Women For Tech Leaders Reception – By Invitation Only - GSMA Mobile 360 Series

Women For Tech Leaders Reception – By Invitation Only

Networking

Date & Time

Tuesday, 24 Sep

17:30 - 19:30

Description

The benefits of gender diversity in the tech industry

 It is hardly news that there is a persistent gender gap in the tech industry. The 2016 World Economic Forum “Future of Jobs” report indicated that in the mobility sector, only 19% of employees were women and in the ICT sector overall, women comprised 24% of the workforce.

 

What is now being disclosed and analyzed is that gender inequality is not only bad for women; it is also bad for business. Organisations with a diverse workforce deliver better results than those that do not encourage diversity. According to Credit Suisse (2016), companies where women make up more than 15% of the executive team have been 50% more profitable than companies where women make up less than 10%. UN and McKinsey’s findings reveal similar trends: firms with diversity at senior management levels perform better in all dimensions of organisational effectiveness.

 

Bridging the gender gap in the tech industry is not easy. A gender diverse workforce is not only achieved through hiring more women, it requires office environments where women feel welcome and respected, and that is a matter of culture and education. In order to create gender parity and diversity, we need a multidimensional approach that includes:

 

  • Education and public policies that promote gender equality
  • Business organisations that create the right environment and promote a culture that does not penalise women
  • Women learning to believe in themselves and be more assertive.

 

Time

Topic

17:30 – 17:35

Welcome Remarks

17:35 – 17:50

Preparing women for digital societies and the industrial revolution 4.0

17:50 – 18:50

Women’s role in digital societies: Expectations, Challenges and Opportunities (Discussion panel)

18:50 – 19:30

Networking

 

Apply to attend this session here.