3rd Annual Women in Tech conference – 29 November

Our 3rd annual event took place on 29 November 2022 from 10:00 to 13:00 CET online. This year we gathered together to answer the question “Can we work together?” How can a multi-stakeholder approach help increase gender equality in tech?.

From the European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli we heard about the newest initiatives of the European Commission in the field of gender equality. Robert Baker, CEO of Potentia Talent Consulting, outlined how to be the best male ally to women (and to other men!), and our excellent panel inspired us with fascinating examples of their success stories and with their takes on different aspects of various forms of allyship and collaboration. See the programme and speakers’ presentations below. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel and LinkedIn page for video highlights of the event!

Our speakers


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome remarks

  • Jakub Christoph, Secretary General, CEPIS

10:10 – 10:30 Keynote: A cohesive approach to gender equality efforts

  • Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality

10:30 – 10:50 How men can drive gender equality and inclusion

  • Robert Baker, CEO, Potentia Talent Consulting

10:50 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel discussion: Practical examples of allyship in partnership with different stakeholders

  • Moderator: Gillian Arnold, Chair, DiversIT Charter, CEPIS
  • Dimitra Karakosta, Vice President People and Culture, PeopleCert Group
  • Andrej Orban, Recruiting Manager, Accenture Slovakia
  • Dr Serap Karabacak, Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Expert, Turkish Ministry of Education
  • Elisabeth Schauermann, Team Lead, German Informatics Society

12:30 – 12:50 Research-based strategies to grow the number of women in IT

  • Rian van Heur, Communications Advisor, VHTO Expertise Centre on Gender Diversity in STEM

12:50 – 13:00 Closing remarks

  • Petra Kotuliakova, CEO, Aj Ty v IT and Deputy Chair of the DiversIT group, CEPIS


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