Date(s) - Tuesday, June 4, 2013
12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Girl Geek Scotland are Back!
Alison Kenny, IT and Operations Director at The Sugar Refinery, and Cassie Anderson, Marketing Manager at miiCard, discuss managing relationships and challenges in start-ups.
Girl Geek Scotland is enjoying a vigorous rejuvenation and re-launches hosted events with a dinner in Edinburgh in April. The theme is ‘Little/Big Business’ and invites women from the tech, business and creative sectors to join us for an evening of guest speakers and rollicking good networking with like-minded folks.
The next official Girl Geek Scotland dinner and networking event is taking place on Thursday 4 April 2013 at 6pm-9:30pm at the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh, and welcomes guest keynote speaker: Alison Kenny, IT and Operations Director at The Sugar Refinery; followed by Cassie Anderson, Marketing Manager at miiCard.
Girl Geek Scotland dinner events are a collaborative evening and as well as hearing from our keynote speaker and panellists, attendees are encouraged to come ready to share their experience of what has worked well for them around challenges and achievements in their work.
Whether little business or big business, some stuff really matters across the board. Like our two topics at the next dinner. First up: Working relationships – sheesh do they matter! A big OR little business can see its downfall by mis-management of a team or bad working relationships – especially when the organisation is going through major changes. Our first speaker Alison will share her own experiences and impart some terrific tips on how you can make a positive impact on your business by taking on these good practices. Second: Cassie will take us through her fascinating work in the world of online identity security. miiCard, rallies the concept that ‘On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’, an adage from the caption of cartoonist Peter Steiner published by The New Yorker way back in 1993. This promises to be an interesting session explaining just how you can actually prove who you are when conducting business online with this ‘online passport’.
Speaker 1: Alison Kenny, IT and Operations Director at The Sugar Refinery – will talk about her working relationships experience
Alison will talk about her extensive experience managing teams and preparing companies for high growth and change. Throughout her career she has built strong relationships with staff and customers so she could help them grow and achieve their goals. Alison will take us through some case studies to show how to prepare and maintain useful relationships throughout our careers.
Creating trust in a world where nobody knows you’re a dog
Speaker 2: Cassie Anderson – will talk about her work with innovative online identity security service provider miiCard
The Internet was born out of anonymity but as we rely on it more and more in our everyday lives, the need for trust online could not be greater. Everyone from government, to business and social networks are looking for solutions to proving identity online to deal with increasing fraud and barriers to trade. I will share some of my experiences, and challenges, of working to build trust online and change many of the beliefs and habits ingrained in Internet users.
Where? When? And how do you get your hands on some tickets you ask?
We anticipate high demand for this event and there are a limited number of places available.
Alison Kenny is IT and Operations Director at The Sugar Refinery, a leading UK based Gold Level SugarCRM partner. Alison has been the Managing Director of Scottish Enterprise Start Up of the Year 2004, worked at Visit Scotland as IT & Operations Director as part of the leadership team that took them to profitability, been one of the few female CIOs Scotland while at the National Trust for Scotland, and spent a year at market leading accountancy software house Sage as Head of IS. Her expertise is an accomplished manager with extensive experience creating strategic business plans and technical roadmaps to deliver business objectives. Leveraging technology for commercial success and building strong relationships have been at the heart of her success.
An Australian with an appetite for adventure, Cassie packed her bags and headed for the UK in 1997 in search of international work experience and exploring our wondrous world. She landed in Dundee, Scotland where she was introduced to technology and start-up life and hasn’t looked back.
Now heading up the marketing team at miiCard, Cassie works with a smart and driven team to create trust online. Founded in 2011, miiCard (My Internet Identity) is an online identity verification service that proves real identities to passport level, purely online and in real-time, empowering people and businesses to meet and transact online in complete confidence across a range of services such as financial, e-commerce, trading, gambling, recruitment, dating, social and professional networking.
Being in miiCard right from the beginning and watching it grow fast is exciting she has loved the challenge of marketing a service that has the potential to completely disrupt the way we trade and transact online.
As a tech marketeer with a focus on communications, she has gained valuable experience in message and content development, blogging, channel marketing, social media, public relations and digital marketing and advertising for B2C and B2B.
Before joining miiCard Cassie was Marketing Manager at HoundDog Technology a remote monitoring and management cloud solution launched by GFI Software.