Networking event: The Good, the Bad & the Breakthrough

On the 29th November, the DevelopHer team held our annual yuletide social event hosted at Syzygy and sponsored by PayPal UK with PayPal Unity.

The event was a great way to get our community together, and make new connections for the new year – as we celebrated our key achievements from 2018.

To kick off the event, we also had three leaders in the tech and digital industry, including Angelie Panteli, CFO at LendInvest, Rachelle Denton, Co-Found of Storm Collective and Ita Murphy, CEO of Syzygy.  These ladies shared their experiences on the challenges they faced, and their top tips on how they found their break through moments in their careers. For those who weren’t able to make the event, we’re sharing the top tips we learnt from the event below!

25

speakers

Angelie Panteli, CFO of LendInvest talked about her experience in tech startups: and how you can be faced with opportunities that can be a sink or swim situation, and how you need to be able to take decisions and execute on them.
Her top tips for working in tech include:

  • being open;
  • remembering who you are & why you’re there
  • having self confidence;
  • knowing if it’s scary – it’s definitely worth your time;
  • find ways on how you can make your boss’s job easier

Angeleie

Ita Murphy, CEO of Syzygy highlighted the importance of communicating your ambition and defining your own brand. As women, we are conditioned not to be “pushy.” Practice it and pretend you know what you’re doing – your future self is watching.

“When you’ve done something – own it.” Ita reminded us all that no one is a mind reader. You have to tell people about your achievements and not to be shy about it.

Her advice also included that it’s also your responsibility to define your own brand. What is the one word sentence definition that you want to be known for? Then say it and act it out – and it will shape other people’s opinions of you.

ita

Rachelle Denton, Co-Founder of Storm Collective, discussed the importance of mentoring and how your mentor can be an honesty mirror for you, helping you figure out what you want and keeping you accountable. Look for mentors in people who do things that inspire you. The best feedback is not always “you did great!” – it’s the scary feedback that helps you grow the most.

Rachelle also talked about the importance of ‘saying yes’. “Remember: every time you say yes, you’re saying no to other things. If you’re a person that always says yes, remember the things you are saying no to – and vice versa.”

Another top tip Rachelle gave was to think about writing your LinkedIn profile or CV as if you were a different person other then yourself, and how you’ll read it if you were a recruiter.

tips add salt

Ita also provided a great framework on how to deal with difficult conversation,
“Do a CISA”

  • C for common ground – agree with them;
  • I for identify issue – ‘when you spoke to me like…’,
  • S for state ‘it made me feel…’,
  • A for alternative – ask for alternative ‘next time, please…’ 

We just want to say a huge thank you to Syzygy, PayPal and everyone who came to our xmas event. For those interested in future events with DevelopHer, make sure you sign up to our mailing list to hear the latest monthly events.

 

 

 

Your Bravest Year Coaching 2018

As we come towards the end of 2018, the DevelopHer team have been reflecting on some of the amazing work we’ve done this year. One highlight (out of many!) for us included launching our Coaching Programme.

In March, DevelopHer & The Bravest Path came together to provide our community a 6-month coaching programme to live their ‘bravest self’ in 2018. In total, 18 participants out of a hundred applicants were selected to take part, to receive a combination of group and one-to-one coaching sessions on the ground-breaking research of Dr Brené Brown.

The program was designed to enable women to take steps to realise their aspirations and feel brave. Over the 6 months each participant was coached on the following topics:

  1. Personal Values
  2. How to be authentic and create connected relationships
  3. Building a more resilient and joyful you
  4. Overcoming perfectionism & practising self comparison
  5. Daring Greatly and Living BIG.

“This is a fantastic coaching program. They’ve helped me find myself, my values in turn truly live to my capabilities. I’ve also met a fantastic group of amazing and inspiring women in the industry, who I’m lucky enough to call my friends now.”
Omi Ducat, Coachee

developher4

The Results:

As the 6-month coaching program came to and end in July, DevelopHer hosted a ‘Be Brave’ speakeasy sponsored by TransferWise, where each participant gave a 2 minute overview on what they learnt and what this journey meant to them infront of family, friends and the DevelopHer community. We also had Flora Coleman, Head of Government Relations at Transfer wise share her experience on finding a mentor, and how it was valuable to her.

After the event, we heard back from our participants and found that the coaching programme was able to provide a valuable support mechanism and give the ladies the opportunity to progress their career goals, feel more confident and make braver decisions.

  • 100% of participants were either extremely satisfied (71%) or satisifed (29%) with the program
  • 100% of participants believed they have now made braver decisions on a regular basis since starting the program
  • 94% of participants feel significantly more confident since starting the program
  • 94% of women believed this program helped progress their career goals
  • 24% of participants had received a promotion since starting program
  • 35% of participants had received a job offer or changed jobs since starting the program

“This coaching programme has had a huge impact on my life, and everyone deserves to know and benefit from Brené Brown’s powerful research. If you are debating whether to sign up and the thought of living bravely makes you nervous – this programme is what you need! Take a leap of faith, believe in yourself and the rest will follow. 
Phoebe Ashworth, Coachee

We are hugely thank you to all the ladies who were brave enough to apply for the programme and made themselves accountable of taking risks throughout the journey. A big thank you to Bravest Path for partnering with us to give our ladies a great coaching experience. And finally thank you to Transferwise for sponsoring the celebration speakeasy, Syzygy and Sprinklr for sponsoring the coaching meet up events and Qubit for sponsoring our kick off event.

developher1

Considering if coaching is for you?

We asked Bethan Davies, our Bravest Path Coach in the DevelopHer Coaching Programme to give a few tips on whether coaching is right for your personal or career development.

What is coaching and how does it differ to mentoring?

Firstly, be clear if it’s a coach or a mentor you need.

Coaching differs to mentoring in that coaches do not offer advice or opinion. They trust that you are the expert on you, and by having a supportive and challenging partner you can co-design the best solution that will be the most effective and sustainable.
Mentoring is a relationship where often someone shares the benefit of their learning, and ultimately may advise you on what you should or could do. Mentoring can be very useful depending on the timing of your career, but may not always affect behavioural change and can create dependency on others. Coaches help people to think for themselves, by giving them a safe space and time to explore an issue, where the quality of their questions help challenge, reframe and help them form and take tangible actions on the output of thought. It builds courage, as the coachee develops self-trust to listen to themselves

What is the top tip you would give to someone looking for a coach?

When looking for a coach its important to try a few out to make sure you get the best “fit” for you. Coaching is like dating – you need to make sure the chemistry is right!

Request testimonials, and examples of where your coach has helped someone achieve their targets – credible coaches should be able to provide these and contacts to speak with further.

To ensure your success, take some time to reflect on what you would like to be different at the end of the coaching process, where are you now and how will you know when you’ve reached your goal? What does success look, feel or sound like to you? Coaching is not a cosy tea and chat, its an action and outcome orientated process where progress can be measured against your goals, and a coach provides the accountability to maximise your chances of making it happen.

What qualities do you feel people should look for when identifying the right coach for them?

Trust is critical. You need to feel safe and supported by your coach. They should challenge and provoke you. A little discomfort can be useful, as a skilled coach should be pushing the limits of your comfort zone and encouraging you to step into a place where true growth happens.  Someone that listens beneath the surface, to not only what you are saying, but what you are not saying is important. Your coach doesn’t need to be an expert in your industry or area, in fact often the best coaches have little to no knowledge about the subject, as it enables them to be truly unbiased and curious.

In order to get the most out of coaching;

  • Bring your most important topics and be clear on the outcomes you want
  • Be prepared to be fully open and honest with yourself and your coach
  • Allow time immediately before and after the coaching session to mentally prepare and reflect
  • Challenge yourself and be brave!
Coaching has the power to facilitate deep behavioural change, and if the motivation is there, can be a powerful and transformational experience to achieve the results you want.
developher5

 

You can also read some of the personal journeys our coachees blogged during the 6 months for inspiration on whether coaching is for you:

 

What’s on – International Women’s Day Events 2018

Today is International Women’s Day, a day commemorating the movement for women’s rights and celebrating the achievements of women globally. 

‘Why only one day, or, is it only for women?’ you might ask.  Our view, as a community who believe in diversity and inclusion, is that it’s an opportunity for everyone to reflect on gender-based rights, past and present, and join in the conversation with a view to improving the future for all.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some event ideas below. The UN sum up the history of the day nicely here and you can follow on social with #IWD2018.

