Maggie Berry

Maggie Berry is the Director of Women in Technology, an online job board and networking forum for women in tech in the UK. She has been with WiT since it was founded in 2004 and has committed herself to right the wrongs of gender imbalance in the tech industry.

What got you started?
In 2004 the recruitment company I worked for undertook some diversity research which showed the distinct lack of women working in IT and the MD decided to do something about it! He bought the URL and I’ve taken it from there – a blank page and an idea into a 6,000 strong network of women working in IT.

What are you fighting for?
We want to increase the number of women working and achieving in the IT profession in the UK. Women make up less than 20% of the technology workforce and we want to see that figure increase and to help the women already working in the industry, have as successful a career as possible.

What is your greatest struggle?
IT is a big area – it features in all industries so we’ve got a big task on our hands. What has been your greatest achievement? I’m really proud of how the network has grown to nearly 6,000 members since 2005. And as I hear positive feedback from the ladies who have attended our networking events and training courses, I know that we’ve helped them to succeed in their careers.

What is in your 10 year plan?
I haven’t got a 10 year plan as such but in the future, I would like to see grow to become the de facto careers network for women working in IT.

What is the worst position you’ve been put in?
Nothing horrendous springs to mind I’m afraid! Apart from having to explain – again – why we need more women in IT.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
I’ve learned so much along the way I can’t choose just one thing – I learn something new everyday! However if someone asked me for a career tip, I’d recommend that they network – get out there and meet people who will, at some point, help you out in your career!

In a perfect world…
I’d be living in Scotland running a museum and be immersed in history!

What can people who are interested in following your career or your favourite campaigns keep an eye on?

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