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The 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards showcase the brightest talent in tech, from the UK and beyond

04-Feb-2019

The finalists for the ninth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with The Tech She Can Charter, have just been announced. Taking place to celebrate International Women’s Day, the awards are a timely reminder that only 15% of people working in STEM roles in the UK are female and just 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry are held by women.*  
 
The 2019 awards programme’s rally cry is “Achieve, Elevate and Inspire” and this year’s finalists, whilst diverse in many ways, all have something in common – they do just that. With so many talented women and men committed to being role models for positive change, this year, the awards shine the spotlight on 50 of the most talented individuals from the tech industry, from the UK and internationally.
Focusing on the entire length and breadth of the tech talent pipeline, finalists range from the “ones to watch” who are under the age of 16 and already inspiring other children to study STEM subjects, to young apprentices, women in academia, tech entrepreneurs and male agents of change.
Rising Star Award – sponsored by T-Systems - awarded to a woman aged 26 or under who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation. 
  • Clare McKeever, Software Engineer, PwC, from Belfast
  • Tasha Morrison, Solution Architect Graduate, Whitbread, from Buntingford
  • Mahek Vara, Founder & CEO, Code Camp, from London
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 6 March. For further information and to book your place, please contact events@everywoman.com.
On behalf of the judging panel, Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, comments: “The judges were united in their admiration and respect for the achievement of this year’s finalists. Without question, each of them has the ability to inspire more women and girls into a career in technology. Research by PWC shows that there could be a £180billion boost to UK GDP just by increasing female employment rates**. This shows just how valuable female talent is and why this awards programme is so important in ensuring that more women enter the industry.   
 
Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group comments: “The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are an extension of our commitment to championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Promoting and celebrating the incredible achievements of women in technology is important in order to inspire other women to join and thrive in the industry. At FDM, we have embedded diversity and inclusion into our culture and as a result, circa 50% of our senior management team is female and we have reported a 0% median gender pay gap for two consecutive years. Diversity is part of our DNA and contributes to FDM’s success as a modern business.” 
 
Sheridan Ash, Technology Innovation, and Women in Technology Leader at PwC adds: “The Tech She Can Charter is delighted to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. Tech She Can is a commitment across industry to improve gender diversity in technology careers with a focus on the pipeline at school level. It's essential that we inspire the younger generation by highlighting more female role models doing incredible work in technology that benefits our world and the society we live in, so we recognise the importance of these awards in doing just that. Many congratulations to all of the finalists." 
 
Jake Attfield, HR Director of T-Systems adds: “We are delighted to support the Rising Star Award and we would like to congratulate all of the finalists on this amazing achievement. Encouraging and nurturing talented, brilliant and innovative young people into IT is key to T-Systems’ success and with everywoman and Modern Muse we have found partners who also share our passion. Together we are committed to encouraging young women and girls to view IT as a viable career, to understand the opportunities the industry can offer and to pursue their dreams. The Rising Star Award brings together these initiatives and underlines our determination to broaden the appeal of technology careers and support diversity in the industry.”

Sources
**PWC Women in Work Index – PWC (2018)
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About everywoman
ENGAGING, ADVANCING & RETAINING WOMEN IN BUSINESS
everywoman is an expert in the advancement of women in business. We provide leading edge products and services designed to enhance the existing potential and talents of women in business globally. Since 1999, we have developed highly acclaimed events, elevating female role models and high-quality training programmes, helping to shape tomorrow’s leaders and their teams. 
 
Our learning and development platform, the everywomanNetwork, stretches to tens of thousands of members in over 100 countries, enabling women and male ‘ambassadors of change’ to access first class development resources anytime, anywhere. The digital platform has been shown to have a positive impact on the way women view their own careers and future progression, whether that’s with their current employers or as entrepreneurs. 
 
Our clients include companies from a diverse range of sectors who want to develop and retain a pipeline of female leaders, through to individual women who are committed to driving their future success and inspiring others.  To find out more visit www.everywoman.com

About FDM Group
FDM is a global professional services provider with a focus on IT and over 130 clients in a variety of industries including finance, media, insurance, energy, aviation, government and not-for-profit. FDM provides flexible, cost-effective and professional resources for project peaks and talent pipelines as an alternative to standard recruitment agencies and contractors. FDM trains high-calibre individuals across the globe in its dedicated Academies covering the full software development lifecycle. Once training is complete, FDM Consultants progress to represent FDM on client sites, working on business and/or IT assignments. Our Consultants currently work across Project Support, Testing, Business Analysis, Development and Application Support roles, as well as in driven programmes that we run for specific clients. 
 
FDM is committed to supporting and encouraging women to pursue IT as a career through its dedicated Women in IT campaign. Since launching the campaign in 2011, FDM has been voted into the Top Ten IT Employers for Women (UK Guardian 300), signed the CEO Statement of Support for the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles and joined the UK government's Think, Act, Report initiative. For more information, please visit www.fdmgroup.com 


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