Women in Tech

[Webinar] Tackling tech’s gender bias: Actions we can take for change

Faced with comparatively limited early career opportunities and entrenched gender bias, women in technical roles are exiting the field in worrying numbers, to the detriment of the industry. To reverse this trend, companies must take action to tackle barriers to entry and, through targeted talent development and upskilling, level the playing field.

Please join us to hear first-hand from three female senior leaders in tech to learn how they have achieved leading positions in their field.


Aileen Allkins, Chief Revenue Officer | Tek Experts & elev8 

Sabine Vanderlinden, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner | Alchemy Crew 

Olatomiwa Williams, Country Manager, Nigeria and Ghana | Microsoft


Penny Horwood, Associate Editor | Computing

You will leave the session armed with concrete knowledge on how you can take steps to improve gender inclusion in your organization, laying the foundation for future growth. 

·       How gender bias is affecting the tech industry today. 

·       How skilling programs can expand female talent pools. 

·       Why ongoing career support is critical for expanding gender representation throughout the organization. 

·       Why inclusion is so important for driving long-term success. 

Meet our Women in Tech panelists:

Aileen AllkinsAileen Allkins is an accomplished customer focused executive having spent her career transforming the customer service and support experience of some of the world’s best-known technology companies. Known for her customer and people centric approach, Aileen has led the global customer service and support organizations within Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and is a trusted strategic advisor for many global technology and professional services companies. As Corporate Vice President of Global Customer Service and Support at Microsoft, Aileen led a diverse and international team of over 25,000 service professionals to provide world-class technical support for millions of customers. At HPE she led worldwide technical support and was responsible for consolidating the customer support experience following several acquisitions. With a passion for people, Aileen is a strong advocate for investing in digital skilling and career progression programs and the significant impact they have on both the customer and employee experience 

Sabine VanderLinden is an International Executive Faculty member at elev8 and a corporate strategist turned entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Managing Partner of Alchemy Crew, a venture Lab that accelerates the curation and validation of new tech business models and builds commercialization blueprints. Sabine is renowned within the insurance sector for building some of the most renowned tech startup accelerators around the world, working with over 30 corporate insurers, and accelerating over 150 startup ventures. Sabine is the co-editor of the bestseller The INSURTECH Book, a top 50 Women in Tech, a FinTech and InsurTech Influencer, an investor, and a multi-award winner.  

Olatomiwa Williams is the Country Manager for Microsoft Nigeria and Ghana, where she is responsible for driving the company’s strategy across both countries. Prior to this role, Ola was Digital Transformation and Cloud Solution Director for the Microsoft Middle East and Africa (MEA) Multi Country Cluster (MCC), an area that spans over sixty-seven countries in Africa and part of the Middle East. An award-winning business leader with over 22 years experience in the Information Technology industry, Ola has experience in consulting, support, channel and people management, and thrives on supporting organizations to leverage the power of technology to achieve their business objectives. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ola was a Lead Consultant with Dimension Data, Nigeria, through which she worked on multiple large and complex projects across Nigeria and South America. Having held a variety of roles in other Information Technology service companies, she has developed a very good knowledge of emerging markets and the broader business landscape. An advisory and non-executive board member for a number of organizations in Nigeria, Ola is a graduate of Computer Science from the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Nigeria and holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool.

Penny Horwood joined Computing as Associate Editor in 2022 after having been a freelance contributor and researcher for more than a decade. She is the driving force behind the Computing Diversity in Tech campaign. Penny’s enthusiastic and consistent championing of increased diversity in tech stems from her own early career experiences as a young salesperson, a deep understanding of the structural and skills related challenges that UK tech faces and a strong interest in sociological research. Penny also writes and researches tech sustainability, and has established a series of metrics that enterprises can use to assess the sustainability claims of cloud vendors.