Leading by Example

The facts don’t need to be reiterated – we all know that there aren’t as many women as men choosing to embrace a career in tech. But the important point is that tech is all around us; it infiltrates everything we do. It’s time to unbundle ICT and rework our meaning of it. Web Summit is pleased to be part of the discussion and is proud to announce the return of the Leaders’ Lunch, our dedicated event for women in tech.

After completely selling out last year, this year’s event will be even better – with an international panel set to discuss some of the most pressing topics – for everyone – in tech today, and how we can all harness technology to use for our best advantage. Our speakers are truly formidable; absolute pioneers on a global scale. They  see the possibilities and potential of the tech world more clearly than anyone else.

One such speaker is Padmasree Warrior, a truly formidable figure in the world of tech. As CTO and CSO of Cisco, she directs technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.

Another is Sheila Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com, the largest online care destination in the world with 8 million members in more than 16 countries. Sheila has been named by Fortune as one of the top ten female entrepreneurs. And there are more to be announced. The chance to hear these exceptional speakers in such an intimate setting, with an opportunity for a Q&A, can only be found at the Leaders’ Lunch.

The feedback I received last year was unparalleled: attendees struck new relationships and closed business deals across the tables. The best comments came from those who said they left the event uplifted and energised; the dynamic spirit of those in the room evidently proving an inspiration to those I would consider professionals already at the top of their game – true proof that the even the best never stop learning.

I am thrilled to have the chance to once again direct such an important event in partnership with CPL and Microsoft. We are bringing together an incredible room of women, and do hope that those considering the Summit will make time in their schedules to attend the Leaders’ Lunch as well. It will be an absolutely worthwhile experience.

Tickets include full access to the Web Summit and can be purchased here; for more information, please click here. If you would like to chat things through (or you already hold your Web Summit ticket and would like to attend the Leaders’ Lunch), just drop me a line; I can be reached at Natasha@websummit.net.

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