Last Thursday, over 75 leading women representing a multitude of industries, joined Mums in Tech and The Club at the Ivy for the first in a series of breakfast speaker events centred on empowering mothers in the workplace, with the panel event: “My mentor – the Women Sending the Elevator Back Down”.Read More
Mums in Tech is pleased to announce their returners to work programme designed and operated with RADA in Business, and supported by techUK. The programme is focused on developing the confidence and leadership skills of women returning to part-time or full-time work after career breaks.
A recent study released by Hatch UK included worrying statistics about the silent crisis plaguing women returning to work after career breaks, including:
· 60% of returning mothers feel less or no confidence when coming back to work
· 14% of women take a cut in responsibility at work after their maternity leave
· Only 16% of women’s careers have progressed since having children
The aim of the two day course is to help women overcome the challenges they face when they return to work by developing tools, skills and strategies to help them perform in the work environment and to help them be the best version of themselves.
June Angelides, founder of Mums in Technology, says: “Looking back at my career, I can think of numerous instances where having the tools to confidently voice my opinions or ask for a pay rise would have been invaluable.
After kids, it's normal for your confidence to take a dip, regardless of your level of seniority. We want to make sure we are seeing more women heading for the boardroom and taking up their seats.”
With the help of sponsors, Mums in Tech are able to offer 50% scholarships (worth £1,100) for the inaugural programme, which takes place at RADA Studios on 1-2 August 2017.
Jaqueline de Rojas,president of techUK who are supporting this endeavour, says: “Who wouldn't want to learn how to access confidence, create positive energy and assume a position of command through small changes that make a huge impact?
These are just a few of the practical techniques I took away from my recent RADA in Business experience. For women returners, this course created by Mums In Technology, RADA in Business and techUK, is invaluable. I am so struck by the words of Christine Lagarde: "Powerful women don't get there by accident."
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About Mums in Technology:
Mums in Technology trains women in foundational coding skills and tech literacy during the maternity period within a child-inclusive, parent-friendly learning environment. By removing childcare obstacles and challenging cultural perceptions of motherhood, we empower women to envision new possibilities for their futures, while diversifying the talent pool and driving economic growth. Learn more at: https://www.mumsintechnology.co.uk/
About RADA in Business:
Established in 2001, RADA in Business is the commercial subsidiary of RADA that transfers the unrivalled actor training disciplines taught at the academy to the workplace. RADA in Business offers the unique skills, assets and experience of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to train and inspire individual, institutional and corporate clients. We offer a wide variety of personal development courses, one-to-one performance coaching and team development experiences working with world leading communications tutors with professional backgrounds in the performing arts.
techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 950 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.
techUK is committed to helping its members grow, by:
• Developing markets
• Developing relationships and networks
• Reducing business costs
• Reducing business risks.
Virginia Dooley is a visionary, problem solver, serial entrepreneur, developer as well as Mum to two adorable boys. Virginia moved to the UK with her family from New York with her sights set on getting stuck into the tech world. She took a course with Mums in Tech and hasn't looked back since.
I spoke to her to find out what she's been up to on Indiegogo!
What's been the highlight of crowdfunding for The Rise?
Exceeding our 48 hour funding goal and trending on Indiegogo. That blew me away. I was hopeful and positive from the moment we launched, but still terrified. In that moment, we all felt really loved and supported.
How did it fit in with Motherhood? Tell us your hacks!
Virginia Dooley - Founder, The Rise
Ask for help! I'm the first to admit that I can't juggle mom and boss 100% of the time. For the days/weeks I knew I would be super busy and stressed, I made sure there was something special planned for the kids. I made sure that I spent at least one afternoon with each of them solo and then worked after bedtime.
How have you managed it working with a remote team?
It's not been easy - things that would have taken 5 minutes if we had been in the same room together usually took 3x as long to resolve. However, it was useful to have several time zones covered between us and I imagine that it will be useful going forward as well as we aim to design an awesome customer experience.
How are the artisans feeling and how have you kept them updated?
We've made two artisan visits this month to Guatemala and Morocco. They are excited and love the challenge that our collection presents. We are trying to push design boundaries in the artisan sector and they are totally up for it. It's been amazing to get to know them each on a personal level; I can't wait to build that force of connection with our customers.
You've got 4 days to go! What message would you like to give to people hearing about The Rise for the first time?
We have some great deals, lifetime discounts and a contest on our Indiegogo campaign so don't wait!
Mums in Tech Alumni Sara Tateno is hiring a Data Manager for her startup Happity!