 

IWD London Event Guide – Thursday & Coming up:

(For more locations see the InternationalWomensDay.com Guide)
Tonight – Thursday (IWD)

#GirlBoss  – International Women’s Day with Melissa Hemsley, Mel Wells & Nicky Clinch
7.30pm @Planet Organic (£5)

City Of London’s International Women’s Day 2018 4.30pm-9pm (FREE)

Women of Wearables: Women in Hardware 6.30-9.30pm (FREE)

Comedy Night- International Women’s Day, 8:30pm (FREE)

#PressforProgress Event by Access VFX  at The Mill (FREE);
Featuring one of our DevelopHer mentors and speakers, Harriet Minter

 

Friday 9th March:

Girls Skate Night @ House of Vans   6pm (FREE)
A night of skating and yoga. Finishing with a documentary screening

WOW: Women of the World Festival @ Southbank. **ALL WEEKEND** – (Prices & day passes vary) (Child-friendly)
A brilliant day out (or weekend) at Southbank, with a jam-packed schedule throughout. Immerse yourself in talks, activities, the marketplace, and shows within the festival, and hear from a global array of speakers and activists. From in-depth discussions on socio-political topics to performing arts, installations, and comedy. Sunday night features Sandi Toksvig in an orchestra backed comedy show.  Full brochure here

 

Saturday 10th March:

Women in engineering and manufacturing. (FREE) (Child-friendly)
An opportunity to meet women in the industry and discuss STEM careers at all levels, career changes into STEM, and apprenticeships.

Women in Focus Festival from 11:00 (FREE) Saturday and Sunday
Performances, talks, workshops, discussions and film screeings

 

15th March:

Art of Consent @ Richmix (£10+)
As recommended by our friends at The Great Initiative
Ongoing:

HeForShe at VAULT festival. Until March 18th, prices vary.

If you have any events you’d like to see here, please message emily@developHer.org with the details.

The Bravest Path x DevelopHer Workshop Vulnerability and storytelling brene brown

Bravery through Vulnerability: A recap of our workshop

Guest blog written by Bethan Davies, The Bravest Path

Last Saturday over 60 members of the DevelopHer community joined us at Qubit in Covent Garden to explore Dr Brené Brown’s research into vulnerability and to consider this question – where do I want to show up, be seen and live brave?

The content was taken from our workshops The Daring WayTM and Rising StrongTM and focused on vulnerability, defined as risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure. The media bombards us daily with messages that suggest that vulnerability is something to avoid – even to be ashamed of – but I’m yet to meet anyone who lives a life without these three aspects.

The paradox is that when we see vulnerability in others, we are often inspired. Yet we feel ashamed when we recognise it in ourselves. It is also one of the first things we will look for when we meet someone, yet the last thing we want anyone to identify in ourselves.

Brené’s research includes over 13,000 individual examples of vulnerability, and each one is an act of courage, not weakness – such as starting your own business, expressing an unpopular opinion, falling in love, saying no, or having a difficult conversation.

Vulnerability is courage, not weakness. And on Saturday, members of the DevelopHer community courageously leant into the discomfort of uncertainty and explored what living brave means to them.
We looked at the 4 commonly held myths of vulnerability;

Myth #1: Vulnerability is a weakness.
Dr Brené Brown’s research includes over 13,000 examples of vulnerability and not one was an act of weakness. Every example of vulnerability was an act of courage.

Myth #2: I can opt out of vulnerability.
To be alive is to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure – and these are present in our lives whether we like it or not.

Myth #3: Vulnerability is oversharing.
Boundaries are key! Vulnerability is sharing with those who have earned the right to hear your story. It’s not blurting personal details across social media, or “floodlighting”, which means sharing intimate details with someone who you have just met to hotwire connection.

Myth #4: I can go it alone.
We romanticise the idea of individualism, and the fact remains that if we are going to be brave enough to step into the unknown without guarantees, then we will sometimes get knocked down. Vulnerability is about being able to ask for the help to get back up and go again, building resilience. We are neurobiologically hardwired for connection.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they are never weakness.” – Dr Brené Brown

Photo credit: Lauren Walsh. Thank you Lauren for taking pictures of the workshop. Check out Lauren’s website here.

The second half of the workshop focused on how we often hold back from doing something because of a fear of judgment from others. We used the metaphor of an arena, and a seating plan to understand whose opinions really matter to us. What the critics (internal) and people in the cheap seats (external) have to say shouldn’t count. Instead, it’s those sat in our support seats, who know something of what it is to be in our arena and are willing to offer empathy rather than judgement, who really matter. The focus should be on listening to feedback from people who we trust and respect, rather than those who share criticism without being brave themselves.

