On behalf of the judging panel, Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman
, comments: “The judges were united in their admiration and respect for the achievement of this year’s finalists. Without question, each of them has the ability to inspire more women and girls into a career in technology. Research
by PWC shows that there could be a £180billion boost to UK GDP just by increasing female employment rates**. This shows just how valuable female talent is and why this awards programme is so important in ensuring that more women enter the industry. Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group comments:
“The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are an extension of our commitment to championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Promoting and celebrating the incredible achievements of women in technology is important in order to inspire other women to join and thrive in the industry. At FDM, we have embedded diversity and inclusion into our culture and as a result, circa 50% of our senior management team is female and we have reported a 0% median gender pay gap for two consecutive years. Diversity is part of our DNA and contributes to FDM’s success as a modern business.” Sheridan Ash, Technology Innovation, and Women in Technology Leader at PwC adds:
“The Tech She Can Charter is delighted to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. Tech She Can is a commitment across industry to improve gender diversity in technology careers with a focus on the pipeline at school level. It's essential that we inspire the younger generation by highlighting more female role models doing incredible work in technology that benefits our world and the society we live in, so we recognise the importance of these awards in doing just that. Many congratulations to all of the finalists."
Jake Attfield, HR Director of T-Systems adds:
“We are delighted to support the Rising Star Award and we would like to congratulate all of the finalists on this amazing achievement. Encouraging and nurturing talented, brilliant and innovative young people into IT is key to T-Systems’ success and with everywoman and Modern Muse we have found partners who also share our passion. Together we are committed to encouraging young women and girls to view IT as a viable career, to understand the opportunities the industry can offer and to pursue their dreams. The Rising Star Award brings together these initiatives and underlines our determination to broaden the appeal of technology careers and support diversity in the industry.”