TARGETjobs Events are delighted to welcome Anne-Marie Imafidon to the IT’s Not Just for the Boys! 2016 autumn programme as our keynote speaker for the 28 October and 18 November events. Coaching expert, Kate Taylor will also be returning to the programme this season for the 11 and 18 November and 2 December events to share her passion and experience of applying greater confidence when starting a career in tech.
Keynote Speaker — Anne-Marie Imafidon
28 October and 18 November
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.
Guest speaker — Kate Taylor
11 November, 18 November and 2 December
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.
Up Coaching came to be when Kate worked with clients on some of the UK’s biggest household names for digital agencies in London. 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.
So 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, own their spaces and find their voices within traditionally male-dominated environments. She’s on a one-woman-mission to help other women live well and feel good.
Kate is a keen speaker and blogger; sharing her perspective on living our best lives, embracing creativity, and learning to deal with the fear that goes with it. She loves to support and celebrate women working in creative industries on the blog. When not speaking, coaching or writing, she curates events designed around Making Positive Changes, as well as delivering her own popular Make a Change Programme.