We finished by looking at the three ways we ‘armour up’ in an effort to protect ourselves from being brave and feeling vulnerable when we are in our arenas.

Perfectionism – Attempting to both be and do things perfectly in the hope of avoiding the judgement of others and feeling not enough in some way.
The difference between perfectionism and healthy striving comes down to one question – who are you doing this for? When driven by what will others think rather than striving for excellence, it can be paralysing and stop us from moving forward.

Foreboding Joy – Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience.
How often do we miss the opportunity to dance in the moment and celebrate success because we are already catastrophising about the future? We shared findings that people who had the most profound capacity for joy were those who practiced gratitude and leaning into the vulnerability of being in the moment.

Numbing – Trying to take the edge off the feeling of discomfort from risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure.
We frequently try to numb through eating, working, sex, drugs, alcohol, so we can avoid leaning into the feelings of discomfort to move forward.

The day also helped raise awareness of the coaching and development programme The Bravest Path are running in partnership with DevelopHer. The successful applicants will be going far deeper into these concepts and the wider research as part of their group work and individual coaching. The program culminates in a Courage Speakeasy in July where participants will share their journey, their brave actions and what they have learnt with the rest of the DevelopHer community.

There are only 15 spaces and applications end this Thursday 1st March 2018 – if you are interested please fill out the application form here and attach your application documents! Application deadline is Thursday, 1st March 2018.

apply-now

This programme will help you:

  • take steps to realise your aspirations and make changes in your life
  • feel braver and more confident
  • have greater clarity on your purpose and areas that make your life meaningful
  • act authentically in a way that’s consistent with your values
  • understand whose opinion really matters to you, and let go of pleasing others
  • have a greater self-awareness of what holds you back and what moves you forward
  • feel more connected to a network of other brave women within DevelopHer

Read more about the coaching programme in detail here.

A huge thank you to DevelopHer for welcoming us so warmly to your community, Qubit for their generous hosting, and all the participants, it was a pleasure and privilege to work with you.

Bethan Davies at the DevelopHer x The Bravest Path workshop

Bethan is the co-founder of The Bravest Path, a coaching and facilitation organisation helping individuals, teams and organisations develop greater courage, compassion and connection. www.thebravestpath.com

Photo credit: Lauren Walsh.

Make 2018 Your Bravest Year Yet!

Interested in overcoming fears, challenges and making this year your bravest year yet?

Whether you’re looking at making that next career progression, or you’re keen to try something new – sometimes a bit of courage and support is what will help us over the finish line!

At DevelopHer, we excited to share with you our latest announcement in partnership with The Bravest Path. We’re are offering an exclusive 6-month coaching programme to challenge and support members of our community to be ‘your bravest self’ in 2018. The program will culminate in sharing your stories of courage to the DevelopHer community of where you have shown up, be seen and lived bravely in 2018.

We’ll select 12 applicants to experience the Daring Way TM development based on the ground-breaking research of Dr Brené Brown with 4 online development sessions and 4 one-to-one Skype coaching sessions. Through the programme, you can expect a journey that will help you come away with a greater understanding of yourself, so you can start living brave and taking action towards a more fulfilled, joyful and connected life.

To apply, please fill out the application form here and attach your CV and application documents! Application deadline is Thursday, 1st March 2018.

apply-now

This programme will help you:

  • take steps to realise your aspirations and make changes in your life
  • feel braver and more confident
  • have greater clarity on your purpose and areas that make your life meaningful
  • act authentically in a way that’s consistent with your values
  • understand whose opinion really matters to you, and let go of pleasing others
  • have a greater self-awareness of what holds you back and what moves you forward
  • feel more connected to a network of other brave women within DevelopHer

Read more about the coaching programme in detail here.

6 Tried & True Tips for Learning How to Code

Guestblog written by Jen Star, Next Day PC

Whether you work with computers professionally or are an interested hobbyist, learning how to code can have a number of great benefits.

At the same time, many people are put off because they assume it is difficult or they simply don’t know where to begin.

Well the good news is it is definitely not as hard as you may assume! We asked a number of successful, self-taught coders what tips they would pass on if they were starting to learn code today – so now you know where to start – with this article.

