How to Web is the most important event on web business and technology in South-Eastern Europe. For two full days, How to Web brings under the same roof leading innovators, entrepreneurs & professionals for hands-on talks on products, business, tech innovations and global web trends.
At its 8th edition, Global Women in Tech took the floor, for the first time, within the Tech Leadership panel focused on Diversity, Inclusion & Innovation, moderated by Steliana Moraru (Head of Marketing and Strategy GWiT).
Simona Șandru - President and Founder GWiT:
“Women are underrepresented in numbers, in companies. We all know and the studies already showed that diverse teams perform better. This leads to innovation, to progress”.
Focusing on Romania, the numbers show that in our country, we have a number of women in technology above the average and also women have above the average salaries. But when it comes to integration of women in the workforce, we come with an interesting legacy. Looking at demographics, women need to start the training as soon as possible, even earlier than university, in order to get help with vocational trainings.
Catalina Dodu - Strategic Advisor GWiT & Global CyberSecurity Services PreSales Director, ATOS:
“Growing in a country where we’ve seen our mothers go to work, it was normal for us to do the same. Our role is to support and show that it’s possible. When we’re talking about tech leadership, the numbers are not very good, but looking at them I see an increase and potential, especially if we offer our colleagues these opportunities to develop”.
Valentina Ion - Strategic Advisor GWiT & Director Government Industry Microsoft:
“We need to build frameworks, programs and present those through role models, so we can create opportunities. Confidence can be developed using mentorship programs and once you have grown it, you realize that self branding becomes important, like learning a new skill.
And the best learning is by doing it!”
From the own perspective of our speakers, the collaboration between women and men in the technology is very important as times are changing and we need to adapt to new trends and elements in the digital era.
Valentina realized that an economic perspective, digital skills have a huge impact in the workforce, and having a profile that matches social with digital skills is the best combination. Women are more into the social and soft skills that in combination with men, help businesses grow. In terms of cooperation, diversity brings better results.
In the same topic discussion, Simona thinks that men and women have complementary skills, that are supporting each other, and the secret is about a close collaboration and completing each other – together is better!
Men and women in tech have different leadership styles, but that is the secret to success. It’s all about complementarity. Women tend to be more cooperative, better at communicating and focusing more on human side, in order to ensure that their teams and people are happy and attached to the work. In set of skills helps organizations to build loyalty and have people or teams stay longer with the company. Men are more focused more on relationship transactions which help building long term relationships and focus more on creating a spirit that give the feeling of being part of a group or that proves to be competitive and have a specific reputation according to the industry or social segment they are part of.
Catalina stated and enforced the main idea that “we’re talking about strong people, whether they’re men or women. Of course we’re different and that’s a good thing!”
Looking at a bigger picture, as soon as we start this learning and mentoring process – the better! We can start with the kids and how they can use technology even in early stages. Companies can adapt this pattern and implement the process of showing it and making it tangible. For the young ones, technology is a tool, an extension of their own body and like Valentina commented very well “the speed of innovation and transformation that we’re facing now will accelerate and make it impossible for us to be the best by ourselves, so the power will come if we work in teams and cooperating”.
We have many things to do and companies are always looking at results, but what is really important is to look at the long term results and start looking at the young generations and how to make this type of activity attractive to them, as the role of women is very important in the workforce and also in the technology industry.