Professor Sue Black OBE

One of Europe’s top 50 women in tech

About

Named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lovie Awards 2018, Professor Sue Black is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today.

An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.

She is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. Sue is an academic with 20+ years’ experience with over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.

In 2017, she received the Social Impact ABIE Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 and sits on the Government’s advisory board for improving digital services.

Professor Sue Black was interviewed by Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs covering all things tech and how to “be your best self on social media” and appeared as a guest panellist in the special edition of Woman’s Hour recorded live at the British Science Festival in Brighton.

She has featured in a video as part of the BBC Ideas online platform in which she tells her story and shares her advice for being successful and finding the superhero in yourself. Sue has explored her Life Scientific for the long running series on BBC Radio 4.

If this isn’t enough, Sue has joined the vibrant computer science department at Durham University as a Professor in Computer Science and Technology Evangelist. The role will combine her research interests, with the opportunity to inspire and motivate others in the field.

Speech Topics

As an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, keynote speaker, social entrepreneur and Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist Professor Sue Black spins many plates, but at the heart of all her work is inspiring others.

As a keynote speaker she focusses on her personal life journey, talking about leaving school at 16, being married by 20 with 3 children at 23, then becoming a single parent at 25 and the motivation and resilience she found to change her and her children’s lives.

Sue’s speech is uplifting and positive and although her world is tech, her message is an inspiration for all of us to be our best selves. She also talks about her campaign to save Bletchley Park and how new technology saved the important legacy of old technology – ‘Did Twitter save Bletchley Park’.

Testimonials

Sue Black’s brilliance and determination resonate with her audiences in a humble, motivating and inspirational way. While most of us will never earn a doctorate in computer science or save a historical site, you can’t walk away from Dr Sue’s message without being motivated to make a difference in your business, family or community.

Kathleen Overlin, Agency Education Manager, Chubb.

Sue Black added a refreshing perspective into what is becoming a very crowded debate around the barriers women face in entering and developing a career in cybersecurity. She spoke from her broader background as a woman working in STEM, and one that is very active and committed to both understanding and influencing the choices girls make as they grow up and make their way through our education system. She also spoke as an individual lending personality to the discussion, communicating genuine interest, and bringing her own following to the event, in recognition of the common interests at play. I hope to be working with her again soon.

Lyndsay Turley, Head of Communications and Public Affairs EMEA.

One of the most inspiring people I’ve met in a long time.

Lynette Webb, Senior Manager, External Relations - Google.

We were thrilled and honoured to have Professor Sue Black present her truly inspirational talk “If I can do it, so can you” tonight as part of ILM’s 2020 Speaker Series. So many women and men were touched by Sue’s exceptional story. Positive feedback was overflowing, the best quote being “I can sleep better tonight from hearing Sue speak” – from a recent female graduate. Thanks so much Sue for touching the lives of many people. Keep being the authentic you as you continue to shine a light in this world.

Amy Backwell - Emerging Talent Specialist, Industrial Light & Magic.

“If I can do it, so can you!” This was the opening line of Prof. Sue Black’s speech at the second annual Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in London on 4th September. She took us along on her incredible journey from a fascination with technology to saving Bletchley Park, becoming a catalyst for change for equal rights, paying it forward through #Techmums, and inspiring the next generation of computer scientists as a professor at Durham University. Sue had a profound impact on all of us through her contagious passion, optimism, and “prescription for success.” Professor Black is not only an extraordinary academic, technology evangelist, and social entrepreneur, but she is also a warm, open, and friendly human being who inspired and motivated our attendees not only on stage, but also off-stage–in one-on-one conversations and through personal advice. Thank you, Professor Black, on behalf of our entire staff and attendees. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Adriana Gascoigne - Founder and CEO at Girls in Tech, Inc.

Sue Black’s inspirational talk which offered tips on how to be more “techsavvy” went down a storm.

EDf Energy’s Women’s Network.

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