EVERYDAY SUPERSTARS

Celebrating women who have a passion for technology and digital, inspiring the next generation to dream bigger.

Imaginify was a ... Managing Director of a #TechForGood social Enterprise

Pauline is the managing director of a #TechForGood social enterprise. She won the West Midlands Women of the Year 2016 award for outstanding contribution to technology. She chairs the West Midlands open data forum and has 30 years cross-sector experience with tech and digital.

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FACTFILE

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My mother was the first woman in tech I knew - she was a qualified pharmacist in Ireland in 1958.

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I survived an accident where I was run over by a double decker bus - I sustained multiple fractures and spent 3 months in hospital having operations and skin grafts.

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I was one of the people responsible for the relaunch of Birmingham St Patrick's Day Parade in 1996 after a 22 year gap.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Publish monthly ebulletin Digital WM News; support small charities to improve their operational and strategic management including using technology better; run unconferences, meetups and hacks; networking including brokering introductions; communicate on various social media platforms; seek opportunities to get more people from non-profits using technology.c

What made you decide to do this?

It's needed, I'm good at it and I enjoy it.

How long have you been doing it?

10 years

Do you have a mentor or anyone who supports you?

Tony Clabby - worked for UnLtd; supported me by acting as a sounding board when I was a CEO of a voluntary organisation and helping me think about issues.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Rebecca Parsons, Martha Lane Fox, Dr Sue Black, Chi Onwurah, Mary McKenna, Zoe Amar, Kirsty Marrins, Immy Kaur, Cassie Robinson, Jesslyn Rose, Emer Coleman, Cindy Gallop.

They are doers, not just talkers - they have ideas and they bring them to life to make a difference in the world.

What do you wish you'd known 10 years ago? What difference would knowing that have made?

I'm good at spotting coming trends, and writing about them, so I wish I'd started to blog years ago so I could have made more of what I knew and possibly helped more people sooner.

What are the best things about being a woman in an industry dominated by men?

It's easier to stand out in a crowd, it's great to meet other women in the field, it's a challenge to break down barriers.

What advice do you have for girls or women considering a tech role?

Contribute to every hack, meetup, sprint and unconference you can and follow Cindy Gallop for advice on knowing your worth.

What is your favourite quote?

"Why do people say "Grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding."  - Sheng Wang