Flexible Work From Home Opportunity - Data Manager (10-20 hours / week)
Would you like to join our dynamic team of parents who work together in remote and flexible roles? Our company is called ‘Happity’ - a modern web platform for finding local baby and toddler classes. Our mission is to help make life easier in those early days of parenthood, and to prove flexible working works whilst we’re at it. Just because we love being parents, doesn’t mean it’s all we want to be.
You will be working directly with the founder of Happity, and ideally, you’re someone who has the potential to grow with the role as the business expands. You’re interested in being part of the early stages of our startup journey and you want to make a positive difference in the world. This role requires an average of 15 hours per week, with flexibility to vary hours depending on work requirements and life.
You will primarily be responsible for:-
assessing new listings submitted to the platform
researching and entering accurate information
editing and actively managing our data to ensure high quality information
Additional opportunities include:-
owning the overall process - from lead generation to completed listings
providing feedback to improve the design of the system itself
playing a role in recruiting and managing others as the team expands
You’ll need to be proactive, a really strong communicator and not afraid to get stuck in! We’re a friendly and diverse bunch looking for good people who share our values.
Start: 10 April 2017
Commitment: 6 month contract with potential to extend into a continuing post
Pay: £8-12 per hour, depending on candidate.
Skills and knowledge required:-
Attention to detail
Able to assess and summarise information effectively
Excellent communication and good written English
Comfortable using spreadsheets
Familiar with the market for baby and toddler classes
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV (or a LinkedIn profile) and a short covering email (max 500 words).
Closing date: 27 March 2017
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome people from all genders, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.
You must have the right to work in the UK
As this is a remote role, you will need access to a laptop / PC with a high speed internet connection and be able to check in with the team on a Tuesday morning. The rest of your hours can be worked across the week largely as you choose.
Find out more about us here:
If you’re not applying but know someone who would be great for this job - please share!
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Last week we had a new addition to our household and here's a few reasons I'm excited!
Getting the kids to play together is usually tricky
My son is 4 and a half and my daughter is about to turn 2, so finding an activity that can keep them both engaged can be a bit tricky. However, when my son opened up Cubetto, he was full of questions - "What does it do?", "Does it talk?" My daughter was also very intrigued and stayed close by to observe the setting up process.
It's quite intuitive
With most technological toys, I often worry as a parent that because we are so busy we don't get the full use of a lot of devices. I never usually have the time to read a manual. I loved that I didn't really need to explain too much to the kids because the colours and the patterns drew their attention.
You can combine learning about logic and coding with the spirit of imagination!
Encouraging creativity and free play is very important to me as I want my kids to learn to think outside the box. I asked them where they would like Cubetto to go and they said, "To visit the dolls' house". I thought that this was very interesting that they were not confining their play to the mat and were in fact going to set Cubetto off on various journeys of their own.
It's also extremely wonderful to see my daughter well and truly embarking on her "First steps to coding".
We are very excited to be backing the #CodingGirls campaign and can't wait to see the different ways cubetto will be experienced by both girls and boys on the Mums in Tech courses as well as their parents. Who knows, Cubetto might be sent on a mission round one of our corporate partners' offices. Watch this space!
Join a company where you are encouraged to bring your whole self to work.
Mums in Tech are looking for a Programmes Manager to join our team!
Start date: 10th April 2017
Applications open date: At least until the 31st March 2017 (open until we find the right person)
Salary: We have a budget of £27K (pro-rata) for this role
Commitment: 6-month Fixed Term Contract. We are looking for an individual who can commit to the role for a minimum of 3 months.
Mums in Tech runs a practical, outcomes-focused course in a baby-friendly environment for new mums (on maternity leave as well as those on extended leave) who want to explore the world of tech, whether that be in coding and software development, or broader tech sector skills and languages such as product roadmapping and agile methodologies. We offer a safe, non-judgemental space to learn and a network of truly inspiring individuals.
What drives us
Inclusion // Equality // Breaking down Barriers
Since our first pilot programme in September 2015, we have taught over 130 women to date, partnered with leading corporates and have heard great success stories from participants.
You can find out more about us on our website - www.mumsintechnology.co.uk
This is a junior-mid level role and would suit an individual who's worked in a company or startup before. You don’t need to have worked in tech - rather we're looking for someone who can demonstrate they have the abilities required for the job.
