Last Thursday we were pleased to host our second Women in Technology, Data and Analytics meetup in partnership with Assembly Payments. The event allows us to unite together for one simple reason: to share stories of what it is to be a female within the tech industry. The struggles, challenges, highs and lows were all discussed and the event acted as a forum for women to speak openly about their experiences in a welcoming safe environment.
Following a similar structure to our first event, we began the night with some drinks and nibbles before gathering to listen to a panel of senior women, within the industry, discuss probing questions regarding their career and lessons learned. Speakers included Lucinda Acheson (Data Strategy & Tech Lead, Amicus Digital), Kate Andrews (Engineering Lead, Tyro Payments), May Lam (CIO, Assembly Payments) and Joanne Walker (Managing Director, Customer & Core Banking, Westpac) and MC Louise Langridge (APAC Regional Managing Director, Morgan McKinley). Questions discussed included:
Clear themes emerged from the panel discussions amongst the speakers including being brave and taking roles that will push you outside your comfort zone, finding a mentor early in your career and being confident enough to follow your own path.
Everyone then split into smaller discussion groups to workshop the following challenges and thoughts facing women day to day within the industry:
The workshops allowed everyone to gather with a group of like-minded women to discuss the issue that resonated the most to their personal journey so far. Some key themes that came out of everyone’s discussions included the following:
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The second meet up definitely built upon what we had started with our first event at KPMG. Thank you to everyone who came and a special thank you to our inspiring speakers! We look forward to seeing everyone who attended at our next event in November (venue to be confirmed).