Giving Thanks and Celebrating the Powerful Women in Business For International Women's Day!

Today is International Women’s Day and we thought we’d take the time out to write a blog to celebrate the women in business and in tech, doing their thing! We’ll firstly wanted to mention some of the earlier women in the history of tech, to the more recent and finally to those who are rocking their entrepreneurial power on the Isle of Wight; our local business community!  

Ida Rhodes

Ida Rhodes is iconic in the technology industry. she was an American mathematician who became one of the most influential women in early computer development!

Mary Lou Jepsen

Jepson has had a fruitful career in the tech industry, whilst launching three start-ups she was also involved in the engineering side at Facebook, Google and IBM, working with display technology. One of her start-ups Openwater works on fMRI-type imaging of the body using holographic, infrared – pretty cool huh? And to top it all off, she was named one of America’s top 50 Women in Tech in 2018.

Sophie Wilson

Wilson is a leading computer scientist who was very recently named one of the 15 Most Important Women in Tech History for her design of the Acorn Micro-Computer which was the first among many of the computers sold by Acorn computers Ltd. She went on to design the instruction set of the ARM processor which is now used in most smart phones today!


Safra Catz - Oracle

Safra Catz is one of the leading ladies at one of the most well-known software firms among many. Catz has had the title of Co-CEO of Oracle since 2014 and in 2017 made $135 million, making her one of the highest paid female executives in the world!  She was ranked at position 7 on Fortune’s Most Power Women in 2018.. what a position to have and what is more, an inspiration to all of those women who feel they cannot be great in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), spoiler alert - YOU CAN! 


Amy Hood – Microsoft

Hood is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft, after serving many roles within Microsoft since joining in 2002. Previous to Microsoft, she worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. in roles such as investment banking and capital market groups. She held the 20th spot on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in 2018. A quote from one of her interviews can be inspiring to all and for every woman who feels she is constantly knocked down or has those days when their feeling their least confident; she says “I didn’t just suddenly become confident. I did it slowly. You start with taking one risk.” This quote is so powerful! Hear the full conversation here:



We thought it was only fair that we gave thanks and appreciation to the powerful women in business locally to MyCRM on the Isle of Wight. We’ve picked a handful to show off their excellence!

Katy Harwood – Sunshine Recruitment Solutions – Founder

Having worked in the recruitment and employment industry since 2003, Katy has gained the confidence to start her own recruitment business. The founder of Sunshine Recruitment Solutions on the Isle of Wight, Katy uses her skills and experience to fit you into a role that is the best work-life balance for you, making the recruitment process brighter for both employer and future employee! Having only met Katy very recently, she’s an inspiration and full of bubbly entrepreneurial spirit! Check out Sunshine Recruitment on Twitter:



Rebecca Taylor – Cowes Chiropractic Clinic

Rebecca is a qualified McTimoney chiropractor and after having worked in London, decided she would open Cowes Chiropractic Clinic in 2003. The clinic has since been awarded the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Award for Business Excellence (Service Industry) in 2011 and the Royal College of Chiropractors Patient Practice Quality Mark Award in 2013. CEO Alistair Dickinson wanted to recognised Rebecca as he wouldn’t want to go anywhere else and has and will recommend Rebecca’s services, time and time again!

Go to Cowes Chiropractic Clinic for more information about their services:

Zoe Findon – Purple Patch PMO

Zoe is the proud owner of Purple Patch PMO and has a great social media presence on Twitter and on LinkedIn. Purple Patch PMO offers bespoke project and programme support for SMEs who do not need full time support. Check out Purple Patch PMO and the great stuff it could offer your business:

Emily Pearce – Isle of Wight County Press

We found this article only this week of Emily being announced as the First Female Editor at the Isle of Wight County Press! As the article says, Emily is through and through ‘Isle of Wight’ and grew up in Carisbrooke on the Isle of Wight, firstly working in Marketing for the Isle of Wight Company Artigiano. It’s so refreshing to hear this news about Emily’s new role and very apt this week celebrating International Women’s Day! Read the full article here:

These women are an inspiration, no matter what their background or status they all had the confidence and spirit to do their thing! It was interesting to read that according to a report issued by the government called the Rose Report, in the UK for every 10 male entrepreneurs there are fewer than five female entrepreneurs. It also suggested that the UK economy could be given a £250 billion boost if women were given the same funding as men! We're supporting the theme #BalanceforBetter! Let's ensure that we empower one another in everyday life and in business, and hope for a better future for women!