22 February, 2017: We live and work in a diverse society where people from all different backgrounds contribute to our culture, economy and business. Diversity improves business outcomes - for example, by making us more innovative and improving governance.
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 #BeBoldForChange - a call for people to help forge a better working world and a more gender inclusive world.
On Wednesday 8 March, we will join the global conversation about gender diversity, including how to unlock the estimated $12 trillion global economic growth from improving economic participation by women, and the risks for the tech industry as a result of the underrepresentation of women. We will celebrate International Women’s Day by holding events – open to both men and women - at a number of our UK office locations which will feature external speakers from a variety of sectors and backgrounds, as well as some of our own women in leadership positions.
Speakers at events across our UK locations include:
- Claire Agutter - Director, Scopism.com and ITSM.zone
- Maggie Berry - Executive Director Europe, WE Connect
- Claire-Marie Boggiano - Director & Coach, Lurig Change & Development
- Vicky Clark - Business Development Executive, The Data Lab
- Carol Cutler - Director of Customer Services and Business Transformation, Harrow Council
- Helen Davenport – Director, Gowling WLG
- Zalena Vandrewala – Associate, Freeths
- Jackie Waring - Founder & CEO, Investing Women
- Karen Young - Managing Director, MDS
- Shona Brown - People and Operations Manager, Sopra Steria Limited
- Karen Finn - HR Director, Sopra Steria Limited
- Hanne Kristine Fjellheim - Communications Manager, Sopra Steria Scandinavia
- Melba Foggo - Managing Director, Financial Services Sector, Sopra Steria Limited
- Anna Leyland - Consulting Senior Manager, Sopra Steria Limited
- Cat McCallum - Communications Director, Sopra Steria Limited
- Alison McLaughlin - Regional Director Public Sector, Sopra Steria Limited
- Stephen Readman - Strategic People Development Manager, Sopra Steria Limited
- Hilary Robertson - Strategy Director, Sopra Steria Limited
Sopra Steria is proud of the diversity within our company - including our gender diversity. In the UK, only 17% of the people working in our industry our women – something that has to change: if we are to remain competitive on the global stage, we need all the talent we can get! Sopra Steria is beating the industry trend: 33% of our workforce is women, and women also make up 33% of our UK company board.
Says Sopra Steria’s John Neilson, Deputy Chief Executive – Public Sector & UK Board Sponsor for Sustainability, “We work hard to ensure all our employees feel they can reach their full potential, and our policies around diversity and equality of opportunity are designed to help us achieve this."
See more about our work to advance gender equality in business and technology
and meet some of the women who lead in Sopra Steria