Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is best known for being the co-founder of Stemettes, an initiative dedicated to inspiring young women to join STEM industries. Since its inception in 2013, they have promoted panel events, mentoring schemes and hackathons, reaching in excess of 50,000 young people across Europe. She also launched the Stemettes STEM Resources app which is used by thousands of school-age children.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon – Diversity speaker
Having experienced a lack of gender and race diversity in her own career, Anne-Marie leads workshops, speaking engagements and events that educate the next generation of women and underrepresented ethnicities on the potential of a job in STEM. She also acts as a consultant for corporate clients and government organisations, a testament to her far-reaching popularity and expertise.
Anne-Marie also co-founded the Outbox Incubator initiative, the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls. It provides funding, intensive mentorship and support to talented young women aged 22 or under, who have innovative business and technology ideas. To date, the initiative has awarded over £30,000 in funding to these ideas.
Since founding her own company, Anne-Marie has taken on several other ventures including being a member of the board for the DCMS Digital Skills Partnership and hosting her podcast, Women Tech Charge. This podcast is a series of candid, funny and inspiring conversations with female inventors and entrepreneurs. They are stories of eureka moments, successes and failures, passions and ideas, which will inspire listeners to take charge of their dream.
2017 saw Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon featured among the top 50 most inspiring women in tech by Inspiring Fifty (an accolade she received again in 2018). In recognition of her significant influence and achievements, she was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Years Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. Later that year, she was also made an honorary fellow at Keble College, Oxford. She also has honorary doctorates from the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian, Bristol University and the University of Kent, and is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon – STEM speaker
Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, amassing a wealth of experience. She is also a recognised thought-leader in the tech space, regularly appearing in the media as a talking head, and giving talks at tech giants such as SXSW and Founders Forum.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon -Keynote talk topics
THE TECH LANDSCAPE AND WHY TECH NEEDS DIVERSITY
Tech is a booming industry with growing importance in any given economy, but it is also suffering from a major skill shortage at a time where a criminally low number of women are entering, and staying, in the field. Anne-Marie dissects the HERstory of the tech industry of the past and present, and discusses what we can do to cultivate future female tech leaders.
USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Anne-Marie’s innovative take on this topic shows a modern way to implement the principles from Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and also features practical lessons on the benefits of ‘working out loud’.
AI & THE FUTURE OF WORK
It’s no secret that robots will start to take our jobs – if they haven’t already. This is a comical and entertaining, yet all too real, look at what the future looks like and ways to future-proof your role and your business.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: DOING A LOT WITH A LITTLE
Anne-Marie uses her wealth of experience in running social enterprises to show how a company or individual can ‘get the show on the road’ with very limited resources, providing real examples from her career.
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CHANGING YOUR COMPANY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
What does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and philanthropy sponsorship looks like in the modern 21st Century? Anne-Marie discusses her five ways to change your company from the inside out:
– What do these concepts look like in the 21st century?
– Your culture is your people
– Your people are your biggest asset
– Giving people the space to ‘work out loud’ and be fulfilled
– Rewarding the right behaviour and correcting the wrong behaviour
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP & STEM: THE LEADERS OF THE FUTURE
What happens when you fill a house in South London with 115 teenagers for six weeks and get them to EAT SLEEP STEM REPEAT? The findings and positively surprising and Anne-Marie uses them as a platform to show how to engage with the future leaders to best effect. The future is bright; the future is STEM.
HOW TO LEAN IN IF YOU’RE NOT SHERYL SANDBERG
Anne-Marie looks at the New York Times bestselling phenomenon and shows how it can relate to a less well-established audience, and provides actionable next steps on how to make your career work for you.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is featured regularly in international media and is a sought-after keynote speaker for both face-to-face and virtual events as a presenter, conference facilitator and speaker. She has conducted live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond, including Jack Dorsey, Rachel Riley and Lewis Hamilton.
Anne-Marie has also appeared on our TV screens as a STEM expert including stints on Countdown (1982-), BBC Breakfast (2000-), Channel 4 News (1982-), BBC Click (2000-), ITV News (1955-), Great British Menu (2006) and on CNN.
She has been featured in publications including Good Housekeeping, Computer Weekly, Bustle, The Times, The Guardian, Business Insider, Nature, The Telegraph, The Voice, HuffPost, Yahoo, Evening Standard, Forbes, Stylist Magazine, The Female Lead, The Financial Times and Marie Claire.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon has also spoken at keynote events such as the Founders Forum, the Ada Lovelace Festival and BCS Women.
She has taken to literature to spread her message further. In 2020 she published a children’s book titled How to be a Maths Whizz, which consists of over 30 activities to help make maths more accessible and less scary. Her debut adult book She’s in CTRL (2022) insists that technology is not unchangeable or only for the elite. It is in fact in our homes and in our hands. It is a powerful book about women in tech, and the ability to dream big dreams. It takes inspiration from her own experiences as well as those of other pioneers and innovators.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon – CLIENTS:
Google, ASOS, Centrica, Financial Times, Mercedes Benz, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon, Mastercard, Fujitsu