A survey of professionals taking part in the Reed Women in Technology Mentoring Programme found that nearly three quarters were over 18 years of age before considering a career in the sector, with 80% never thinking they’d end up working in tech. Additionally, more than 72% say they had no technology role models growing up.
In a survey of more than 500 UK parents of girls aged between five and 18 years old conducted by Reed, 65% of parents surveyed feel that more role models representative of their children would be a huge encouragement for their daughters to focus on a career in technology. However, more than half (52%) felt that it was likely that their daughter would have a career in technology, while a majority (51%) said their daughters expressed a keen interest in technology both at home and in education.
With these statistics in mind, more needs to be done to encourage women into a career in technology. Watch our speakers Louise McCarthy, Managing Director Female Entrepreneurs, Evrensel Capital Partners, Kevin Dainty, Client Relationship Manager, Reed – Technology (creator of Reed’s Women in Technology Mentoring Programme), Danika Patel, Community Manager, Guider, and Liz Cochlin, Head of IT PMO and Governance, Admiral Financial Services, as they dive into the realm of mentoring and how it can proactively help women to develop and thrive.
Our panellists discussed:
The value of mentoring
How it can encourage talent attraction and retention within an organisation
How to approach creating a mentoring scheme within an organisation
What impact mentoring can have on women in the workplace.
Live viewers also had the chance to put their questions to the panellists in an interactive Q&A during the last 15 minutes of the event.
More about our speakers:
Louise McCarthy, Managing Director Female Entrepreneurs, Evrensel Capital Partners
Louise McCarthy is currently Managing Director Female Entrepreneurs at Evrensel Capital Partners, CEO of Athena Ventures, Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) for Recognise Bank and Leumi UK, and Board Advisor for several companies including Bain. Louise also supports as a CXO Advisor for several innovative tech companies. She has led a number of complex organisation creating their strategy for global digital IT transformation.
Louise is an outstanding, award-winning, dynamic and inspirational CIO, transformation and business change leader with over 35 years’ experience in large private and public sector organisations, including HMRC, Aviva, HSBC, and EBRD. She is highly respected in the technology and digital industries as a passionate, energised, and transformational leader who achieves amazing results. She is valued at board level for design of complex technology, her digital transformation visions, and strategy. Louise can take complex organisations with the need for transformation and align them to business objectives. A background in finance and commercial gives her the ability to see the wider picture and achieve commercial creativity. Louise is also a role model for females in technology.
Liz Cochlin, Head of IT PMO and Governance, Admiral Financial Services
Liz is a technology leader with a passion for empowering women and promoting wellbeing at work.
With 20 years’ experience in technology roles in sectors including education and currently financial services, Liz is a mentor and a mentee in the Reed Women in Technology Mentoring Programme and she’s looking forward to sharing her experiences.
Kevin Dainty, Client Relationship Manager, Reed – Technology
Kevin Dainty is Client Relationship Manager within Reed’s technology division, specialising in leadership practice, with 12 years of recruitment experience. He founded and runs the Reed Women in Technology Mentoring Programme and is an advocate of building inclusivity within workplaces and hiring for diversity.
Kevin has recently been names as a finalist in the FMD Everywoman in Technology Awards for its Male Agent of Change Award.
Danika Patel, Community Manager, Guider
Danika Patel is the Community Manager at Guider, building a network of passionate professionals to discuss and gain insight into subjects such as mentoring, diversity & inclusion in the workplace, hybrid working, employee engagement and much more. She is passionate about creating a learning culture, challenging thought processes, and getting people talking.