About

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Our vision is to normalise black female excellence to inspire generations.

 

GTA Black Women In Tech, formerly known as TLA Black Women in Tech, is a not-for-profit company. Founded in September 2019, it is the 2nd largest working group of the Tech London Advocates Group.

GTA Black Women in Tech is part of a network of more than 20,000 tech leaders, entrepreneurs and experts in London, across the UK and in over 50 countries worldwide.

Proudly independent, private sector-led, and not backed by the government, Tech London Advocates fundamentally believes that London is one of the world’s leading tech hubs.

Our mission is to inspire, support, connect the tech sphere to allow more black women to excel and tech companies to perform better through diversity & inclusion.

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Our Impact so far...

More connected black women and allies

Through our events, online communication group and social media platforms, black women and allies in tech have been able to connect with one another, and exchange knowledge and opportunities.

More representation 

We are one the largest network for black women and have increased the representation of black women in the tech sector.

Job opportunities

Job opportunities, grants & programmes for entrepreneurs have been made aware and broadcasted through our network.

More black female leaders for inspiration

We brought on stage the most successful women, such as Valerie Moran,  to share their story and inspire black women and companies to lead through diversity.

Allyship stimulation and mindset shift 

Through conversations, interviews and podcasts with organisations (companies and VCs), we have informed about the importance of diversity & inclusion and helped them prioritise their diversity and inclusion agenda.

Mentoring

We are also supporting more black women by connecting mentors and mentees through partners. 

The Team

Flavilla Fongang

Flavilla Fongang

Founder

She is the founder of TLA Black Women in Tech. She is the founder of 3 Colours Rule, an award-winning branding and marketing agency. Flavilla was awarded the “She’s Mercedes” businesswoman award by Mercedes Benz. She is the author of “99 Strategies to get customers”. She is an international and multilingual keynote speaker (English & French). She is a neuromarketing expert.

She is a BBC brand advisor. Computer Weekly named her among the top 5 most influential women in tech in the UK. She hosts Tech Brains Talk podcast providing insights and advice to tech entrepreneurs and companies. She is an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Centre for Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Flavilla was a guest marketing and brand strategy lecturer at Goldsmiths University and mentored at London Metropolitan University.

Click here to connect with Flavilla on LinkedIn

Suki Fuller

Suki Fuller

Board Member

Board member of TLA Group. She is an Analytical Storyteller; globally recognised Competitive and Strategic Intelligence professional as one of 96 Fellows in The Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows, speaker, advisor and mentor. From national security to non-profit; China to the Middle East. She is sought for her experience in the early adoption of emergent technologies and the ability to translate the quantitative into qualitative insights. She is also an advisor, board member, investor and NED to several startups.

She was recently named by Financial Times as one of the Top 100 Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Leaders in UK Tech; as one of Computer Weekly Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2020, 2019 and in 2018 as one of Five Rising Stars. She is also one of the “Black Powerlist Top 30 Titans of Tech”.

Click here to connect with Suki on LinkedIn

Ekua Cant

Ekua Cant

Co-Vice Chair

Ekua Cant, Head Cheerleader for Career Magic, Be Your No.1 Cheerleader

Ekua is an author and career clarity coach. She is no stranger to career change or transitions and is using her positive style to coach ambitious women to unlock their mindset, gain career clarity and create career success on their own terms. She is the author of a motivational self-help book called, Be Your No.1 Cheerleader, which uses the entrepreneurial journey to encourage active positive self-development. Ekua started her career as a personal assistant to a Director working in the UK Civil Service, working with numerous Government Departments the Cabinet Office, Home Office and left as an IT Project Manager. Whilst working in the Civil Service she founded 2 startups, Layover Adventure and the Hackathon Queen. She’s been an employee, contractor, and is an entrepreneur.

She has led multi-million pound public sector digital transformations. She was also awarded a ticket to Barack Obama’s acceptance for the nomination to the Democratic party for her campaigning work for the civic voluntary organisation DCVote. She has completed the London Marathon in 2018 one of the hottest on record! She formerly ran DrinksBot, an on-demand drinks delivery service enabled by a Slack Chatbot. She’s met the Queen twice and is an advocate for Black Women in Tech and Co-Vice Chair of TLA Black Women In Tech.

Click here to connect with Ekua on LinkedIn 

Rose Stewart

Rose Stewart

Management Committee Member

She’s the Founder and Client Account Director of RasDigital Agency, who work with Clients on Technical SEO for Organic Search results, additionally providing a Magento Multi eStore eCommerce SaaS platform.

