Busting Gender Stereotypes – an IWD Event

On Tuesday 5th March, WCIT hosted its annual International Women’s Day event, a collaboration between the Equality Committee and the Financial Services Technology Panel.
Our theme this year, in line with the official IWD theme of ‘Inspiring Inclusion’, was ‘Busting Gender Stereotypes’, and the event aimed to foster a true dialogue on how to make the financial services and technology industries more inclusive and welcoming to all.
The event began with a panel discussion, chaired by Maggie Berry OBE, and featuring three fascinating speakers: Kirstie Galloway, Partner at NextWave Consulting; Mark Freed, Co-founder, Men for Inclusion; and Kwaku-Kyei Manu, Director of Wealth App Support, SS&C. Each speaker gave a rich and often personal account of their experiences and work in championing diversity, before the floor was opened up to audience members to contribute their own thoughts and opinions.
Of the many topics discussed, some highlights were how to ensure that the coming AI revolution promotes social progress, rather than causing it to regress; how to influence organisational and professional politics; and what parents, carers, and teachers can do to counteract harmful gender stereotypes among children.
Following a closing speech from WCIT’s Master, Kerri Mansfield JP, attendees continued a very lively conversation over drinks and a buffet supper.
We hope that all attendees found the evening as enjoyable and engaging as we did. Special thanks to the Hall team for their impeccable running of the event, and to our speakers and chair for their valuable insights.
This IWD event was the first joint Equality Committee event in collaboration with another WCIT panel as part of our series of three ‘Busting Gender Stereotype’ events for 2024. The second will be on June 12th jointly with the Cyber Security panel and the third will be on October 3rd with the Education and Training Panel. Please put these dates in your diaries and continue to support DEI (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) at WCIT.

Vicki Schmidt, Chair Equality Committee and Julia George, Chair Financial Services Technology Panel.