Re-booting Your Personal Brand

Written by Sally Freeman – Co-Founder of DevelopHer

The idea for reboot your personal brand came from the thought that I had, that it is often much easier to rebrand for companies and organisations than for ourselves. I work in social media and branding and have often spent weeks and months on one project. So the challenge was, new year, new you, on a cold January evening, what could we achieve with 50 people in two hours? Could we help attendees reboot their personal image and help them achieve their goals for 2019? Could we potentially help them get their dream job and help create new opportunities in this new year?

The tickets went on sale and sold out in a day. The DevelopHerUK community clearly love this type of event and we realised it is much needed.

With a speed dating type feel, our attendees had half an hour with four amazing professionals to give each attendee skills to help them reboot their own brand. Including sessions on:

  1. Having a professional photograph taken to be used on CV’s, LinkedIn & Social.
  2. CV Workshop
  3. How to make your LinkedIn account stand out from the crowd
  4. How to pitch and communicate yourself in 45 seconds

“A picture is worth a thousand words”
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Meeting the Experts

Sue Lacey specialises in business portraiture and knows it is essential to have an excellent business image. Sue captured the attendees in a way to show their character and personality.  An absolutel essential element for Linkedin to social channels, a good business image communicates a strong message to clients. Our attendees have been over the moon with their new images and have instantly been used across their channels.

Maarit Lilley, luxury brand copywriter and PR helped attendees focus on the summary paragraph that is often used in the profile section of your CV or Linkedin.

Dani Barrett from Digitas is a self confessed Linkedin addict. She knows good Linkedin! Dani guided attendees through the do’s and don’ts of linked in, how to create unique URL’s and how to get noticed amongst hundreds of Linkedin profiles. Sharing her experience about what recruiters look for when they view a Linkedin profile was hugely useful to attendees. You need to make your linkedin profile stand out from the crowd.

So you have your picture, your CV and Linked in profile. What next? How do you convert this to real time conversations, be able to pitch yourself  and grow your network?

How do you pitch yourself in real time? You are in the lift with the new CEO, how do you say “ Hello, I am … this is what I do and I would love to come and speak to you about a new idea I have”.

GSB Comms, experts in presentation skills,  returned to give top skills in meeting new people, how to introduce yourself, pitch yourself and communicate that all essential elevator pitch in 15 seconds.  Richard and Freddie facilitated attendees giving top tips on body language, communication skills and how to make an impact when meeting new people in a networking environment. Everyone loved the role play in the safe environment of the Syzygy offices. Richard challenged us to communicate key aspects of who we are and what we do within 45 seconds.

Top Tips & Learnings:

How to write an outstanding CV from Maarit Lilley:

The Do’s

  • Be precise about the job you do and for how long you’ve been doing it.
  • Be clear about which sectors you’ve worked in and your experience.
  • Be concise.
  • Keep your introduction profile up to 5 sentences only.
  • List your key skills – up to 5 or 6, pinpoint your achievements and be bold.
    – Say what you worked on, how you got that skill, how you applied and what the great outcome is.
  • Claim your achievements and name drop well-known brands where you can.
    E.g. led a team across international markets, dealt with financial budgets.
  • You are not obliged to include age, marital status, kids or your nationality.
  • Claim your positive outcomes and how you met your targets.
  • Add in  just a few interests to show more of your personality.

The Don’ts

  • Don’t waffle, use long sentences, repeat yourself or use clichés.
  • Look out for typos and beware of using industry jargon and acronyms.
  • Avoid using the word ‘passion’ – passion belongs in the bedroom. Try using words such as deeply committed, enthusiastic.
  • Don’t let your CV be longer than 2 pages.