Rose started in the mid-80s as a Sales Manager in a computer consumable company, In 1992 she then went on to found her own computer consumables distribution company selling IT commodities, she bootstrapped the company from her spare bedroom and it grew at a rate of around 25% a year. She then move into leased offices which led into her purchasing her own commercial building. Employing 5 people, she managed to reach £1 million turnover within 7 years. In the early 2000s she became one of the pioneers of the Dotcom era when she launched the companies first e-commerce website which was 3rd generation of its time. Rose had great success and became one of the first companies in its industry selling IT consumable products online, she put the success down to her industry knowledge and her technology connections. She reached £1.5 million Turnover by 2005 and was a finalist for the Institute of Directors Business Woman of the Year. In 2007 she sold the company. Rose has since Co Founded and developed a SaaS Tech platform as the Business Development Director, worked in the Largest Tech company in the FTSE 100 stock exchange , in recent years she formed RasDigital Agency Ltd and is also involved as a Board Advisor to various companies.

Click here to connect with Rose on LinkedIn 

Russ Shaw

Russ Shaw

Founder

He is the Founder of Tech London Advocates (TLA) and Global Tech Advocates, private sector-led groups of leaders promoting tech ecosystems and addressing the issues on the horizon. The groups are not-for-profit communities of individuals with aspirations to build and promote tech hubs globally.

He has been appointed as a London Tech Ambassador by the Mayor of London’s Office. He is part of the London Technology Week steering group, a member of the Digital Skills Partnership, a trustee of Modern Muse, and advisor to Founders4Schools, Teen Tech, the Creative Industries Federation, E2Exchange, Growth Enabler.

Click here to connect with Russ on LinkedIn 

Caley Stennett

Caley Stennett

Marketing Executive

Caley is the Marketing Executive at TLA Black Women in Tech. She also leverages her skills to assist in being the Community Manager at TLA Black Women in Tech and the Marketing Communications Specialist for Tech Brains Talk.

She built her foundations in her career by completing an internship at the Home Office where she worked as a financial analyst, in addition to attending meetings and events with department heads and senior management where she gained key insights and developed her knowledge. She took the knowledge she gained and dived into the world of digital marketing, completing marketing-based work experience in partnership with major brands such as GSK, Enterprise and Google, and became certified by Google in the fundamentals of digital marketing in April 2021.

Now working in the innovative field of tech, Caley is eager to build on her knowledge and expand the incredible community here at TLA Black Women in Tech.

Click here to connect with Caley on LinkedIn 

Danielle Dodoo

Danielle Dodoo

Comittee Member

Danielle has spent the last 17 years successfully delivering Digital Transformation for Corporates, with a focus on Banking & Payments. Her expertise lies in change management, software delivery and infrastructure change and she has a passion for ideation and product delivery using user centered design principles. Her focus is to bring about positive social change with the projects she delivers as an entrepreneur.  As a serial entrepreneur, Danielle has completed accelerators at the King’s College London Entrepreneurial Institute, London Growth Programme and One Tech Pioneers. Her focus is to transform the way we network, connect and communicate so that it’s easier for individuals and communities to better support one another. Her vision is to deliver solutions that inspire and empower us to achieve our goals and is currently working on a project that enables and amplifies black content creators.
Melissa Ezechukwu

Melissa Ezechukwu

Committee Member

Melissa is a digital consultant with 14 years’ experience working with non-profits, businesses and agencies. She advises organisations on how to ‘do digital’ effectively and strategically, helping them create products and services that their audiences will use and value.

She is motivated by working with people that want to make a positive impact in the world, and in 2020 she made the leap to freelance work so she could better pursue her passions.

Click here to connect with Melissa on LinkedIn 

Helen Roland

Helen Roland

Comittee Member

Helen is  a forensic accountant with over 7 years experience in finance and accounting. She trained as a Chartered Accountant in Ireland and is currently specialising in financial forensics. She is involved in assessing significant legal risks, conducting complex financial investigations and reporting on such matters.
She understands that equal representation is key in accelerating equality and is committed to using her voice and presence to advocate for inclusion in her workplace and community. She is also a final year Computer Science student.

Click here to connect with Helen on LinkedIn 

Kayleigh Oliver

Kayleigh Oliver

Committee Member

Kayleigh Oliver is a mum of 2, a small business owner and development professional with over 14 years of experience in development and testing roles within award-winning tech companies.

She has been featured in both Forbes and the Financial Times, was a finalist for the UK Black Tech Achievement Social Good award, was named one of fifty most Inspiring Women in Tech in the UK 2021, and recently won the Precious Awards Leadership award 2021.

Kayleigh is also the founder and developer of the app development company Junction 5 Studios. Junction 5 creates its own IP and also helps entrepreneurs, and small businesses to build deeper relationships, connect more and grow their community using apps.

Because of her first-hand experience being a minority in the tech space, Kayleigh is passionate about helping and encouraging women and other black individuals into the tech industry.

Click here to connect with Kayleigh on LinkedIn 

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