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Women in Tech North East CIC

Marketing Strategy & Delivery

Technology Sector

Start up

April 2022 - present

Strategy development, fundraising, event management, social media management & volunteer management

"I had the pleasure of meeting Kathryn at a Women in Tech North East event, and her ambition and drive left a lasting impression on me. She's a passionate advocate for women in the tech industry. Kathryn's dedication to empowering women in the tech industry is truly inspiring. I've witnessed firsthand how she has worked tirelessly to make every event better than the last. Her leadership and vision have played a pivotal role in the community's expansion" - Ann-Marie Middleton, Zaltek Digital


Women in Tech North East CIC, co-founded by director Kathryn Wharton, aims to create a supportive community for women in the tech industry. Our goals include raising aspirations, fostering inclusivity, and supporting career transitions within tech.

Addressing gender disparity and inclusivity issues in the tech sector, Women in Tech North East sought to build a community where women could connect, access resources, and advance their careers. The initiative aimed to provide accessible professional development and networking opportunities, particularly for career changers.

What we did

We launched a private LinkedIn group as a central hub for community engagement, allowing members to connect, share knowledge, and seek support. Quarterly in-person events, hosted in collaboration with organisations like Newcastle University, Womble Bond Dickinson, Waterstons and Aspire Technology Solutions, offered diverse activities from fireside chats to panel discussions, all free of charge.

Impact (so far!)

Women in Tech North East has gained strong traction with over 1,000 members in our LinkedIn group and 700 followers on our public page. Eight successful in-person events, attended by over 600 participants, have facilitated networking and professional growth in a nurturing environment.

This initiative continues to thrive, empowering women in tech through community, education, and kindness.

"Kathryn is a shining star example of how collaboration between two companies can make an event successful.  Kathryn was very organised and up to speed on all event tasks leading up to the day. As well as Kathryn's meticulous attention to detail, she was great at keeping calm and supporting me with her positive and motivational chats" - Jenny Lee-Vickerman, Credera

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