The Coterie team were delighted to attend last night’s Women in Tech Forum where Coterie’s Managing Director Helen Curtis also joined the panel.

Hosted by Angie Vaux, Founder of Women in Tech forum, and Box, the evening focussed on women progressing into leadership in the tech industry and included keynote presentations from Atos’ Marketing Director Colleen Fogerty and Box’s Sales Engineering Director Kim Harris, prior to the panel discussion.

Last night’s forum highlighted the unique set of challenges that women face when progressing into leadership. Despite compelling evidence that more diversity in the boardroom improves organisational performance, just 5% of women hold leadership positions in the UK tech sector, and just 1 in 10 tech specialists in the UK are women.

Women’s careers continue to be impacted by unconscious bias, lack of female role models, and lack of mentors, sponsors and support networks to help overcome the unique challenges faced by women.

During the panel discussion, the panellists shared their experiences of being a woman in the tech industry and the challenges they have faced in developing their careers and becoming senior leaders in their respective fields. As well as the challenges faced, the panel shared their advice for other women looking to progress into leadership and how they can find their authentic voice in the workplace.