From Allies to Mentors: How to Build and Nurture a Support Network




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From finding a mentor (or becoming one) to being better allies for our female colleagues, increasing sisterhood in the workplace is the best way to fast-track our way up the corporate ladder and increase diversity in the tech industry. 

However, it’s not uncommon to hear workplace stories where women don’t feel supported. If so, what can we do to recognise and #choosetochallenge our own implicit biases? And how can we include men into the conversation?

In honour of Women’s History Month, our panel of tech trailblazers will share their stories and their best advice on how they champion their female colleagues and build a solid network at the same time. 

You’ll discover: 

  • How you can truly form deep and lasting connections with your female colleagues
  • How you can be a better ally for your female colleagues 
  • How to be a better ally for women of colour and LGBTQ+ colleagues
  • Why having a mentor is the key to personal and professional growth 
  • Where to find one (even if you’re shy or don’t know where to start)
  • How to find the right support to help you overcome barriers in your career

Every attendee will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panellists and network with the other guests. 


  • Isabel Huerga: Isabel is a Developer Advocate at AWS and has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry. During her career, she has held a variety of roles from Systems and Network Administrator, Architect of physical and virtual environments and Technical Account Manager. Isabel has witnessed the evolution of cloud technology from multiple perspectives and is passionate about engaging with customers and helping them succeed.
  • Katy Howell: Katy’s the founder of the social media agency, Immediate future. She’s been named the 4th most influential social media marketing expert and one of the top 25 women to have shaped the digital industry by the Drum, she’s also amongst the Top 100 Asian tech entrepreneurs in the UK. She runs a dinner club for senior women in tech, she’s a mentor who has been championing women and BAME for over three decades. Katy speaks at conferences, runs master classes, and guest lectures at two universities and a Higher Education College and she’s a mentor herself.
  • Joani Green: Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Joani now lives in London. She is a senior consultant and team lead for F-Secure’s UK incident response team and is skilled in offensive and defensive information security, digital forensics and corporate incident response.
  • Duchess Kerrol Williams Alonga: Duchess is an entrepreneur, fundraiser, advocate for charity and philanthropist. She is an Executive Committee Member (ExCom) of the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) and has been supporting the work of the CCL for over 3 decades, fundraising to support the secondary education of Commonwealth girls. In October 2020 Duchess was elected President of the CCL, the first Afro-Caribbean President in its 95 years history. She’s also passionate about advancing gender equality and facilitating networking everywhere she goes.