Demystifying the Barriers for Women in Digital

Hosted by Leeds Building Society

Getting women in tech roles has been a challenge facing many employers for decades. In recent years many businesses have been working hard to attract more women into tech roles and make the industry more inclusive and diverse. But how do companies break down the key barriers that remain, such as all male leadership teams, and remove blockers in career progression? And, what barriers exist in attracting women into top tech roles?

Within the tech industry just 26% of the tech workforce are women. At Leeds Building Society, women make up 61% of the total workforce, with females making up 35% of the leadership team, up 3% since 2021.

In partnership with WILD (Women in Leeds Digital), Leeds Building Society will host a panel discussion to explore the ways to break down these barriers and empower women in their tech careers. Our panel will feature women who have faced and conquered these issues to advance their careers.

Please note – there will be an opportunity for networking after the event as well as complimentary food and drink served

Subject areas:

Challenging the barriers
What are the challenges when attracting women into tech?​
How do we overcome these challenges?
What are the challenges for women entering a career in tech.
Learn from real life experiences from our panel.
Career path and promotion.
Breaking the glass ceiling.
Practical ideas and advice to enable change in your organisation.


Andrew Mellor, Chief Risk Officer, LBS.

An experienced, strategic and analytical Financial Services senior leader with expertise across Prudential Risk, Credit Risk, Information Security, Financial Crime and Enterprise/Operational Risk.

Carole Roberts – Director of Data, LBS

Carole has worked in Data and MI for 25 years starting as a Credit Risk analyst before taking on a number of roles in data and reporting. She joined LBS as a Data Analytics Transformation Lead and quickly progressed to Director of Data. Her role is to help the Society mature its understanding and use of data as a critical asset for driving improved outcomes for members, colleagues and the business. Carole is a sponsor for the Society’s gender forum.

Sarah Tulip – Director of Cognizant & Founder of WILD Digital.

Sarah is all about talent attraction, early talent and is an Employer Brand Leader. An influencer with powerful expertise in delivering strategic operations, people leadership and client growth within a business technology environment. She has a passion and knowledge for Tech, Skills, People, Diversity & Change.

Yasmin De Nardo – Head of Connected Technology Academy at, KPMG & Speaker

Yasmin is a speaker and panel host who delivers multinational employer events focused on Women in Tech, Diversity and Inclusion and mental health awareness.

Goodness Ngodigha – Service Now Developer/Data Scientist, Cognizant

A recent data scientist master’s degree graduate from the University of Sheffield with experience of working in Data Analytics roles.

Careers & Education, Community & Society, Diversity and Inclusion
Demystifying the Barriers for Women in Digital
25th Sep 2023
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Hosted by Leeds Building Society
Leeds Building Society - Head Office 26 Sovereign Street Leeds LS1 4BJ

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