With women making up only 17% of tech sector employees in the UK, there is a need for a platform that will showcase their accomplishments, connect them to career opportunities and allow them to leverage one another as allies. One female Fintech professional, Cecilia Harvey, is on a mission to deliver that vision in the form of Tech Women Today.
Ex-Wall Street, now one of the few female senior professionals in FinTech, and founder of mobile beauty App WalkingRed, Harvey has launched Tech Women Today (TWT) as a professional network and platform to showcase and recognise women in technology at all levels, performing various roles, across various sectors. Harvey is keen to not only focus on women who have attained senior positions or running already successful businesses, but recognise women achieving at all levels: "All women have a story to tell that is important. At all levels women are achieving great things and those achievements should be shared and recognised"
Tech Women Today will also encourage and inspire women to enter the technology industry by showing the range of technology career opportunities available. As Harvey explains: "Women in technology are not only coders. They are project managers, business analysts, product managers, and sales and marketing professionals. We want to showcase women working in technology across various sectors. For example, a women working in digital strategy may work in banking, fashion, art, or the non-profit sector. Tech is everywhere."
Tech Women Today will also offer practical training to support career development, such as mock interviews; webinars and masterclasses on leadership skills, employment laws, recruitment trends and interactive discussions about relevant technology industry trends.
FINALLY! A Resource for Non-Technical Female Entrepreneurs
One exciting focus is that TWT will be a resource for non-technical female entrepreneurs who need to leverage technology to grow their business. TWT aims to connect female entrepreneurs to resources that can help them with tech related business issues such as cybersecurity, website and app development, digital marketing, ecommerce, business process automation, etc. TWT will also deliver workshops and events that demo technology tools that can help companies to improve productivity and profitability.
Another unique aspect of TWT is that Men can join as TWT Allies. Harvey makes the point that "Men need to be active sponsors of initiatives which promote the advancement of women in technology. Many men are decision makers in their respective organizations and hence in a position to drive positive change. We want men to join us in the room, engage with us and become TWT Allies that champion the advancement of women in technology in their respective organizations."
TWT will be working with companies to structure and offer work experience and internship opportunities for students. Also sponsors can promote open roles to TWT membership who are a great pool of diverse talent for companies.