'She’s been life changing': Why female mentors matter in tech'

Today, founder June Angelides was quoted in the Guardian regarding the importance of her mentor, Amali de Alwis, in her journey to create Mums in Technology. 

June Angelides and Amali Alwas
June Angelides decided to find a mentor when she was on maternity leave with her second child. Working in the entrepreneur arm of Silicon Valley bank in London, she felt established in the industry yet worried about slipping behind. “I had a drop in confidence after my first child because things move on so quickly,” she recalls. “Having a baby makes it difficult to network in the same way – you can’t just join everyone for drinks and you also worry that people will see you as less committed.” She decided that learning to code could give her an advantage when she returned from leave, as she’d be able to “speak to startup founders on their level”.

She found Amali de Alwis, chief executive of Code First: Girls, a coding school that aims to get more women into tech, through a Google search and messaged her to ask if she would like to meet for coffee. “I was too old to do her courses but was keen to see if she could help me in any way. She asked me lots of open-ended questions and helped open up exactly what I wanted to do and why. She then suggested that, as I hadn’t been able to find a course that was right for me, I set one up myself.”

The result was Angelides’ company, Mums in Technology, which runs coding classes that women can bring babies to. “Amali opened up her network to me and was so generous with contacts. She started unofficially mentoring me immediately – she didn’t hold my hand too much, I’d go off and do things and she’d then review them. She’s been life changing.” Angelides also turned to de Alwis when deciding whether to return to work or pursue her business full-time – she chose the latter.

It’s almost like having an agent – someone who keeps an ear out and looks for opportunities for you
From de Alwis’s perspective, her own experience of being mentored – by the woman who hired her in her previous role – has helped her understand what works and what doesn’t. “I meet a lot of people for coffee but I don’t end up mentoring everyone – it’s a very organic thing,” she explains. “One of the biggest challenges for women is having the confidence to enter into leadership roles or entrepreneurship. That’s where role models come in – it’s good to see people’s career road maps.”
— https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/jan/16/shes-been-life-changing-why-female-mentors-matter-in-tech

Women in Finance Summit 2017

Women in Finance Summit 2017

A One-Day Conference

24th January 2017

Bloomberg offices, London

Mums in Technology is partnering with City and Financial Global to offer a discount for this event.

20% discount code below

This conference will review the practical aspects of implementing HM Treasury’s Charter on Women in Finance Services, as well as promote effective corporate strategies for creating gender diversity at all levels of leadership. Its interactive format will offer attendees an opportunity to have a diverse and well-informed dialogue about the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level.

Our exclusive speaker line-up includes:

 Simon Kirby MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

 Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money

 Amanda Pullinger, CEO, 100 Women in Finance

 Elin Hurvenes, Founder & Chair, Professional Boards Forum AS

 Janet Thomas, President, WIBF

 Helena Morrissey CBE, Chair, Newton, Chair of The Investment Association (IA) and Founder

30% Club

 Simon Lewis OBE, CEO, AFME

 Huw Evans, Director General, ABI

 Megan Butler, Director of Supervision – Investment, Wholesale and Specialist, & Member of

The Executive Committee, FCA

 Carolanne Minashi, Managing Director & Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, UBS

 Angela Sun, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, Bloomberg

 Sarah Morris, Group Chief People Officer, Aviva

 Melanie Richards, A Founder Member, The 30 % Club Steering Committee & Vice Chair,


 Marjorie Strachan, Global Head of Inclusion, RBS

 Jacqueline de Rojas, President, Tech UK & Executive Vice President Northern Europe, Sage

 Claire Cockerton, CEO, Plexal

 Diane Côté, Group Chief Risk Officer, London Stock Exchange Group

 Vivienne Artz, Managing Director, Citigroup, Co-Chair and Steering Committee, City Women

Network London & Champion for Women, The 19th Women in Banking and Finance and

Finance Awards for Achievement

 Kate Grussing, Managing Director, Sapphire Partners

 Anna Janczak, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Prudential

 Susanne Chishti, CEO & Founder, FINTECH Circle

 Heather Jackson, Founder & Chair An Inspirational Journey; Boards Trustee, Employers

Network for Equality & Inclusion

 Laura Bailey, CEO & Co-Founder, Zerado & Women in Fintech 2016 Powerlist

Key topics are:

 What is the UK Government’s strategy for ensuring that the potential of women in the

boardroom and in the senior management of the financial services industry is being


 Enhancing female leadership, empowering productivity and harnessing the talents of

women in financial services

 Reviewing European approaches to tackle the underrepresentation of women at the top of

regional businesses

 Forging the path to greater diversity. Is your firm’s diversity programme making an essential

contribution to the career progression of women in your organisation? How will Brexit affect

gender diversity in the City?

 Creating a framework in your company for successful delivery of your women’s talent

strategy: key considerations for the financial services sector

 What are the key components to a successful career in the financial services industry?

Insights from successful women in the financial services world

As demand for attendance at the event is likely to be high, early booking is recommended.

The full event programme and confirmed speakers can be viewed on the event website by clicking

the link below.


Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT. Discounted fee with code: £476.00 + VAT

Use code WIF1MT at the submit payment stage if booking online or email

bookings@cityandfinancial.com or telephone +44 (0) 1932 340115 quoting the code in either



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