Tech Rockstars Wear Lipstick Too!

Sherifah Tumusiime (Chief Executive Officer), Zimba Women

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The number of women in leadership is already low, but it is even worse in ICT and other STEM careers.There is a dramatic need for the stereotypes that cause this to be challenged. Anyone and everyone who wants to pursue STEM, regardless of their external appearances should be empowered to do so.This talk will tap into concerns about science, math, engineering and technology education for girls, why women are less likely to pursue those fields for their careers and how to change that as well as highlighting the women that have excelled in STEM.

Entrepreneurialism and Business / Success story or case study / Impart wisdom / Inspiring / Beginner

Event: Nairobi

Hashtags: #STEMWomen #WomenInTech #ilooklikeanengineer

Other speakers: Tania Ngima

Best for: Enterprenuers, Technologists, Software Engineers, Developers, Business Leaders, Network Architects/Administrators

Speaker country: Uganda

Questions this session will answer:

Why is it essential for more women to engage in leadership roles particularly in STEM.
Why is there low participation of women in STEM especially in Africa.
Where and who are the women excelling in STEM in Africa.
How more women can be empowered to pursue careers in STEM.

Speaker qualifications:

I am a fiery entrepreneur and independent thinker with proven abilities in web development, project management, communications, and IT services. I am an enthusiastic and high-achieving IT professional with a Bachelor of Computer Science. I have exceptional technical and analytical skills,with over 5 years experience in information systems.

I am the founder of the, the first specialty retail e-commerce website for baby products and apparel in Uganda.

In addition to this,I am currently the CEO of Zimba Group Ltd, an adtech company providing technical and software solutions for SME's. Zimba Ltd's flagship project ZimbaWomen seeks to establish a a socio-economic business environment that provides full support of women entrepreneurs using technology.

I am Mandela Washington Fellow 2015, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training,and networking.

I am also a member of the Cherie Blair Foundation Mentorship Program. I am passionate about building strong SME's by using technology to find innovative solutions to create sustainable futures for them because I believe in development driven by the private sector.

Supporting material:

Ignite talk on Equality done by Tania Ngima, with whom I'll be presenting this session with;…

@github account;

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