Prospect recently welcomed Toni Kent, local author, poet and blogger to Harwell for the first in a series of bi-monthly, lunchtime seminars.
Toni spoke about what inspired her to pursue a career in technology, why she left it all behind to go freelance and how this decision led her to a career path she never thought possible.
Toni’s entertaining talk took the audience on a journey from her school days through to her highly-paid position at Microsoft and on to her decision to quit Microsoft and go freelance.
She spoke about the challenges she faced as a woman in technology, including sexism and work life balance issues and how we can encourage more girls to consider careers in technology.
Toni’s talk was very well-received by the audience – a mix of members and non-members from six campus employers.
Prospect rep Lloyd Collier said: “People were able to relate to the issues and anecdotes that Toni talked about. One person even said it was the best workplace event she had ever been to! Toni was also very pleased, saying it was the best audience she had ever had in a workplace setting.
“Prospect’s Harwell lunchtime seminars showcase the benefit of having a modern, progressive union in the workplace and promote recruitment and retention. Seminars are open to all campus employees, but Prospect members have priority advance booking.
“We have an exciting line up of speakers for the rest of the year, including Iain Wright MP and Alan Brunstrom from the European Space Agency, so watch this space!” Lloyd concluded.