How to make your LinkedIn stand out for recruiters from Dani Barrett:

  • Keeping your profile up to date is essential, even if it’s as small as moving location.
  • When you’ve moved jobs, put the end date on your profile and add in your bio that you’re looking for opportunities.
  • When you’ve been promoted in the same role – always give a snapshot of what you’re doing now, and how it was different then before.
  • Create a customize URL – this looks better and cleaner when added to your CV.
  • Always put information under your job title – approx. 3-5 bullet points that are the most relevant, especially when you’ve had a promotion.
  • Once a week, start showing activity on LinkedIn. Share, like or comment on something you find interesting, this is the start of creating new networking processes – as your reach on LinkedIn can be greater then any other platform.
  • Don’t be scared to post and share your accomplishments and self-promote in an authentic manner – e.g. either a project you worked on, or thanking others for their contributions. Try and get into the habit of doing it once a month, or more if possible.
  • Use the promotions feature on LinkedIn, to let recruiters know you’re interested in a new role. Don’t worry, this won’t show up as visible to connections in your existing company.

How to sell yourself or build your own narrative from GSB comms:

  • Remember we think and remember things in a world of pictures.
    So when you’re explaining what your job role, make sure you’re describing rather then explaining. The stuff that sticks is often the description, so work on replacing some of the explanation of your role into a descriptive format.
    One book to read is ‘Made to stick’ by Chip and Dan Heath.
  • When describing what you do, simplify your terminology so that it’s easy to understand from anyone, whether they’re in your industry or not.
    e.g. Example 1 “I’m a merchant marketing manager for online financial payments”
    Instead try using example 2 “I help communicate to businesses how they can start getting paid online, so we can help these businesses grow their sales”.
  • Don’t kill your 15-40 second intro by saying at the end ‘yeah but it’s boring’ or ‘yeah it’s alright’. Don’t play yourself down, make sure you end your introduction on a positive. Otherwise people will disregard you straight away.
  • Body language has a huge impact on your passion. You don’t have to show your passion in what you do by over explaining or rambling on. In fact, expressing your smile and confidence in what you do in your body language can be more impactful then over-explaining.
  • Portraying energy may not always be how fast and loud you can something. Practice expressing your passion in a calm way – so that what you’re actually saying comes across easily to the receiver.

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Thank you to our expert team of communication professionals who gave of their time to DevelopHer so freely. Personally I have learnt how to speak through DevelopHer and this has facilitated me speaking at conferences all over the world.

The event was a huge success and we hope to run it again. We had lots of feedback about how enjoyable the event was and how our community enjoyed being with one another. Thank you to the amazing syzygy team who hosted us with delicious vegetarian and vegan food with lots of dry January soft drinks and wine. Thank you for logistics and general support of DevelopHer, we love to work with Syzygy London.

We would also like to thank Moo.com who gave us 20% off business cards. DevelopHer hope to repeat this successful event for those that didn’t get tickets first time around.

We hope we rebooted and kick started your 2019 and look forward to hearing your stories, please tweet us @developheruk or send us your success stories to hello@developher.org. See you at our next event.

Sally J Freeman

Co-Founder

DevelopHerUK

Your Bravest Year Coaching 2018

-Written by Laura Chung, Founding Member of DevelopHer –

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at DevelopHer over the past few weeks. We are building a new website, planning our launch party, autumn events, and continuing to build on our partnerships with some awesome UK and European initiatives.

We are committed to elevating women in technology and to pursue our mission of supporting women in professional, personal and political opportunities we’d like to expand our network. As firm fans of collaboration within the community we’ve grown great relationships with a number of organisations including Geek Girl Meetup, Blooming Founders, and Women Who Code and want to continue to seek out and partner with other organisations with similar values.

If you know of any other groups, initiatives or organisations you think we should get to know or events we should share, please put us in touch via developHer.org@gmail.com .

One of our newest partnerships is with SyncDevelopHER, an East Anglian initiative committed to promoting gender equality in technology. The awesome organisation is behind the DevelopHER Awards; showcasing the East Anglian technology industry’s leading female talent. The next Awards are in Ipswich on 30th November 2016 and tickets are available now . We’re excited to be working together with them and hope to partner on bringing their East Anglian based event to London in the near future.

Coming up we invite you to join us on 20th September at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society as we collaborate with WOW Talks bringing our mentoring experience to  WOW Talks:Women In Tech. Please use code developherwow2016 for £10 off.

