Democracy PR – Jennifer O’Grady

Jennifer O'gradyJennifer O’Grady (@jenniferogrady) has been at the forefront of the PR scene in Manchester, scooping up awards for great work in PR, events and marketing.

In 2008, she launched Democracy PR, a new agency created to blend traditional PR skills with social media opportunities. Their approach delivers clients creative, reputation making campaigns that embrace the power of a brand’s democracy to deliver accountable results.

She speaks on how to use PR skills to manage your own personal profile online, offers practical tips on how to protect yourself against risk and showcases some examples of those who get it right (and those who get it spectacularly wrong).

SeedCamp – Reshma Sohoni

Reshma SohoniReshma Sohoni (@rsohoni) runs Seedcamp on a day-to-day basis as its CEO.

She joined Seedcamp from the venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions.

Reshma started her career in the US in investment banking (Broadview) and venture capital (Softbank).

Open Source: Men, Women & Coding – Emma McGrattan

Emma McGrattan

Emma McGrattan; (@emmakmcgrattan) is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Ingres. She is responsible for the development and integration of the Ingres database and associated products and technologies. A leading authority in DBMS technologies, Emma has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the Ingres product line. Emma joined Ingres from CA

where she held a similar position and was responsible for the Ingres family of relational database management products. She started her career with Ingres in 1992, and has held a variety of senior development and management positions.

Not only a talented engineer and manager, Emma is also a great communicator as transpires from her blog and many speaking appearances. Balancing intelligence with humor, she is known to have been referred to as a “firecracker” at more than one instance.

Born in Ireland, Emma earned a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University. Recognized for having open source development at heart, she is also a member of the board of directors for the Eclipse Foundation.

4iP – Lucy Wurstlin

Lucy WurstlinLucy Wurstlin (@lucywurstlin) is the new Digital Commissioning Manager for 4iP in the Yorkshire and Humber. 4iP is a major new initiative announced as part of Channel 4‘s Next on 4 strategic blueprint. A collaboration between Channel 4, regional development agencies and funding partners from around the UK, 4iP will invest up to £50m to stimulate public service digital media (beyond television). In plain English, that means supporting great ideas from existing and new talent throughout the UK, for websites, games and mobile services which help people improve their lives. Through the partnership of Yorkshire Forward and Screen Yorkshire up to £10m will be invested in ideas from Yorkshire and Humber. To join the regional network visit

Lucy has worked in a digital and creative sector development capacity for over 15 years most recently as Director of the Melt investment programme in South Yorkshire working with Channel 4, BBC and Orange and as Creative Industries Development Manager for SWRDA.

We’re All Geeks Now – Katie Lips

Katie LipsKatie Lips () is a Social Media strategist and emerging technologies consultant at Kisky Netmedia and cofounder at Katie is an experienced creative strategist and helps organisations and people to harness the power of social opportunities online as a natural marketeer; many of her projects reach and engage large audiences through their interactive strategies. Originally from an Arts background she’s perhaps not a typical Girl Geek, but Katie fell in love with the Internet and is now a passionate advocate for all things digital. Continue reading