The 2023 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards finalists announced
The finalists of the 14th annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards have been unveiled. The awards celebrate the tech industry’s most exceptional talent recognising all stages of the
career journey from apprentices to C-Suite, creating role models to inspire the next generation from the UK and beyond.
Since the awards were founded in 2010 the technology industry has made great steps in terms of gender diversity; an increase in women and those in senior leadership roles, more visibility of successful female role models, and the rapid growth of initiatives to encourage more young girls into STEM subjects. However, the $1 trillion and rapidly growing industry is facing a recruitment crisis and needs to address its diversity and inclusion as a social and economic imperative to drive and allow for future growth.
Currently only 24% of people working in STEM in the UK are women. While this is expected to increase marginally to 29% by 2030, women still only account for 10% of leadership roles in the
industry.2 And for those women forging careers in tech, they face a 2.8% gender pay gap.
It is estimated that to achieve gender parity in the UK technology sector one million women need to be hired and that this shift would benefit the economy by £2.6bn.
The FDM everywoman in Technology Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 9th March 2023 where over 600 cross-industry tech leaders will come to network and celebrate these exceptional finalists.
Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman comments: “Addressing this gender gap is why these awards were originally established in 2010. The ongoing requirement to both attract and advance more women in this industry has never been more urgent. The past 14 years has produced so many stories that demonstrate the impact of this programme in achieving that goal. These awards showcase the diverse, fulfilling, and exemplary careers that women can have in technology and how they really can make a difference to people’s lives.”
Sheila Flavell CBE, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group comments: “Improving diversity and encouraging women to enter the technology industry should be a top priority, for every business. In challenging economic times, it’s more important than ever to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in our industry. From rising stars to serial entrepreneurs, these awards shine a spotlight on the amazing role models, innovators and disruptors who are taking our industry forward.”
INNOVATOR AWARD – sponsored by American Express
Awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way
• Francesca Rosella, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Cute Circuit, from London
• Issy Yeung, Software Engineer at Lloyds Banking Group, from Edinburgh
• Jasmine Dhiman, Managing Director at Accenture, from London
• Shabnam Wazed, Founder and CEO at AGAM International, from London
• Rajvant Nijjhar, CEO at BankEnergi, from Reading
“We are excited to sponsor the everywoman in Technology Innovator Award to highlight amazing
women working in technology,” said Hilary Packer, Executive Vice President and Chief
Technology Officer at American Express. “Diverse teams produce better and more innovative
outcomes, and we are proud to support women who are driving innovation in their organizations.
Congratulations to this year’s finalists! We are looking forward to seeing them grow in their careers
For more information about the 2023 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards or to view the full list
of finalists – click here.
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Notes to Editors:
About everywoman – Powering businesses to achieve their gender inclusion goals
everywoman is a global membership organisation for women in business that drives positive change by empowering women to achieve their professional potential. Established in 1999, everywoman works with leading corporations and organisations, improving productivity and performance through its membership offering and unique tailored blend of products and services which unlock female potential and powers businesses to accelerate their gender inclusion goals. As part of its portfolio, everywoman’s cross-industry awards and forums have created thousands of female role models and inspired generations of future leaders. For more information visit www.everywoman.com
The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards and the annual everywoman in Technology Forum will take place on 9th March 2023. The FDM everywoman in Tech Awards shine a spotlight on the tech industry’s most exceptional female talent across all stages of their career journey, from the UK and beyond. The everywoman in Technology Forum brings together a community of over 500 women working in Tech, from graduates to C-suite, to inspire and provide practical advice on how to become the tech leader you want to be, from some of the world’s most esteemed women in the industry. For more information and to book your places, visit www.everywoman.com/events-andawards/
About FDM Group
FDM Group is a strategic talent partner, placing business ready tech professionals including graduates, ex-forces personnel and returners to work with clients across a number of sectors every year. We work in partnership with our clients to fill speciality skills gaps within their teams, building their diverse talent pipelines for the future. With centres across Europe, North America and APAC, FDM has shown exponential growth throughout the years, firmly establishing itself as an award-winning FTSE 250 employer.
From our UK consultant intake in 2021 who chose to disclose, 36% were the first in their family to attend university, 86% attended a state school, 5% identify as LGBTQ and 5% identify with having a disability. In an effort to support women to thrive in the tech and business space, we are also committed to closing our gender pay gap event further. We are pleased to report a gender pay gap of -4.3% this year, as a result of many initiatives we have in place including the success and growth of our Returners Programme and the increase in senior consultant numbers. For more information, please visit fdmgroup.com or read our Gender Pay Gap report here