About the book

Why is this project important?


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 lack 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’ aims to showcase 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.

What do we intend to do?


  •  We will design a creative book. 51 stories will be part of the hard copy but we intend to extend the number of featured stories in the digital version. Each story comes with an interactive section that will be revealed to the readers.
  • We will get 300 books printed and distributed for FREE towards 300 schools across the UK.
  •  For Black History Month, our book launch event will take place on the 28th of October 2021. We will have a series of talks where speakers and panellists share their journey, guidance and so much more.
  •  Throughout the year, we will carry out activities to connect scholars and the women of the book. For example, digital or in school storytelling events.
  •  Throughout the year, we will measure the impact of the book and produce a report which will present 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


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Words From The Founder of TLA 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.”

Words From The Digital & Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage:

“It’s important children know they can do anything in life, and books like Voices in the Shadows can help them discover new role models and inspire them to aim for the stars.”

“We are committed to working with the industry to create a more diverse tech sector which is positive for society, makes good business sense and helps ensure tech works for everyone.”

As part of our diverse and inclusive tech team, you can architect, code and ship software that makes us an essential part of our customers’ digital lives. Here, you can work alongside talented engineers in an open, supportive, inclusive environment where your voice is valued, and you make your own decisions on what tech to use to solve challenging problems. Amex offers a range of opportunities to work with the latest technologies and encourages you to back the broader engineering community through open source. And because we understand the importance of keeping your skills fresh and relevant, we give you dedicated time to invest in your professional development. Find your place in technology on #TeamAmex.

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Founded in the heart of the Country – CheckUp Health has been designed by a diverse team of healthcare professionals combining over 100 years of management, leadership, clinical practice, software engineering and project delivery in a complex sector. Our mission is to make virtual healthcare conveniently, easily, and efficiently accessible to all patients. Given the recent challenges of Covid, shortage of doctors, and long wait times for appointments we provide an online service for telehealth at the patient’s convenience. Combining technology and healthcare we increase access to care and peace of mind. Using evidence-based medicine we ensure safe practice at a low cost. Providing patients with easily accessible service.

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We are a Diversity and Inclusion Services organisation founded to move the needle faster in driving fairer workplaces and opportunities. Through two brands – BAME Recruitment & Consulting and, our purpose-led careers platform – we have built a reputation for being a supportive but critical partner to organisations that are ready to welcome difference and diversity.

Founded by Cynthia Davis in 2015, we are Black female majority-owned and committed to creating a fair and just society where everyone has equal access to opportunities. We believe in challenging the status quo to provide inclusive employment processes, which is why we partner with a broad range of companies to provide the tools, insights and audience needed to make real and tangible progress.

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3 Colours Rule’s passion is to grow tech companies by improving their brand value, positioning, credibility, and awareness. We embark on a journey of passion with you. Our branding and marketing agency, specialising in technology, help tech companies develop a brand that truly represents who they are so your dreams can be the foundation of a brighter future for all.

Simply put, our award-winning agency will free up their time so they can focus on doing what they do best, and continue to attract their ideal clients, talent and investors.

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Thrive HR Consulting was set up to make a positive difference to smaller and mid-sized enterprises that need help with their people and culture. When it comes to a business’s competitive edge, it’s always its people! We’ll help you build HR solutions as unique as your business, with the local might or global scale to realise the best version of your vision. We build strong and lasting relationships with our clients and help them create a better working experience for their organisation, facilitating the delivery of strategic goals.

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Sponsor us - Opportunities end 30th of September 2021

If one of your company goals is to improve diversity and be involved in a project with a long-lasting impact, this project is for you. Associate your brand with a timeless project that will positively impact multiple generations. The Voices in The Shadow will change the narrative towards Black Women, improve diversity at levels and increase the interest in a tech career within the young Black community.

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