By Amanda Newman, Senior Manager, Accenture. October 2022
My name is Amanda Newman and I’m a senior manager at Accenture. My day job is to help deliver projects for our clients. However, I’m privileged to be able to work on additional activities that can positively impact growth of our talent pipeline in Manchester.
I’m a passionate advocate of getting more girls in to STEM (as you will see from a previous blog) and this was a perfect opportunity to get involved with my colleagues.
Cybergirls First was setup by an inspiring lady called Pat, now 84, she has made it her life mission to drive equality and inspire more girls to continue learning. Pat setup Cybergirls after seeing a gap - girls curious about this as a career option but not being able to progress, or knowing how to. Pat recognised that in mixed rooms, the boys were often more vocal and interacting, with the girls often taking a back seat, Pat created a case for Cybergirls First. Pat has now delivered many in real life and virtual events around the country and has had a huge impact on the number of girls studying computer science.
Working with a number of partners, Cybergirls First is exciting, inspiring and engaging girls from inner city schools, in years 8 and 9, into cyber careers.
On Oct 19th we will deliver the first Greater Manchester based event for quite some time, 50 girls will be welcomed to our Accenture offices, and hear presentations from GCHQ, Microsoft, JPMorgan, Colt and Launch Your Career. I’m excited to follow the onward journey of the girls that attend to see how we might make a difference to their future choices.
I didn’t want this blog to just be my perspective though, as I was writing I found myself wondering what the team delivering this event thought, why they feel events of this kind are important and their opinion of power in collaboration, so I asked a few of the team just that!
Marie Hamilton, Strategic Client Director, Greater Manchester Regional Lead, Microsoft
I also spoke to Mrudula Buthpur Security Consulting Manager, Accenture Security UKI - our Cyber practise in the UK. With the event in mind, I asked how Mrudula came to work in Cyber? What would success look like for this event?
Mrudula Buthpur Security Consulting Manager, Accenture Security UKI
We really hope this is the first of many events of this kind, if you are a school and interested in signing up to the future schedule, or an organisation able to host a future event please contact Pat Ryan -Pat.Ryan@cybergirlsfirst.com
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