Stay in Tech! – Policies and Practices of Attracting and Retaining Female Tech Talent

Stay in Tech!

Policies and Practices of Attracting and Retaining Female Tech Talent

14 May 2024

Forum Digital Technologien c/o Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, Berlin

Despite significant investment and prioritisation in EU policies, the percentage of women working in ICT professions has only grown from 17% to 18.5% in the last 7 years.

CEPIS DiversIT Charter, together with the German Informatics Society, the Fraunhofer ICT Group, and #SheTransformsIT, are organising a conference to try to find solutions to this lack of meaningful progress in retaining female tech talent. This event is organised within the scope of the EU Diversity Month.

This free one-day conference, titled, ‘Stay in tech! – Policies and practices of attracting and retaining female tech talent’, aims to help companies overcome these challenges and identify ways to retain valuable colleagues. It will take place in Berlin on 14 May 2024.

14 May 2024

Forum Digital Technologien c/o Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, Berlin

Free to attend,
registration necessary

Agenda

Speakers

Governments, companies, and non-profits across Europe have invested large sums of time and money into increasing the number of women working in tech. Initiatives such as the EU’s Gender Equality Strategy, Women4IT, and more, have made a huge impact in helping more women enter the tech sector.

Nevertheless, women remain underrepresented in the tech workforce. With a large focus on getting women and girls into tech, there also needs to be investment in retaining them. Challenges such as outdated stereotypes, lack of mentorship opportunities, isolation, and ‘bro culture’ in some organisations, boil down to a simple truth: if the workplace is bad, women will leave.

These tech-specific challenges only add on to the obstacles women face in other sectors, including balancing caring responsibilities, the gender pay gap, and biases around motherhood.


Speakers

Christine Regitz

President, German Informatics Society/Vice President, SAP

Luis Fernandez-Sanz

President, CEPIS

Gillian Arnold

Chair, DiversIT/Managing Director, Tectre

Anjuli Mauer

CEO, People Pace

Alexandrea Swanson

Managing Director, #SheTransformsIT

Robert Baker

CEO, Potentia Talent Consulting Limited

Ruth Asan

Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Petra Kotuliakova

CEO, Aj Ty v IT

Edna Kropp

Tech Lead, LivePerson

Jakub Christoph

Secretary General, CEPIS

Alexander Nouak

Managing Director, Fraunhofer ICT Group

Agenda

Session 1: Women in tech careers – where are we now?

10:00Why are we here today? – Opening Talk
10:15Keynote 1: Equality in a digital Europe
10:30Keynote 2: What is the German Government doing to increase gender equality in tech?
10:45Expert Dialogue: ‘Lonely at the top’ – (lack of) women in leadership
11:30Coffee Break

Session 2: Problems and solutions

12:00Why are they leaving? – 5 main reasons why women abandon tech careers
12:30Panel Discussion: Retaining women – best practices
13:45Lunch

Session 3: What does the future hold?

14:30‘Women and digitalisation’ – they belong together!
14:45Panel Discussion: Women for your tech jobs: where are they, and how do you get them to join you?
16:00Closing Remarks
Programme subject to change

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