Eleni Antoniadou, the Co-founder and Chief of Science for Transplants without Donors was recently named Woman of the Year at the 2013 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London. Ms. Antoniadou, along with four other women, were recognized and celebrated for driving innovation, pioneering new practices, and fueling the economy.
This Awards program, in its third year, is heralded as one of the UK’s leading initiatives to raise the profile of women in IT. The finalists on March 19, 2013 and their incredible achievements were just a snapshot of the ambitious, talented women achieving success in one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors.
With women still occupying less than one in five of all technology positions, there is still more to be done to encourage women into the sector. Recent research conducted by everywoman and Alexander Mann Solutions – Focus on the Pipeline – highlighted that STEM has the highest number (80%) of female middle managers who want to progress their careers, proof of the level of ambition that exists within the female IT workforce.
The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are essential to showcase the women leading the way, from rising stars to directors, as role models who can inspire others to succeed at every level in a business.
Technology offers a wealth of opportunity in terms of the multiplicity of roles available and the roles that the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards winners fulfill clearly demonstrate this. From leaders within corporate organizations, entrepreneurs who are maximizing the opportunities offered by new media or researchers who are harnessing technology for a greater good – the opportunities do exist and these women epitomize the very essence of what makes the sector so dynamic and exciting. By celebrating these female champions, everywoman and its partners will raise the profile of careers in technology amongst new audiences in order to readdress the gender imbalance.
On the morning of the Awards everywoman hosted a Roundtable discussion with senior leaders and influencers of global technology organizations to discuss the challenges facing the industry in attracting the next generation of talent and the consequences if it fails to retain and develop those women already in the pipeline.
The winners in the 2013 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are:
Woman of the Year – sponsored by FDM Group
- Eleni Antoniadou, Co-founder and Chief of Science, Transplants without Donors from London
Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent
- Jennifer Sheridan, Founder & CEO, Togeva Ltd from London
Innovator of the Year – sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology
- Joanna Montgomery, Founder & CEO, Little Riot from Newcastle
Inspiration of the Year – sponsored by VMware
- Deborah Gundle, Founder/Director, Netbuddy from London
Leader of the Year – in a corporate organization (with over 500 employees) – sponsored by BP
- Lucy Dimes, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent from London
Rising Star of the Year – sponsored by Cisco
- Taylor McGhee, Integrated Supply Chain Specialist Apprentice, IBM UK Ltd from Port Glasgow
Team Leader of the Year – in a SME (with under 500 employees) – sponsored by salesforce.com
- Tamara Lohan, Co-founder & CTO, Mr & Mrs Smith from London