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Beyond the Keynote: How Women Tech Speakers are Driving Change

The tech industry is one of the most rapidly evolving sectors, and it is crucial that its growth is shaped by diverse perspectives. According to a report by Deloitte, women hold just 26% of computing-related jobs and a mere 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry. Additionally, women in tech are paid on average 16% less than their male counterparts, a trend reflected across most other industries as reported by Payscale’s 2023 State of the Gender Pay Gap Report.

Since 2001, The Speakers Agency has been providing speakers to events, and we are proud of our roster of women in tech who are at the forefront of the digital revolution. These trailblazing women have made significant contributions to the industry. As keynote speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders, they bring unique insights and experiences that challenge the status quo and inspire new generations of women and girls to enter the tech space.

Impactful Women in Tech Speakers on Our Roster

Lara Lewington
Lara Lewington, a prominent technology journalist and presenter, has been influential in making tech accessible to a broader audience. As the presenter of the BBC programme “Click,” her work demystifies complex tech concepts, making them understandable and engaging for everyone. Lara’s speeches often focus on emerging technologies and their implications, encouraging audiences to think critically about the tech they use daily.

Cristina Criddle
Cristina Criddle is a technology journalist for the Financial Times. She provides in-depth analysis of the tech industry, and her insights help shape public understanding and policy discussions around technology. Cristina’s keynote addresses often highlight the human side of tech, emphasising the importance of ethical considerations in technological advancements.

Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of the STEMettes and former arithmetician on Countdown, is a leading advocate for women in STEM fields. Her inspiring talks focus on breaking down barriers for young women in tech and promoting diversity in STEM education. Anne-Marie’s work has led to increased visibility and opportunities for women in tech, influencing educational institutions and tech companies alike.

Gemma Milne
Gemma Milne, a science and technology writer, explores the intersection of technology, society, and culture. Her talks often delve into the societal impacts of technological innovations, urging audiences to consider the broader implications of tech advancements. Gemma’s ability to connect complex tech topics with everyday life makes her a compelling speaker.

Louise Laing
Louise Laing, an expert in digital transformation, helps organisations navigate the complexities of the digital age. Her workshops and presentations provide actionable strategies for leveraging technology to drive business success. She founded PhygitalTwin, a startup at the forefront of driving AI within the fashion industry to drive automation and reduce costs.

Samantha Payne MBE
Samantha Payne, co-founder of Open Bionics, is a pioneer in medical technology. Her work on creating affordable bionic limbs has transformed lives and set new standards in the tech and healthcare industries. Samantha’s talks inspire innovation and highlight the profound impact technology can have on improving quality of life.

Professor Sue Black
Professor Sue Black, a computer scientist and social entrepreneur, has been a tireless advocate for women in tech. Her efforts in promoting digital skills and tech education have empowered countless individuals. Sue’s talks often focus on resilience, innovation, and the importance of lifelong learning in the tech sector.

Shivvy Jervis
Shivvy Jervis, a futurist and broadcaster, explores the frontiers of digital innovation. Her keynote speeches provide a glimpse into the future of technology and its potential to transform industries. Always one step ahead of the digital curve, she explores what’s next. Shivvy’s enthusiasm and expertise make her a captivating speaker who inspires audiences to embrace the possibilities of the digital age.

Dr. Eleanor Drage
Dr. Eleanor Drage is an expert on AI ethics, focusing on feminism and anti-racism in AI and technology. Her work examines the social implications of AI, advocating for more inclusive and equitable tech development. Eleanor’s speeches often challenge audiences to consider the ethical dimensions of AI and how these technologies can be designed to serve all communities fairly. Her expertise is critical in shaping policies and practices that ensure AI development benefits society as a whole.

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Tech

Despite the significant strides made by women in tech, many challenges remain. Gender bias, lack of representation, and unequal opportunities are persistent issues. However, these challenges also present opportunities for growth and change. By addressing these barriers, the tech industry can become more inclusive and innovative.

How to Support Women in Technology

There are many ways to help support and platform women in tech:

  1. Diversify Speaker Line-Ups: We always advise our clients to diversify their speaker line-ups as much as possible at industry events and conferences.
  2. Create Inclusive Workplace Cultures: Workplace culture shouldn’t be underestimated. Women are 45% more likely than men to leave tech jobs within their first year, according to research from the Harvard Business Review. Creating spaces where women feel safe and valued is crucial. Our speakers cover topics such as building inclusive culture and leadership.
  3. Offer Professional Development Opportunities: Providing access to training, workshops, and conferences helps women develop their skills. Our women in tech speakers can offer workshops and training to support professional growth.

Book a Woman in Tech Speaker

Whatever your brief or requirements, The Speakers Agency can help you source a speaker, workshop facilitator, or panelist for any event focused on women in tech. Our team of agents is on hand to help with the enquiry and booking process, so get in touch today at +44(0)1332 810481 or email to speak to a member of the team.

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