Jacquelyn Guderley

Jacquelyn is a mental health and gender equality advocate, social entrepreneur, and listed as one of the UK’s most influential Women in Tech in 2017 & 2018 by Computer Weekly, one of the top 50 champions of women in business 2017 by the Financial Times & HERoes and included in BusinessCloud’s Top Female Tech Trailblazers in 2019.

She began her career as a management consultant in the technology sector, at Accenture, where she played a key role in company-wide gender initiatives, including piloting and launching Accenture’s Girls in Tech programme.

In 2013 she became cofounder of Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise that inspires girls aged 5-22 to pursue careers in Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths through fun, tech-filled events. Stemettes have worked with almost 40k girls around the globe to inspire them into STEM.

In 2016 she joined the management team and steering committee of the Tech Talent Charter, an initiative that brings together industries and organisations to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles. That year, she also stood as a political candidate for the Women’s Equality Party, wanting to address the systemic imbalances relating to gender in society, writing their party policies around women in tech and business.

In 2017, Jacquelyn founded and became chief exec of Salomé, the literary magazine for emerging female writers, a platform that aims to tackle gender inequality in publishing. Salomé authors went on to secure publishing deals for debut novels.

2019 has seen the launch of Jacquelyn’s newest venture – MNTL HLTH – an organisation born out of her own mental health challenges in the past. MNTL HLTH runs events to break the silence around mental health and drive positive action and change in the mental health landscape. Jacquelyn is also currently Head of Operations at Love Language, a company that works to break down the societal barriers between D/deaf and hearing people through BSL interpreter access.

Jacquelyn has been in the national press – both for her work at Stemettes and for driving a successful campaign to prevent the UK government from removing Feminism from the A Level politics syllabus. She is also a long-standing volunteer for Jami, the Jewish Association for Mental Illness, and an Ambassador for MQ, the mental health research charity and for Big Youth Group, an organisation improving the odds for young people.