Women In Web’s Weekly Round-Up



Hello there! Welcome to our weekly round-up, and what has been happening in Women in Web this week.

We caught up with Allison Dorst, founder of Pinks and Greens. Allison started the business having identified a gap in the market for stylish women’s golfing clothes and, just two months after giving birth to her first child!

In a guest post for Women In Web, Boris Wertz, a founding partner of Version One Ventures shares his thoughts on the rise of VC backed female founders and the future of the market.

This Thursday’s career development question was about getting you prepared for 5 potentially tricky situations you could encounter in an interview.

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

A video of Arianna Huffington discussing meditation, balance and the importance of sleep

Army to review female close combat roles

Teenager unleashes computer power for cancer diagnosis

Why we need more women in sport

Women In Web’s Weekly Round-Up


Happy Saturday! Let’s take a look back at this week in the world of Women In Web.

This week we spoke to Alice Gray, a Neuroscience graduate and STEMinist blogger from Pembrokeshire, Wales about her interest in STEM. Alice has a bright future ahead of her, and our Q&A with her is a must read!

We also spoke to Alison Love, an HR practitioner, employment lawyer and business leader. Alison owns her own business, and will be publishing a book in the coming months. Read her Q&A here. 

This week’s fascinating guest post is courtesy of Natalie Ekberg, a career transition coach and owner of Live Better Coaching. Natalie explains how to use the law of attraction to create career success in this great post!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Eimear McBride wins Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction with first novel

WWI dangers for women left behind

Women on the frontline: female photojournalists’ visions of conflict

The women reporters determined to cover World War II

Women in STEM: Alice Gray, STEM Blogger

Alice Gray

Alice Gray

Alice Gray is a Neuroscience graduate and STEMinist blogger from Pembrokeshire, who is passionate about working towards a society that values equality. She hopes to one day publish a book that she is co-authoring, Women in White Coats, which discusses the issues that face women in scientific careers and celebrates their achievements.

Tell us about your journey to where you are today.

From a young age, I was interested in two rather opposing subjects, art and science, and was unsure which I would like to revolve my future around. I soon became more active in forming a career in science, partly due to competition between my identical twin sister (who is a fantastic artist), and decided to pursue further education in medical science.

At eighteen I began my degree in Neuroscience at Cardiff University, with a particular interest in Autism and Savant Syndrome. During my time at university, I became passionate about women in academia and encouraging more women into the industry I loved, science, which lacks an equal representation of women. I started blogging about the issues that I came across as a woman in science, leading me to begin working on a book Women in White Coats, which is in it’s early stages.

As well as blogging and working on my book, I use my spare time to volunteer as a STEM ambassador, where I visit schools to educate children about the possible careers in STEM and talk about my scientific area, neuroscience. This role allows me to use my experience to engage children in an area of research they may not of heard of before. It also allows me to act as a role model and hopefully encourage more girls to realise a potential career in STEM.

How has your life experience made you the individual you are today?

I think having strong female role models in my family has shaped how I view the world. My mother and her mother have been very influential in how seriously I take my ambitions and not sacrificing them for others or to fit into gender stereotypes. I have noticed their attributes in my personality throughout my lifetime, in my stubbornness and ambition to achieve my goals despite the opinions around me.

My experience as a woman in science has made me want to be involved in gender equality projects. It has made altered my ambitions and career goals completely. In response to the barriers I observed as a woman in a male dominated industry, I want to address the issues and create an even playing field for women in all industries to prevent women from being deterred in the future.

Tell us about your blog and the topics you cover.

I started my blog in 2013 after becoming incredibly aware of the barriers I faced as a woman in science and a lack of trust people feel towards science. I use the blog to explore a variety of topics, ranging from interesting pieces of scientific research, discussing issues in scientific research and important discussion about the issues of gender discrimination that occur in science. I aimed to create a platform for discussion that was somewhat informal and relatable for those from a non-scientific background, that confronted issues, inspired public interaction with science and added to a community of encouragement for women in STEM industries.

What have the highlights and challenges been during your time as a blogger?

My biggest highlight of creating a blog has been that I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has given me the opportunity to utilise a variety of my skills that I don’t often get to use in collaboration. I have been able to use my artistic abilities, my interest in scientific engagement, my background in science and passion for gender equality to contribute to a project that I am really passionate about.

