Anna Brailsford

CEO & Co-Founder - Code First Girls

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Speaker Bio

As CEO of Code First Girls, Anna Brailsford is on a mission to eliminate the diversity gap in tech by providing free education and employment to women, globally.

Anna has transformed Code First Girls from a social enterprise to a rapidly accelerating profit-making business, including securing Series A funding from female angel investors and a leading investment firm to accelerate the company’s growth and close the gender gap in the traditionally male-dominated tech industry.

Anna has plans to create one million opportunities for women to learn to code and participate in the tech industry in the next five years.

Previously, Anna was the Commercial Director of both and LinkedIn. When LinkedIn acquired Lynda for $1.5 Billion 2015, she became part of the fourth-largest acquisition in social media history and subsequently contributed to the creation of LinkedIn Learning, one of the largest online learning platforms.

Fun Fact: Member of Institute of Coding, Advisor to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and can talk forever about Liverpool FC.

Speaker Sessions


Women Career Switchers: The Key To Building A Diverse Future Workforce And Closing The Tech Gender Gap

30 mins
  • Not to be Missed
  • Anna Brailsford

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Code First Girls

Why must employers look to hire career switchers and women entering into the tech workforce later in life? By 2025 there will be 1 qualified woman for every 115 jobs in software, cyber, AI and machine learning. Career switchers are a valuable resource that could provide a real opportunity to address the global tech labour crisis and improve gender equality in technology. Further to this, 50% of women in tech leave their jobs before the age of 35. Our report finds that a huge 81% of women would stay in their roles if they were given the opportunity to upskill. It is key to consider that retaining female talent.

Since the global pandemic, Code First Girls have seen the number of women who are retraining in technology increase by 124%. What is driving this trend? And how can we all benefit from it?

Anna will share the findings from the organisation’s latest report on Career Switchers, exploring the business impact that hiring women from this alternative route into technology can have on your business.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How career switchers can be the key to solving the digital skills shortage
  • The positive business impact of hiring career switchers
  • Our top recommendations for hiring and supporting career switchers

This session is for you if… you are a Tech Leader– CIO, CTO, Head of Talent, HR and Talent Acquisition.

Last chance to secure a discounted rate before full price tickets go live..

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