everywoman in Tech Forum - Wednesday 4 March 2020

Registration and Coffee
Opening Remarks and Welcome

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, Co-founders, Everywoman

Keynote Presentation: Confessions of a space architect – how ‘difference’ can inspire innovation

As a child, Evelyn always wanted to build something in space. Over the next few decades, she furthered human spaceflight by training astronauts in her role as Chief Engineer at NASA’s Virtual Reality Laboratory. Here Evelyn tells her story and gives her views on current and future opportunities in tech.

  • My story: Leading and inspiring innovation in VR
  • How diversity can help create a technologically-enabled future
  • Seizing the opportunities presented by a rapidly expanding market with new emerging technologies as Blockchain, Intelligent Automation and Digital Transformation
  • Inspiration for future leaders

Evelyn Miralles, Associate Vice President - University of Houston-Clear Lake, Former Astronaut Training, Chief Engineer and Lead VR Innovator at NASA, BBC 100 Woman World & CNET Top 20

Keynote presentation: Tech market review and predictions for the future
  • Reviewing the huge developments in corporate digital transformation and the latest advances in digital, cloud-based systems, automation and analytics
  • Predictions for how the market will grow further over the coming year, with the arrival of 5G connectivity making way for live VR broadcasting and greater utilisation of AR in the workplace
  • What this means for the future world of work

Fiona Gallagher-Payet, International Director, Enterprise Engineering, Facebook

Panel Discussion: Evolving a balanced team in the age of digital transformation and the gig economy

As the tech landscape starts to shift dramatically, building inclusive teams becomes the key to outpacing competitors, boost productivity and keep up with demand. In this panel with key tech innovators, we cover:

  • Practical approaches to building diverse teams: what’s working and what’s not
  • What new skills and abilities are needed as the landscapes evolves
  • What will the future of tech leadership look like?
  • What we wish we had known…

Ela Osterberg, Director of Data Science, Deliveroo
Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, CEO & founder, Chicktech
Gen Ashley, Ambassador, Google WomenTechmakers & Lead, NASA SpaceApps London
Lynsey Campbell, Chair, Scotland Women in Technology 

Networking Break

TRACK A: Turbocharging Your Tech Career (Aspiring Leaders)

TRACK B: Fostering a Diverse Tech Team (Leaders & Middle Management)

TRACK C: Inspiring Change & Driving Innovation (C-level & Senior Leader Boardroom Session)


Inspirational Insight: Breaking Down Barriers and Unlocking Potential in STEM

In this session Electronics Engineer, STEM ambassador and LGBT+ rights campaigner Shrouk El-Attar shares her experiences of overcoming enormous challenge in order to unlock the potential of a career in STEM, and shares her tips for overcoming adversity in the workplace.

Shrouk El-Attar MEng MIET (She/They), Electronic Design Engineer, Renishaw

Building the World We Want

When women are not fully represented within the tech landscape, it's not only damaging for ourselves, it's damaging for society as a whole. Without active participation in tech, we are in danger of writing ourselves out of history.

  • How can we, as women in tech, build the world we want?
  • A personal journey to leadership in the tech space
  • Key strategies that women can take now to build the world that we want for ourselves - today and looking to the future

Anne-Marie Neatham, COO, Ocado

Inspiring innovation to get ahead of the tech curve


Lessons learned from top tech entrepreneurs

Karima Catherine Gouldhiam, CEO, Red Dot Digital
Amy Chalfen, Business Advisor 
Eno Essien, CEO, Rheytrak

From Manager to Leader: Practical Approaches to Leading an Inclusive Team


No Holds Barred Discussion: How Do We Practically Shift The Gender Pay Balance?​



Case Study Presentation: The Importance of Mentors on the Tech Journey

Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter

Tackling Unconscious Bias: Giving Everyone an Equal Voice

Harriet Rees, Head of Data Science, Starling Bank

Building Inclusive Products and Practicing Proactive Inclusion

Charly Lester, Co-Founder and CMO, Lumen App



Panel Discussion: Turbocharging Your Tech Career

  • Digital transformation is completely changing society and the way business works. How can we all be a part of it?
  • Where are the best opportunities in tech right now. Where is the funding? Considering Blockchain, Coding, Security, AI, VR/AR, Networks, Manufacturing, Engineering, Retail, Fintech, Utilities, Education, and Tech Entrepreneurship
  • What skills and alliances do women need in order to advance in tech to best effect?
  • Perception v. reality: work-life balance, innovation, true diversity and measuring productivity in a knowledge economy

Professor Shafi Ahmed, Surgeon, Royal London and St Bartholomew Hospitals
Michelle Chivunga, Chair - International Committee, The British Blockchain Association

Panel Discussion: Meeting the Need to Create Better Parity and Diversity in the Tech Environment

  • Robots and AI bots are typically given female names, but think with male minds – more female coders are essential! How should we encourage them forward?
  • Can women in tech still succeed if they are not pushing forward at max capacity?
  • What strategies can we put in place to help employees take the leap into ambitious roles?
  • Why diversity makes an organisation stronger
  • Work should not be everything: Look after the health of employees by setting a clear line between work and non-work and ensuring that staff are well-supported
  • What are the best corporate examples to follow, where equality in tech is actively being prioritised?

