healthcare SPOTLIGHT ON Anne-Marie Imaﬁ do Anne-Marie Imaﬁ don MBE was the youngest girl ever to pass an A-level in computing and later graduated with a masters in mathematics and computer science from Oxford, aged 20. Imaﬁ don was also awarded ‘Young IT Professional of the Year’ in 2013, by BCS, for her pioneering work at a multi-national on enterprise collaboration. Anne-Marie grew up in East London, the likes of Michael Gove, David Willetts and always good to be able to ask people eldest of ﬁ ve. She feels that two pivotal Belinda Parmar discussing the problem. for advice, talk things through, and have points in her childhood were, ﬁ rstly, at four O ers of sponsorships and partnerships ‘sounding boards’. But even more so, in years old, playing on her dad’s computer started coming in and it soon became a terms of building a career, and getting and, secondly, the two GCSEs she did in fully-blown social enterprise with a ahead, she feels that ‘you need sponsors, maths and ICT, aged just ten. member of sta , and proper structures. people who you don’t ask for things from, She almost applied to do French at Anne-Marie stayed part-time until she but who see enough of what you’re doing, university, but decided against it because could no longer juggle both her job at and who will act on your behalf, even when she has always hated reading and writing. Deutsche Bank and the Stemettes. you’re not in the room.’ Despite being younger than everyone else The ﬁ rst Stemettes to come onto the on her course at Oxford, Anne-Marie thinks programme came from local schools and Mission maths that the only real challenge she faced was they had more volunteers than girls at the Anne-Marie feels there is a need to a social one, as not only was Anne-Marie ﬁ rst event. However, at last count they had normalise maths, and the enjoyment of the youngest, but she was a woman in an worked with 17,200 girls and now have maths, in the same way that reading and overwhelmingly male world. waiting lists. writing are often normalised. People are more likely to be surprised that you do like Early career Outbox incubator maths, and it’s somehow acceptable to When she started work, she found that After attending the Innovation Convention not be good at it. She wants to give people she was the only girl in the technology in 2014, in Brussels, and seeing the Google permission to enjoy it, and to do maths, and department, at Deutsche Bank, where she Global Science Prize being awarded to a not be afraid of it. She says: ‘I would like was an enterprise and collaboration group of Irish girls, Anne-Marie arranged maths to be less elitist and become more strategist. Deutsche Bank had its own a partnership with Salesforce and put accessible in the same way as something social media platform internally, and she together an incubator programme where like poetry. You want everyone to enjoy was one of a team of ﬁ ve that looked after young entrepreneurs are taught about poetry; why can’t I have everyone and developed it for 100,000 people. business and product development, and enjoy maths?’ Later, when she attended the Grace are then exposed to investors. They ran Hopper Celebration in the States, as one the ﬁ rst event during the summer of 2014, of three and a half thousand women in Tulse Hill, South London. Now, in 2018, Futher Information there, she realised there were lots of other they’re still building on those relationships, women in computing too, although clearly and the legacy lives on. They’re looking at Archives of IT is a registered not enough. repeating it, but in a way that scales charity no. 1164198 which receives support from BCS, The Chartered physically, and impact-wise. Institute for IT and the charity of The Stemettes Worshipful Company of Information In February 2013, Anne-Marie started Mentors Technologists. Stemettes as a way of encouraging girls Anne-Marie thinks mentorship is into STEM subjects. By the November she fantastic, having had many mentors Visit: http://archivesit.org.uk was in meetings at Number 10 with the during her life. She believes that it’s 66 ITNOW June 2018 Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/itnow/article-abstract/60/2/66/4999854 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 20 June 2018 doi:10.1093/itnow/bwy061 ©2018 The British Computer Society Image: Copyright Stemettes
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Published: May 19, 2018
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