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Women in Tech⚡️Interview with Shilpa Kaluti from Scrumconnect Consulting
March 10, 2023
Striving for equality in the tech sector is central to #techUK’s mission. Throughout March, coinciding with International Women’s Day (#IWD2023) on 8 March, we are exploring how we embrace equitable workplaces that support #WomenInTech. Although our campaign spotlights women in tech, we want to ensure that we are supporting allies in all shapes and forms, wherever they come from.
This article is part of a series of interviews where we give voice to these gender diversity allies to call out the bias, expose the barriers for women in tech and spotlight the importance of a diverse tech future through their own experience.
Meet our third interviewee of the month: Shilpa K., Chief Financial Officer at Scrumconnect Consulting - an award winning consultancy that combines software engineering, human-focused design, and data-driven insights to help tackle complex challenges.
While progress has been made in recent years, the tech industry still has a long way to go in achieving gender equality. Women make up only 24% of the tech workforce in the UK, and the numbers are even lower when it comes to leadership positions. Studies have shown that women are more likely to leave the tech industry than men, citing a lack of opportunity for growth and advancement, as well as discrimination and harassment.
Achieving a more diverse and inclusive future in tech requires a concerted effort from everyone in the industry. This includes increasing representation of women and other underrepresented groups in tech through targeted outreach, training and mentoring programs, and making workplaces more welcoming and supportive.
The barriers for women entering the tech industry are multifaceted. The industry has long been perceived as a male-dominated field, which can discourage women from pursuing careers in tech. The lack of diversity in leadership positions can also send a message that there is limited opportunity for advancement. Additionally, unconscious bias can impact recruitment and promotion decisions, making it harder for women to break into the industry.
At Scrumconnect, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We have a number of initiatives in place to support diversity and equality in the tech industry. This includes unconscious bias training for all employees, targeted recruitment efforts to increase the representation of women and other underrepresented groups, and a commitment to creating a culture of respect and inclusivity.
We also offer training and mentoring programs to help support the growth and development of all our employees, regardless of their background or gender. We recognize that diversity brings new ideas and perspectives to the table, which is essential for innovation and growth.
Our number one piece of advice for future generations entering tech is to be confident and believe in themselves. The tech industry can be intimidating, but it is important to remember that you have unique skills and perspectives to offer. Seek out mentors and allies who can support you on your journey and help you overcome any obstacles you may face.
Additionally, it is important to continue learning and growing throughout your career. The tech industry is constantly evolving, and staying up to date with the latest developments and trends is essential for success. Never stop asking questions and seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow.
In conclusion, closing the tech gender gap requires a concerted effort from everyone in the industry. At Scrumconnect, we are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and we believe that by working together, we can create a better future for all in tech.