The role is busy and varied; you’ll lead a range of activities. These can include:
Course management and curriculum development
Day to day operations management and cost and revenue reporting
Alumni engagement strategy creation
Managing relationships and communications with the various individuals we work with (including instructors, alumni, students, nannies and corporate partners)
Working alongside the Mums in Tech CEO on sponsorship and exploring other revenue generating activities.
The job is full-time and based at our offices in Central London (Zone 1). Travel will be required to venues where we are running our courses. Our usual working day is 8 hours (including 1 hour for lunch), and we are happy to support flexible approaches to work.
You will have the opportunity to attend training events and receive mentorship from our amazing team members. We are lucky to have a fantastic network which you can learn so much from.
Our ideal candidate:
Organised, diligent, and hard-working, a self-sufficient and motivated initiative-taker. We’re constantly improving and growing the company, so we’re looking for someone who not only does the job required but also likes to put forward new ideas and improve the way we do things.
You’ll be engaged with the Mums in Tech mission and interested in startups, coding and tech.
Skills-wise, you don’t have to know how to code already (although if you don’t know already, you’ll need to want to learn when you join). You should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You’ll be a fast learner who is willing to explore tools such as Slack, Trello and Zoho if you’re not already familiar with these.
You’ll be someone who works well in a team but can also make decisions independently seeking support when required.
You’ll be great at building and developing relationships with a whole range of stakeholders. You’ll be skilled at adapting to the communication styles and needs of our various partners while maintaining our ethos and core values.
We have lots of little people around during our workshops and events - you’ll be someone who gets on well with babies and children and makes everyone feel comfortable.
Knowledge of Google drive/docs, as well as e-marketing tools such as Twitter and its tools, Instagram, Facebook, MailChimp.
Any previous coding/programming experience, as well as an interest in social enterprise and business development.
Any events management or operations management experience.
What is in it for you:
You’ll get to join a community of genuinely nice people. The team consists of June, Liz, Virginia, Rashmi and Jessica, all whom work flexibly. Working with us will be like hanging out with friends and building a business we believe will change the world. We love the occasional team lunch and will value your opinion. Can’t wait to meet you!
Other points worth noting:
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome people from all genders, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.
Tools/platforms we use: Google (docs, drive, hangout etc.). Mailchimp, MS Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), Trello, Slack, Squarespace, Zoho.
All applicants should have the right to live and work in the UK.
The interview process will usually be as follows:
1. You apply with a cover letter and CV to email@example.com.
2. We confirm within 14 days if we would like to proceed with your application. Those selected are invited for a short skype/phone interview (cir. 10-20 mins).
3. We then select a few individuals for 1 hour in-person chat including a short task you will have been asked to prepare for at home.
4. Those selected from the first in-person interview may then be invited to a second chat in person prior to final selection.
5. The person selected will then be made a formal offer.
6. The role will start on 10th April 2017.
Thank you to all our guests that attended the screening yesterday. We are incredibly honoured that you took time out of your saturday to spend time with us watching a hugely impactful film. For those that we were unable to attend, we missed you and hope you will join us at a future event.
Here are some of our favourite quotes!
Karl Zielinski: And I'm a Polish Jew whose parents died in a Nazi prison camp. Now I'm standing beneath a spaceship that's going to carry an astronaut to the stars. I think we can say we are living the impossible. Let me ask you, if you were a white male, would you wish to be an engineer?
Mary Jackson: I wouldn't have to. I'd already be one.
Mary Jackson: I plan on being an engineer at NASA, but I can't do that without taking them classes at that all-white high school, and I can't change the color of my skin. So I have no choice, but to be the first, which I can't do without you, sir. Your honor, out of all the cases you gon hear today, which one is gon matter hundred years from now? Which one is gon make you the first?
Katherine Johnson: So yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it's not because we wear skirts. It's because we wear glasses. Have a good day.
We all left the film feeling inspired and ready to be #BoldForChange. Change starts with one person and we can all be that one person. Challenge the status quo, stand up for a colleague, be the voice of reason, dream big and things will change.
Our event was captured by the wonderful Annelie from Anneliepop photography and you can contact Annelie if you would like to get some pictures for personal use or in publications.
Again, huge thanks to our sponsors Silicon Valley Bank and our event partner UN Women for making it such a huge success.
Have a lovely weekend!
June & the Mums in Tech team :-)
*quotes sourced from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/quotes
I am proud to be one of the 40 powerful women celebrated by @Lancomeofficial for their new #ultrawear foundation – now in 40 shades #myshademypower #ultrawear"
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.
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0) 1932 340115 quoting the code in either
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