Increased commitment for diversity needed
Over the last couple of years, you may have noticed an increased dialogue and attentiveness in the media around the lack of diversity in tech, mainly the gender gap. However, the discussion hasn't translated into results and data is showing a widening gender gap across the industry. Despite this, we are seeing an increased commitment for diversity in tech from several organisations, but we need more. NZTech Women is helping lead the charge and I'm proudly part of this inspiring group. As Eva Sherwood recently highlighted, we have come together from all facets of the tech sector to make a real impact through several key initiatives.
Computer programming jobs have previously struggled to attract women, but new technologies are providing substantial opportunities for a growing number of young girls seeking tech jobs, NZTech government relations director Andrea Hancox says.
As global discussion on diversity and inclusion continues to increase, so does interest in our ongoing program of work. As co-chair of the High Impact Team working for NZTech Women, I would like to introduce our team; Andrea Hancox (co-chair), Kim Connolly-Stone, Jen Rutherford, Sandra Laws, Katarina Kolich, Kanika Singh, Dil Khosa, Rachel Kelly, Caroline Herbert and Alice Moore. Our mission is simple; we are committed to connecting, promoting and advancing women in the New Zealand tech sector.
The World Economic Forum predicts the gender pay gap won’t close entirely until 2186! What if the world stepped up sooner and took bold action? NZTech Women met for lunch in Wellington on #IWD2017 to hear BNZ’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lana West discuss how to #BeBoldForChange toward gender parity.
NZTech Women recently met for lunch in Auckland. Weirdly's co-founders Dale Clareburt and Keren Phillips joined us to speak about shifting attitudes and how to best design your life to reflect your personal priorities. Having run successful businesses prior to Weirdly, both are fierce advocates for making brave choices and taking risks to create a life that allows you to do what you are passionate about.
This week, NZTech Women met in Auckland for breakfast. BNZ's Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Lana West spoke about valuing diversity of identity and providing an inclusive workplace where people flourish. Lana recognised there are diverse ways of seeing the world and solving problems together. She explained that a competitive edge lies in our collective strength of experience, perspective, skills and culture. Diversity and inclusion need to be a long term business strategy for all employers.
More than 100 secondary school girls have jumped at the opportunity to spend a day shadowing IT experts in Wellington at some of the Capital city’s well-known companies. For one day the girls will get to experience all aspects of ICT from programming to design and to see first-hand technology of all kinds inside a business.
Watch this TVNZ ONE News item showcasing NZTech's Shadow Tech Day
The tech sector and Government should combine forces to start creating a position of New Zealand as the high tech capital of the world, an incubation nation and a world class digital nation, NZTech recommended today.