On Monday 9th September, we welcomed 234 of our top female members interested in careers in Technology, Engineering and Consulting to our Women in TEC event in central London. On the day, they had the exclusive chance to discover the vast range of opportunities open to them at 24 world-leading employers, including Amazon, Dell, EY, Goldman Sachs, Mace, Visa and many more.
After kicking off the day with some warm-up networking between members, we welcomed the keynote speaker from our premier partner, EY: Kathryn Burnside. As a Senior Manager in Wealth & Asset Management Technology, Kathryn talked to members about her personal career journey and gave them top tips on how to be their best and most proactive self throughout their career.
EY followed this session with their exciting idea hack, during which students were given one of a range of scenarios that you would typically face as an EY employee and then worked collaboratively to come up with creative and innovative solutions.
Next up was many members' favourite part of the day: open networking with our fantastic partner firms. Over lunch, attendees could make personal connections with not only those in more senior tech, engineering and consulting positions, but also graduate recruitment representatives who screen student applications.
After lunch, members took part in one of three panel sessions, where they heard from six inspiring senior female leaders from a selection of our partner firms. During the session, members also had the opportunity to ask panellists for their advice as they embark on their own career journeys.
"Network and find something that you are passionate about. Don't try to 'manage like a man', stay true to yourself - you have been hired because of your skillset." - Women in TEC panellist
"The outstanding talks from women in industry have encouraged me to pursue my interest in coding; the speakers' passionate attitudes to life-long learning have inspired me to pursue my intellectual curiosity wherever possible." - Bright Network member
To wrap up the day, five of our partner firms presented our Bright Network Awards to our most exceptional female members, each one excelling in a different field. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
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