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The Finding Ada Conference

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The Finding Ada Conference is a fully online global conference for women in STEM and advocates for gender equality. It will be held on Tuesday 10 November, beginning at 9am in Wellington, New Zealand, and ending 29 hours later at 6pm on the West Coast of America.

We have a variety of talks and workshops with live Q&As, interviews and panel discussions with speakers from around the world available to watch as they are streamed. Whether you are a woman in STEM who wants to develop her career, a business leader or HR exec, an educator or parent, or an advocate or community organiser, we are running sessions for you.


We have three themes for the day:

  • Career development: Career advice; professional skills; and personal growth.
  • Policy and advocacy: Talent acquisition, retention and promotion; returners; business policy, processes and standards; advocacy strategies.
  • Widening participation: Increasing girls’ interest in STEM; navigating academia; increasing diversity and supporting diverse communities.


With so many women negatively affected by COVID-19, we decided to make tickets for our inaugural Finding Ada Conference free. We offer honoraria to all our speakers, so please do consider making a donation in support of both our speakers and the wider project. You can donate either here, or using our GoFundMe


Headline speakers

  • Caroline Walker, managing director and EMEA head of diversity and inclusion at J.P. Morgan
  • DeLisa Alexander, Executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat
  • Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Talks, workshop and Ignite talks

  • Amy Cliett: Revelations from our pandemic pivot – How rapidly deploying virtual delivery energized our learning community
  • Amy Kardel: Five keys to a successful "rebellion of one"
  • Anisha Swain: Ten soft skills to stand out in the software industry
  • Boitshoko Phalatse: Widening participation in STEM, a catalyst to scaling innovation and social mobility
  • Cassandra Lee: Mentorship under the microscope
  • Dea Birkett: Roll up! Roll up! Using circus to increase involvement and ambition of girls in STEM
  • Deborah Dormah Kanubala: STEM without boundaries
  • Deepthi Karuppusami: Relauncher – Come back with a plan!
  • Dr Sheila Kanani: The role of learned societies in widening participation, through the use of role models
  • Ellie Highwood: Never too young - the importance of challenging science stereotypes in primary school
  • Erika Pessôa: Raising women's voice with Somos Cintia Podcast
  • Esther Massimini: Across is not down – A lifelong career as an individual contributor
  • Fatimah Almathami: Increase inclusion & diversity in STEM
  • Ginny Smith: Telling your science story
  • Jan Molino: Building power as a female leader
  • Jeanette McLeod: Maths Craft: Bringing maths to the masses through craft
  • Kathrin Goldammer: How we introduced the Women's Breakfast Club at the office
  • Kristina Robb: The wonder years – Starting STEM early
  • Lusen Mendel: Six steps to stop rambling in interviews
  • Malgorzata Lagisz: Addressing the other side of the equation
  • Olivia Dickinson: Let Toys Be Toys – How to challenge gender stereotypes in childhood
  • Ruth James: Increasing the sisterhood in tech – A call to action to the village
  • Shailvi Wakhlu: No woman left behind – Planning for intersectionality
  • Shraddha Surana: Mentoring – A win-win situation
  • Sian Prosser: The role of learned societies in widening participation, through the use of role models
  • Suki Xiao: The secret to behavioural change
  • Tina Vinod: Bridging the gender divide in tech – One technologist at a time.
  • Tracey Welson-Rossman: Every company is now a tech company
  • Ying Wan Loh: How I got into engineering 

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