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GLAM announces speaker lineup at its first London event
Girls Leadership Academy Meetup to debut in the UK later this month

November 7, 2019, LONDON – GLAM (Girls Leadership Academy Meetup), the Silicon Valley-based nonprofit, today announced the lineup of senior tech industry leaders who will speak at its first-ever London event, to be held next 23-24 November at Cisco’s UK headquarters in Feltham.

At GLAM, women leaders from the tech industry are joining forces to inspire girls ages 7-11 to consider tech as a career choice and to aim for senior leadership positions.

The two-day immersive program is offered free of charge. It teaches girls basic computer and coding skills, as well as leadership abilities through a business plan workshop and coaching on public speaking and the art of persuasion. The program culminates in a Shark Tank-like activity where teams pitch their business ideas to an expert panel of judges.

“I know from experience how life-changing an event like this can be,” said GLAM founder Renée La Londe, CEO and founder of iTalent Digital. “We have received incredible feedback from the girls and their parents over the years and are excited to make our debut in London this year.”

Host & Emcee:

  • Shivali Best, Deputy Science and Technology Editor, Mirror Online

GLAM UK Special Guests:

  • Catherine & Michelle Henn, Founders of Happy Hens


  • Chelsey Baker, CEO, National Mentoring Day and National Mentoring Awards

  • Kirsty Gill, Chief People Officer, Arm UK

  • Tess Gilman Posner, CEO, AI4ALL

  • Renée La Londe, CEO & Founder, iTalent Digital

  • Cecilia Landeros, Manager of English/Spanish Division, Leading Tech Company

  • Denise Lombard, Director, Supplier Diversity, Global Procurement Services, Cisco

  • Hema Marshall, Director, Small Business and Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Cisco UK & Ireland

  • Samaira Mehta, CEO Coderbunnyz and Founder, “Yes One Billion Kids Can Code”

  • Tilda Molho, Director, Electricals and Home Entertainment, eBay UK

  • Sam Moylan-Heydt, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco UK & Ireland

  • Ifeoma Nembhardt, IT Manager, Cisco UK

  • Apoorva Panidapu, Founder of Apoorva Art Gallery, STEAM Enthusiast, Social Entrepreneur and Public Speaker

  • Sara Russo, Senior Director Strategic Programmes, Arm UK

  • Ali Stripling, Senior Manager for Community and Inclusion, Arm

  • Susan Taylor Brown, Visual Artist, Poppiness

  • Angela Vaughn, Passionate Brander, Digital Enthusiast, Insights & ROI Fanatic

  • Telle Whitney, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Board Member & Speaker; Former CEO, Anita Borg Institute


Business Plan Pitch Contest Judges:

  • Jane Hesmondhalgh, CVP, CFO, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft

  • Diane Leigh, Partner Manager, Cisco UK

  • Denise Lombard, Director, Supplier Diversity, Global Procurement Services, Cisco

  • Hema Marshall, Director, Small Business and Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Cisco UK & Ireland


Corporate Partner:




iTalent Digital

Arm Technologies



Birch & Bloom

Delta Dental

National Mentoring Awards

Blue Earth Training


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About GLAM

GLAM (Girls Leadership Academy Meetup) is a nonprofit founded in San Jose, California in 2016 by iTalent CEO & Founder Renée La Londe. It was born from a desire to give girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to be exposed to tech and inspired by successful role models from an early age. The annual, two-day immersive leadership program is always offered free of charge and introduces middle school-aged girls to basic computer coding, as well as business plan development, vision-boarding, public speaking and leadership.



Michèle Foster                          

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