Meet the speaker: Alice Williams, Schneider Electric

Alice Williams, VP of Strategy at Schneider Electric, will be delivering a keynote speech at the upcoming Tech Live London show

In Brief

Name: Alice Williams

Company: Schneider Electric

Position: Vice President of Strategy 

Year joined: 2019

Attending: Thursday 23rd June

Keynote topic: Why do we stop asking Why: recrafting the STEM narrative 

The show: Tech Live London

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Keynote topic: Why do we stop asking Why: recrafting the STEM narrative

The need for balance in 'STEM' is more acute than ever, with the advent of a green and digital revolution threatening to reverse progress made on the gender gap. But are we getting the narrative right or is there a different way to think about STEM and redesign the story for a more equitable future?

Military background provides springboard into equality and sustainability 

Alice is in what she defines as the second chapter of her career - the first having been serving in the British Army, initially in engineering roles and more latterly, in defence diplomacy and intelligence. She has a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds a private pilot's license - although she spent her engineering days firmly on the ground, driving 60-tonne tanks.

Her time in the military saw her deployed to Afghanistan, France, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Ghand and Poland in addition to serving at the NATO and EU Headquarters in Brussels.

Alice was the first female to transfer into the combat arms after the review of women's roles conducted in 2016. This connected her directly to one of her two great passions: pushing the agenda for equality for women and girls. On leaving the military, she was committed to focus on her second passion of Sustainability; Alice now leads the Strategy development and execution for Schneider Electric in the UK and Ireland.

Schneider Electric: setting the sustainable agenda

Schneider Electric's mission is to empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. 

Schneider recently announced the progress of its ground-breaking Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) program, marking the end of this ambitious programme's first year (click here).

The programme was launched in January 2021, coinciding with the company receiving the prestigious accolade of ‘The World’s Most Sustainable Company’ by Corporate Knights, a Canadian media and research company. It followed that award up with another to kick off 2022, as it was ranked the world’s most sustainable company by Sustainability Magazine

Schneider recently introduced its Square D Energy Center smart panel for sale in California, with nationwide availability expected in 2023. Billed as a 'first to market innovation', the Square D Energy Center is designed for installation in new residential construction projects (click here).

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