I am thrilled and honoured to be among 34 women who are being recognised for changing the face of technology in the UK at the 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. There are 11 categories, and the one I was nominated for, Digital Star, is one of two new awards for 2016.

Award categories:

  • Start-up Founder Award – This is awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 18 months old).
  • Entrepreneur Award – This is awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture.
  • Innovator Award – This is awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.
  • Team Leader Award – This is awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success. She is leading a team of up to 100 employees.
  • Leader Award – This will be awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation.
  • International Leader Award – This is awarded to a woman, based outside the UK, who is operating in a senior technology role within an organisation.
  • Inspiration Award – This is awarded to an individual, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.
  • Rising Star Award – This is awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.
  • The One to Watch Award – This is awarded to an individual aged under 20 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.
  • Digital Star Award – This is awarded to a woman making the most of the internet and digital technology.
  • Engineer Award – Awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of engineering.

My nomination was for a combination of the work I’ve done at CACI and for the work I do personally – the blogs here, and the network that I’ve built up on Twitter (thanks guys!).

Sharon has transformed the performance of the email marketing programmes we run on behalf of our clients.

Through the standards she [has set] and the training she has given her team Sharon has added over £6m of revenue to our clients business annually. As a direct result CACI has been able to retain and grow our client accounts. Our email marketing practice has grown as a result from a £700k to £2.1m business within the last two years. This has meant that we have needed to expand our team from seven to twenty [people] to deliver email marketing professional services.

Stephen Derbyshire
Director, Digital Marketing, CACI

A couple of weeks ago, after discovering that I had been shortlisted, I visited the FDM offices to be interviewed by four judges, to try and get through to the finalists stage. 15 minutes have never flown by so fast.

The Judges:

  • Melissa Di Donato
    AVP, Analytics EMEA, salesforce.com
  • Matthew Moore
    VP Talent Acquisition, CA Technologies
  • Craig Wallace
    VP – Head of Digital Transformation, CGI UK
  • Charlotte Campbell
    Head of Sales and Partner Enablement, EMEA, EMC Europe

After speaking with the judges, I have new enthusiasm for getting involved with the championing of the progress of women in technology. Especially after Melissa Di Donato told me I didn’t have to do public speaking to do so.

I made it through to the finals, with two other Digital Stars, and I am thoroughly looking forward to the awards ceremony on the 23rd February, looking forward to being surrounded by so many inspirational women. And whatever the results, I’ll wear the badge of Digital Star finalist with pride.

Everywoman in Technology Awards 2016 Digital Star Finalist

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