PWWWS [Maggie Berry OBE]

March 23, 2021
Written by: Lottie Lightfoot

“Maggie Berry OBE” is an introduction in and of itself. Prestigious and well-deserved titles aside, Maggie is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Europe, having been at the helm for eight years. They’re an international organisation that helps to build sustainable communities and foster economic growth through empowering women-owned and led businesses within global markets. They support supplier diversity in procurement, connecting female-led ventures to the corporate supply chain. They’ve worked with numerous household names including UN Women, Women’s World Bank, World Bank Group, Coca-Cola, and more.

Female empowerment in business is what Maggie does best. Her entire working history has been geared towards helping women flourish in the tech sector, which is what got her on the Profile[me] radar in the first place. 

Before her position at WEConnect, she founded, an on-line job board and networking group for women working in the IT profession in the UK. She was the Managing Director for several years, before taking a step back in 2012. But as she’s never been one to call it quits, Maggie remains involved on a voluntary basis.Launched in 2005, it didn’t take long for the site to take off, building up an active network of some 7000 tech professionals and 13,700 female technologists who are just passionate about helping women advance their IT careers as Maggie is. 

Tech is renowned for its lack of gender diversity , in both private and public sectors, from on the ground workers to senior positions. It is admirable, then, that Maggie is so committed to changing this landscape for the better. As evidenced by a background that has always remained in tech recruitment for financial services. In the past, she’s been a recruiter for McGregor Boyall Associates, and a Graduate Banking Manager for NatWest. Realising that she could utilise her experience to instigate change, Maggie set off on making the tech world a fairer and more equal place.

Maggie’s hard work has received plenty of attention and accolades to match. In July 2010, Maggie was included in Management Today’s ’35 Under 35′ list. 2012 saw the World Economic Forum recognise her as Young Global Leader. And of course, because you can’t not mention it, Maggie was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019 for services to women in business and technology. The OBE, like all of her awards, is an incredible honour and we can’t think of anyone more deserving.

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