Being a Woman in Tech doesn’t mean that we all sit in front of a screen all day, being super techie and code.

Or develop an O/S, create an app and decrypt secret messages. (Although the latter would be super cool).

And as for the coding, I wish I had that skill set or the patience. (Which is a real shame – as I have a ton of app ideas).
👩🏻‍🏫 There is often a misconception that people, women and men, who work in tech can code, wire up a PC and fix your dishwasher (seriously?!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where actually being in tech can be all of the above. However, a Woman in Tech can also be about:

  • People
  • Business
  • Strategy
  • Improvement
  • Profit
  • Projects
  • Communications
  • Coaching
  • Etc.

and acronyms. Oh soooo many acronyms. 🙈

Women in Tech can have be in a role like a Software Engineer, Architect, Infrastructure Manager and Developer. Yet, can also have roles like a Project Manager, Communication Lead, Service Delivery Analyst and Incident Owner.

Being a woman in tech is multifaceted ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

There are many sides to a career in tech.


Stepping into the corporate world after leaving university, I have had the opportunity to work in leading industries which includes high-end retail and banking. And now in Telco! With a degree in Computing BSc, I started my career as a Junior Service Desk Analyst. At the age of 21, I was running a team of 20 male analysts. (Oh yes, there was some challenging’s). Then I worked my way up into a leadership role in Service Delivery and Process Improvement. My career has allowed me experiences in managing strategies, global teams and coaching. Additionally, I have been the founder and lead of internal female focused groups, supporting female team members to thrive – whilst aligning objectives and actions to the wider organisational goals.

Being a woman in tech, I have been the only female in the room. The pink dress, in the ocean of grey suits. I have presented to large and global groups, without prior notice. And, as cliché as this is – talked over and ignored in meetings.

Lucy Grimwade at Virgin Media O2 office, Slough.

There is no set path. Which has its pros and cons. Where one follows a route via education, another might accidently fall into the role within tech whether by chance or on purpose.

The commonality across technical and not-so-techie roles, is Leadership Skills.

Leadership vs Management

Leadership is more than being able to lead and influence a group of people. It is about how you show up, present, support and your knowledge.

Image from Article: Leadership: What Is It? via The Balance SMB

Learning and harnessing great leadership skills will enviably play a huge part in your success within your field.


By inspiring others, knowing your field and encouraging innovation, you will get more out of your colleagues and/or team whilst building great personal brand and will increase productivity as well as delivery of work.


Whether you are techie or not. Coder or Service focused. What are you going to do today to work on your leadership skills?