Women have to harness their power – it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

Women have to harness their power – it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

We are becoming more aware of the reality of inequality and if anything, starting women rock has proved to me and hopefully everyone that reads the blog that women are empowered, they are strong and we are capable of causing disruptive change in the tech scene.

I am so proud to be a woman in technology and I have a burning desire to help every single woman I speak to. I believe it’s time to call bullsh*t on the notion that we as women are not enough or just here to make up the numbers.

This new awareness is often seen as women speaking up at last, but in my experience, women have been speaking up for a long time. Women Rock is giving everyone a voice to share their story and encourage others. Today you need to know that a change is coming, and with the women that I know this change will be sooner than you think! I will fight hard to make sure you can become everything you can be. Why? Because we’re good enough and we are bloody worth it.

My mission is for Bristol to become the most diverse city in the UK by the end of 2020 and it is doable! But it’s time for each of us to do what we can to step up.

Today I recognise the inspiring women who have stepped up to make change and I celebrate the women I believe have had an impact on both me personally and our industry in technology. These women are helping fly the flag for every single one of us!

Katie Alcott – Founder and Director of Frank Water

Dr Constance Fleuriot – Writer. Game Maker. Producer at Pretty Digital Ltd & Co-founder of WTH

Simone Bartly – People Business partner and cake maker at Jisc.

Serrie Chapman – Requirements engineer & Co-Founder of WTH and WTF

Sian Webb – VP growth & partnership at Gapsquare

Zara Nanu – CEO – Gapsquare

Louise Chawich – Operations manager at Booking Live

Abby Scarbourgh – Head of Operations at YENA

Nicole Neo – Software & DevOps Engineer

Eriol Fox – Product Designer

Rachel Reveley – UX Designers

Ajara Pfannenschmift – Senior Web & UX Designer

Debbie Forster MBE – CEO at Tech Talent Charter

Annie Legg – Founder and Consultant at The Dot Project

Catherine Ainsworth – Co-Founder at The Dot Project

Debra Pentrice – Founder of 27 marketing

Karen Rouldolp – Founder at Technotopia

Jasmin Taylor – Talent Acquisition at Forgerock

Natasha Grange – IT Delivery Manager at South West Water

Katherine Evans – Recruitment Consultant at Thatchers.

Maria Gomez Moya – Software Engineer at Forgerock

Lucy McNeill – Talent Co-ordinator at Forgerock

Rachel baker – Business Development Manager at Rocketmakers

Hannah Sweet – Project Manager at Rocketmakers

Georgie Horwood – Recruitment Consultant at Randstad Sydney

Heidi Morris – My everyday motivation & Project Manager at Bank of Ireland

Chineme Ifedi – Digital Project Manager at Modular Digital

Jo Mccready – Project Manager at RAC

Anna Kemp – Recruitment consultant at Computer futures.

Michele Rees-Jones – Marketing Specialist at Mayden Academy

Bernice Durbin – Director of South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach and Mega Bus. She’s also my nan and a complete superstar.

Jean Teagle – My amazing mum.

Emily Teagle – My rock, my sister.

Jade Phillips, Siobhan Mccready, Leanne Ashford – My 3 best friends, I am everything I am because of you.



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