With the WiT event set to run in two weeks, some of our incredible female CIOs have spoken and shared their thoughts on why such an initiative matters in this day and age.
Spread the word to schools so that students will be able to hear from these powerful women and hopefully, be inspired to pursue technology in future.
"The more we talk about how working in technology is a fun and rewarding career, and by normalising this conversation for women, the more likely the next generation will consider technology as an exciting career choice. It’s important to continuously improve diversity and ensure the workforce is truly representative of our customers and communities… we need to start talking about it in schools and keep the conversation going."
Anna-Lisa Miller, Group CISO, Spectris
"Being a woman in technology is still viewed as being novel or unique. But together we have the power to change this perception. There is such an amazing opportunity to leverage our diverse experiences and abilities to bring incredible solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society today. And through this event, we have an opportunity to empower and connect with each other. Encourage each other. Encourage new talent to enter the technology field. And I am so honoured to be a part of this effort with the CIO Institute."
Robin Sutara, Chief Data Officer, Microsoft UK
"All too often, the tech industry can be found wringing its hands at the lack of women in technical roles and senior roles, yet seems quite willing to not take responsibility for the current situation, let alone tackle it. The pipeline gets pointed to as the reason and then shoulders are shrugged. Yet taking a closer look tells us that programming was a female dominated role up to the 1980s and somehow both industry and education have conspired to push girls and women out of computing as a field. I had naively hoped this would change from my day as a comp sci undergrad in the 90s, but the needle just won’t budge on the gender balance.
Many well-meaning initiatives actually reinforce sexism (such as leadership courses which imply that women are at fault for not being in senior roles because we don’t behave the same way as men) or things to encourage girls into programming but don’t tackle bias in the industry which leads to those who join making rapid exits in their early career stages. So I take every opportunity I can to get the industry to take responsibility for tackling the root causes, not the symptoms. Despite my frustration on this issue, I have a fulfilling career in tech and believe many other women could do too. The industry is missing out on extraordinary talent."
Mivy James, Digital Transformation Director, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Registrations are open for all schools to participate and are free to attend. Apply here to get the joining link.
To view the agenda for the 10th May, click here. For the 12th May, view here.
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