Sheree Atcheson, UK expansion director of Women Who Code
Sheree Atcheson, UK expansion director, Women Who Code. Image: Sheree Atcheson

Inspirefest snapshot: The entrepreneur changing the face of tech

30 May 2018

Tech consultant Sheree Atcheson has been a driving force for diversity in tech since her career began.

Sheree Atcheson is currently a technology consultant with Deloitte and has a background in software engineering.

From the beginning of her career, Atcheson noticed how few women were recognised in the UK tech industry, which led to her to launch the UK wing of Women Who Code in Belfast, where she is now expansion director.

A massive advocate for women in STEM, Atcheson knows the struggles women within the industry face.

She has strived to ensure that important work is done with gender disparity, diversity and inclusion, no matter what company she is in.

In April of this year, Atcheson attended Women Who Code Connect 2018 in San Francisco, a technical and developer event conference featuring a host of inspirational women speakers.

Women Who Code is a non-profit focused on women in the software, engineering and tech space. The initiative works closely with women to help them flourish within the industry.

It also works with companies to help them develop and improve their gender diversity through areas such as recruitment and job adverts.

When Atcheson started with Women Who Code five years ago, it had fewer than 5,000 members. Today, it has 137,000 members globally and Atcheson personally leads 8,000 women across the UK.

Atcheson is also passionate about providing a voice to global role models. She showed her commitment to this by founding I Am Lanka, a social responsibility project that shines a light on the local and global Sri Lankan change-makers.

Atcheson felt a certain level of responsibility to raise awareness around both gender diversity and to show people that there are others like them doing amazing things.

For inspiration from extraordinary thinkers, catch Sheree Atcheson and more at Inspirefest in Dublin on 21 and 22 June. Get your tickets now.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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