Women in Tech Conference 2019

Women in Business NI is delighted to bring together a collective of Northern Ireland’s leading technology companies and organisations to host the second ‘Women in Tech NI’ Conference.  This empowering one-day event will gather both female and male role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology.  Inspirational women who have achieved great success within the sector and influential entrepreneurs will share stories of their journey. 


The Women in Tech Conference will take place at Titanic Belfast with the speakers from the morning session of the conference being streamed live from the ‘Everywoman in Tech’ Forum in London.  This screening will provide delegates with a morning of industry focussed learning as well as access to high calibre learning and development experts.  In the afternoon, local industry leaders will lead the discussion topics and chair a range of breakout sessions.


With global and local perspectives due to be presented on topical issues, the second ‘Women in Tech NI’ Conference is set to be a fantastic thought-provoking day!


We are delighted to share our full conference agenda:


08.30 – 08.50              Registration
08.50 – 09.00              Welcome and introductions from Naomh McElhatton
09.00 – 09.15              Streaming – Welcome from everywoman
Spoken word opening performance – diversity is you, you are diversity
Performer: Momtaza Mehri, Young People’s Laureate for London
09.15 - 09.25               Grasping the opportunities: Opening remarks and welcome from the co-founders of Everywoman.
The Everywoman in Tech forum is all about advancing women working in tech, as well as women who want to stay abreast of how technology is affecting the workplace – and beyond. To kick-start the day, Karen and Max will share their views on how women can improve their position in a rapidly changing market to empower themselves and get a real seat at the
Speakers: Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE, Co-founders, everywoman
09.25 – 09.40              Streaming – The art of the possible: Defying stereotypes and preconceptions through inclusion
Speaker: Melanie Eusebe, Award-Winning Business Strategist, Founder, Black British Business Awards
09.40 – 10.20              Streaming – Panel Session - Dataversity – a holistic approach to value creation of data
Data science can help women get a seat at the top table but the female voice needs to be heard in the discussion. This session will explore the challenges our panellists have faced whilst mining their insights into data and its business applications.
  • Bridging the business-IT gap: the cultural values your organisation needs
  • How data literacy and data ethics can be transformative for your business
  • What is the correct balance between extracting value from data whilst respecting privacy
  • What part will data play in developing the future of work?
  • How data can amplify the social impact of female leaders
Holly Armitage, Head of Data Services, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, Tech UK
Nicola Wadham, CIO, SSE
Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder, Ness Labs
Emma Kendrew, Strategic Growth Initiative Lead, AI in Technology UK/I, Accenture
10.20 – 11.00              Tea/Coffee & Networking Break
11.00 – 12.00              Cyber Panel Discussion
Denise Carroll, Cyber Security (Education & Governance) Allstate NI
Sam Kinkaid, Cyber Crime Protection Officer, Police Service Northern Ireland
Judith Millar, NI Cyber Cluster
Sandra Quinn, Outsource Solutions Mid Ulster RM
12.00 – 12.30              Streaming – In conversation: The Role of Ethics and Emotions in Technology
As we increase our focus on transforming the way we work, both in terms of culture and technology, we must be mindful not to leave anyone behind. It is not enough to build diverse environments – they must also be truly inclusive. In this session we look not just at what we do, but how we do it, and how we can engage our hearts and emotional intelligence to achieve success for everyone.
Interviewer: Clare McDonald, Business Editor, Computer Weekly
Speaker: Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC
12.30 – 13.00              Networking Session facilitated by Naomh McElhatton
13.00 – 14.00              Lunch
14.00 – 14.45              Women in Tech Keynote – Anita Sands
                                    See speaker profile at end of document
14.45 – 16.15              Breakout Sessions
Each delegate will attend all three breakout sessions:
Emerging Technologies
Hear from women who are actively working in emerging technologies. This breakout is to be made up of 3x 8-minute lightning talks on the below topics:
Blockchain – Aisling McGibbon and Ailis Mone from PwC
Cognitive Technology – Lynsay Wright from Liberty IT
Smart & Connected - Padmini Sundaralingam from Sensata Technologies
Coaching Your Career
Doing your job well and putting in the extra hours is rarely enough for career success. You also need a strategy with a focus on the right levers for advancement. This isn’t rocket science but a simple algorithm, developed over thousands of coaching hours, with hundreds of individuals. In this concise but packed session, Niamh will share with you the most important steps you can take to accelerate your career in 2019.
Speaker: Niamh Shiells from Advance Coaching
Role Models Panel Discussion
Senior women working in the tech sector will discuss their career paths and how they have got to where they are today.
Facilitator: Naomh McElhatton, Conference MC
Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services in NICS
Ruth Sloan, Senior Engineer BBC
Debra McNeill, Engineering Manager, Seagate Technology
16.15 – 16.20              Close and Raffle Draw by Roseann Kelly, CEO Women in Business
16.20 – 17.00              Tea/Coffee to be available for networking prior to people departing.


Introducing our local key note speaker - Anita M. Sands, Ph.D.




Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker, and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at DocuSign and Box.


Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast and a Masters in Public

Policy and Management, with the highest distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University where she was a Fulbright Scholar.


Before her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specializing in enterprise transformation and technology-led  innovation. She was the youngest ever-Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations, and corporate services. She joined her first F500 Board at the age of 37.


Anita has been honored on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music and has traveled to all seven continents, including on an expedition to Antarctica with polar explorer, Rob Swan. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on trends affecting the boardroom, digital transformation, and diversity.


March 06 2019
Women in Tech Conference 2019

08.30 - 16.30


Members: £60 +vat
Non members: £60 +vat


Titanic Belfast

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