However, my biggest challenge has been confronting issues in an industry I really loved. When I was pursuing my career in STEM, it was disheartening to find that the subject I enjoyed had barriers up to deter me. But this has led me to become involved in projects that address these issues for women in science and industry, finding a new passion in gender equality and wanting to address these problem for future generations.

What tips can you offer those who are looking to make a difference in STEM?

As long as you are consciously trying to make a difference in STEM, you will. Whether that is by simply making yourself aware of the issues that occur in STEM or by getting involved in projects, you will make a difference.

The best suggestion I can make for women in STEM is to become a role model, for example by becoming a STEM ambassador. Your presence as a female in STEM is enough to make an impact that will make a difference, helping to inspire young girls to pursue a career in STEM and realise their full potential.

How do you want to make a difference in the STEM environment?

I am really passionate about improving the representation of women in STEM industries. I want to prevent girls at a young age from being discouraged from pursuing further education in STEM and want to stop the ways gender stereotyping can affect the performance and participation of girls in STEM subjects.

What are your thoughts on Sheryl Sandbergs Lean In book and movement?

I am really looking forward to reading it, it is on my list of books to read. I am especially looking forward to Lean In For Graduates, released in April. I think the book (and the movement) has been able to help to make business a more accessible career avenue for women, helping to dispel myths that make a lot of women feel that they aren’t cut out for it. It will also be interesting to see whether the new book will encourage female graduates to feel confident in their abilities to start a business.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?

As a woman in science, female role models were specifically important to me. So, it is a rewarding feeling that by being a STEM ambassador that I could be somebody’s role model.

I also think that by assuming the role of a mentor, not only am I able to contribute to society and projects I am passionate about, but it has really benefited me. I think that by being a role model, it gives me the opportunity to not only improve my confidence and experience, but it has also has strengthened my own idea of what I have achieved.

Which other female leaders do you admire and why?

As a child I looked up to Michaela Strachen. I really identified with her and she inspired me to become interested in life sciences. That made it harder when last year she published her opinions in an article in the Daily Mail, where she discussed how women will always struggle in science as they aren’t as enterprising as men. As I grew older, I looked up to Professor Alice Roberts. She was another woman in science that inspired me and I could identify with, especially as she studied Anatomy at Cardiff University.

I think the biggest influence on who I am today, outside of family members, is someone who fairly recently triggered a massive change in the way I think. Until my second year of university, I, like a lot of science students, just learnt everything as if it were the law. However, during a lecture Professor Jenny Kitzinger (a Professor of Media and Communications Research) came into to talk to use about cultural, social and ethical dimensions of coma and severe brain injury, as we were learning the neuroscience of consciousness. She taught me to question science. That has contributed to a massive change in my attitude towards science, that is was in fact a community that in some ways needs to change.

What is one word that sums up where you have got to today?


Women in Web Weekly Round-up


It’s the weekend, so why not take some time out to catch up on our features this week.

We featured a Q&A with Jean Martin Executive Director of CEB’s HR Practice

We also wanted to remind you not to miss Careercake’s event on 14 June.  Read more here!

This week’s Thursday’s question was:  Do you have job interview coming up? Preparing some well researched questions for the panel can potentially tip the job in your favour. Anyone had experience of this recently? Let us know.

Other intersting articles that caught our attention this week include:

Britain needs more risk takers, says Annoushka Ducas

Harriet Green, the Thomas Cook CEO has boosted share prices by 950% and turned around a failing company.

Women in Web Weekly Round-up


The weekend is upon us! So we have pulled together what’s been featured on Women in Web this week. We hope you enjoy our features and we really welcome your comments on our features.


Diane Smith, co-organizer of the first Know Your Value conference that took place in Hartford, CT last week shares her reflections on the event in this exclusive post for Women In Web. Read Diane’s conference reflections


The first Q&A this week was with Aimee Bateman, founder of Careercake.com. Aimee has held senior positions with some of the largest recruitment companies, helped thousands of people achieve their career goals and sourced talent for global corporations as well as smaller entrepreneurial businesses. Read more about her journey here.


