ABOUT
JENNIFER OPAL

Jennifer Opal is a multi-award winning DevOps Engineer, Technologist, Technical Blogger, Keynote Speaker & Neurodiversity & Inclusion Advocate.

After entering the tech space in 2019, Jennifer has built a name & brand for herself in the tech industry. Her advocacy work began after sharing her experience of being the only black person working for one of the largest telecommunications companies in the UK. Her experience led to her writing her first blog about the loneliness in that space. This was the beginning of her journey & efforts to inspire neurodivergent people, Black people, people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community & other under-represented groups to get into tech.

As a Black, queer, woman with dyslexia, dyspraxia & ADHD, Jennifer's story has also been used to educate others on the importance of neurodiversity & inclusion, what it means & the benefits it brings to teams across organisations & various industries.

In 2021, She has had her story featured in a book, "The Voices In The Shadows" which is available for purchase globally & was made available to every school across the UK.

Jennifer Opal also sits on the Co-Production Board for a new charity, "Neurodiversity in Business" which launches in the House of Commons in March 2022. This gives her even more opportunity to help make a difference for neurodivergent minds in the workplace & in business across the UK.

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Jennifer is the Founder of "The Opal Blog", a platform that provides a combination of technical writing pieces focusing on DevOps, Cloud & Infrastructure. The platform also provides articles about neurodiversity, inclusion, tech career advices as well as opinion pieces on upcoming technologies such as Web3, Blockchain & more.

To add to this, Jennifer also launched "The Opal Newsletter" where subscribers get exclusive content & free resources to help with their technical career & knowledge growth.

With over 20,000 people follow across various platforms, Jennifer hopes that using her voice & speaking on neurodiversity, inclusion & her black experience to continue to inspire people to look at every area of their identity as something to be unapologetic about & to never look at it as a deficit no matter what space they are in.

Jennifer Opal has worked with some of the world's most recognisable brands & won multiple awards including being named as one of the Most Influential Women In Tech by ComputerWeekly.com.

Here are all of the biggest accomplishments Jennifer has accomplished since entering tech in early 2019:

Most Influential Women In Tech UK 2021 | ComputerWeekly.com, Shortlist

CDIS Rising Leaders List 2020 | Congolese Diaspora Impact Summit, Named

WeAreTechWomen Tech Women 100 Award 2020 | WeAreTechWomen, Winner

Rising Technologist Award at the Booking.com Technology Playmaker Awards 2020 | Booking.com, Nominated

Most Influential Women In Tech UK 2020 | ComputerWeekly.com, Makers, Nominated

Rising Star Award at the Black Tech Achievement Awards 2020 | Black Tech Achievement Awards, Winner

50 of the Most Influential Black Voices In Tech List 2019 UK | TechNation, Named

Most Influential Women In Tech UK 2019 | ComputerWeekly.com, Level39, Makers Academy, Shortlisted

Women in Software Powerlist UK 2019 | Makers Academy, ComputerWeekly.com, Shortlisted