WeAreTheCity was started in 2008 by Vanessa Vallely and Stewart Vallely.
Vanessa was becoming increasingly frustrated that there were lots of initiatives/networks and events going on for women, however they were spread across multiple internet sites. Vanessa wanted to create a centralised site that housed a multitude of career development resources so that women could up skill, grow their networks and ultimately progress in their careers. What started off as an idea on a sunbed during a break in Spain continued when Stewart bought Vanessa a website domain (he doesn’t do flowers) and sent her an email saying “I bought you a domain, so let’s do something about that idea”! Within a month, WeAreTheCity.com was a live website and our first event, from Day to Night at Eight club was a sell out!
Self taught and designed the original WeAreTheCity.com started off as in their converted garage with a budget of £500.
Due to our growth and ambition to be the UK’s go to website for working women, we hire our first team members.
“Careers City was a natural extension to the work we are doing to connect women, helping them to develop and network together” commented Vanessa. “It became clear that we needed to increase the visibility they have to jobs that suit women and the firms that embrace diversity at all levels. With such a big audience already for We are the City, we hope to make a real difference to attracting women back into the workplace, whatever those women’s ambitions might be.”
Filmed at the Hoxton Apprentice on 8 November 2012.
We drop our shoe logo to demonstrate that we are about every City across the UK and not just about the City of London.
WeAreTheCity launches the resources directory for nationwide networks and professional coaches. This is a new technical product offering geo location tracking and the ability for visitors to match networks to their industry and location.
The Network Resource directory is the largest directory of women’s networks on the web.