Founder, Girl Geek Scotland
Morna Simpson wants to redress the gender imbalance in STEM. Her organisation, Girl Geek Scotland, supports women in digital tech throughout their careers with a focus on creativity, computing and enterprise. Girl Geek runs world-class educational events, including panel events, short-courses and hack-a-thons. It also runs a series of mentoring events to support career development, consisting of best practice case studies and hands-on workshops.
Morna aims to eliminate gender inequality in STEM from classroom to boardroom. Girl Geek has partnered with a diverse set of organisations, including The University of Edinburgh, Craneware, Fanduel, Sky, and RBS.
“Scotland’s economy is desperately in need of more people who can work in the digital tech industry,” Morna states. “This means that we need to encourage women into what has become a very male dominated industry. I help people by providing them with the information they need to create a better life for themselves.”
Morna’s key piece of advice is to “keep your eye on the money and demand respect – if people respect you and your work they should pay you accordingly”.