In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve asked some of our #VCWomen to share a few facts about themselves and tell us about the women they find inspirational in their lives.
The theme this year for International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter a call to action for accelerating gender balance in business, politics, media coverage and wealth. At Virtual College we are proud of the fact that we have a balanced workforce!
We want to challenge stereotypes and break barriers, we believe individuals should be able to choose any career they wish to regardless of their gender.
Meet Joanna Smith, our Chief Technical Officer who heads up our technical team.
Joanna Smith – but most people call me Jo, unless it’s my mum or I’m in trouble
I am the Chief Technology Officer – CTO is less of a mouthful
The people and the challenges. Lots to do to keep me busy whilst hopefully being able to make a positive impact on the business and its learners. Working with great people who are nice and often fun to work with and are also driven to make the business succeed, always a great combination.
I walk the dog and am a bit of an adrenaline junkie – going zip lining in a couple of weeks and got bungee jumping and a Segway lined up for later in the year with hopefully more things to follow!
My phone – boring am I only allowed to pick one!!!!
Personal life is my mum – whatever she is confronted with she powers though regardless, at 70 she climbed Kilimanjaro and had the biggest smile ever at the summit (I was half dead and just wanted chocolate!).
Within the industry is a hard one from a tech perspective as it’s a world where there are very few women and those that I have come across have all in their own way been inspirational as they have gone into tech because they want to succeed in that area and not been hampered by thinking it’s a role for men
Enjoy what you are doing as then you will do it well!
Read the full series of #VCWomen blogs here.