Harwell Women in Tech

Confidence in the Workplace – Knowing Your Worth

We were delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day, with our very first Harwell Women in Tech event on Tuesday 8 March.

With a real sense of excitement, colleagues from across the campus gathered to hear powerful and frank insights, into the worlds of our truly inspirational speakers.

Opening proceedings, Lucy Edge, Chief Operating Office, Satellite Applications Catapult shared the early-career challenges of being the only female in an all-male team, the adjustments she made to fit in and reversing some of that mindset in today’s more accepting work environment, as well as dipping into how personal changes can affect women across their working lives.

Shefali Sharma, Director and Co-Founder, Oxford Dynamics explored managing the cultural shift of moving from India to the UK, followed by sharing thoughts and drawing parallels from her own career around ‘imposter syndrome’ and that women can so often feel the need to justify why they deserve to be in the position they are in.

Bringing the event to a close Dr Sara Wells, Director, Mary Lyon Centre, MRC Harwell shared how early childhood influences can alter your perceptions of what you can achieve, and how these can be really hard to overcome, leaving you feeling ‘pigeon-holed’ or overlooked as a unique individual, and how the right coaching can help to develop coping mechanisms around the things that you can’t change about yourself.

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