Anna Brailsford

CEO & Co-Founder

Code First Girls

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Speaker Bio

As CEO of Code First Girls and Member of Institute of Coding, [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– providing women with £1bn worth of economic opportunities.

Prior to Code First Girls, Anna was the Commercial Director of both and LinkedIn. When LinkedIn acquired Lynda for $1.5 Billion in April 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.

Anna is also Advisor to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter.

Speaker Sessions


Reskilling and Upskilling in the age of AI

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • HR
  • Workforce
  • Anna Brailsford

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Code First Girls

As technology evolves rapidly, workers will require upskilling and reskilling, possibly changing careers altogether. In the age of AI, few companies are adequately addressing this pressing issue and few are doing so through the guise of DE&I. In this session Anna Brailsford, CEO of Code First Girls, talks about building reskilling initiatives that champion fair and equitable opportunities for all employees.

Within 15 to 20 years it is predicted that new automation technologies will likely eliminate 14% of the world’s jobs and radically transform another 32%. Companies can no longer rely on the talent market to fill their skills gap. Studies have shown that the rise of automation will have a disproportionate impact on women and employees of colour, meaning reskilling and upskilling will be necessary to maintain equity and opportunity within company roles. Code First Girls works with over 130 organisations to build pipelines of diverse tech talent, and upskill existing employees with the digital skills they need to thrive. We’ll use this session to share her learnings and teach you how to build a reskilling program with DE&I at its core.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Reskilling in the age of AI is a strategic and business imperative
  • DE&I must be at the centre of all reskilling efforts to balance the disproportionate effect that AI will have on minority groups in the workplace
  • It takes a village – government, corporates, and social impact organisations must work together to build frameworks for employees to easily reskill and upskill in digital

This session is for you if…

  • You are a tech leader
  • You are a tech employee
  • You work within an HR function
  • You are interested in the digital skills gap and the future of workforce transformation

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