Category: Women

Spotlight Session – Female Tech Focus

Barlow Search attended the ‘Reframe – Women in Tech’ event this week, an event that brought together a community of like-minded technology experts and future tech talent to ‘reframe’ the narrative around women in technology through positive action. Attendees heard positive journeys from leaders in the field, celebrate successes, and access practical tools and advice. It is designed to empower women in technology to develop, succeed and inspire others. With too many superb speakers and presents to name, the event energized and inspired attendees to aim high and pave a legacy path for the next generation of females. Stacey Copeland ended the event highlighting her outstanding sporting success and left the audience in awe of her passion and drive to succeed, continually fighting for equal treatment for females.

To follow on from this fabulous event, we wanted to highlight three females (although we could have an endless list!) within the Technology industry that we think should be recognized for their success, or are the future tech stars and ones to watch. Not only are they leaders in their fields, but they also trail-blaze the success of women in technology, supporting other women to do the same.

Sarah Burnett Sarah is an Executive Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Everest Group. She set up and developed a program, that focuses on process automation based on Artificial Intelligence and robotic process automation. Sarah has helped many technology companies successfully formulate their product innovation and go to market strategies for growth. She also advises enterprise clients on automation technologies, sourcing, competitive strategies and market trends and their commercial significance.
Sarah’s other accolades include:
• Named one of 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly from 2016 to 2019
• Digital Leaders’ Champion for the UK South East in 2017
• Finalist in STEM leader of the year by Forward Ladies in 2019
• Shortlisted for AI leader of the year by Information Age in 2018

Carmina Lees: Managing Director, Accenture Financial Services Technology Consulting Lead. Carmina is the Accenture Financial Services Technology Advisory lead for the UK & Ireland, focusing on helping C-suite clients articulate, plan and implement transformational agendas.  Carmina has been an active supporter and ambassador for promoting the presence of women in IT since the start of her career. She is the Executive sponsor for Accenture Security Women’s Program across Europe and is driving the D&I agenda within Accenture and externally.

Vimla Appadoo @ThatGirlVim: As a Service Designer at DigitalBridge, Vimla brings her passion for Service Design and user-centered services to the forefront of tech innovation. At 21, Vim co-founded Experience Matters consultancy, winning the NHS CCG as her first client. Since, Vim has also founded Northern Collective: Women in Public Spaces, co-founded SheSaysMCR, managed DrinkaboutMCR, and managed Manchester Social Entrepreneurs. She has been an advisor to the Youth Charter, the Big Youth Group, and is a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Vimla has been an advisor on international government tech missions and a mentor for various startup programs as well as an international keynote speaker. In 2016, Vim was voted on to the Northern Power Future List, in 2018 won the Young Digital Leader of the Year award at Digital Leaders and in 2019 won the We Are The City Rising Star in the public sector and was voted as one of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech. Throughout her career, Vimla has remained conscious of her decisions and focus on bringing passion into her work, to make a continuous difference.