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.