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Sonya Barlow | Dunnhumby

In 2015, I graduated from Cass Business School in Business with a scholarship in Italy. Some of my successes involve learning Italian during my year abroad, finishing top three in CityStarters start up idea competition in London and achieving mentee of the year. During university, I was successful in creating the first Erasmus Student Network Society with the mission to help international students to connect, soon becoming the largest university society in London. I am a keen traveller and believe that exploring new cultures, places and people will help to develop my own mind, the ability to adapt and serve me well through my professional life. Since joining Dunnhumby, I have been responsible for engaging both commercial suppliers and Tesco in our services, growing the relationships and consulting them using customer data & insight, on how to meet key objectives using media activations and trends in customers. Outside of my day job, I mentor young girls through many mentoring schemes and regularly visit my secondary school; providing career conversations, mock interviews and fun activities to showcase how females can lead in businesses today and how confidence in yourself is key. I have an active network on Linkedin, where I showcase my work and achievements, and equally connect with likeminded females; to explore ideas on better working lives, progression within the work place and achieving a good work life balance. I strongly believe that through hard work, passion and determination in one’s self, a female can rise and become a star in the workplace, in their home and in society.

Fallon Pryce | Worldpay

After a successful 8 year career in the hospitality industry, I  moved into the world of sales initially working for Britain’s biggest regional newspaper. Starting out  as  a newbie in telesales, then quickly being promoted to Field Sales Representative .  I worked hard by consistently  exceeding  any  targets and  KPIs given. My diligent work ethic and values did not go unnoticed by other companies and I was soon approached by Worldpay to become Regional Business Manager (RBM).

As RBM my role is to help SME businesses  to  grow by providing them with card payment facilities .

Since joining Worldpay  I have been actively networking each week, going  to various business networking events  and exhibiting  to showcase the products and services Worldpay have to offer.  I currently hold the RBM record for the most deals signed on one day.
It's so amazing to be recognised for being  proactive and passionate about my job. I am extremely humbled and honoured to even be considered  for the Rising Star award.
My aim  to make a true impact in the business world and  continue grow within the Sales industry. I’m excited for what the future holds!

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Fiene Fischer | Bloomberg

Fiene manages the Technology Sales Team for South Germany and Austria at Bloomberg L.P. Travelling between London, Munich and Vienna, she is responsible for client relationships, strategically developing the product and setting clear and focused targets for her team.

Having joined Bloomberg on a graduate scheme in 2011, Fiene soon received recognition for her ability in building knowledge around financial markets and its products, and rapidly progressed from the Analytics desk to the Sales department. Within three years, she became a team leader.

Fiene is a strong diversity champion and an advocate for creating opportunities for women in Technology, collaborating with the Diversity Group to promote events and share ideas on how to better encourage diversity in the department. Fiene is also involved in recruitment at Bloomberg and regularly interviews new candidates for the Graduate Programme, working closely with HR and Senior Management to make sure that Bloomberg attracts a talented workforce.

Fiene is also passionate about social causes. She is an active member and volunteer coach at JOBLINGE e.V., an initiative in Germany with a vision to provide refugees and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to integrate into the labour market and lead a self-determined life.

She has recently been invited to join Tech London Advocates, a network of tech leaders, experts and investors committed to supporting London’s potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses. Fiene hopes to use this platform to encourage and inspire more professionals to consider a career in the industry.

She holds an Honours degree in Business Management & Finance and speaks fluent English, German, and French.

Analyn Pelayre | Good E-Learning

Analyn Pelayre is a First Class Honours Graduate, with a BSc in International Business and is fluent in English, Tagalog and Bisaya. She has 5 years Sales experience and is currently working with Good E-Learning as a Channel Executive. Her main responsibility is to build and maintain client relationships throughout Europe, America, Middle East and Asia.

Outside work, Analyn is passionate about helping others. She is currently setting up a Mentoring Scheme in Cebu to inspire and help less-privileged high school students. She also participates in events such as Survival of the Fittest and organizes fund-raising shows for a number of other charities. When she is not raising funds, she finds other ways to help others, such as cutting her hair to donate to Little Princess Trust.

If she’s not travelling (a big passion of hers), Analyn spends time reading books or going to the gym and dancing. She strongly believes in living life to the fullest. Her favourite quote is “Feel the fear and do it anyway”.

Erin Brogan | Bloomberg

Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in French and Francophone Studies.  She was admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States.

Erin leveraged her language skills for a career in Financial Sales at Bloomberg L.P. in New York City, where she serviced the company’s francophone client base as an Equity Specialist on the Analytics Desk.  She soon transitioned into Hedge Fund Sales, where she managed Bloomberg’s relationships with some of the largest and most influential hedge funds across North America.  Bloomberg was keen to capitalize on Erin’s knowledge and experience, so she relocated to London in 2016 to replicate her success across the pond.  She is currently responsible for developing and executing a sales strategy aimed at expanding Bloomberg’s existing business, as well as identifying new opportunities within the hedge fund community.  Erin is also committed to coaching and mentoring new talent through her work with Bloomberg’s Summer Internship Program.

Outside of the office, Erin enjoys reading, yoga, and—most of all—traveling.  She loves experiencing new cultures and has visited 45 countries to date.

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Kelly Twiddy | Aon

Kelly Twiddy is a Principal within Aon Hewitt's delegated/fiduciary management business, Delegated Consulting Services (DCS). Kelly works closely with clients and prospects to help assess if a fiduciary solution is appropriate to their scheme and, where it is, continue to work with them to create a suitable solution.

As part of her role, Kelly leads the strategic / business marketing for Aon's EMEA delegated business. This includes writing a number of white papers, articles and social media on the topic of fiduciary management.

Kelly joined Aon Hewitt in March 2013 from Aviva Investors and has 12 years' experience in the UK pensions industry. Prior to this Kelly was at UBS Global Asset Management where she worked on the launch of their fiduciary business and multi-asset solutions as well as Editor on UBS Pension Fund Indicators.

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Amy McGeehin | Transport for London

During five years working as a Transport Planner, I developed an interest in social research and how planning decisions impact on society. I learnt how to best collect, manage and analyse data and honed skills to share findings appropriately. Next I worked for a London local authority where I was responsible for a public-facing data website, managing the borough’s Community Safety Partnership and research projects in the borough. I’ve now been at Transport for London for two years, and it’s great to work for such a wide-ranging organisation and with our policing partners to make the city even better. I now manage data analysis to support crime and disorder priorities in London. Amongst other things, we use data to task Police and TfL officers to get to the right places out ‘on the street’.

Outside of work, I love travelling and I find exploring a new place results in either an amazing experience and/or an excellent story for the pub! Last year I took a six week road trip up through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans – ending in Athens (where a sixteen year-old right hand drive Peugeot 106 now rests in a Greek scrapyard). I’ve been fortunate enough recently to have been able to renovate a property, where I developed a whole new building vocabulary and enjoyed subverting gender stereotypes in DIY stores.

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Fiona Galvin | Transport for London

I am a Senior Operating Officer for London Underground. I have a direct pivotal role in leading our response and resolution to real-time incidents across our network and those external parties affecting our services, whilst keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do. I work within the Incident Response and Command team in the London Underground Control Centre, responsible for leading and challenging the services we provide to our customers during our most severe and difficult real time incidents and events, to drive the network in real time to provide a World Class tube for a World Class City.

I have worked for London Underground for 15 years. I have worked my way up through the grades in front line operations, starting on Stations and was a Station Supervisor in various locations. I then became a Duty Manager Trains, working with Train Operators and managing incidents before becoming a Duty Reliability Manager on the Northern line. I became a Network Incident Response Manager in 2012 and worked closely with the British Transport Police managing incidents across the network before becoming a Senior Operating Officer in 2016 and perform the Gold Control function during formal incident management.

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Imogen Thompson | Transport for London

Imogen is a transport and city planner working in London, UK.  Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she began her passion for planning at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained a BA First Class in Urban Geography.  She then worked for three years as an urban planner in both public and private sectors, focusing primarily on provincial land regeneration, mixed-use densification, and transit-oriented development.  Imogen’s passion to expand her professional knowledge then led her to University College London to complete an MSc Transport and City Planning, graduating with Distinction in 2015, and also winning the 2015 Voorhees-Large national award for her dissertation.  Imogen immediately began her current role with Transport for London as a Graduate Transport Planner, and is about to launch from the two-year scheme into a city planning role within the company.  Alongside her career, Imogen is heavily involved in volunteer roles including Communications Chair for the TfL Women’s Network and sitting on the ULI UK Infrastructure Council.  In both roles, Imogen continually promotes gender equality and encourages the development of the female pipeline into transport, planning, and infrastructure industries.

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Donna Harman | Transport for London

I grew up in a small leafy commuter town in Surrey and struggled at school more than my peers. I self funded myself through University studying Business and there I was diagnosed with dyslexia. From then, with the additional support Southampton Solent University provided at the time, my career direction started to take shape and my confidence in my abilities grew. Given my own background, I knew I wanted to help others professionally, and became an expert at giving career advice for friends and family so I looked for a trainee roles in Learning and Development.

I've also always had a motivating energy inside me which makes me want to go further and grasp experiences with both hands. From Southampton, I knew the bright lights of London were calling me, and I moved up on my own in 2005 and have been here since. From there, I started at Transport for London, then Metronet, in my perfect 'trainee' role.

Other than a two-year gap where I taught English abroad at worked at the fabulous Institute of Electrical Engineering, I have been at TfL since. It has been a great professional home for me and I have worked my way up and through departments to my current role - STARS Project Manager, which is a scheme to encourage young Londoners to travel safely, actively and sustainably.

I have had inspirational managers and mentors throughout my career who have really helped my build confidence and believe in me, and I am still in contact with all of them. Having a supportive manager is the one thing that helps when stress levels rise - now I am a manager, I like to think I show the same support.

I have had a varied and interesting career at TfL. From working in Learning and Development, I moved within HR to run graduate and apprentice programmes to get the best talent in and help train and develop future managers. I then through working with graduates, saw an opportunity to work in a creative role, so was seconded to a Communications Officer where I ran projects for London Buses and London Dial-a-Ride. Bringing both young people strategy and communications together, I applied for my current role - an opportunity to be seconded to what I feel is the most exciting job (including job title) in TfL - STARS Project Manager! This current role bring all of my experience together in a nice neat package, whilst still challenging me on a daily basis. And I feel it helps all London school children by building their and their parents confidence for them to travel safely around our city from a young age.

As a female, I grew up believing I could achieve whatever I put my mind to and my parents were loving and encouraging, despite me being the first in the family to go to University or move away from home. I believe anyone can do anything they put their mind to, if circumstances allow and if you let yourself be seen so someone catches that spark in you.