A-Marie has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016. Anne-Marie has also been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and was on the Timewise List of 50 Power Part Timers.
Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and cofounder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In under 4 years more than 13,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the worlds first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU.
Previous work at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers mean she has amassed a wealth of experiences – this blog will chart the highlights of her new ones. Sometimes she writes elsewhere.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I run events, worksops and experiences for young women around the UK & Ireland, to inspire, encourage and support them into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-related careers. It’s doing us all a great disservice that we don’t have more women solving problems and creating products in these fields.
2- Who inspires you?
Dame Stephanie Shirley – she and her life story are incredible. Check out her TED talk!
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
I’d like to see more representative media – in everything from film to TV to journalism.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
Making it perfectly normal for a girl to like techy things.
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
Anti bots fighting against trolls on Twitter. Possibly. Can’t really remember.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
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