In Our Own Words: The Changing Perception
of Women in Tech
Women have historically been under-represented in the male-dominated world of technology – their presence lacking at all levels within the sector where they make up only 17% of the workforce. Nowadays, with many schemes and initiatives designed to get women into STEM university subjects and careers, change is on the horizon.
Our event on the 8th March coincides with International Women's Day, which aims to celebrate women's achievements and act as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality.
We’ll be joined by several successful women in the technology industry who'll be sharing the secrets of their success. What pitfalls did they face at the beginning and what obstacles have they had to overcome along the way? Hear first-hand advice on how to follow in their footsteps, and how they aim to inspire women from all backgrounds to take up the tech challenge.
Thursday, 8th March
9am - 12pm
Elizabeth Clark is the CEO and co-founder of multi-award winning Dream Agility. She is an international conference speaker and bestselling author.
Dream Agility is a Google Premier Partner and one of only 35 Google approved Shopping Partners in the world. With two patents pending, their award-winning second-generation cloud-based Adtech sits between the retailer & Google/Bing/etc, optimising data on the fly and making net profit related bid recommendations, delivering industry-beating uplift for retailers.
Naomi Timperley is an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School, Co Founder of Tech North Advocates and Chair of investment platform Capital Pilot.
She was named as one of the Maserati 100 in 2015 – a definite list of entrepreneurs who support the entrepreneurs of tomorrow from the Centre of Entrepreneurs. Naomi is also a mentor and was nominated in 2015 by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council for Mentor of the Year. She is a TEDx speaker and an experienced partnerships and engagement consultant with established relationships across the UK - specialising in the tech and digital sector. Naomi was named as a Rising Star in the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2017 and sits on the board of Future Everything.
Emma Sheldon MBE
Over the past 20 years Emma has built businesses internationally and led cross-functional teams in marketing, sales and new product development. Emma has accompanied high profile Trade Missions to South East Asia, China and India, aiming to strengthen trade relations and signing joint agreements. In 2017, Emma was awarded her MBE for services to exporting.
Emma has recently set up a new venture, Innovestech, helping health and technology businesses innovate and grow. Emma also works as a consultant with Healthcare UK to support organisations trade internationally. A judge of the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Emma is a non-executive board member of the UK India Business Council, a member of the Institute of Directors’ National Council and a Department of International Trade NW Export Ambassador.
Gail is the co-founder of UKFast. Her role places emphasis on delivering a quality product and service at the best possible price.
Managing UKFast's relationships with suppliers and constantly assessing our best practice, she allows the network to develop ahead of our client base to ensure successful growth. She takes director level responsibility for the remit of the UKFast research & development team which creates software that streamlines internal processes and gives clients added functionality for their solutions. Gail has been instrumental in the business since its inception and has taken on a variety of roles, including administrator, finance manager and support manager as the business has grown. Prior to starting UKFast with husband Lawrence, Gail attended and graduated from Newcastle University's prestigious Sciences Faculty.
Richard Gregory is a leading figure in the tech community as the chair of Tech North Advisory Board and co-founder of SAScon.
Richard is also the non-executive chairman of Ruler Analytics and Ash.tv.
Laura Bartlett has been a #girlboss since the age of 23 when she launched her first company. She started this with zero investment and has since gone on to achieve worldwide recognition.
As Editor in Chief of House of Coco, Bartlett has a team of over 30 people that work with her to produce the content of the magazine which is sold in the most exclusive postcodes in London. Stockists include Harrods, WHSmith, Selfridges and has over 10k downloads in the App Store. The magazine is also sold on newsstand.co.uk and it's the third largest seller out of 4000 titles worldwide. House of Coco targets a millennial adventurous traveller and has been a platform that has allowed her and her team to travel the world. #TeamCoco literally travel the world seeking out authentic, luxury experiences to influence the content of the magazine.
In 2002 at the age of 23, Ruth won the accolade of National Employee of the Year for GE Capital receiving an all expenses cruise around Europe with the Senior Executives of GE. Not satisfied with her progress and success in 2002, Ruth left GE Capital to join the executive board of a North West finance company called Compass Finance.
