I was invited to Surbiton High School earlier this year to speak about my book Saving Bletchley Park. The year 6 girls and teachers went on a trip to Bletchley Park a few weeks ago. Today I was invited back to see all the work they had done and hear about their trip. They had made Anderson shelters, morse code machines, cardboard suitcases and had dressed up in 1940s clothes, it was fabulous. Cross curricula activity at its best 😀👍🎉
Last night was one of the best nights of my life! My book Saving Bletchley Park was launched at Waterstones Piccadilly in central London. It was an amazing evening with speeches, a reading from my book, tears, drinks, great conversation and lots of laughter 😀 Thanks a million to everyone that came and made it such a special night ❤️
Enjoyed contributing to an extremely interesting round table discussion about the UK/US Special Relationship this morning at the U.S. Ambassador in London Matthew Barzun‘s residence Winfield House in Regent’s Park 😀 The conversation ranged from women to technology, from art to Bletchley Park and beyond. Looking forward to some practical next steps to take things to the next level.
My #IWD2016 started with a keynote at King Games in Soho, what a great bunch of people, and supercool offices.
Quick catchup with @lloyddavis and @technokitten for an #IWD2016 podcast
Bumped into Professor Sarah Martindale from Nottingham University outside the House of Commons.
Spent 2 hours live tweeting the #IWD2016 debate for the 50:50 Parliament campaign. Got chucked out for taking a photo, then was let back in to continue.
A wonderful #IWD2016 with so many friends old and new. Happy #IWD2016! 😀👍🎉
“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how lovely it was to listen to you talk yesterday – I found your journey and background really very inspiring. I came away thinking about all the things I’m scared of, starting my own business on the side being the main one, something that for two years I say I don’t have time for when I know I am passionate about it and just need to do it! You made me think I can, and now, I will.”
By telling our stories we really can help inspire each other to go on and do things which we might not otherwise. Many people have inspired me to do the things that I do, I’m so delighted to be able to inspire others.
We had 12 fab pitches from 12 awesome women led startups in front of an large audience of VCs, tech industry, startups, tech academics and others.
I’ve just had a fabulous couple of weeks giving talks and being on panels in Manchester, London, Surrey and Oxford. I spoke at three schools: Surbiton High, Townley Girls Grammar and Bishop Challoner girls and met lots of really wonderful pupils and staff 😀
The first event was a panel at the Civica EXPO in Manchester. It was a great panel, chaired by Rory Cellan Jones. I somehow managed to take no pics 😮
After a quick lunch I dashed over to Covent Gardne for Lay Val’s networking lunch. I’m so delighted that Sophie Walker (above) has been elected to compete to be London’s Mayor. I’m a strong supporter of the Women’s Equality Party which Sophie is representing.
Final stop for the day was Bishop Challoner school in Tower Hamlets. I gave a keynote called “Dreams can come true” for 100 girls and their parents at the #girlswithgoals event. There were several other speakers who were really great, plus singing from the extremely talented Nathalie Reid, dance and cheerleading too. It was a great evening. Hats off to the staff and students at Bishop Challoner for a fabulous evening.