FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2021 open for nominations

Organisers hope that the awards will shine a light on the role models needed to attract the finest female talent of the future

The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is now accepting nominations for the eleventh running of the event.

Nominations are open until 12 October 2020, with companies and individuals invited to submit candidates representing the best of entrepreneurs, new industry entrants and senior leaders

“The 2021 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards launch against the backdrop of a truly exceptional year,” said everywoman co-founder, Maxine Benson.

“Technology came to the rescue of many a business, allowing organisations to continue to operate even as the country was locked down.

“As we adjust to a new normal, it is our belief that this rapidly growing sector will offer even more extraordinary and exciting opportunities for women, particularly as new products, platform and services emerge.

“Our aim is that these awards are used as a platform to leverage the role models that are needed to attract the finest female talent of the future.”

“There has never been a more important time to celebrate the ambitious entrepreneurs who drive our industry forward and inspire others to do the same” – Sheila Flavell, FDM Group

2020 has been a singular year for the tech sector, with research from Twilio suggesting that the response to lockdown has accelerated companies’ digital transformation by a global average of six years.

Nevertheless, when it comes to gender imbalance, research by PWC and everywoman details a familiar picture:

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  • Less than a quarter (23%) of people working in STEM in the UK are women
  • 5% of leadership roles in the technology industry are held by women
  • 3% of women cite a career in technology as their first choice
  • 78% of students couldn’t name a single famous female working in tech

Thus, the need to shine a light on some of the women thriving in the tech sector, and the introduction of three new categories for the 2021 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

The Digital Transformation Leader Award will honour a female leader who has led an organisation’s digital improvement; the Tech for Good Award will celebrate a woman driving an initiative to better the world via technology; and the CTO/CIO of the Year Award will be bestowed upon a female executive showing outstanding leadership and/or innovation.


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“[After] such an incredibly challenging year for us all, there has never been a more important time to celebrate the ambitious entrepreneurs who drive our industry forward and inspire others to do the same,” said Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer of FDM Group.

“Technology has a critical role to play as we begin to rebuild the global economy and ensuring a diverse talent pipeline of digital specialists for our sector is essential to enable this to happen.”

The 2021 awards ceremony will take place in London on 25 March.

Nominations for the awards are free and can be made here.

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