1) Practical Problems

Many people will suggest you start out with a thorough grounding in the theory of code. Whilst that is of course true – without the basic tools you can’t do anything – theory can also be… kind of boring.

So ask yourself what it is that you want to code – what problem do you think you can solve, what service are you missing, what game do you want to play. Once you know that, gear your studies toward that one thing and it will much more interesting.

2) Javascript is The Standard

When you are just starting out it is highly advised that you learn JavaScript first of all. Javascript is pretty much uniformly recognised as the standard programming language in the world – and also the most popular.

So learn to code Javascript first, and you will be learning skills that will translate to the most applications.

3) Read

A great book to read – probably before you do any studying of code at all – is Code Simplicity. Why is it so good? Well, it barely contains any code at all. Instead, it is written to discuss and celebrate the art of programming and coding. It also discusses some very simple concepts relating to coding, making it perfect or the absolute beginner to get a solid grounding in the craft.

4) Have Fun

There are various coding courses out there designed for kids. Don’t sneer at that, they are pretty much giving out the exact same information as beginner courses designed for mature students.

The main difference is that they are fun! Code.org has a number of excellent coding courses that are based around things like Star Wars. So head on over there, learn the basics and have fun doing it.

5) Stay At The Cutting Edge

As we discussed above, the world of coding moves pretty fast. It’s important therefore that you keep at the tip of cutting edge technology and discussions of the theories and practices of coding and programming.

You can sign up to expensive monthly journals, but it’s cheaper – and probably more fun – to find some blogs and podcasts of programmers and coders you like and trust and subscribe to them. They’re free, they’re sometimes fun and they will definitely keep you up to date.

6) Construct a Portfolio as You Work

Finally, as you gain more experience and begin to build code and programmes, start to save your work in a portfolio (or set up a account at GitHub).

Firstly, it will motivate you to look back over your earlier work as you progress, and get a real sense of just how far you’ve come.

Secondly, if you’re considering going professional with this then it will be a big help to have a portfolio of your work to show prospective employers – so start building it early.

 

Written by Jen Starr. Jen Starr is part of the community team at Next Day PC. Jen enjoys staying on top of the latest tech trends and sharing how new tech can positively impact people’s lives.

DevelopHer Advent Calendar

It’s that time of the year again where we’re definitely feeling the festive spirit! With the holidays being a time for giving, the DevelopHer team have come up with a few ideas that we’d love to share with you each day in December. Whether it’s our wish list of gifts that we think will lighten up your day, or our suggestions on how to help others – here’s the ultimate DevelopHer list of Holiday Cheer! Make sure you tune back into this blog post each day this month to see what surprise we have for you!

25.) Day 25. Christmas Day 2018

The DevelopHer UK Team wish you an amazing Christmas Day and Holiday season. Whether you are with loved ones, solo, home or away, we hope it’s full of fun, food and happiness. As we look forward to 2018, which we have named “Your Bravest Year Yet”, we’ve been preparing for a jam-packed year of hosting events,  building programmes and creating resources to inspire and support you. We have loved meeting you, making new friends, and chasing after bigger goals and new interests this year. After a huge year of growth we will be looking for more people to join our team of volunteers. Watch this space and twitter.

A huge thank you to all our wonderful partners, supporters, and you – our community, who make up DevelopHer UK. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New year!

24.) Day 24

Take the time to make next year Your Bravest Year Yet! Sign up to be involved.

bravest year yet

DevelopHer team,
“Next year is all about you. For 2018,  why not make it your Bravest Year Yet? DevelopHer are working in collaboration with The Bravest Path, part of Brene Brown’s network and we’re running a 6 month programme to encourage, support and develop women who are just starting or growing their careers in tech. Whether you want to build a new start-up, kickstart a career in coding or progress in a tech environment – we know you need support to start impacting the C-suite. We ran the mentoring programme before with great success which resulted in 3 new businesses, promotions across the whole cohort and a new sense of vision and focus. To learn more about you can apply to your Bravest Year Yet – sign up for more information!”

