International Women’s Day 2023 at Nash Squared

February 24, 2023
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Our extraordinary Employee resource group Wo+Men@Nash have invested lots of time and research to come up with the best agenda of activities to celebrate this year’s #EmbraceEquity, theme for International Women’s Day 2023 (IWD).

March 8th is the date where the international community comes together to celebrate women. Although we strongly believe women should be celebrated every day of the year for their great contribution to the development of our society, we have decided that instead of 1 day we will be celebrating continually during 1 whole week.

We have some great educational and inspiring sessions that we hope makes you all feel connected with not only the theme but the purpose of acknowledging how far women have come in many countries and how much left is yet to do in some others to rightfully support them.

Each day of the week a different theme will address the different struggles women face in their journey towards equity.


Women in Leadership Webinar

A panel of C-Level women, including Nash Squared’s CEO Bev White, will discuss what it’s like to be a woman in a leadership role.  This event will be chaired by David Savage, Group Technology Evangelist at Nash Squared and founder and host of Tech Talks.

The Panel

Bev White
Bev White, CEO at Nash Squared

Bev is CEO of Nash Squared the overall company for five market leading technology and talent businesses including Harvey Nash and NashTech. Following a degree in Computer Science, Bev began her career in technology, where she held CIO and IT leadership positions at Schlumberger and NTL (which became Virgin Media).

Since 2002, Bev has combined a passion for technology with a career in recruitment and talent, where she has held various leadership roles, most recently as CEO in the UK and Ireland for GI Group, one of the world’s largest staffing companies operating in 57 countries.

Bev was recently identified as one of the most influential women in UK Tech and believes deeply in the power of people and creating a sustainable culture where people can thrive.

As a qualified coach and Master NLP, Bev has spent most of her career helping people-centric businesses grow. Since joining NashSquared in early February 2020, Bev has led the company through a significant period of growth, tripling operating profits, expanding the footprint internationally and broadening service lines to encompass both technology and talent solutions.

During this period Nash Squared undertook the biggest investment in people and technology in the company’s history.

Streisan Bevan
Streisan Bevan, Specialist Director at Mayfair Equity Partners LLP

Streisan has over 25 years sales and marketing experience having worked in senior roles at leading global brands including Meta (formerly Facebook), and MSN UK.

Streisan has also supported a number of private equity backed businesses in a consulting and non-executive director capacity within the professional services, consumer and retail space.

Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner, Co-Founder and CEO at Angel Academe

Sarah is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a background in tech. In 2014 she co-founded the fast-growing and award-winning angel network, Angel Academe.

They help female founders and co-founders who can already demonstrate some early success with their tech startup access a unique pool of engaged, mainly female investors.

Angel Academe investors have backed 45+ startups through 70+ funding rounds, helping them raise over £100m from angels, VCs and family offices to continue to grow their med tech, clean tech, fin tech and enterprise software businesses, many of them with ESG goals at the core of their mission.

Their investors are successful entrepreneurs and senior leaders who want to be part of an experienced, professionally managed and trusted network.

Joanna MacLeod
Joanna Macleod, Group COO at IQEQ

Register here for this fantastic panel discussion


Career Coaching: Finding Your Voice

Nash Squared will be hosting an internal session for our colleagues with Ruth Penfold-Brown of Bloom Consulting.


Work/Life Balance

We’ll be giving you an insight into our internal celebrations on International Women’s Day as well as sharing our latest Tech Talks podcast and the thoughts of our CEO, Bev White and our Chief People Officer, Melanie Hayes on how to be a female on the board.


Understanding and Exploring Imposter Syndrome

We’ll be joined by Kate Atkin, who will be talking about the nagging feeling of imposter syndrome.

The aim of this session is to give you an understanding of the imposter syndrome, why it really is a phenomenon, and whether it might apply to you. You will leave with some key tips on how to spot the imposter chatter in yourselves and how to quieten that internal voice, as well as tips for supporting others (clue: do not tell people they are amazing – it can make their imposter chatter even worse; you will find out why).

Kate Atkin
Kate Atkin

Kate Atkin is an inspirational speaker, training consultant and coach.  With over 20 years of experience as a facilitator, Kate has worked with many clients on business, management and communication issues.  A highly skilled listener, her style is both supportive and challenging.

Kate comes from a farming background in Lincolnshire and in 2019 moved back to the village where she grew up. She had a successful career with Barclays Bank plc before starting her own learning and development business in September 2000.

In 2015 Kate completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology which has brought insights into well-being, meaning and positivity that she is incorporating into her work.

This also led to opportunities to lecture at Cambridge University Judge Business School on their EnterpriseWISE programme and their post-graduate diploma in entrepreneurship. She has also worked with many large corporate clients and the NHS.

Kate is continuing her research, and is in her sixth and final year of a part-time PhD understanding the imposter phenomenon in the workplace (which is causing her own ‘imposter’ to chatter at times!).  

Kate is author of The Presentation Workout, The Confident Manager and co-author of The Business of Professional Speaking, and author of two tips booklets, The Confidence Factor and The Networking Factor.


Women and Allyship Panel Discussion

Allyship is an important part of creating an inclusive environment for women. It is about creating a safe and supportive space for women to be heard, respected, and empowered.

Allyship is about understanding how gender, race, class, sexuality, and other aspects of identity intersect and how this affects a woman's experience. It is also about recognizing privilege and using it to work towards creating a more equitable society.

Allyship requires a commitment to listening, understanding, and supporting women in their efforts to create positive change.

Join us for a panel discussion on Women and Allyship with Occo Lijding, MD for Netherlands. Rhona Carmichael, MD for UK North & Ireland. Christian Umbs, Regional Managing Director for Central Europe and Cliff Ranson, Engagement Manager for NashTech. Led by Charlotte Johnson, Dynamics 365 Practice Lead for Crimson.

The Panel

Rhona Carmichael
Rhona Carmichael - Managing Director, Harvey Nash UK North and Ireland
Christian Umbs
Christian Umbs - Managing Director, Harvey Nash Central Europe
Occo Lijding
Occo Lijding - Managing Director, Harvey Nash Netherlands and Nash Squared Executive Council Member
Charlotte Johnson
Cliff Ranson - Agile Engagement Manager, NashTech
Woman with long brown hair and colourful jacket looking at the camera
Charlotte Johnson - Dynamics 365 Practice Lead, Crimson

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