Developing Experts celebrates International Women’s day!

Today at Developing Experts we're celebrating International Women's Day and talking about our fantastic female workforce.

This year’s International Women’s Day is based on the theme of #balanceforbetter. The day celebrates women around the world and encourages discussion on how a balanced world is a better world. Here at Developing Experts, we’re discussing how we can help forge a more gender-balanced workplace and celebrate women's achievement, whilst raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. 

Let’s talk more about our fantastic workforce of women! In our team of 8, we currently have 5 great women: 

CEO/ Founder - Sarah Mintey

Commercial Lead - Katie Barrie

Marketing Lead - Yasmine Barrell

Earth Science Lead - Heather Bingham

Production Assistant/ Presenter - Samantha Wilmott

Sarah Mintey, CEO, “You are not the sum of you; you are the sum of your network.”:

Developing Experts’ CEO, Sarah Mintey, founded the company after realising there was a gap in the market for a tech based product which enabled educators to teach science with confidence. Since running Developing Experts, Sarah’s female workforce has grown. 

Katie Barrie, Commercial Team Lead:

What does international women's day mean to you?

“I feel privileged to live a modern day society where we are moving towards a more balanced world. Although we are not quite there yet, we have come a long way. And we have many courageous and fantastic women to thank for that. Women who stood up for what they believed and fought for our rights, no matter what the price. I hope to see the day where people are judged entirely on their merits and by nothing else. 

I love working for our tech firm, which has a strong female workforce. It is fantastic to see great women driving for innovation!”

Yasmine Barrell, Marketing Lead:

What does international women's day mean to you?

“Whilst working at DE, I’ve had the opportunity to attend events such as the Women of the Future conference, which gave me the opportunity to talk to school aged girls on the topic of their future, and careers they could enter. It’s really important to me that I can take time out of my working hours to help at events like this, and DE supports this completely. With both the tech and science industries being male dominated, it’s great working for a science tech company with such a strong female workforce. I am surrounded by great women! Year on year, I am keen to promote International Women’s Day and celebrate the achievements of the women around me.”

Heather Bingham, Earth Science Lead: 

What does international women's day mean to you?

“I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my education and career to have been surrounded by so many great female peers, colleagues, and lecturers. It’s really indicative of the work women around the world have done to create a more welcoming environment for me within STEM. Their work has paved the way for me to be the scientist, leader, and educator that I am today. I am not saying that we live in a balanced world, as there is still a lot more work to be done, especially in maths, physics, and engineering. However, I hope that the work which is being done by women around the world will inspire the next generation of young women to take up a career in STEM, regardless of their economic, social, or cultural background.

Women in STEM:

At Developing Experts, we actively ensure that the experts featured on our platform are gender-balanced. Here are some examples of fantastic women features on our platform:

Sophie Prosolek

Sophie Prosolek is a local scientist that the Developing Experts teams are thrilled to have worked with. Sophie is a PhD student at the Quadram Institute and her research focuses on the genetic control of cellular energy metabolism in the human liver.

What does international women's day mean to you?

"To me, International Women’s Day is all about celebrating ourselves: our bodies and our minds. Some of us might celebrate in a big way, and for some of us our celebrations are small; as for me, I like to celebrate by empowering myself in small acts of self-care (such as wearing my favourite clothes/jewellery to work) helping to remind me that, underneath my scientist’s labcoat, I am also an expressive and feminine being."

Prof. Laura Bowater

Microbiologist Laura’s career has followed a rich and varied path. Laura began her career at the University of St Andrews where she graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry with Microbiology, before moving to the University of Dundee for a MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry. She is now based at the University of East Anglia in Norwich as the Academic Director for Innovation.

Prof. Sunetra Gupta

Prof. Sunetra Gupta is currently a Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford. 

Sunetra’s main area of interest is the evolution of diversity in pathogens, with particular reference to the infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, influenza and bacterial meningitis. Sunetra works closely with laboratory and field scientists to both develop and test these hypotheses.

Happy International Women’s day from everyone at Developing Experts!