Cambridge businesswoman Ann Fisher has hit on a successful formula with her latest initiative, a networking forum for senior female decision makers in the technology sector.
A director and co-founder of Bailey Fisher Executive Search, Ann set up Women 4 Technology earlier this year, to offer women at CXO and VP level the opportunity to meet with their peers to discuss issues of relevance to their roles in a relaxed yet inspirational setting.
Ann said: “The response to the event has been incredibly positive, with attendance growing from 25 at our first event in April, to 45 in July. Many of our guests are drawn from technology companies in and around the Cambridge cluster, where Bailey Fisher is based, but our remit is far wider, working closely with clients across the Eastern region, London, the Midlands and North West. The informal atmosphere at Women 4 Technology offers great networking potential, and this is proving very attractive to guests both from within the cluster and further afield. We have welcomed CXOs from high-growth technology companies, the chairman of a London venture capital fund and the chief executive of a corporate incubator, as well as partners from professional services firms supporting the sector. We are pleased to be on the radar already for a number of CXOs and VPs from the US, keen to attend Women 4 Technology when an event coincides with a trip to the UK.”
Since co-founding Bailey Fisher in 1998, Ann has been instrumental in building relationships with corporate and academic spin-out companies across the UK, as well as venture capital funds and professional advisors. These contacts were invaluable in setting up Women 4 Technology, but the event has now taken on its own momentum. Bailey Fisher have been taken aback by the response and feedback, and the event has attracted three sponsors, La Playa: Insurance with Intelligence, NatWest and PEM Technology. Ann has been approached to consider setting up Women 4 Technology in the Midlands, and sees the potential to roll the event out to London in 2010.
The next Women 4 Technology lunch will take place on Wednesday 30 September at Hotel Felix in Cambridge. Fifty female executives are expected to attend, for an informal lunch and networking. Guest speaker Sarah McVittie, previously CEO and co-founder of Texperts, the world’s first SMS question answering service, will talk about Lessons Learned by a first-time CEO.
Women in technology at CXO or VP level interested in attending future events should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Women 4 Technology is supported by La Playa: Insurance with Intelligence, NatWest and PEM Technology.