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Women in Tech

Promoting diversity through inspirational learning opportunities and events

 

Gender diversity is a serious challenge in the technology industry: women hold only 25 per cent of tech jobs. And this is steadily getting worse, despite the number of technology jobs increasing rapidly over the years. Without diverse representation, technology solutions risk excluding women, presenting a huge problem for business and society alike. We know diversity produces the best results.  

The PA Women in Tech (WiT) drives awareness of this issue and turns thinking into action. We're a passionate team of women from across the firm who use our experience to ensure the future of technology is more diverse, inclusive and benefits everyone. We do this by providing learning and development opportunities, building supportive communities of engaged women, industry partners and allies, and ensuring our recruitment activities promote equal opportunities and remove barriers to entry for women. 

200 women

trained in coding

6 events

in 2020

>100 people

in our community from within and outside PA

what's next?

Sign up to our Web Development and Python Programming virtual classes!

Our courses: 

1. Introduction to Web Development:

An introduction to web-development covering HTML, CSS and Bootstrap with a mixture of virtual classroom learning and home exercises. All female / non-binary individuals aged 18+ with little to no coding experience are welcome to apply.

When 18.00 – 20.00 on Wednesdays, May 26 to June 30

2. Introduction to Programming with Python Course :

A 6-week course where participants learn the basics of programming in Python as well as git and how to use APIs. Students will then apply this to design their very own text-based game in Python.

When: 18.00 – 19.30 on Mondays and Thursdays, May 24 to July 1

Applications are close on 13 May 2021. You will be notified if you are successful on w/c May 17, when onboarding activities will take place

Apply Now

Sign up to our next event,
Unconscious Bias in Tech

Join us on Thursday 13th May at 5.00pm-7.00pm to learn more about the technology industry and the importance of overcoming unconscious bias. During the virtual event technology experts across the industry will share their thoughts and experiences through breakout rooms hosted by Uniliver, PA, Google and IBM.

Apply here!

Come join our Partner Network

We're building a community of like-minded organisations and individuals to collaborate on furthering gender diversity in tech. There are loads of opportunities for us to work together, like contributing to and speaking at our events, coaching aspirational young women and providing insights to help Women in Tech achieve their goals. Please email womenintech@paconsulting.com if you'd like to get involved.

Keep in touch and join our community     register now

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Meet our team

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Sophie Jansz

PA agile delivery expert

Sophie Jansz

PA agile delivery expert

I work with organisations to enable greater technical delivery performance by applying agile expertise. What excites me most is creating work environments where business, customer and society flourish together through brilliant technology solutions. Technology represents huge potential to unlock a positive human future, but only if we hold true to the ethical values of social purpose and equality. Women in Tech aims to give life to diverse teams that develop technology for all. My aim is to build out a partner network across the industry, ensuring this mission grows in strength.

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Mei Saouk

PA software engineering expert

Mei Saouk

PA software engineering expert

help clients transform the way they work and deliver business value by architecting and implementing solutions on the Cloud. What excites me most is witnessing the benefits that technology brings to businesses and to people’s lives. I'm passionate about anything that involves coding and want to support women who decide to enter this fascinating world by sharing my experience and knowledge.

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Maggie Hunt

PA Cloud expert

Maggie Hunt

PA Cloud expert

I'm a Cloud & Digital Trust expert with a particular passion for automation. I got into tech after taking two Code First: Girls courses and have never looked back! I'm passionate about learning new things and I really care about making tech accessible to everyone who is interested in it. My goal for Women in Tech is to build our upskilling and outreach initiatives, to enable as many people as possible to pursue careers in technology and fulfil their potential.

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Claudia Pellegrino

PA agile business design expert

Claudia Pellegrino

PA agile business design expert

I help companies across regulated industries work more efficiently by designing operating models for tech departments and implementing new digital solutions with agile techniques. Im all about empowering everyone to be at their best, supporting both women and men to advance their career in tech and finding what they love. I love seeing the community and reach of Women in Tech continuously expanding as it means we’re making a bigger impact on the tech industry’s gender imbalanceHaving a high performing network of organisations and individuals supporting the WiT mission will encourage more women to pursue STEM careers.