 

23.) Day 23

Make a difference by volunteering  in London, Free

mission london.jpg

Laura, DevelopHer
“From now up until the New Year, there are tons of ways to help others this Christmas especially in London. The biggest joy this holiday is giving, and there is nothing better then giving your time to those who need it. There are many great organisations including the Whitechapel mission who gets over 300 visitors a day during Dec to get food and a touch of warmth. There are also Winter night shelters who are looking for volunteers between now and Jan to help give people a warm place to sleep for the night! Read more London volunteering options here

22.) Day 22

Choose Love and help a refugee, from £5

refuggees

Louise, DevelopHer
“Choose Love is a pop-up store in London that sells products for refugees. You might not leave the shop with anything, but your purchase will go to one of the 80+ projects supported by Help Refugees. If that’s not in the spirit of the holidays, I don’t know what is!”

21.) Day 21

STEM children classes at Imperial College from London, from £160

stem classes

Anna, DevelopHer
“For the little ones: these classes include real-life challenges that encourage children (aged 4-12) to put theory into practice in a fun and engaging way, with a special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Classes range from Coding to Engineering to Robotics – taking place out of school hours. A taste of four sessions starts at £160.”

20.) Day 20

Support businesswomen living in poverty to help run a successful enterprise, with Oxfam from £19

imageoxfam

Sally, DevelopHer
“Support a start up. This gift helps a businesswoman living in poverty to build the skills to run a successful enterprise. Providing access to literacy and numeracy training, along with mentoring and advice, this gift helps to build confidence, capability and entrepreneurial success.”

19.) Day 19

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, from £8.31Anna, DevelopHer
“Need some inspiration for New Year’s resolutions? This book features a lot of swearing, but it also gives you a very practical guide to putting more order into your life. I read this book on my summer holidays and was very inspired by it! It helps identify and prioritise things in life that are most important to you – and to graciously deprioritise things you really should not “give a f*ck” about.”

18.) Day 18

Sphero Ball, a small robotic ball you can program (for kids or adults!), from £45
sphero ball

Sarah, DevelopHer
“Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and invention through connected play and coding, Sphero’s SPRK+ is far more than a robot. Use it with the Lightning Lab app on your iPhone or iPad to easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities and share your creations with the community. Navigate a maze, program a painting, mimic the solar system. The only limit is your imagination!”

17.) Day 17

Buy useful items for the homeless, From £2

Sophie, DevelopHer
“CRACK + CIDER is a store where customers can buy useful items for our city’s homeless. After speaking with local shelters, the founders curated a list of the most essential items a homeless person might need. You simply choose which item you want to give, purchase it and they will do the rest on your behalf.”

16.) Day 16

Oven gloves, £16

Martyna, DevelopHer
“I love baking and I don’t know how I’ve managed so far without oven gloves! I’d quite like a cute oven glove like this one. Brownie points for the Disney print. Ha, “brownie” points, get it? ;)”

15.) Day 15

Donating to Save the Children UK, Text TEAMXMASTECH to 70050 to donate £5 to Save the Children UK

DevelopHer Team
“Today is Christmas Jumper Day and this year DevelopHer is supporting Save the Children UK. Text TEAMXMASTECH to 70050 to donate £5. Your donation will help bring essential healthcare, education, protection and food to millions of children around the world who are missing out on these basics. Your support can protect children from easily preventable yet still deadly diseases like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. This Friday, nothing’s out of bounds, except good taste. Go big. Go bold. Put that Crazy Christmas Jumper on and text TeamXmasTech to 70050 – the whole £5 will go to Save the Children UK.”

14.) Day 14

Queen B on Top of the Christmas Tree, £80

Sally, DevelopHer
“My dream Christmas tree topper would be Queen Beyonce – get this 3D printed Beyonce sculpted in all her singing glory with mic and angelic wings! She isn’t just a chart topper, now she is a tree topper.”

13.) Day 13

Kindle, from £59.99

kindle.jpg

Louise, DevelopHer
“If you’re a speed reader like me, a Kindle is the best thing since sliced bread. Not only does it save me breaking my back from lugging books on the tube, it also makes books a bit cheaper to buy. Whilst it can’t replace the smell and feel of a good book, it does mean I can read the entire Harry Potter collection on the holiday break!”

12.) Day 12

Swing Patrol London – Classes Card, from £45

swing

Anna, DevelopHer
“Going to a dance class can be a really fun way to forget about your day-to-day to de-stress. Swing Patrol offers classes all throughout London and they work on a drop-in basis, meaning you can attend every week, or more sporadically. I go to Swing Patrol classes very often and can on recommend it as a new hobby to try out!”

