7 March, 2018:
We live and work in a diverse society where people from a wide variety of different backgrounds contribute to our culture, economy and business. Diversity improves business outcomes in many ways, for example, by making us more innovative and improving governance. Sopra Steria are proud to continue supporting initiatives, including the upcoming International Women’s Day, that inspire us both in our professional and personal lives.
Marked since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day is a global day to recognise the economic, social and cultural contributions of women while also raising awareness of gender disparity. This year’s campaign theme is #PressForProgress - a call for people to help forge a better working world and a more gender inclusive world.
On Thursday 8 March, we will join the global conversation to #PressForProgress in gender diversity and discuss how industries benefit from the representation of women.
We will be celebrating International Women’s Day once again this year by hosting events across the UK to support the continuing to push for diversity and the benefits of inclusion. These events are open to all and will have speakers from a variety of sectors and backgrounds.
Speakers at events across our UK locations include:
- Melba Foggo - Managing Director, Financial Services Sector, Sopra Steria Limited
- Margaret Moore - Head of Business Development, Scotland and NI, Sopra Steria Limited
- Stephen Readman – DigiLab Manager, Sopra Steria Limited
- Lynn McNicol - Founder and Chairman of charity It’s Good 2 Give
- Adrian Fieldhouse - Managing Director Government Sector, Sopra Steria Limited
- Barbara Parn - Head of Strategic Programmes, Government Sector, Sopra Steria Limited
- Tracy Clarke - Digital Training Programme Manager and Entrepreneur, Sopra Steria Limited
- Madeline McQueen - Co-Founder of Narratively Ltd., executive coach and author, on Celebrating Diversity
- Sue-Ellen Wright – Managing Director SSCL Met Police
- Liz Axtel - Business Development Director KTS Events,on Intrapreneurship, Collaboration & Networking
- Ben Gilburt - Digital Horizon Lead, Digital Innovation Team, Sopra Steria Limited on Inequality in AI
- Jenny Garrett - Executive Trainer, Speaker & Coach at Jenny Garret Global, on the Impostor Syndrome
- Peter Cashmore - Legal Director, Sopra Steria Limited
- Hilary Robertson - Strategy Director, Sopra Steria Limited
- Aduke Onafowokan – Chair and Founder of Sister Sister, a women’s empowerment network
- Deborah Morgan - HMPO Senior Litigation Manager
- Shirley Smith - U Care Share charity
Across the UK, only 17% of the people working in our industry are women. Sopra Steria is currently ahead of the industry trend with 33% of our workforce being female - while we recognise this achievement, it is also a reminder that continued progress needs to be made.
Sopra Steria’s Karen Finn, HR Director said, “International Women’s Day is a great way for us to highlight our commitment to diversity and women in technology. Sopra Steria continues to make exciting progress from recently signing the Tech Challenge Charter, setting up our Women’s Network last year, to 47% of our latest graduate intake being female. We are ensuring that we have ongoing discussions and action off the back of important days like International Women’s Day.”
See more about our work to advance gender equality in business and technology, meet some of the women who lead in Sopra Steria or connect with us on Twitter if you have any questions.