As ever, to stay in the know for all things DevelopHer including our launch party please keep an eye on twitter and subscribe to our mailing list HERE.

Team DevelopHer

Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme – Got questions?

As the deadline for applications for the Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme approaches, (31st July extended deadline until Monday 3rd of August), we thought we’d write a brief blog post to give you the latest and freshest information.

When does it start and what is the format?

The programme will start on the 9th of September and will run for six months. It will consist of evening speed-mentoring sessions once every five weeks, with key members of the technology industry. Each session will cover a specific topic, this could be anything from top tips for startups, to how to negotiate a raise. Mentees must attend all sessions to get the most out of the programme. It is possible to miss only one session if strictly necessary, although we strongly advise you attend each one.

Can I still apply?

Yes – we have received hundreds of applications already but it does not mean that we have made any decisions yet – on the contrary, we are still hungry for applications. If you are an entrepreneur, or working within a very corporate company, or just thinking of starting your own company – the mentoring programme is still open to you. We have to repeat it here that it is less about what you do than the state of mind you are in at the moment. Do you have big unrealised ambitions and want to grow them? Then yes, the Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme is for you.

Who are the mentors?

Our mentors are 80% women and 20% men, because we do believe in and want to practice diversity. These are people who have outstanding achievements, are part of the Girls in Tech network and many of whom are already experienced mentors. The mentors are people we selected and genuinely interested in giving back and supporting talented women – they are people you can trust to be professional and confidential.

Can I see the list of mentors?

Not yet. We will communicate our list of mentors to you if your application is selected. However, prior to that, we are more interested in hearing about your own personal story, your motives and what you need from the mentoring programme – than how such and such mentors are essential for you to grow.

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How will the matchmaking happen between mentors?

There will be 10 mentors at each session, they will have received the your bios prior to the session. The mentees will present for one minute their questions for the evening based on the topic and any progress made from the previous week. Based on this and the bios, the mentors will select who they would like to mentor for that particular session.

If you are not selected by your chosen mentor that evening, you will still get an opportunity to informally network with them once the session is over.

Can I follow up with mentors?

Only if they give you their business cards. That means that they want to see and follow up with you.

I am not sure I am hungry for it enough…

Whatever stage you are at in your journey there is always room for development, learning and stretching yourself out of your comfort zones. Take a risk, push yourself and go for a new experience meeting new people, experienced mentors and learn from the best in the industry. Why not give your career a huge boost this autumn with the Girls in Tech Mentor programme?

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As a Chinese proverb says “one who stays near vermilion gets stained red, and one who stays near ink gets stained black” or said differently “one takes on the colour of one’s company”. The metaphor teaches us that one’s habit may change or come under the influence of other people, events or conversations. We hope that by taking part in the Girls in Tech London Mentoring Progamme it will encourage ambition, entrepreneurialism and positive attitudes amongst our mentees and mentors.

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Still have questions? Come to our breakfast networking event this Friday 31st of July, or post them on on our private Facebook group.

Send your application before Friday the 31st of July: mpapplications@girlsintech.org

Growing You in 6 Months: Call for Applications for the Girls in Tech Mentoring programme

It was great to see so many people at the Girls in Tech London Mentoring Programme introduction last Wednesday! As usual, we had a strong turnout with a good mix of people, from those quite experienced in their careers to those just beginning in the tech industry.

This breakfast meeting, sponsored by La Fosse (recruiters in Tech) and helped logistically by the wonderful Alice from Runaway East, was to give those interested in the mentoring programme starting this September more of an idea as to what to expect.

As mentioned in my previous blog, this mentoring programme is aimed at women who are seeking guidance to help them maximise their potential and take the lead in their careers.

In case you missed the breakfast session, this is a short overview of what to expect in the programme. We will hold another session in the coming weeks for those who could not make this one – so keep an eye out to our events page!