Our second Q&A this week was with Julie-Ann Haines, Customer Director with the Principality Building Society. Julie-Ann is responsible for ensuring that the Society stays well ahead of the rapidly-changing nature of its customer base. Her new role saw her appointment to the Group Board. Read Julie-Ann’s Q&A here


This week’s question is: When did you last up date your skills audit? You’d be suprised what new skills you’ll have gathered. Do you include skills from any volunteer work you may do?


Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…
Accountancy is top sector for supporting and retaining female talent


An inspiring video featuring WomenOne CEO Dayle Haddon and how she is working with the Girl Scouts.


New Bentley University research shows who is climbing the career ladder.


#ThisBook Campaign Highlights Books Written By Women – What’s Your Favourite?



Women in Finance: Julie-Ann Haines, Customer Director at Principality Building Society

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Julie-Ann Haines joined the Principality Building Society in 2007, building and developing its e-commerce offering. In 2010, she was appointed Director of IT & e-channels and at the end of 2012, promoted to Customer Director, responsible for ensuring that the Society stays well ahead of the rapidly-changing nature of its customer base. Julie-Ann’s new role saw her appointment to the Group Board.

The role of Customer Director is designed to ensure a unified, consistent experience for Principality Group customers across all channels of the business, offering the right products and a service level consistent with what customers expect. Julie-Ann is responsible for marketing, distribution and operations at the building society. Julie-Ann is also responsible for providing a strong customer service operation that we consider to be instrumental in meeting the ambitious growth plans set out by the building society by 2017.  

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Tell us about your journey to where you are today.

Although, I studied Accountancy at University, I quickly came to realise through working in my father’s retail business that I much preferred customer facing roles!

I went on to study my Masters in International Marketing in Scotland. I was the youngest on the course and one of only four students for the UK. Following my Masters, I started working for a subsidiary of WPP, one of the world’s largest marketing services organisation, which introduced me to the world of advertising and branding. I worked for clients such as Fords, Haagen Dazs and Laura Ashley. The work was strategic, reporting the results of customer research to clients at board level.

Following that, I joined Sainsbury’s as market researcher, and then became their Fresh Food Marketing Planning Manager.  I was most proud of building up the organic fresh food proposition which over-took Waitrose in market share.

I relocated to Cardiff in 1998 to set up home and family. I worked in Sales and Marketing traveling across Europe, for Reckitt Benckiser, one of the world’s largest household and pharmaceutical companies. I spent more time working away from home than being at home.

I had a spell at Halifax Bank of Scotland.  I found the culture there was very difference.  I then moved to my current organisation Principality Building Society. My first challenge was to setup the digital side of the business. I am currently responsible for all customer facing areas of the Principality, which amounts to 550 staff.

How has your life experience shaped you as an individual?

I’ve learnt to be more of a risk taker, the older I get the more confident I am. Creating self-belief is a challenge for many women. I’ve always been quite strategic, big picture thinking. I worked in my Dad’s business from 11 years of age. Being the boss’s daughter, I didn’t wanted staff to think I was there to make up the numbers so I set the example.  This very much framed my business values.

My business values have always been the same:- good work ethic, the more you put in the more you get out. I very much value that in others and focussing on creating long-term value by focussing on the needs of others .

What have the highlights and challenges been during your time at Principality?

My biggest highlights to date has been winning the Best Internet Saving Account at the Money Facts Awards 2013.  In terms of challenge, it has to be balancing home and work commitments.

What characteristics do you think are vital to be a good leader?

Have courage, be a good listener and be prepared to make decisions and make mistakes.

What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace?

I feel there is still some subconscious discrimination.  The politics of the organisation, the way ‘stuff gets done’ requires women to change their style to ensure they have the impact they need to have.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?

I’ve had mentoring from senior colleagues. It’s very helpful as it allows you the time to think in a very safe environment and to test some of your initial thoughts.

Who are your role models?

It has to be my Dad. I so admire his braveness.

What is one word that sums up where you have got to today?


Women In Web Weekly Round-Up


Welcome to our weekly round-up of what’s been happening in the world of Women In Web.

