On Wednesday 27th June we’re hosting our first ever Salesforce Women in Tech event in Nottingham! Here’s the agenda we’ve planned so far.
It may be 2018, but the technology industry still falls behind when it comes to attracting women to the workforce. Even now, Salesforce reports that women only make up 25% of their tech roles — globally. According to ISACA’S 2017 Women in Technology survey, the biggest barriers for women are the lack of mentors and female role models in the field, gender bias in the workplace, and unequal growth and pay opportunities compared to men. Both Salesforce and oe:gen are actively striving to change this.
The Nottingham Salesforce Women in Tech group is powered by women who want to share their industry experiences, learn how to get a career in tech, close the tech gender gap, and above all, support each other. Here are a few of our aims:
- To raise awareness of the gender gap in the tech industry
- To provide tips and advice on how to enter a tech role
- To share a better understanding of the wider roles available in tech
- To discuss the progress for women in tech so far
- To teach businesses how to develop a successful women in tech initiative
- To share the experiences of women who are experts in their fields; from engineers, to founders, to investors, to marketers, to designers and more.
We’ve already got five amazing women on the day’s agenda to give advice, spark ideas, and share their experiences. Get to know them below!
Dr. Aygul Zagidullina, Director of Social Media, MotaWord
Designing Your Career: Explore a Career Change and Do What You Love
Dr. Aygul Zagidullina is a digital marketing and brand strategist with over ten years of experience. Previously, she worked at Todoist and Google, holds a PhD in quantum chemistry and, prior to Google, dedicated six years to scientific research at the University of Stuttgart. She’s a very active member of the London digital ecosystem, and has been involved in lots of innovative projects.
What’s more, Aygul also leads Google Developer Group (GDG)/ Women Techmakers (WTM) London, is a Google Top Contributor (TC)/ Trusted Tester (TT), and a UK STEM Ambassador. She’s been a distinguished speaker at numerous international industry events in the US (at Google HQ), UK, Germany, Ireland, UAE, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Georgia, and Russia. In 2013, she was also named as one of The NEXT 100 Top Influencers of the European Digital Industry.
Aygul will be here to share her impressive career story with us. In her talk, we’ll find out how she went from a quantum chemist to a Digital Marketer at Google — to Women in Tech advocate at Google Women Techmakers — to a Google Assistant Developer!
Megan Ramsell, HR Operations Manager, Capital One
The Role of Flexible Working For Keeping More Women in Tech
Capital One is information based lending FinTech, founded on the belief that technology could transform the finance industry. You’ll find them in the Top 5 ‘Great Places To Work’ for the last 5 consecutive years, and this year, they received the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for 2018, highlighting them as one of the Best Places to Work in the UK. Amongst their many employee-focused initiatives, they have an internal ‘Women in Tech’ program, offer enormously competitive family friendly benefits (including super flexible working), and are fully fledged signatories of the Women in Finance Charter.
Meg currently manages the UK HR Operations team — the one responsible for creating and fostering an environment that allows the 1000-strong UK workforce to be the best they can be. She also happens to be wife to Mark and Mum to Robyn. At this Women in Tech event, Megan’s going to be chatting to us about the important role of flexible working for keeping more women in the tech industry.
Helen Clark, UX Consultant, SPARCK
How to Build Confidence and Market Yourself
Helen Clark is a UX consultant and designer. She works closely with stakeholders including investors, directors, product owners and developers to ensure cross-departmental collaboration with focus on universal and inclusive design to bridge business and customer needs.
She’s also an organiser of Women in Tech Nottingham, working to promote inclusivity within the tech industry and raise the profile of talented female and non-binary speakers. Helen’s joining us to give advice on how to step out of your comfort zone, boost your confidence and market yourself to get the job you want, highlighting the importance of finding peers and building friendships with women who are experts in their own fields.
Sophia Lee, Director, Datore.ltd
The Importance of Women-to-Women Mentoring for Furthering your Career in Tech
Sophia is an experienced Business Analyst, Technologist & Entrepreneur with extensive experience in the Built Environment & Facilities Management, as well as pharmaceuticals industry. She’ll be chatting to us about the difference women-to-women mentoring makes, and how finding her own mentor has helped her career.
Charlie Whyman, Founder and Business & Marketing Strategist, Charlie Whyman
How to use LinkedIn to build genuine trust and credibility online and help grow your personal brand
Charlie will be telling us about how she used LinkedIn to go from a Marketing Assistant at a company where she knew nothing about their technology or their target market, to their Global Sales and Marketing Manager in less than 4 years!
Plus, you’ll be entered into a book competition!
We’re a bunch of book nerds here, so we’ve decided to throw a competition into the mix. Everyone who signs up to the event and comes along on the day will be entered into a competition to win one of three inspiring books:
- Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
- Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheeler
- Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang.
The three winners will be picked at random at the end of the day. There will also be a free buffet and drinks, so stick around with us for a chat! We won’t close the doors until 7pm.
This is an all-inclusive event that aims to encourage, empower, and support women who want to thrive in technology roles. Anyone who wishes to learn more about how they can help close the tech gender gap is welcome!
RSVP to the free event by clicking the banner below (if you’re a Salesforce User) or via this Meetup link (if not)! Or if you’d like to present a talk on the day alongside these awesome ladies, get in touch with me here! I’d love to hear from you.