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Tell us about your journey into tech?
I have had a number of careers, and I believe that each stage of your journey teaches you important lessons! As a bio-sciences graduate I started out in sales, then moved into market research, and from there moved into functional design and business analysis. From there I started to progress in my career, managing a product development stream, and being promoted to project manager. After doing that for almost 7 years, I moved into the IT Contracting market as a “free agent”, working for myself, but still continuing to work in, and lead teams creating multi-million pound web and mobile app products, consulting for corporates / multi-national companies.

How do you feel you have made a difference in what you do?
People all around the world have used the products that I have played a key part in bringing to market. I have also written several books, which have been read by thousands of people from North America, to Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Today I run workshops and programmes where I speak to hundreds of people each year.
I enjoy working with young people, and supporting with mentoring where I can.

What would you say is your biggest achievement?
Achieving Amazon bestseller status in multiple countries, and helping others to achieve their goals.

How do you think people can go about making a difference, in regards to spreading awareness of Black Women in tech?
Sharing information across networks.

What do you believe are the most effective ways to engage other ethnicities and genders to embrace diversity?
It’s a shame we still need to consider such questions, but I would say “to speak to both head and heart.”

What is the best advice you ever received?
Advice from a family member to take my first job in sales. I believe it changed the course of my life.

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