Top firms launch Women in Technology group

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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.”

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