Inspirational Women In Tech

Scotland’s digital sector is constantly expanding, and this means that more and more exciting jobs in tech need to be filled every year.

Throughout history, there have been countless examples of inspirational women around the world who have broken down barriers in the industry.  

This trend continues today. To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some of the amazing women shaking up the tech sector.

 

Kirsty Mitchel, CEO & Founder Digital Connextions Ltd

A key figure in Scotland’s thriving tech scene, Kirsty Mitchell transferred her 15 years experience in teaching and as a Public, Health, Social and Education speaker to become founder and CEO of Digital Connextions Limited.

Aiming to tackle global unemployment, Digital Connextions’ software has been licensed by governments and organisations in the UK and abroad to deliver employability services and training.

Inspired by her previous experience in education, Kirsty and her colleagues at Digital Connextions are transforming how people can identify and discover new careers with their innovative “HIRYZR” app.

Digital Connextions is becoming one of Scotland’s most progressive high-growth digital companies – with Kirsty trailblazing the way for others to follow.

 

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Harvard graduate Sheryl Sandberg has been Facebook’s Chief Operating officer since 2008. Under her watchful eye, Facebook dramatically increased its revenue and has helped more and more people to connect around the world.

Before joining the social media behemoth, Sheryl spent 6 years as Vice President of Google where she helped develop it’s successful online advertising programmes.

On top of this success, having also written two best-selling books and remaining one of the most well-known and well-respected female executives in America, she continues to be an empowering figure for young women today.

 

Frédérique Harrel

Frederique “Freddie” Harrel combined her love of fashion with her digital marketing skills to become a blogging heavyweight, inspiring over 150,000 followers since the launch of her blog in 2013.

Her background as a digital strategist in the fashion industry gave her the tools she needed to launch her brand, Freddie Harrel, which seeks to inspire and empower women, celebrating their differences.

Freddie’s unique fashion, killer social media content and inspiring blog has won her masses of fans. She also hosts workshops aimed at promoting confidence and strength in women and regularly features on podcasts that are broadcast around the world.

 

Kimberly Bryan, founder Black Girls Code

Electrical engineer and passionate advocate for promoting ethnic diversity in tech, Kimberly Bryant, launched Black Girls Code (BGC) in 2011.

BGC is an educational non-profit focused on teaching African-American girls in the US between the ages of 6 and 17 to develop mobile apps and learn computer programming, robotics development, as well as many other useful skills.

Since launching the organisation, Kimberley has won numerous awards for her efforts to improve inclusivity in the tech industry, and she was even honoured by the White House for being a “Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion”.

 

Dr Sue Black OBE, author of ‘Saving Bletchley Park’

Technology evangelist, digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker - the list goes on.

Sue Black is perhaps best known for her recent (and successful) efforts in preserving Bletchley Park (the UK WWII centre for decrypting enemy messages) from destruction due to lack of funding in 2015. Galvanised by the story of the thousands of women who inspired future generations with their work in the fields of computing and technology, Sue used her tech skills to spark a social media campaign that helped secure the future of this historical site.

An avid supporter of women in tech, she also founded BSC Women, the first ever online network for women in tech, and more recently earned plaudits for establishing #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mothers and their families using technology.

For her recent efforts, on top of her over 20 years experience in the tech sector, Sue was recently honoured with an OBE by HRH Prince Charles and now sits on the Government's advisory board for improving digital services.


Women continue to make large strides in digital, and today there are more opportunities available than ever before – could you be the next inspirational woman in tech?

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