Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️DR ANNE-MARIE IMAFIDON MBE ⚡️ a prodigy in every sense of the word.

Aged 11, Dr Anne-Marie was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing, and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford. Since then, she has forged an enviable CV, including positions at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. Then there are the Honorary Doctorates from Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University & Bristol University and an Honorary Fellowship at Keble College, Oxford.

It is this wealth of experience and pioneering spirit that led her to co-found the STEMettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the STEM sectors. Since its inception 6 years ago, it has exposed more than 40,000 young people across Europe to Anne-Marie’s vision for a more diverse and balanced science and tech community.

‘Spread the word…science and tech need more women'.’

I first heard her and heard of her through Viv Groskop’s incredible podcast How to Own the Room: Women and the art of brilliant speaking’. (feel her appearing here as a future icon too). I recommend a listen, she is really great fun as well as super smart.

A prolific speaker with a really unique style at some killer gigs: Google. SXSW, University of Oxford, Financial Times, Asos to name but a few. Love her under dressing too. In her own admission been known to turn up in sliders. As a fellow lover of comfort I am with this all the way. She likes to turn the stage into her living room.

‘The highs come all the time — from watching the joy in young girls’ faces at making their first app — to the excitement of young women meeting real women in industry who are ‘just like them’ and give them the hope and ‘permission’ to also go into the industry.’ Full article here.

A recognised thought-leader in the technology arena, Anne-Marie is a renowned champion and inspiration for women looking to find a role in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She is listed as one of the BBC’s 100 inspirational and innovative women, Forbes Top 50 Global Women in Tech and an ELLE Magazine ‘Disruptor’.

An incredible force for diversity, she explains why it’s so important for tech to move forward in this clip here.