Last years’ event was our biggest yet, packed event full of advice, inspiration and practical learning!
Yes thanks to the pandemic we went all out to support women Technologists who are currently studying or looking to start their career.
We filmed the event live from the IET in London and broadcast live to the comfort of your homes, universities or fav hangout spot.
Campus Media brought together the awe inspiring Melissa Ahmed, Deborah Coughlan, Shrouk El-Attar, Bianca Cefalo & Seyi Akiwowo, who shared their journey’s and offered their insights to empower you to follow your career aspirations and make a real difference in equalising the gender balance in this typically male-dominated industry.
Laura Fox demonstrated how to create & improve your LinkedIn brand identity & successfully network with industry mentors and employers.
Panel discussion: You had your chance to ask our employer panel your burning questions and get their advice direct. Check out the great advice and feedback given.
Event Sponsor GSK are a top graduate employer with many varied roles to offer students and graduates within their tech functions. We heard from Sophie Biney & Nima Ahmed about these opportunities in more detail during the Careers insights session.
Judith Reece – Vice President of Digital Development at GSK shared her journey within technology sector and her time at GSK.
Royal Air Force (RAF) delivered excellent careers insights into their organisation from graduate engineer Flt Lt Emma Lacey.
Event partner – The Institute of Engineering & Technology (The IET) find out how you can get involved with the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2020/2021.
Read more about our speakers:
Melissa Ahmed – Melissa is the owner of Techwuman Ltd. An Engineering consultancy company offering a range of engineering solutions, with a focus on design engineering and project management. The company’s key aims are to promote more women into engineering, to improve gender equality in the industries and to promote the variety of STEM careers to the next generation. She actively promotes diversity within the industry, taking part in various campaigns focused on diversity, gender equality and STEM.
Melissa is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and has successfully completed a research masters (MSc) on The Digital Simulation of attacking structures in accordance to the standards LPS 1175 set up by the Loss Prevention Certification Board. During this project she identified new methodologies for improving the efficiency of the design process for security products.
Before founding Techwuman she achieved a (BEng Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering and was a finalist for the Female Undergraduate of the Year Award in 2014 . A few awards she has achieved to date include the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Outstanding Paper on an Aerospace Subject, RAeS University Prize and the Manchester Branch Project Prize.
Laura Fox – Laura has worked in Marketing & Advertising for 19 years, specialising in Employer Brand, Company Brand, Personal Brand and Recruitment Marketing. After seven transformational years at LinkedIn, Laura now runs her own LinkedIn Consultancy helping clients to leverage LinkedIn to support Hiring, Marketing, Sales and to elevate your Personal Brand. Tune in for Laura’s interactive workshops designed to mentor you through creating a professional profile and learning how to network with employers virtually:
Session 1: Creating a Professional Brand by covering the LinkedIn Profile essentials.
Session 2: Build trusted relationships and stay top of mind through content
Deborah Coughlan – Deborah is a founder, writer, artistic director, broadcaster and contributing producer on BBC Radio 4. She cares about feminism, mental health and how creative technology can help us live happier, healthier lives.
Shrouk El-Attar, MEng (She/They) – One of Shrouk El-Attar’s earliest memories was realising that people on TV were not tiny people living inside it. To her, electronics was magic! She dreamt of the day she’d become this magician. Shrouk won the DaVinci Engineering Award, IET local PATW, named as Young Woman of the Year by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and named in the BBC list of 100 most influential women in the world and is recognised as one of the top 6 IET Young Women Engineers in the UK 2019. Shrouk El-Attar wants to show the world the true diversity of what engineers look like. And that, yes, you can absolutely be a belly dancer and a kick-ass engineer at the same time!
Bianca Cefalo – Bianca is a Space Systems Thermal Product Manager who enables Airbus Defence and Space UK to create and implement disruptive thermal management solutions on Next Generation Telecommunication Spacecraft. After a childhood spent playing with spare parts in her dad’s garage and dreaming of tuning Formula 1 cars, in 2010 she founded and led ‘UniNa Corse’ – the first engineering Formula 1 Student Team in Naples. Bianca has been playing Rocket Science across Berlin and London since 2013, contributing to the delivery of multiple Science Missions and Commercial Telecommunication Satellites sponsored by NASA, ESA, DLR, UKSA and EU – including the instrument HP3 of the NASA/JPL InSight Mars Mission, landed on Mars in 2018. STEM Consultant, Space Advocate, Youths Mentor and Public Speaker – Bianca is cherishing every single minute in her Rocket Scientist suite and she is pursuing her most heartfelt quest: inspiring and empowering young girls to unleash their inner fierce STEM fire, on Earth and beyond!
Seyi Akiwowo – Seyi is the Founder and Executive Director of Glitch, a small charity dedicated to ending online abuse and championing digital citizenship. Glitch was founded shortly after Seyi, then politician, faced horrendous online abuse and violence. Using her lived experience and valued expertise, Seyi travels the globe developing practical solutions with Governments, NGOs, UN Human Rights Council and tech companies to protect our online public spaces from hate and abuse. Seyi is Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender and many of her achievements have been captured in books and international reports. In 2019 alone, Seyi was Digital Leader of the Year and Marie Claire Future Shaper.