Emily Hall-Strutt


Next Tech Girls

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Speaker Bio

Emily Hall-Strutt is an award-winning Diversity and Inclusion leader and the Director of Next Tech Girls, a social enterprise that aims to inspire girls and young women – especially those from underrepresented backgrounds – to pursue a career in the tech industry. 

With Next Tech Girls, Emily is on a mission to #SmashTheStereotype and close the industry’s skills, gender and ethnicity gaps by engaging teenage girls in women-led tech-focused online events and work experience placements. 

So far, Emily’s worked with over 3,000 girls and believes role models are crucial to making the industry more representative of society: if girls can see women like them working in tech, they will be able to see themselves in those roles too. She’s built a network of over 150 role models, who volunteer their time and skills to support the Next Tech Girls community, raising their profiles and building their networks in the process. 

Speaker Sessions


How To Be The Role Model You Wish You’d Had

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce
  • Emily Hall-Strutt


    Next Tech Girls

  • Naamua Dodoo

    Software Engineer


“If you can see it, you can be it.”

Many studies have shown the importance of role models in increasing gender diversity in the tech industry. Discover how to become the role model you wish you’d had when you were younger, to inspire the next generation to follow in your footsteps and help close the gender gap while raising your profile, developing your skills and progressing your career.

We have a huge digital skills gap, which is estimated to cost the UK economy £60 Billion a year. On top of that, we have a gender gap in the industry, with only 26% of tech workers identifying as female. And there’s a pipeline problem: less than 20% of tech students at any level identify as female and only 3% of women say a career in tech would be their first choice.

With the recent boom in AI revealing the many biases in the industry, we need to make it more representative to ensure that the technology that’s designed and built is fit – and safe – for girls and women to use.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why you should become a role model
  • How to become a (good) role model
  • How Next Tech Girls can support you on your role model journey

This session is for you if...you work in the tech industry! Your gender and stage of your career doesn’t matter. Everyone can become a role model to the next generation to ensure that more young people are inspired to develop the technical skills we need in our future workforce. If you’re part of a group that’s underrepresented in the industry, even better.

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