Empowering Women in Tech - Leeds International Festival

Empowering Women in Tech

Leeds International Festival 17 30 April 2017

The first Empowering Women with Tech event took place all day at Leeds Dock on 26th April 2017. An experienced line-up of female speakers discussed their diverse journeys into tech, and how they use technologies in their careers.

Innovation, creativity and disruption of the norms we accept are all down to one thing – diversity. The more different the viewpoints and approaches that people bring to the table, the more exciting and innovative our progress.

The Empowering Women with Tech conference broke down preconceptions and misconceptions about women in the tech fields, and aimed to encourage more women to enter these industries.

Credit: Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

The conference was chaired by Lauren Laverne, a multi-award-winning broadcaster with twenty years’ experience in the broadcasting and music industries. She spoke about the launch of The Pool, a website for ‘women who are too busy to browse’.

Speakers included:
Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE (co-founder of award-winning social enterprise Stemettes.org);
Susanna Lau/Susie Bubble (an influential British fashion blogger);
Emmy Lovell (Vice President of Digital for Warner Music Group);
Debbie Wosskow OBE (founder of Love Home Swap and Co-Founder and Chair of AllBright;
Natasha Sayce-Zelem (Head of Technology for Digital Trading at Sky;
Dr Sue Black OBE (award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker).

This range of women from different ages, backgrounds, and social positions illustrated the range of routes open to women looking to a career in tech, and highlighted the particularly female propensities most suited to tech, as well as the value women can bring to this under-represented field.


This will be followed by a talk by Sebastián Gerlic and Maria das Dores de Oliveira (with interpreting from Dr Thea Pitman from the University of Leeds) about the communities themselves, their marginalisation by mainstream society and their struggle for cultural survival.