Top firms launch Women in Technology group
A NUMBER of Scotland’s most significant businesses t oday launched a group that aims to encourage more women to take a leading role in the technology sector where women account for just one in five of the workforce.
Companies that include Cisco, Dell, IBM, HP, Scottish Enterprise and Oracle launched the Scotland Women in Technology group at IBM’s Greenock site.
Keynote speaker, Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, is addressing the meeting under the subject of ‘inspiring role models’. Eileen Brown, chairwoman of Intellect Women in Technology group, and CEO of Amastra, a key advocate for the advancement of women in technology, will discuss the benefits of networking with the group.
The aim of Scotland Women in Technology is to attract, inspire, empower and retain women by developing a community and network to help grow women’s contribution in IT businesses. It is intended the group will grow to include more females from other business in Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minster of Scotland, and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, is supporting the new group. She said: “I support and encourage the development of women in industry and the opportunity to share experience and examples of good working practice in the promotion of issues which impact on women.”
The group is the brainchild of Silka Patel, an executive assistant at Cisco who was involved with a similar group in London. Patel commented: “With this group we hope to encourage more women into this exciting area, to develop their skills and so maximise the contribution to our economy.”