Building Legacies And Inspiring The Next Generation

The under-representation of great Black women leaves Black women and young Black girls to accomplish their goals without role models or confidence. Therefore, an increase in representation is imperative to raise inspiration. Also, new research suggests that more than half of the UK workforce lacks essential digital skills needed for work, raising fears that the country is heading toward a digital skills shortage as employers begin ramping up their post-pandemic recruitment efforts.

‘The Voices in the Shadow’ book showcases the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK who impacted the tech industry. In turn, it gives Black women and young Black girls the empowerment they need for them to feel that there is a place for them to flourish professionally.

After the success of volumes 1 and 2, we designed a new creative book for volume 3. 51 new black women’s stories are part of the hard copy. Still, we will continuously extend the number of featured stories in the digital version. Each story comes with an interactive section, a journal, and career advice for non-tech and tech roles. ‘The Voices in the Shadow’ volume 3 will again showcase the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK, Ireland and the world who impacted the tech industry.


We are pleased to launch a Pay It Forward scheme so that our audiences and supporters can donate, which goes towards the cost of an extra ticket to students or book to be gifted to schools and universities. 

Contributors making £500 donation and above will be featured in The Voices in The Shadow Book.

Our Platinum Sponsors

Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and other organisations build their digital core, optimise their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. We are a talent and innovation led company with 732,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Technology is at the core of change today, and we are one of the world’s leaders in helping drive that change, with strong ecosystem relationships. We combine our strength in technology with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. We are uniquely able to deliver tangible outcomes because of our broad range of services, solutions and assets across Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Accenture Song. These capabilities, together with our culture of shared success and commitment to creating 360° value, enable us to help our clients succeed and build trusted, lasting relationships. We measure our success by the 360° value we create for our clients, each other, our shareholders, partners and communities.

To find out more about our sponsor, please click here for details.

Google is committed to continuing to make diversity, equity, and inclusion part of everything we do—from how we build our products to how we build our workforce. We are a global organisation and have grown at scale in the UK, this brings an elevated level of responsibility to everything we do—including a workforce that’s more representative of our users and a workplace that creates a sense of belonging for everyone.

We are committed to creating meaningful change by driving race equity in our organisation and across our sphere of influence and we’re excited about the opportunity to be involved in this important work to amplify the voices of Black Women in Technology to create a future where Black girls and women can see themselves thriving and leading in the tech industry.

To find out more about our sponsor, please click here for details.

Our Bronze Sponsor

For more than a century, Thales has exploited technology for the nation’s benefit, developing world-leading capabilities that help our customers think smarter and act faster.

Whilst we’re a global business, our footprint in the UK is both far-reaching and significant. With over 7000 people in the UK, we work across every country of the Union to help keep the nation safe and secure.

For many years, Thales in the UK has contributed to the security and stability of this nation by providing Thales groups extraordinary technology to our customers in Government and industry. Our UK operations cover all of Thales’ key business sectors, covering aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space.

At Thales in the UK and globally, it is our belief that diversity and inclusion make for a stronger and more innovative workforce. For us, diversity and inclusion are embraced to foster creativity and decipher solutions to the most complex of problems. This allows us to solve some of the world’s most intricate engineering challenges across an array of markets.

To find out more about our sponsor, please click here for details.

The interactive history map

Volume 3 of “The Voices In The Shadow” book proudly partners with United Nations Women to bring untold stories of Black Women to a global audience. Through a pioneering approach that merges the written word, visual arts, and multimedia technology, we aim to create an immersive experience that captivates readers and viewers alike. This collaboration with United Nations Women ensures that these stories reach diverse audiences worldwide, promoting awareness and understanding of the experiences of Black Women who have been silenced throughout history. Together, we celebrate and amplify their voices, contributing to the ongoing pursuit of equality and justice for all.

The book

We have already distributed copies of the book for FREE to 500 in 2021, and 700 in 2022 to schools across the UK and Ireland. Now for 2023, we will distribute 1,000 copies to schools and now libraries to maximise our reach.

We will again measure the book’s impact and produce a report presenting insights and data about the book initiative, and scholars’ aspirations to start a career in technology. The report will be made available to the government, media, schools, and companies

We also continue to carry out activities to connect scholars and the women of the book. For example, digital or in-school storytelling events.

The book will be archived at British Library.

The festival

The Festival is designed to connect our sponsors to talent within our network and empower attendees by providing them the keys to elevate their professional success, inspire growth in their tech careers, or excel as entrepreneurs. Throughout the day, participants can learn new strategies, explore untapped opportunities, and network with influential speakers, fellow delegates, and our esteemed partners.

  • Date: Saturday 28th of October
  • Location: Merchant Taylors – London

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Words From The Founder of GTA Black Women in Tech :

“I grew up without seeing any aspirational black women despite my mother. Moving to London, I saw more successful black people than I ever saw in Paris. My ambition was elevated. We often only believe in what we see. Without improving representation, the less fortunate are often the ones left with limited aspiration. So, I decided to create this book to revive hope. The Voices In The Shadow illuminates the voices of under-represented talented black women, so we can impact the present and the next generations.”

We would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting our project