Book launch: 28th of October 2021

Pledge until 31st of September 2021

Help us get this book full of inspirational stories to be distributed to schools for free in the UK and Ireland so we can bring more diversity in tech.

 

Why is this book project important?

The problem

The under-representation of black women leaves young girls without the role models, confidence or inspiration to achieve their dreams. They are missing out on countless opportunities. We may have seen some improvements, but this is not enough. For a greater impact, an increase in representation is imperative. 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 solution

Through showcasing the stories of successful black women excelling within the tech industry, we can give young girls the encouragement and support to achieve everything they want and deserve; to feel inspired and empowered.

The Voices in the Shadow book amplifies the stories of 51 black women excelling in tech. Sharing their journeys and bringing awareness that will impact 3 generations: those currently in the workplace, those entering, and those trying to figure out their future. We are inviting you to be a part of this journey, to help more young girls achieve their dreams, transcend and flourish.

 

 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.

 

 The impact we intend to make

We will reach a minimum of 300 schools with 400 scholars so an impact of 120,000 scholars. To amplify our impact, we included the pass it on scheme where readers are encouraged to share the book through their network.

Words From The Founder Of This Project:

“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 are supported by Digital & Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage:

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.”

 

About the book

Since the book is based on the idea of ‘revealing’ hidden stories of black women in tech, we want the design to reflect this through a creative book cover.

The Voices In The Shadow book comes with our Blossom Journal. The blossom journal has been designed to help readers dream, set and achieve their goals with clarity.

 

Pledge Tiers

Tier 1: Thank You Message – £5

Tier 2: Digital “Thank You” Postcard – £10

Tier 3: Personalised Thank You Video Message – £15

Tier 4: The Voices in the Shadow Book – £25

Tier 5: The Voices in the Shadow Book and The Tote Bag – £45

Tier 5: Signed Book +  Invitation to Book Launch Event – £45

The event takes place on 28th of October 2021 at 6 pm

Tier 6: Signed book + Invitation to Book Launch Event + Tote Bag – £50

The event takes place on 28th of October 2021 at 6 pm

Gold and Platinum options available 

 

Book Details

  • 210 mm x 210mm
  • 180 pages
  • Heat-sensitive cover

 

The Schedule

Our plan is to release the book for Black History Month; October 2021. You can follow the release on our socials:

Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

Or click here to find out more.

 

Following the release, The Voices in the Shadow will be distributed to schools and libraries, to maximise our impact.

 

About the organisation

TLA Black women in tech is a global community, based in London, dedicated to building bridges of opportunities in tech by enabling black female talents to excel and companies to have access to black women of talent. 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.

1 – Pledge without a reward

Back it because you believe in it. Support the project for no reward, just because it speaks to you.

Pledge £5 or more
2 – Thank you message

Receive a digital thank you message for your contribution to our project.

INCLUDES:

  • Digital Thank You Message

Pledge £10 or more
3 – Digital Thank You Postcard

Receive a digital Thank You Card to thank you for supporting your project.

INCLUDES:

  • Digital Thank You Card

Pledge £15 or more
4 – Personalised Video Message

Receive a personalised video message from the founder of TLA Black Women In Tech to thank for contributing to this project.

INCLUDES:

  • Personalised Thank You Video Message

Pledge £25 or more
5 – The Book

Get a book copy of The Voices In The Shadow

INCLUDES:

  • The Voices in the Shadow Book
£6 for delivery in the UK and £12 for the rest of the world

Pledge £45 or more
6 – Book & Launch Event

Get a copy of the book signed by the founder

INCLUDES:

  • The Voices in the Shadow Book
  • Book Launch Event
£6 for delivery in the UK and £12 for the rest of the world

Pledge £45 or more
7 – Book & Tote Bag

Get a copy of the book and the tote bag

INCLUDES:

  • The Voices in the Shadow Book
  • Tote Bag
£6 for delivery in the UK and £12 for the rest of the world

Pledge £50 or more
8 – Signed Book, Tote Bag & Launch Event

Get a copy of the book and the tote bag

INCLUDES:

  • The Voices in the Shadow Book
  • Tote Bag
£6 for delivery in the UK and £12 for the rest of the world

Pledge £500 or more
9 – Philanthropist Act

You believe in the project and just want to support it

Pledge £2,000 or more
10 – Gold Sponsor

Support this project as a gold sponsor

INCLUDES:

  • Book publication – Feature company logo
  • Book publication – Company profile feature
  • Website – Feature company logo, profile, newsletter, social media
  • 4× Book Launch Event

Pledge £5,000 or more
11 – Platinum Sponsor

Support this project as a platinum sponsor

INCLUDES:

  • Book publication – Feature company logo
  • Book publication – Company profile feature
  • Book publication – QR code
  • Website – Feature company logo, profile, newsletter, social media
  • Interview opportunity
  • Brand featured in the impact report
  • 10× Book Launch Event
  • Keynote panel discussion
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