Connecting Women in Technology #CWTNetworking

CWTConnecting Women in Technology (CWT) is a cross industry network, which includes Avaya, Cisco, Dell, Google, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft.

The network collaborates to encourage women to find role models and mentors, share best practice through networking, and provide a supportive environment to connect. CWT’s purpose is to send a strong message to the market that IT is an attractive place for women to work.

When I first jumped off the corporate train, I was surprised to notice the interest/curiosity that my gender could create in the start-up world. I’ve since come to realise that the interest/curiosity usually multiplies when it is revealed that my start-up is a tech one!

So, big thumbs up to CWT Smile 

CWT are hosting their 13th event: Professional Networking – Building Your Online Network and Managing Your Social Media Presence, this Wednesday, at Intel. I am delighted to feature as their keynote speaker, in a line-up that includes:

#joiningthedots – CWT Project Team members who tweet include Christine Claus, Catherine Campbell and Samantha Perry, who will be Master of Ceremonies on Wednesday.

For more on the event, see: Agenda

Male or female, working for a CWT company or not, you’re very welcome to join via the hashtag: #CWTNetworking (when you click this link, you’ll see the most recent tweets).

See you at Intel and/or at the virtual cocktail party via the hashtag soon!

Connected Business #ConnectedBiz

20140924 connectedbiz#ConnectedBiz is the Twitter hashtag for Enterprising Barnsley’s annual conference Connected Business – Making Online Work For Your Bottom Line. 

The event tomorrow will be Enterprising Barnsley’s third conference, and I’m delighted to be asked back after speaking at their first event in 2012.

Clockwise from top left in Enterprising Barnsley’s photo of the line-up:

  • Me and CubeSocial Smile – I’m going to be speaking about the evolution of LinkedIn, and questioning whether LinkedIn profiles are now a business basic or burden;
  • Adrian McEwen, MCQN – will talk about the rise of interconnected smart devices and how the ‘internet of things’ could impact business in the future;
  • Greg Williams, WIRED – hosting the conference; 
  • Simon Biltcliffe, Webmart – will share his experience of taking advantage of digital resources in order to grow his business; and
  • Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent – conference keynote.

For more on the conference, including how to register and details of Mark Asquith’s masterclass, see: Agenda 

If you didn’t make the kick-off event, here’s what I had to say on the power of social media for business: Video

And regardless of whether or not you can join in person, do join via the hashtag: #ConnectedBiz (when you click this link, you’ll see the most recent tweets).

Looking forward to being back in Barnsley and seeing you all soon!