11.) Day 11

Buy lunch from the M&S Shelter Festive Collection, from £1.50

M&S Shelter

Emily, DevelopHer
“M&S donate 5% of certain festive products to the housing and homelessness charity, helping fund all calls answered by the Shelter helpine at Christmas. The juice is delicious.”

10.) Day 10

Buy a Christmas Jumper for the DevelopHer Christmas Party on Tuesday to help raise money for Save the Children, from £25

Sally, DevelopHer
“This year we are supporting Save The Children in their Christmas Jumper Campaign. The money raised from the sale of these uber cool sweatshirts could help Save the Children bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.”

9.) Day 9

Neom De-Stress Kit, £20

Laura, DevelopHer
“This year I want my Christmas break to be stress-Free! That’s why I’m loving this de-sress kit by Neom that has 4 essential oils that includes the smells of lavendar and jasmine to de-stress the mind and body.”

8.) Day 8

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to Look After Your Mental Health Through the Holiday, Free Advice

christmas---feet157C19DA9C0A

Sally, DevelopHer
“There is a scene in the cult ’80s film “Flash Gordon” when at the Emperor Ming’s wedding a plane drags a banner across the sky with the message ‘All citizens will make merry’. This is quickly followed by another plane with the message ‘On pain of death’. During the festive season, the pressure to be seen to be having a good time can feel overwhelming if you are dealing with mental ill health and emotional difficulties. In addition, Christmas can bring lots of additional stresses such as travelling, eating more food, drinking more alcohol, family arguments, financial pressures and increased household work. Here are some top tips from the Priory to help you survive and get you through the season .”

7.) Day 7

DevelopHer Holiday Tunes for The Holiday Season, Free

DevelopHerUK

Sophie, DevelopHer
“Welcome to the DevelopHer UK Holiday Spotify playlist. All of our fav Christmas tunes for you in one place. Wishing you the best holiday ever, sending peace and happiness for a restful holiday and if in doubt, put this on in the lead up to Christmas Day and don’t forget to sing and dance.”

6.) DAY 6

Goldieblox, from £9

goldieblox

Louise, DevelopHer
“One for the little ladies in your life. Through the integration of storytelling and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) principles, Goldieblox creates toys, books, apps, videos, animation and merchandise; the tools that empower girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures.”

5.) DAY 5

Christmas Party Invitation for the DevelopHer Community, tickets £5.82Developher Christmas Jumper Party

DevelopHer, Women of Wearables & Blooms London
“We warmly invite you to join us together on December 12th at 7.00pm for a festive evening of drinks, nibbles, #Christmas jumpers and great company, as our communities come together! Everyone is welcome!”

4.) DAY 4

New Philosopher Subscription, €39 for a year

New Philosopher subscription

Emily, DevelopHer
“I adore this quarterly journal as it’s a welcoming way to explore familiar topics with a fresh perspective, but without forcing opinion. Daily we’re fed news we can’t always trust and opinion posing as fact, and this makes me think and question my understanding of the everyday as well as the future It’s perfect to dip in and out of, I discovered this at an airport and it took me 3 months to finish. Each edition takes a question on one theme and explores it through art, writing, technology and history. If you want to check out a back copy I’ll happily share it.”

3.) DAY 3

Bletchley Park visit, £17.75 per ticketBletchley park London

Martyna, DevelopHer
“Ever since I’ve moved to London I’ve been meaning to go to Bletchley Park – to see how the Codebreakers changed the course of history during WWII and how that became the foundation of modern Information Technology.”

2.) DAY 2

Help Crisis at Christmas using your IT skills, free

Crisis at Christmas

Sally, DevelopHer
“Crisis at Christmas is the biggest volunteering operation around the nation every Christmas. It offers an abundance of varied ways everyone can help make someone else’s yuletide season that extra bit special. They need IT skills. Get involved to help guests make the most of technology available in the Christmas at Crisis centres.”

1.) DAY 1

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Book, £6.95

Calendar 1

Laura, DevelopHer
“Now almost every event I’ve been to this year, someone has mentioned this book and I think it’s about time I get round to reading it this Christmas. Written by Jen Sincero it’s a great read to start the new year by changing the self-sabotaging beliefs, and start getting what you want! 2018 – is going to my year of being badass!”

 

DevelopHer Xmas