Top
Looking for project management templates?

Women in IT Awards: the results

Women in Tech Awards

The inaugural Women in IT Awards were held in London on Thursday and I’d been nominated, with my colleague, for work on a large IT transformation project at Spire Healthcare (the project forms the major case study in my book, [amazon text=Customer-Centric Project Management&asin=1409443124]). This photo is of us just before dinner was served. It was a glitzy night at Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

Ben Rossi, editor of Information Age which put the awards together, opened the evening after a champagne reception.

“Only 16% of IT professionals are women,” he said, “half what it was some years ago. Only 39% of women feel looked after by their industry compare to 61% of men. There are not enough people like you.”

He went on to say that the awards demonstrate the role that women can play in the vibrant world of technology. “Nothing is going to change unless there is a strong level of accountability,” he added.

Steve Garrett, Chairman of Salesforce, also gave a brief address. “Only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women,” he said. “For the past 15 years women have earned more degrees than men but rates of women in IT have remained stubbornly low.”

He continued: “When women demonstrate the skills to succeed in technology that creates the conditions to inspire others.” He talked about how the industry needed all the innovators and professionals it could get to keep up with continuing economic and business change. “We dare not rely on or exclude a group,” he concluded.

Women in Tech collage

The winners

Maggie Philbin hosted the event introducing the finalists and the award presenters. The winners are:

Advocate of the Year: for a company that has run initiatives to support women in IT – Network Rail

e-Skills Initiative of the Year: for a company that has run a programme to encourage women and girls to build their digital skills and consider a career in ICT – Royal Bank of Scotland

Innovator of the Year: for a company where a woman was integral to the success of a program of corporate innovation – Unruly

Business Leader of the Year – Helen Lamb at Fujitsu

Public Sector Deployment of the Year – London Borough of Camden, although Exeter College got the biggest cheer as we were on their table!

Private Sector Deployment of the Year – Tesco

Future CIO of the Year – Colette Mullan at BT

IT Transformation of the Year: for a company that has done a major successful IT transformation where a woman was an integral part. This was the award we were up for but we were beaten by the worthy winners – Royal Mail.

CIO of the Year – Anna Barsby at Halfords Group

Editor’s Choice: for a company that has done something exceptional to encourage women into the tech industry – FDM Group

Salesforce Woman of the Year: for a woman who has demonstrated IT excellence and innovation, shining a light on what can be achieved in technology – Emer Timmons at BT Global Services

Betty Webb standing ovation

A standing ovation for WWII codebreaker Betty Webb, who worked at Bletchley Park

The highlight of the awards ceremony was easily the presentation of the Security Champion of the Year award, presented by Betty Webb, one of the codebreakers based at Bletchley Park during WWII. She spoke briefly about having to keep her work a secret for 30 years and wondered whether that would be possible nowadays. They had no choice at the time, she said, or we wouldn’t have been sitting here in comfort today. Read more about the secret projects and amazing work of women in IT during the war here. The award was won by Cath Goulding of Nominet.

Despite not winning, it was a lovely evening, and inspiring to be surrounded by so many stories of wonderful IT projects and women achieving huge career success. If you’ve got the chance to enter professional awards you should definitely go for it. It’s a great experience to be a finalist, and you don’t have to win for it to be an achievement listed on your CV!

Let me into the Resource Library!

Get access to over 20 project management templates, ebooks, checklists and more. The secret password is in your confirmation email!

You can read my privacy policy here.

On the next screen you'll also have the option to subscribe to the GirlsGuideToPM.com newsletter with weekly(ish) project management tips. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin FAPM is a professional project manager and award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.
Elizabeth lives in the UK with her family. She uses her organisation and project management skills at home, and also to help other bloggers at Totally Organised Blogging.

Comments

  1. Elizabeth Harrin says

    8 February, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    This was an inaugural event and I’m surprised it hasn’t been done over here before. I don’t know of any other awards dedicated to the achievements of women specifically in IT. I found it interesting that in the main it was companies getting the awards for initiatives that ‘a woman/women played a major part in’. Unless it was something like CIO of the Year, the other awards acknowledged corporate projects or achievements, with women collecting the awards. And there were easily as many men as women in attendance, which was good. The LV event sounds inspired – fundraising and recognition and a party in one!

  2. Dave Gordon says

    8 February, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    It’s good to see women in IT getting recognition. Here in Las Vegas, we have an annual Christmas party, jointly sponsored by by Women in Technology International, our local Project Management Institute chapter, and several other groups, benefiting children’s charities. It’s an excellent venue for recognizing professional achievement, and most years have included awards and a woman IT executive giving a keynote. Always well-attended, and always worth the ticket and time.

Visit

The Shop

Check out my ebooks, template packs and other resources to help you get started and keep going on your projects
Shop now