Thursday, March 23, 2017

Women Tech Execs: Why We Need To Break Startup World Gender Norms - WOMEN LOVE TECH

by Robyn Foyster
Originally published: March 22, 2017

There is much discussion about breaking the gender barriers in tech, but often, startups tend to follow large corporates, who often assign marketing and HR roles to female employees and development and management positions to male workers.

So we’ve decided to ask three leading female executives in the tech field who will be speaking at this year’s Women in Tech and Telco Leadership Summit – both from the startup world and an established corporate – to give us their tips on how all companies, no matter how big or small, can smash the gender binary that still dictates much of the hiring and promoting decisions undertaken by Aussie businesses.

After spending 10 years working in the technology sector, Gemma Lloyd can cite both the good – and the very, very bad – ways a company can treat their female employees. Despite her attempts to gain insight into the companies she was going to work for during the interview phase, Ms Lloyd found she could not determine how female-friendly the places she applied for really were.