Women in Technology
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The business case for gender balance is well-documented. Businesses with a balanced workforce have proven that they perform better financially – and by advancing women’s equality McKinsey* recently highlighted that $12trillion could be added to global GDP.
Fujitsu’s Women in Technology events bring together female executives to explore the challenge of attracting females to the ICT profession – and nurturing and retaining their talent. But it’s not all doom and gloom – we also examine the immense opportunities for Women in the technology sector, and the value and unique skills women bring to the table. Our Women in Technology events are always stimulating, energetic and rewarding – check out our video to hear from some of the fantastic female ambassadors who have joined recent events.
*McKinsey Global Institute Report
Highlights from our latest events
Life in the 21st Century is all about connections – it seems everything is networked. Invariably, we have all become part of social networks, business networks, information networks; we are no longer islands but nodes – increasingly connected to one another in some way.
Connections can manifest in a number of ways; in meaningful relationships brought about by human interaction and engagement, or – as is increasingly the case – transactional and transient, initiated and sustained by technology.
To discuss this topic we were joined by Timandra Harkness; science writer, broadcaster and comedian. Timadra has presented on Radio 4, and written a book; Big Data: does size matter? which considers how data is changing the world – but not always for the better.
Timandra helped us explore the implications of our ever-multiplying connections and the human and societal impact of technological change.
Fujitsu refers the phenomenon of connecting people, information and things as the ‘hyperconnected world’ and we believe there is a genuine opportunity to harness the power of technology to create a more prosperous future for everyone.
Fujitsu’s Women in Technology events always stimulate lively discussion, why not join us next time?
The challenge of attracting women to the technology sector – particularly in ‘traditional’ organisations - is well-documented. But is it any different in the start-up world?
At our latest women in technology event we were joined by Emma Sinclair, an entrepreneur and businesswoman who at 29 was the youngest person to have floated a company on the London Stock Exchange. Emma was described by Tatler as a tech leader who will be ‘running the universe one day’.
As markets are disrupted and transformed increasingly by digital, more and more women with an interest in technology are choosing not to take structured roles in IT departments but to create tech start-ups that will shake up markets and deprive traditional industries of their talents.
We explored the positives and negatives of female tech entrepreneurship, the characteristics required to be an entrepreneur, and its implications for diversity in the technology world.
At this event we discussed the changing workplace and what it means for women in technology. We all know the workplace is changing – nothing new in that. In the past decade the concept of ‘work’ has transformed from being ‘somewhere you go’ to ‘something you do’. Many organisations have been busy focusing on implementing the technologies to make it possible to work flexibly, virtually and collaboratively remotely.
Not all are having great success – they have the tools to work anywhere, but don’t necessarily have the culture to support it, with resistance to flexible, remote working still being prevalent in many organisations. If there were more women in senior roles, would there be more emphasis on culture, and acceptance of the benefits of flexibility?
In a lively discussion led by Harriet Minter of The Guardian’s Leadership section, and Fujitsu’s CEO for UK & Ireland, we discussed the challenge of implementing flexible working. Harriet Minter argued for women – and men – to make the business case for flexible working before it becomes ‘a child care’ issue. So often, requests for flexibility are associated with family issues and stigmatised so that they are perceived to be ‘career limiting’.
The benefits of flexibility, when implemented effectively, completely outweigh any perceived disadvantages, and with the technology and tools to enable a ‘workplace anywhere’ mentality, it’s becoming a no-brainer in the digital era.
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