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‘Making IT Happen for Women’ focuses on the tech business and inspiring future generations to aim higher by seeing and hearing other women talking about their experience.
If you are aspiring to join tech, an IT professional in business or academia wanting to aim higher, or simply interested in finding out more about why there are so few women in tech then this is the event for you.
Award winning, inspirational speakers lead this event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.
Gender diversity still poses a major challenge in the IT industry, with women making up less than 20 per cent of the IT workforce and the number in senior positions remaining stubbornly low. How can we #MakeItHappen?
How can we get more women into senior positions? How can we encourage talented women and girls to consider IT as a serious career option alongside Medicine or Law?
At this event we will explore the power of networks in enabling women to play an equal part in the IT workplace. We seek to raise awareness among women and girls of networks within the community and within companies such as the BCS and Deloitte and to ask questions about how they work and what successes have been achieved.
Some are skeptical about women-only networks saying these groups are often used “more to placate women than to promote them” or express doubt that women’s networking groups “can help a young woman break into the boy’s club.”
The number of women in key roles in the technology industry has remained roughly unchanged for 10 years, according to a recent Gartner report. Will it remain the same for the next 10 years? How can we make IT happen for women?
In the tradition of Manchester Girl Geeks, this event will be fun and highly interactive including debate, flash talks and panel sessions.
Come along and share your experiences, be inspired!
Gillian Arnold, Chair of British Computer Society’s Womens Network and Director of IT Services and Recruitment Company Tectre Ltd. Winner of the 2012 Everywoman Inspiration of the year award in 2012, GEM Tech Award for BCSWomen in 2014 an co-author of Women in IT: Inspiring the Next Generation
Louise Nickson, Senior Manager, Consulting, Deloitte MCS Ltd and leading member of the Deloitte Women in Technology Network
Rana Tassabehji, Senior Lecturer, Bradford School of Management and leading researcher on the project ‘Technology and Tiaras’, a cross country investigation into what facilitates women working in the technology sector and how gender influences technology innovation.
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