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Sonya barlow

Co-founder, Like Minded Females 

 

And - recognised WeAreTheCity's 2017 Rising Star winner

Don't be afraid - it is 100% better to try and to fail than to have never attempted.

What do you do?

I co-founded a females network - which leads initiatives that connect and empower females to share stories. In the first 5 months, we've hosted 12 events, empowered over 400 females and been shortlisted for 2 national awards - including Tech Business Woman of the Year 2018 by PwC. We run an Instagram and LinkedIn account which showcases our activities and a website where we upload blogs.

Why did you choose this field?

"After university, many [people] are often confused and jump to the first thing we are offered."

As a female and woman of colour, I wanted to lead change and build a network of females who strive together and support each other. We use tech, insight and social media to drive our female base and real live events to build connections. 

My forté has always been communicating, problem solving and advising. When I was at university, I was asked to name three things I'd want from a career and my most important values. This helped to identity my strengths & passion points. Additionally, earlier in 2018 my co-founder Jui Joshi and I went out looking for the right networking group to join and found that many did not add value or cost a ridiculous amount, with little benefit - at this point, I realised we could start and run a community which combined all my passions and grew the sisterhood. 

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Being nominated and achieving the Rising Star award UK 2017  by We Are The City. 

Why do you love working in STEM?

No day or no problem is the same - as the needs and data are ever evolving and everyone is becoming more innovative. We are using data, insights and STEM initiatives to build a community online and in real life - understanding our base, their preferences and their needs. 

Best advice for the next generation

Don't be afraid - it's 100 % better to try and to fail than to have never attempted.

Fun fact

Rihanna's 'Only Girl In The World' is my go to karaoke song.