benefits that a diverse workforce brings and our commitment is reflected in our Employee and Leadership Values. We are proud to partner with the Everywoman in Tech Forum. This partnership helps to demonstrate to our ReAssure team, customers and industry peers that we are dedicated to achieving gender diversity and are investing in our female talent.  By building a culture that is truly inclusive across multiple factors we are able to embrace individual differences, collectively grow and create a supportive environment where everyone can achieve their potential. 


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. Find out more at www.t-systems.co.uk

Corporate Streaming Partners

Alexander Mann Solutions
Alexander Mann Solutions
ARM Holdings
BP logo
Fujitsu Europe Ltd
PwC logo
Tesco Technology
Tesco Technology

"Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco" sits at the heart of our values. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment; building an inclusive culture where everyone has the opportunity to get on is a key action throughout the business. We not only celebrate diversity, but embrace the value it brings to enable us to serve our customers a little better every day. We’re delighted to bring this to life through our support of the everywoman in Tech Forum again this year.

Women in Business NI

Women in Business is the largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in Northern Ireland.  WIB facilitates women’s positive contributions to the economy and society of Northern Ireland by developing every member’s professional skills, connections and confidence to achieve their ambition. WIB promotes the fact that women are an integral and invaluable part of every business, and we celebrate women’s professional achievements.  Visit www.womeninbusinessni.com for more information.

Scottish Women in Technology

SWiT is a non-profit which exists to celebrate, champion and invest in trailblazers across the Technology Industry. Run by a board of industry experts who are committed to making gender equality in technology a reality, and passionate about challenging the status quo.

SWiT pioneered the Scotland Women in Technology Awards, quickly establishing itself as a flagship event in the technology events calendar and garnering praise across the industry. All SWiT events are financially accessible to all, with all profits being reinvested in Scotland as part of their Legacy Fund. For more information visit www.scotwomenintech.com

Media Partner


Gigabit is a very proud partner to the 2019 Everywoman Tech Forum. We champion any initiative that encourages and empowers women in tech.

Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly offers in-depth coverage of the issues, challenges and trends facing today’s IT leaders. After being the world’s first weekly IT newspaper in 1966, today Computer Weekly is a multiplatform digital publication read by millions of IT decision makers, a weekly digital magazine with over 200,000 subscribers as well as the host to CW500 exclusive networking events for senior IT leaders. Computer Weekly is proud to support the everywoman in Tech Forum as part of its extensive coverage of the ongoing struggle to address the tech industry’s lack of diversity and inclusion.

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