Taking a Leap: Be Inspired by three leading women in IT 31 August 2016 Edinburgh

Taking a Leap
Date: Wednesday 31st August
Time: Doors Open 5.30pm for 6pm start
Venue: Microsoft, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Thinking of making a change but not quite sure where to start? Happy where you are but ready to be inspired by three leading women in the IT industry?

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, Leah Hutcheon, CEO of Appointedd, and Alison McLaughlin, Sopra Steria’s Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland will be sharing their personal stories with us, including the leaps they have made recently; we’ll also have the opportunity to quiz them.

Gillian moved from leading software sales in Scotland as part of a long career in IBM to head up newly launched The Data Lab. Leah took the risk of setting up her own company. Alison recently made the career choice to reduce her hours and focus on the local business in Scotland and NI.

Our event will start at 6pm, with doors open for some networking from 5.30pm, and formal proceedings will finish at approximately 7.30pm with more time for networking afterwards.

Refreshments will be provided, sponsored by Spring Technologies.

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More about our speakers:

Gillian Docherty has over 22 years’ experience working in the IT sector. Gillian is responsible for delivering the strategic vision set out by The Data Lab Board, the aim of which is to create over 250 new jobs and to generate more than £100 million to Scotland’s economy.

Prior to this Gillian held a range of Senior Leadership roles at IBM UK including Leader for Software Business in Scotland, Systems and Technology Sales Leader and Territory Leader for General Business Scotland.

Gillian is on the Board of Tech Partnership Scotland and is also a Board member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Gillian has a degree in Computing Science from Glasgow University and is married with a daughter.

Leah Hutcheon is the Founder of Appointedd, an Edinburgh-based startup revolutionising the way small businesses sell their timeslot appointments online. From personal trainers to massage therapists, driving instructors to plumbers, we enable online booking, and offer small businesses CRM, marketing and business management tools.

Co-founder of Silicon Walk – a co-working space for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – Leah has a number of her successes to her name: she is a #ScotEDGE Award winner and was featured in BBC documentary, The Entrepreneurs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s5m42. Lean is Director of Future Leaders for Entrepreneurial Scotland and Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

Alison McLaughlin is Sopra Steria’s Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has had a focus on digital services for public sector for the last 15 years, with experience spanning Central Govt, Justice, Local Govt, Health and the 3rd Sector. With her mantra of “Work hard, have fun and make a difference” she has been key to Sopra Steria’s sustained success in the sector in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Alison is also a board member of ScotlandIS and sits on the Digital Participation Programme Board for Scotland.

Sopra Steria recently supported Alison’s career choice to reduce her hours and focus on the local business in Scotland and NI.