Daring to disrupt the tech sector #WFGM17


Global Meeting of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society:
Daring to lead in a disrupted world
Engage for impact!

5-6 October 2017
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France



Women are underrepresented in the tech sector. More than 80% of tech specialists are men, and the numbers aren’t improving as fast as we would like.


What does it take to make a difference? How do we ensure that we don’t squander 50% of the creative talent and spirit that will help shape transformative technology?


It takes more than getting girls to code. While it’s important to teach new skills, the reality of different specialties within software development can in fact reinforce rather than break down gender stereotypes among coders.


It also takes more than slogans. Branding like ‘girlboss’ can bring attention to the challenges facing women managers in many areas of business, but these labels do little to address the underlying challenges that women face when they pursue leadership roles in tech. 


What we need is a culture change, and that comes from the amplifying power of networks. Networks like The and Women Techmakers show that daring to create communities of likeminded women in tech can have a real impact. Although the numbers may not yet show it, there are encouraging signs that these networks are creating new ways for women to influence Silicon Valley and tech culture worldwide.


Making the tech sector more friendly for women is just one of the key challenges that will be treated at this year’s Global Meeting for the Economy & Society.


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You’ll see below just a few of the speakers who will help us understand this challenge and others and how leaders can dare to lead in a disrupted world.


Laura Quatela, SVP and chief legal officer for Lenovo, will discuss how to make the tech sector more friendly for women.


Jean Bennington Sweeney, the CSO of 3M, will talk about the challenging shortage of workers with STEM skills in sectors from retail to professional services.  


Lisa Jackson, vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives for Apple, will join a discussion on how businesses are taking the lead on environmental and social issues. 


Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will join a session on how the pursuit of gender equality has transformed politics and how leaders can move from symbolic commitment to concrete action.


Shira Kaplan, founder & CEO at Cyverse, will discuss the existing and emerging risks related to cybersecurity.


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Don’t wait to take your place to experience the full programme of the #WFGM17 to join the discussion on questions from energy transformation to building new, smarter cities.


Join the 10th anniversary celebration of our Rising Talents programme, which highlights global, up-and-coming talent among women. Hear insights from our CEO Champions session, where senior business leaders will discuss what's needed to build the inclusive and diverse business of the 21st century.

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