Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Why it’s time to stop talking about gender diversity in tech – and ACT! - STARTUPS

by Megan Dunsby
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Following Founders Forum's inaugural Accelerate Her event, Startups delves deeper into the issue of female under-representation in business...

There are currently more CEO’s named Peter and David in the top 2,500 European technology businesses than there are female directors and CEOs in the top 2,500 European tech businesses.

While startling, this statistic (presented by McKinsey senior partner Kate Smaje) helps contextualise the current state of the gender gap in the tech industry. It also explains why over 180 senior business leaders – female and male – came together at the inaugural Accelerate Her event to address this very issue.

Hosted by Founders Forum – the organisation led by Brent Hoberman CBE – the Accelerate Her conference focused on the under-representation of women in tech and business and was attended by leading names such as Trainline CEO Claire Gilmartin, TV presenter Davina McCall, and Google UK director Eileen Naughton.