Girls in Tech London Mentoring Programme

The Girls in Tech London Mentoring Programme is beginning in September 2015 and will run for 6 months until February 2016. The programme will consist of speed-mentoring sessions run every 5 weeks with selected and high profile people in the technology industry. Each session will revolve around a different topic integral to career advancement, ranging from “Tips from lean startups to improve your productivity” to “How to Negotiate Yourself a Raise or Promotion”.

We are fully committed to delivering a strong programme and we know that the women who are involved will show the same level of dedication. With this in mind feedback on each session and a written blog on the mentoring are required to complete the programme (not to mention the compulsory attendance to each session) with the aim of building upon this first experience for future mentoring programmes.

After the programme has finished, we would love for those who have completed their mentoring to become ambassadors for the scheme in order to get more women involved and help Girls in Tech make it even better for next year. This way we can improve and grow the number of female in the boardroom or at senior executive roles – for a better visibility of women in tech.

The deadline for applications is the 31st of July. There is no pre-arranged format for the applications – you are given complete creative rein on this. Your application could be an email, it could be a song or even a video application – anything goes!

At Girls in Tech we are really excited about this initiative to give the next generation of female tech leaders the guidance and support they need to take the lead in their careers. We want those on the programme to grow over those 6 months in terms of confidence at work and in business and to take risks and pursue the career they really want.

If you are interested in applying to the Girls in Tech London Mentoring Programme or perhaps know a friend who would benefit from the programme, please get in touch!

Send your application to: mpapplications@girlsintech.org

Or tweet us with your questions: @Girlsintech_UK

Good luck!

Girls in Tech goes to 10 Downing Street

When has there ever been close to 100 women filling the State Dining Room at 10 Downing Street?

When Joanna Shields, Girls in Tech and Inspiring Fifty partnered up to organise a mentoring session for 40 UK-based girls and 40 of the most influential women in European technology.

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Roundtable discussion in 10 Downing Street’s State Dining Room.

“I’m in a hurry to achieve everything” – said Neeles Kroes in her opening speech of the hour roundtable that preceded the mentoring session.

And indeed, Kroes’s feeling is not only true for herself (she is 70+!), but arguably for all the 90 women around the table discussing what Government can do to support women in the digital industry.

It is estimated that “there are less than 20% women on the FTSE 100 Board of Directors” (Camilla Ley Valentin, co-founder of Queue-it) and that it will take 70 years to see an equal number of female and male directors of FTSE 100 companies (Equalities and Human Rights Commission).

And yet, these unfortunate numbers fall far from describing the frustrating reality of those very women sitting at those boards of Directors. Barbara Labate, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Risparmiosuper, shared with the audience her exasperation at meetings with prospective investors alongside her co-founder where “they [investors] tend to think that I am the assistant!”.

Even one of our attendees, Sarah Rench, noticedwalking up the stairs in Downing Street surrounded by my fellow Girls in Tech, the black and white photographs of past Prime Ministers emphasised this point again. Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s portrait placed near the very top of the stairwell signified her recent tenure in the position, but also served as a reminder that she is the only female Prime Minister to date, and only in very recent British history.

In other words, the world seems to still be asking women: “What are you doing here?” writes Nandini Jamm, in a way to implicitly ask, “why bother? Why fight when all numbers are against you?”

A Roundtable of Influential Women to Break the Wall Down

These feelings are the very reason why Girls in Tech exists. Founded in 2007 in San Francisco, and since 2013 with an active local presence in London, Girls in Tech aims to raise the visibility of women in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Through monthly engaging events with high-profile women speakers (also open to men!), Girls in Tech wants to lead a change in the way feminism has been fighting for its right: by moving away from the gender debate and going for a can-do/just-do attitude.

As Josephine Goube, co-MD, first to speak at the roundtable to present Girls in Tech to the room of female leaders said “we are here to raise the visibility of female role models and so to connect promising talents of tomorrow with today’s female leaders“.

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Europe’s Inspiring Fifty!

