What we're about

We’re greater when we’re in it together

We are committed to building an inclusive community to better drive diversity in tech

Mission: To build a strong community to support, mentor and promote leadership and careers for women in technology in the North of the UK. Women in tech is a never-ending conversation. Does it swirl around a set of anxieties we share in our underrepresented gender — anxieties we might not even understand? More than ever, women in technology need to support each other. Encourage each other. Be each other’s cheerleaders, boosters and sponsors. Pipeline problems aren’t solved at the top, remember, but at the bottom. There’s a massive gender gap in the tech sector and it’s a fact we need to be aware of.
- The fact that women are under-represented – only 1 in 10 IT workers in the IT industry are women
- The fact that women are paid 16% less than their male counterparts doing the same job But is being aware enough? Absolutely NOT. However, being aware is definitely a starting point for us to change the face of technology. We want you all to think about what we, as a group and as individuals can do to eliminate this gap. Ambitions:
- Contribute to change the gender imbalance in the IT industry for the future
- Find professional fulfilment
- Inspire and persuade others to step up, achieve more, reach higher

We are here to: Connect the professional, creative, innovative and hard-working women to achieve their full potential

Upcoming events (4+)

WIT North - How to Switch off from work when you are off work.

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This event is open to all genders and will be facilitated by WIT North Co-Founders Arzu Kanval, Beckie Taylor and Kate Wood.

In these modern times, we carry the office around with us. Digital devices, particularly our smartphones, have given us the opportunity to be flexible regarding where and when we work, meaning we no longer need to be chained to our desks.

This flexibility, however, has blurred the boundaries between our working and personal lives, making it increasingly difficult to switch off from work outside of office hours. The temptation to check emails and keep in touch with colleagues can be strong and many people find it difficult to slow down and unwind during their free time – be that evenings, weekends or on holiday.

This “always on” culture can have serious implications on our mental and physical health, as we struggle to switch off and recharge our batteries.

Our expert speakers give us actionable wellbeing strategies to ensure we can go out not burn out.

The event will be held at our the offices of our excellent Event Sponsors Safety Culture. 12 Lever St, Manchester M1 1LN

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What are mentorship circles?

Objective of session:

We want our community to learn from each other

People leave the session with plans/ideas to put in place in their workplace

Feel confident about reaching out to others

Meet new people

You are also very welcome to come along and listen - no pressure to talk.

Virtual WIT North Mentor Circles - Open Forum

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This event is open to all genders and will be facilitated by WIT North Co-Founders Arzu Kanval, Beckie Taylor and Kate Wood.

This circle is a chance to bring any question or challenge you want advice on and ask the group for their thoughts.

What are mentorship circles?

Mentoring circles are a form of group mentoring that encourages participants at all levels in their career.

In 2022 our focus is on goal setting and as a community we will meet 4 times over 12 months to support our members to achieve their goals.

Everyone will receive a document to track goals and barriers.

This unique setup aims to motivate members to help grow their careers and open doors for personal and professional development with the help of the group.

Our aim:

Our vision for the mentorship circles is for each of our members to believe this circle to become their own personal advisory board.

Don't be nervous if you haven't attended one before, everyone is welcome and it will be very interactive with people sharing best practice, offering solutions and helping each other plan to move forward & overcome challenges.

It is always a really open but confidential.

At WIT North we are a passionate and committed group that supports each other to achieve our goals.

This session is open to all genders, all roles and all levels of experience. If you are planning a change or looking to find out about a career in tech this is the perfect place to start.

The cognitive diversity of the attendees is what makes the mentor circle such a worthwhile way to spend time.

Whether you are seeking personal help to advance your skills and career, or business support to bring new ideas and/or diversity to your organisation, we’d love to welcome you.

Objective of session:

We want our community to learn from each other

People leave the session with plans/ideas to put in place in their workplace

Feel confident about reaching out to others

Meet new people

You are also very welcome to come along and listen - no pressure to talk.

WIT North - Own the Room - Public Speaking and Confidence Workshop (Part 1 of 2)

This event is open to all genders and will be facilitated by WIT North Co-Founders Arzu Kanval, Beckie Taylor and Kate Wood.

To own the room: is to command your audience’s attention, respect, and action from beginning to the end of your presentation.

It’s a great thing to accomplish, and with some training, tips, and awareness of you can do it.

However public speaking is still a number one fear for many women and is holding us back. This interactive workshop will leave you with strategies to use in every day situations.

There will be a follow up Workshop in January, when we will give our members the chance to practice in a safe environment and put into place the strategies they learnt.

The event will be held at our the offices of our excellent Event Sponsors Safety Culture. 12 Lever St, Manchester M1 1LN

https://safetyculture.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/safetyculturehq

https://www.instagram.com/safetyculturehq/

https://twitter.com/SafetyCultureHQ

WIT North Mentor Circles - End of 2022 Goal Review and Celebration

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This event is open to all genders and will be facilitated by WIT North Co-Founders Arzu Kanval, Beckie Taylor and Kate Wood.

In February we all set goals, we reviewed them in June and now we will all assess and celebrate our achievements and lessons learnt from 2022.

The event will be held at our the offices of our excellent Event Sponsors Safety Culture. 12 Lever St, Manchester M1 1LN

https://safetyculture.com/

https://safetyculture.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/safetyculturehq

https://www.instagram.com/safetyculturehq/

https://twitter.com/SafetyCultureHQ

What are mentorship circles?

Mentoring circles are a form of group mentoring that encourages participants at all levels in their career.

In 2022 our focus is on goal setting and as a community we will meet 4 times over 12 months to support our members to achieve their goals.

Everyone will receive a document to track goals and barriers.

This unique setup aims to motivate members to help grow their careers and open doors for personal and professional development with the help of the group.

Our aim:

Our vision for the mentorship circles is for each of our members to believe this circle to become their own personal advisory board.

Don't be nervous if you haven't attended one before, everyone is welcome and it will be very interactive with people sharing best practice, offering solutions and helping each other plan to move forward & overcome challenges.

It is always a really open but confidential.

At WIT North we are a passionate and committed group that supports each other to achieve our goals.

This session is open to all genders, all roles and all levels of experience. If you are planning a change or looking to find out about a career in tech this is the perfect place to start.

The cognitive diversity of the attendees is what makes the mentor circle such a worthwhile way to spend time.

Whether you are seeking personal help to advance your skills and career, or business support to bring new ideas and/or diversity to your organisation, we’d love to welcome you.

Objective of session:

We want our community to learn from each other

People leave the session with plans/ideas to put in place in their workplace

Feel confident about reaching out to others

Meet new people

You are also very welcome to come along and listen - no pressure to talk.

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WIT North Mentor Circles - Goal Review

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