Carol Morris, Head of Cloud Centre of Excellence, Barclays
Ciaran Martin, Head of National Cyber Security Center
Gerry Mulvihill, Head of Programme Management Group, Group IT, SSE

Panel Discussion: Panel discussion: Making an Inclusive Technology Industry a Reality

  • The tech sectors needs to be more diverse. How is your organisation make a difference?
  • Tackling the gender pay gap – what is working and what is not?
  • Thinking outside the box: Why equality = happy staff; happy staff = greater productivity, longer-term staff, more creativity and greater profits
  • Encouraging flexible working and a good work-life balance
  • Which tech companies are leading in diversity? 

Pilar Manchón, Artificial Intelligence Faculty, Singularity University and former Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, Roku
Robert Elsey, CIO, Bank of England
Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO, Women's Engineering Society


Afternoon Interactive Roundtables
Strategies to Create a More Inclusive Tech Office Culture, Embracing Gender Balance, Cultural Diversity, Neurodiversity and the Differently Able
Returnship: Managing this Effectively to Encourage More Women into Leadership Roles Post-Career Break

Sharmila Paranjpe,
Vice President and Country Head UK & Ireland, Wipro

Establishing Best Practice Tech Mentor-Mentee Relationships in Your Organisation


Stepping into a Board Level Role – Tips and Experiences

Creating Gender Balance in Coding: What More Needs to Be Done?

Gen Ashley, Lead at Google WomenTechMakers London, NASA SpaceAppsChallenge London, Lead at Anita Borg Institute London
Building Inclusive Products
Charly Lester, Co-Founder & CEO, Lumen App


Gender Bias and AI: How can this be Managed? 
Gillian Docherty,
CEO, The Data Lab

Encouraging Female Tech Entrepreneurship: If the Work Culture of Big Companies Doesn’t Fit, Start Your Own!

Noor Shaker, Serial Entrepreneur

Expectations for the Growth of Technology in the Decade Ahead – Which Trends Will Come to the Fore?

Carol Morris, Head of Cloud Centre of Excellence, Barclays


Work/Life Balance and the Unique Skills Mothers Bring to the Table

Janice Levenhagen, CEO and Founder, Chicktech


Kickstarting Your Start-Up: A Practical Guide to Raising and Maintaining Venture Capital

Aislin O’Connor, Vice President, MUFG Union Bank

Using Tech-Based Comms to Create a More Flexible, Mobile Working Culture: What Will Working in Tech Look Like in 10 Years’ Time?
Fostering and Developing Young Female Talent in the Workplace: Removing the Barriers to Progression

Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO, Women's Engineering Society
Power Hours


In this unique session, a sports personality shares the secrets to achieving your goals and adopting a winning mindset. This session focused on resilience will zero in on:

  • Adaptability
  • Developing your physical and mental ability to cope with challenges
  • Tips and techniques for coaching yourself


The pace of change is increasing and the phrase ‘innovate or die’ has never been more apt. This session will help you open your mind to the endless possibilities open to you in whatever role you play in business. During this session, you will learn what it takes to become a creativity magician and explore:

  • Reframing ‘this is how we’ve always done it’
  • Failure is the buddy of innovation
  • Six mindsets you need to pull a rabbit out of a hat

Des Christofi, everywoman Associate


Making your career plain sailing is always easier with senior level support whether that be your boss, your mentor or your sponsors. This session will help you to achieve the mindset of a junior partner:

  • Getting the transaction right
  • Ensuring success
  • Speaking truth to power – how and when to speak up

Torie Chilcott, everywoman Associate

Power Hour Session


Keynote Panel Discussion: Creating Permanent Change
  • Tackling the current lack of diversity in tech: what are the barriers that we need to overcome and how can we make tech a welcoming environment?
  • The importance of a more balanced tech workforce for the future
  • How can we be creative in bringing under-represented individuals to the fore, and using these different perspectives to make a tangible difference within our businesses today?
  • Vision and expectations for diversity and inclusion standards in the future

Robert Elsey, CIO, Bank of England
Aislin O’Connor, Vice President, MUFG Union Bank
Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO, Women's Engineering Society
Lucy Quist, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Motivational Keynote Presentation: Successes from the Front Line

After 20 years in AI, Speech, Natural Language and UX, over 14 years of Executive Leadership and Market Strategy & extensive hands-on experience on Cognitive Computing & Intelligent Conversational Agents, Pilar envisions a world where smart, ubiquitous & multimodal conversational interfaces will improve the lives of billions of people; she’s proud to be one of the architects that will make this vision come true. She is passionate about disruptive innovation, overcoming great business & technological challenges, and inspiring others to grow, lead and prevail.

Here, she tells her story as a tech innovator forging her own path, whose work ethic revolves around equality and whose goal is a 50/50 gender mix. She covers

  • The importance of taking control and maximising the opportunities that come your way - don’t settle for the status quo and there are no rules
  • Personal ambitions for the future

Pilar Manchón, Artificial Intelligence Faculty, Singularity University and former Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, Roku

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