Inspirational Women in Technology

On Thursday 12th September, Capgemini, one of the world’s leading IT and consulting companies, hosted an event called Women’s Business Network with a focus on Inspirational Women in Technology.

Year 13 Kingsbury High School students, Anika, Bindiya and Ushma, were invited to attend the event, where they heard a talk from Kathryn Parsons, Co-founder of Decoded and winner of the New Generation prize at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year awards; followed by a Q & A session.

Back in March, these students were part of a team of Kingsbury High School students who won first prize in a mobile phone app building competition, Young App Developer of the Future. Their prize was to spend a day at Capgemini offices in London.

Michelle Perkins, Director of the Capgemini Schools Outreach Programme, said “It was great to see the ladies from KHS in our Holborn office again. We were also lucky enough to be joined by Kathryn Parsons of Decoded fame, and her recent Veuve Clicquot award win means she is indeed becoming quite the famous entrepreneur. Hearing from a young highly successful British female entrepreneur was inspiring and entertaining. I hope that Anika, Bindiya and Ushma took some inspiration from Kathryn’s story.

Capgemini regularly hosts events to showcase female talent and give colleagues the chance to catch up. This was the first time that we hosted students, and I’m really glad we did. It gave us a chance to enrich our relationship with the school and in particular these three students. They are an absolute credit to the school and my colleagues enjoyed meeting them and their teachers. Bindya’s attempt to bring a touch of glamour to our wall art was really good fun and a talking point!

We run a school leaver programme for A Level students, having met a few of the KHS students, I really hope that some will become Capgemini colleagues in the near future!”

Enter Capgemini’s current competition which is open to 14-18 year olds.

[text & photographs by Camille Shah]

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