Anna Brailsford’s message is a call to action: “I want tech to change. I want people to stop talking about tech changing and actually invest in real change being achieved. I want some tangible outcomes and I want companies in particular to stop jumping on the bandwagon and start acting.” But Anna is not only calling on an industry-wide transformation, she is leading from the front herself as CEO of Code First Girls.
Code First Girls is dedicated to transforming tech by providing the skills, space and inspiration for women to become future tech leaders. This is a story of a risk-taking entrepreneurial leader, committed to writing a new narrative for the tech industry that puts women on a level playing field. Anna explains how she is delivering change, the career steps that guided her and the instinct that drives her.
Anna Brailsford is the CEO of Code First: Girls, a social enterprise that looks to increase the amount of women in tech, by training women in IT skills and helping companies to develop more inclusive recruitment policies. Anna is also a Board Member for the Institute of Coding. Before joining CF:G Anna was the CEO and co-founder of Founders Factory incubated EdTech startup Frisbee. Prior to that, Anna was the Commercial Director of Lynda.com and LinkedIn.
Away by Jane Urquhart. After ten years this book still haunts me in the best possible way.
The Haunting of Blyth Mansion. It is loosely based on The Turning of the Screw and made me read Henry James again.
I Want To Break Free – Queen, La Traviata (The Drinking Song) Verdi, I’m a survivor – Destiny’s Child, The Bare Necessities – Jungle Book, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac, Una Furtiva Lacrima – Pavarotti.
Have a listen to the Change Makers Lockdown Playlist.
Work, eat, repeat (to distract myself from craving human interaction and energy).
Mum – need I say more?
Instinct is Queen.