This week, I was honored to feature an exclusive Q&A with Washington D.C. based writer, interviewer, broadcaster, photographer and public speaker, Carol Ross Joynt. As a writer and journalist, Carol’s career is one that inspires me, and it was fascinating to speak to her about her professional work as a ‘news outlier’ and her time as a producer for programs including The Charlie Rose Show and Larry King Live. Equally as fascinating is Carol’s insight into her life following the death of her husband in 1997, and her subsequent fight with the IRS to gain ‘innocent spouse’ status due to tax fraud by her late husband. Carol inherited the landmark Georgetown restaurant Nathans, and it was here that she created the fantastic Q&A Café. Nathans closed in 2009 and the Q&A Café is now held at The George Town Club and you can watch some of Carol’s fascinating interviews with some of Washington’s most notable individuals here.

If her Q&A isn’t already fascinating enough Carol is generously giving away a signed copy of her memoir Innocent Spouse for one lucky reader! To read the Q&A and enter the giveaway click here.

We also had the pleasure this week of interviewing Manon Antoniazzi, CEO of Visit Wales. Manon has had a distinguished career, working at institutions including the National Assembly for Wales, BBC Wales and for HRH The Prince of Wales. To find out more about Manon’s work and why you should visit Wales click here.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mightybell as one of our Advocates. Keep your eyes peeled for great Mightybell news and features with individuals that use their community.

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Single, female and under 30? You’re the top choice for a job abroad.

Women are on boards at all FTSE 100 manufacturing firms.

Jill Abramson’s firing shows women that we still must be more than good.

Nine women who spoke out against their industry

Women in Web’s Weekly Round-up



A very warm welcome to our weekly round-up.  Here’s what was on Women In Web this week!

Our first Q&A of the week was with Professor Donna Mead, Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. Professor Mead has had a distinguished career in the fields health and education, and you can read our Q&A with her here.

We also spoke to Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence. The organisation recently released a thought provoking white paper entitled, ‘Women Leaders Breaking Through in their Careers.’Click here to read her Q&A.

We were very much inspired by Rebecca Morris’s story that we had to share it! She has recently completed walking around Wales fundraising for Shelter Cymru.  Her story is a must read.

We are also very excited to share details of a forthcoming conference called Know Your Value. The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, USA, and will feature Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King. We’ll be following the conference and sharing its best bits- for more information click here.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and it could be featured on Women In Web!

This week’s question is: “With the skills and experiences you have gathered to date in your career, do you know what your unique selling point is (USP)?”

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Looking for work style inspiration? Make sure you check out and follow our Pinterest boards! http://www.pinterest.com/womeninweb/professional-style/

Women In Web Weekly Round-Up


Hope you are having a good May Day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. Why not grab a cuppa and take a few minutes to catch up with what we have featured on the site this week for you!

The first is an Advice Post from Kim Love, Founder of the LoveLife Program who talks about how to use food to combat anxiety. Check it out here!

We also featured a Q&A with Rathna Sharad, Founder of runway2street.  Rathna combined a love for fashion with years of experience in technology. Check out her Q&A here!

We are also very excited to share details of a forthcoming conference called Know your Value.  The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, USA, and will feature Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King. We’ll be following the conference and sharing its best bits- for more information click here.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and it could be featured on Women In Web!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

A great video about women (and men!) redefining leadership: http://ow.ly/wpJNX

5 tips for improving your personal brand online http://gu.com/p/3zt98/tw

New research shows that women are more stressed than men. What are your thoughts? http://ow.ly/wdqg2

How to create more young female entrepreneurs www.theguardian.com


Women In Web Weekly Round-Up


Happy Weekend! Refresh and recharge this weekend, but also be up to date with our weekly round-up!

We featured two great Q&As this week. The first, from Broadcast Ready Editor Kerry Hopkins profiles her time at the BBC and ITV and tells us about Broadcast Ready’s mission to get more women on the news. Check it out here!

We also have a fantastic guest post from Theresa Zagnoli who provides her top tips for asking for a raise. If you’re thinking about asking your boss for a raise you do not want to miss this post!

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and your story could be featured on Women In Web!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

The Women of the Time 100 list

The Thrive conference-highlights and further information

EMILY’s List gives Stacy Abrams the first Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award 

The #thrive video with Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski that you don’t want to miss!

We’d also like to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the amazing Tina Cassidy who completed her first Boston Marathon this week! Tina was running in a team in memory of Martin Richards who tragically lost his life in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. You’re such an inspiration!