LONDON — Former Lake Como resident Dawn Franklin was the keynote speaker at a major awards ceremony in London to honor the next generation of female technology leaders in the United Kingdom.

Franklin, who holds a key leadership role in information technology at the London Stock Exchange, provided inspirational advice and insight into her expansive career during the recent Future Stars of Tech gala. Twelve young “career-climbing” women were honored at the event, which showcased how diversity can be a positive, necessary force — not a challenge — in the world of technology.

In her keynote address, Franklin delivered a particularly poignant message of coming through adversity, referencing the tragic events of 9/11 during her time in New York as vice president in IT at Goldman Sachs.

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“I was at the forefront of recovery during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Goldman Sachs offices faced the towers. After evacuating the building and fleeing to the East River, I found myself wearing three hats: a victim, in triage mode trying to assess the impact and full on disaster recovery,” she said.

“As you can recall, nobody for days knew the impact and how New York City, let alone the business community, would recover. There was very little guidance, and decisions I made had to be the ones that would work. We couldn’t look back,” added Franklin, who now lives in London. “When I think back to that time, I realize now just how much my will, resilience and perseverance was tested and strengthened for the better.”

Before joining the London Stock Exchange in 2017 as IT service management programme director, Franklin spent 16 years with Goldman Sachs in various technology roles, most recently leading the development of the company’s office in Warsaw.

She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Montclair State University in 1993 and a master’s degree in telecommunications from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, in 2004. 

Born and raised in Lake Como, Franklin graduated from the Belmar Elementary School in 1985 and Manasquan High School in 1989.

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