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Aishah Bailey

PA UX designer expert

Aishah Bailey

PA UX designer expert

‘I support clients design and implementing seamless experiences for their customers! I particularly specialise in digital products and services. I support Women in Tech because as technology intertwines with our lives more and more, I want everyone to feel actively included, especially if they’re from a marginalised background like myself. I am excited to be working to organise events that are accessible and inclusive to as many people as possible.

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Denise Cafazzo

Agile Delivery Expert

Denise Cafazzo

Agile Delivery Expert

I work with organisations to guide and support the delivery of business value whilst ensuring high quality standards are achieved through my expertise in Agile.

I am passionate about technology and empowering women therefore I find this initiative perfect to inspire and support talented people pursuing a career in IT.

I believe a gender diverse work environment is key for any organisation to succeed.

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Elena Metcalf

PA agility expert

Elena Metcalf

PA agility expert

I help organisations define and develop innovative solutions through agile expertise. Ipassionate about diversifying the tech field and breaking down some of the unnecessary barriers that women face getting into the industry. I hope that through the Women in Tech initiative, we can level the playing field by giving more women the opportunity to excel. Its an excellent platform to connect with women in technology and learn from a diverse and inspiring group of people. 

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Freya Granger

PA business analysis expert

Freya Granger

PA business analysis expert

help organisations create opportunity from complex challenges, unpicking their requirements to implement digital solutions that are intuitive for users. Having taken the Code First: Girls courses as an introduction to technology, I have since discovered a deep interest in exploring the limitless potential of tech to change how we live and work. I strongly believe that true innovation comes from an eclectic pool of viewpoints and ideas, which is why diversity in this field is crucial. As an instructor on the course, Im committed to taking any action I can to promote gender diversity in technology.

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Glory Adesina

PA business analysis expert

Glory Adesina

PA business analysis expert

I support clients with ERP system implementations and digital transformations. I’m passionate about delivering change using agile methodologies and empowering people at all levels. For this reason, I want to see more women in STEM – I believe recruiting more women into our community will inspire, and help delivery, real business change.

 

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Lucy Ladyman

PA software engineering expert

Lucy Ladyman

PA software engineering expert

Software Developer 

SODTFSAs a software developer with expertise in Java and cloud technologies, I work with the public sector to deliver transformative digital solutions to today’s most complex challenges. As someone who started out as a scientist, got my first job as an IT transformation consultant, then learnt software development on the job, Im passionate about enabling women into STEM, and particularly technology. My aim is to share my knowledge and experience through the Women in Tech network to show others that you can learn technical skills on the job. 

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Lydia Carr

PA software engineering expert

Lydia Carr

PA software engineering expert

I’m a digital expert and software developer who enables organisations to develop complex digital solutions with technical excellence. I also lead the Python coding courses we run with Code First: Girls. I’m passionate about developing others and getting more women interested in programming and technology. My goal for Women in Tech is to get more talented women into digital engineering roles through our Code First courses.

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Sahana Kasaru

PA software engineering expert

Sahana Kasaru

PA software engineering expert

work with organisations on agile and DevOps project, helping them design, develop and deliver cloud-based solutions. Im passionate about sharing the joy of technology and computer science with young women. I strive to encourage aspiring women to demystify coding and take up digital engineering roles. I think technology is the way the world speaks nowand it's vital to have an inclusive industry to welcome aspiring minds into STEM careers.

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Teresa Stephenson

PA strategic partnerships expert

Teresa Stephenson

PA strategic partnerships expert

I’m Teresa, an alliances and partnerships expert. I work directly with Google Cloud, bringing together the right teams at PA and Google to get the best outcomes for organisations, from contact centre innovations to harnessing artificial intelligence and machine learning to unlock value in data. The way to excel at that is through diversity, so I’m passionate about onboarding more women into our community to help deliver real business change.

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