There are many advantages and associated challenges facing organisations as they strive to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. The purpose of this forum is to create a platform to share these experiences and challenges, but most importantly to show-case the effective solutions that are being developed to overcome them.
We have come a long way since the ‘glass ceiling’ concept was first talked about in 1979. Today, the subject of diversity in the workplace is of course a more complicated discussion, encompassing not just gender, but other differentiators including age, race, culture and religion.
However, the gender disparity within the technology arena is a prevalent issue and women working within the sector face many unique challenges, particularly apparent in leadership roles. Martha Lane Fox refers to the ‘unconscious’ biases against women in technology as “one of the most profoundly important challenges and opportunities facing the sector”.
On the other hand, there is a general consensus that technological advances will serve to redress the inequalities and achieve an equilibrium over the next 20 years. In fact, some are going so far as to predict a future bias towards women in this timeframe, anticipating a general shift towards favouring female hiring within the digital and online space - perhaps most notable within start-ups and entry level technical roles, but also in digital leadership roles.
Our aim is to share best practice and highlight specific case studies that are being successfully employed by organisations and individuals to create diverse and collaborative business cultures. Initial research has already highlighted some tried-and-tested approaches that are working well to achieve this:
- Mentoring: Identify female role models in senior roles for new recruits to emulate
- Bridging The Age Gap: Team up Millenials with Gen Z employess to avoid factions developing during a digital transformation
- Creating Micro-cultures: Develop a disruptive technology or start-up culture within well-established organisations and brands requiring innovation in order to attract the top new technology talent
Our first Women in Leadership & Technology event will be a lunchtime discussion on Wednesday 21 October followed by a larger event in early 2016. For more information please register your interest: