Meet Holly Boothroyd, Software Engineer at Microsoft

Holly Boothroyd


Meet Holly Boothroyd, one of the panellists in our very first #PowerUp event. Find out more about Holly, why she chose a career in tech and her favourite tech resources.

Ahead of our exciting Power UP launch event on the 11th February, we caught up with Holly Boothroyd – one of our panellists.

If you’d like to hear from you Holly and other great women, grab your ticket now.

When did you realise you wanted a career in technology?

Playing video games as a young girl with my dad sparked my interest in technology and inspired me to study computer science during high school. Heading into university and looking towards my future career, I knew that I wanted to have vast reach, a flexible and dynamic lifestyle, and make a positive impact on the world whilst constantly challenging myself to grow. Technology fit the bill, so I decided to study computer science with business at university and I am so happy I did!

What is it about being a software developer that you enjoy most?

I love that as a software engineer, I can create something from nothing that makes peoples’ lives more productive, creative, and fulfilling. It is very freeing and empowering to be able to create the change I wish to see in the world with little more than a laptop and a good internet connection.

Any good book or podcast recommendations for women in tech?

I read a lot of great books written by some seriously kickass women! Here are some of my favourites:

  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of the Machine, Hannah Fry
  • Brave, Not Perfect, Reshma Saujani
  • The Multi-Hyphen Method, Emma Gannon
  • The Guilty Feminist, Deborah Frances-White
  • Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez

About Holly Boothroyd

Holly is a Microsoft Software Engineer who has worked on multiple globally released products incl. Paint 3D and Xbox, and currently Cortana for Windows. She is also a public speaker on topics such as tech for good, imposter syndrome, technical interviews, and early-in-career success.





Join us as we sit down with Kristin Dorsett, the Chief Product Officer at Viator, the world’s largest experiences marketplace. Delve into Kristin's remarkable journey,...
Gillian Whelan is Managing Director of emagine in Ireland. As an experienced MD leading the Irish arm of emagine’s international operation, Gillian has built up...
Eilidh McMenemie discusses the gender gap in tech and the potential of AI to bridge it. AI offers personalised learning, mentorship, and hands-on opportunities, empowering...
In an era of rapid technological advancement, the tech industry leads in innovation and growth. Here, Sheila Flavell CBE, COO of FDM Group, discusses the...