Contacted by the Inspiring Fifty to be partners of the event, Girls in Tech was honoured to select the ladies that would get in to be mentored. “We selected 40 girls out of hundreds of applications. We were overwhelmed by the quality. One more reason to make us feel that our mission at Girls in tech serves a need and a cause.”

Following the speech of Neelie Kroes, the other 40 women shared their own personal story and lessons learnt from experience, in hope to inspire the next generation present in the room to take action.

“This [what we have in this room] is girl power, and we need to put an end to constantly underestimating ourselves.” @NeelieKroesEU.

“It’s vital that we, as women, support one another. We all hold this responsibility” @joannashields

“We have to play as a team to move the lines in big corporations (@geraldine) and as such, set an example that empowers other women to enjoy fulfilling and beautiful jobs (@Lararouyres) because we need more women to shape the society of tomorrow (Lindsey of @WomensW4).”

There is nothing to stop women from taking a seat in the boardroom but themselves and the lack of examples may make it a little more difficult @josephinegoube. Still, in the words of Nicola Mendelsohn that day who quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, “You must do the things you think you cannot do”.

The Mentoring Session

And so, on that day, together we did. Joanna Shields closed the roundtable inviting mentors and mentees to begin the mentoring session – 10 minutes of one-on-one discussion between the most influential women in business and a select number of London’s promising women in tech talent.

From the buzz in the room, testimonials the Girls in Tech team captured on that day, and in the email that followed, the session was a success in many ways.

First, for many, it was “THE moment” they’d been waiting for to inspire their own career path and guide their way to success.

“In this room there was an overwhelming, unmistakable feeling of girl power. When I walked away I felt like I could do anything I wanted to do.” Jessica Wesley

“Learning from other people’s experiences and life stories takes the scary out of, and was one of the most insightful parts of the day” – Diana Lee

“The conversations I had during the mentoring session pushed me to start working towards the goals I have been considering, daydreaming about for a long time.”Eniko Tarkany-Szucs

Secondly, it was an occasion for leaders to transmit their knowledge and responsibility to the next generation of leaders or as Yolanda Blasco puts it, for Women Tech Leaders to Finish what Feminism Started.

“It was odd to hear women who are at the top of their game describing the same niggles that I feel… it shows that we’ve still got work to do, together.”Kirsty Joan

The event sent a strong message to the world that “women belong here” and are ready to fight for that to be the norm. 

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Current female tech leaders & the next generation, all together.

The day after the event, the BBC’s high-profile documentary, India’s Daughter, was broadcasted. It illustrates how Indian women are in physical danger every single day when they come home from work in the evening. In our digital age, it is difficult to be blind to what’s happening elsewhere for women.

The event set the example. It set the standards for the next generation and the illustration of what impact women can have when working together to foster gender equality. The event left room for influential women to share their story of how they made it happen to be accepted at the leadership position they are in; and inspire others to do so.

“It’s difficult to believe you can be something if you can’t see other people like yourself already being it.” – Chris O’Dell 

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Photo opportunities outside 10 Downing.

Girls in Tech was honoured to co-partner with the Prime Minister’s Office and bring along forty selected promising women leaders to be part of it. Let this not be a one off, but an ongoing series of events.

Girls in Tech will be back this spring with a leadership mentoring program. Watch this space for more info. You can already express interest in the program by filling out this form.

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Read more about this incredible and unique afternoon from our fellow blogging attendees:

Women Tech Leaders Ready to Finish what Feminism Started by Yolanda Blasco

Inspiring Fifty Women in Technology Roundtable Discussion and Mentoring Session with Girls in Tech by Sarah Rench

What I learnt from the Women at 10 Downing Street by Hannah Russell

Knocking on the door of Number 10 by Diana Lee

How an invitation to 10 Downing Street left me wanting more… by Laura Chung

My inspiring afternoon at Number 10 by Chris O’Dell

#inspiringfiftyno10 at 10 Downing Street by Lucie Kerley

Not Everyone Has #FeministFridays: What I Learned On 10 Downing Street by Nandini Jammi

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the fabulous experience, and we hope to see you soon.