At the age of 24 Ruth was appointed to Head of Sales and Operations. Within 2 years Ruth transformed the company’s performance and turnover increasing it from 3.1 million to 13.1 million which led to the floatation of the business in 2004. In 2005 Ruth had the opportunity to apply for “The Apprentice” and in 2007 hosted a hit TV series called “Badger or Bust” which aired in the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand and to this day she continues to work with the BBC. Ruth launched The Ruth Badger Consultancy Ltd in June 2006 after filming “Badger or Bust”. Specialising in helping SME’s start, grow and improve, over the last 7 years The Ruth Badger Consultancy has helped over 350 small businesses launch and over 200 grow and beat the recession.
Lisa Tse MBE
Lisa Tse MBE is the third generation of women restauranteurs and fourth generation of sauce manufacturers. She is the CEO of Sweet Mandarin, an award winning restaurant in Manchester.
Her clients include all the good folk of Manchester all the way to Prime Minister and the Premier of China. Her range of gluten free sauces are sold online and in stores. She has also written three cookbooks, the latest of which won a Gourmand Award.
Helen Tse MBE
Helen is also Lisa’s twin sister and the co-owner of Sweet Mandarin. She is a British author and restaurateur - her most noted work has been Sweet Mandarin, a memoir of three generations of Chinese women, beginning with her grandmother, Lily Kwok, establishing themselves in the Manchester area.
Helen is also a published author and her latest work “Doing Business after Brexit”, published by Bloomsbury, reflects the work she does with businesses looking at the risks and opportunities afforded by Brexit. Helen joined Clarke Willmott in 2017. She is a graduate in Law from Cambridge University with a professional career that has included Clifford Chance, London & Hong Kong, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Walkers in the Cayman Islands. Helen advises on financial services, transactions – mergers & acquisitions, commercial contracts, corporate finance, broking arrangements, restructuring, LLP agreements/general partnerships, corporate governance, joint ventures, private equity and listing/fundraising.
Jo Scott is Group Head of Marketing at Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second largest port group. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the Group’s marketing strategies and public relations activities.
Jo has over 20 years’ experience leading brand and marketing strategy having held senior roles in fast-paced business such as Sage, De Vere Hotels and Your Housing Group. She has also had a successful advertising agency career, advising clients including Northern Rail, Wesleyan Bank and United Utilities.
Since joining UKFast Aaron has transformed the standard expected of training and education in the private sector. He has created an award-winning and industry-leading apprenticeship and education programme at UKFast Education Trust and led the project to build and run our own digitally focused free school in partnership with The Dean Trust.
As a result of Aaron’s support and engagement with over 50 schools across Greater Manchester, UKFast has been highlighted by the Government for its exemplary education-employer partnerships.
More speakers to be announced soon...
What does the morning have in store?
Session 1: Role Models & Social Influences
Throughout our lives we are inspired both personally and professionally by those around us. Our speakers explore the value of having role models and the responsibilities of those in influential positions.
Session 2: Supporting Women in Education & the Workplace
Women must be represented at all levels of an organisation and all workers treated equally. Our speakers discuss the importance of supporting women in both education and the workplace.
Host: Patricia Keating
Patricia heads up Tech Manchester, a non-profit programme funded by UKFast to support early-stage technology companies.
Providing tech-focussed businesses with a structured mentoring programme, intensive educational workshops and a host of other initiatives, Tech Manchester’s mission is to help develop a greater Manchester and contribute to the city’s vision of being a leading European tech hub.
Host: Kristina McGuirk
Kristina McGuirk is the Marketing Director at UKFast, overseeing all aspects of UKFast’s brand, content and creative strategy. Sitting on UKFast’s board of directors, McGuirk leads the fast-growing business’ large marketing department, looking after the full spectrum of marketing activities from video production and web design, to email marketing and brand strategy.
McGuirk has extensive experience of operating in agencies for the three major media and marketing groups – Publicis, WPP and Dentsu Aegis, with previous experience seeing her responsible for leading marketing for clients across various sectors including retail, fashion, health and beauty.
Don't miss the webinar
Register now for our LIVE post-event webinar, Female Founders: The Changing Perception of Women in Tech.
If you are unable to join us for the event, the live webinar is a fantastic opportunity to put your questions to our panel of women in technology and hear about the challenges they have faced along their journeys to success.
Register now to hear from the experts.
Title: Female Founders: The Changing Perception of Women in Tech
Duration: 1 hour