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TARGETjobs are delighted to welcome back Kate Taylor, Dr Sue Black and Anne-Marie Imafidon to the IT’s not just for the boys! 2017/2018 programme! Kate Taylor will be at all three events and will share her passion and experience of applying greater confidence when starting a career in tech as well as how to create your personal brand! Dr Sue Black will join us at the October event and will share her journey and experinces of her life in tech! Finallay Anne-Marie Imafidon will be joining us in November and will share her pointers on where to get started, tips to keep you going and the fun you'll have, even if you do end up being the only woman on your team!

Kate Taylor

Guest speaker

27 October 2017, 20 November 2017, 16 February 2018

Kate Taylor

Up Coaching’s Kate Taylor is a leading empowerment coach, writer and speaker enabling women in creative and technology industries to find their ‘why’ so that they can live a life of purpose and passion.

Before becoming a coach, Kate worked with clients on some of the UK’s biggest household names as a client services director in London digital agencies. These are highly pressured and highly creative environments, and Kate noticed she was having same conversations with women again and again - the big questions, the unanswered questions, the constant niggling doubts, the fear of being ‘found out’. There just seemed to be so much that women were not giving themselves credit for and it was holding them back from living a truly fulfilled life; both in and out of work.

Kate re-trained as a coach and NLP practitioner and now works with women throughout the world helping them to create and design their best lives. Kate is champion, cheerleader and challenger; passionate about empowering women to connect to their rightful place in and out of the workplace.

Kate is joining us to host a fun and interactive mini workshop on ‘How to Create Your Own Personal Brand’, which highlights the importance of standing out as an individual in a busy marketplace, why we all need to be clear on what we stand for, and how having your own personal brand gives you the competitive advantage.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Keynote speaker

20 November 2017

Anne-Marie Imafidon

TARGETjobs Events are proud to announce that the keynote speak for the November event is Anne-Marie Imafidon

Anne-Marie has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016. Anne-Marie has also been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and was on the Timewise List of 50 Power Part Timers.

Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In 3 years more than 7,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU.

Previous work at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers mean she has amassed a wealth of experience.

At our events, Anne-Marie will talk about “How to lean in when you're just getting started”. Her belief is that technology is everywhere and the tech sector seems to be booming, whilst still seeming unobtainable. Anne-Marie’s talk at IT’s Not Just for the Boys! will be a hilarious look at why you might want to consider a career in technology, with some great pointers on where to get started, tips to keep you going and the fun you'll have, even if you do end up being the only woman on your team.

Dr Sue Black OBE

Keynote speaker

27 October 2017

Sue Black

Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe and nominated as the 119th most influential woman in the world, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through her use of social media, capitalising upon technology as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy. Sue’s book about the campaign Saving Bletchley Park, was one of the fastest crowdfunded book in history taking less than five days to be funded. It is on sale now.

Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. Sue recently appeared in the BBC Three documentary Girls Can Code, encouraging and mentoring young women into the tech industry.

Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.

She was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 which was presented by HRH Price Charles on May 20th 2016, and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.
Sue has spoken at many events worldwide, including after dinner talks for the United Nations in New York and Geneva, Google London, various banks, consulates and embassies, as well as to corporate leadership teams, geeks, mums, students and even on a soapbox on the South Bank of the Thames for Soapbox Science.

“A riveting speaker…she has a clarity and an ability to get to the heart of something and in simple language which makes her a rare person”
Baroness Rennie Fritchie

“One of the most inspiring people I’ve met in a long time”
Lynette Webb (Senior Manager, External Relations at Google)

“A phenomenon: she brings to life social media and IT”
Lucian J. Hudson (Director of Communications, The Open University)

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