On Wednesday evening FTI Consulting hosted for the first time a pioneering group of women in technology. Gathered under the hot summer sun, the group was cooled by some refreshing prosecco. It was a great, informal, get-together: no speakers, no agenda, simply an enjoyable evening to (re)connect.
Working the room, one of the key recurring topics of conversation was how the role of women in tech (WIT) has increasingly become a matter for concern. A recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills finds that the number of women in tech has fallen by 7% in the last 10 years, showing that not only are things not improving, they seem to be going backwards. Initiatives such as roll-calls of the “10 top female role models in tech” or companies investing to increase the number of women in the tech industry don’t seem to be having the desired pull-through.
There’s clearly much more to be done. There was a mood that we need not just to increase the number of women in tech but also to enhance their roles within the tech industry, and breaking that all-too-present glass ceiling.
From small acorns to great oaks grow. So thank you all for coming and sharing your views, opinions and ideas. We had a blast, but on a very important topic. See you after the summer for the next one!
And lastly a quick plug for an upcoming FTI Consulting event in the same theme: for those of you staying in Brussels over the summer, keep a look out for a special-edition of Ladies Who Lunch, a roundtable debate on Filling the STEM gender gap – a view from Ladies who Code in Europe and Asia.
Larisa Pircalabelu is a Senior Consultant at FTI Consulting and Charlotte Norlund-Matthiessen is a Consultant at FTI Consulting.