International Women’s Day Event – Busting Gender Stereotypes

5th March 2024 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm • Information Technologists' Hall

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The Equality Committee and Financial Services Technology Panel invite you to our International Women’s Day Event: Busting Gender Stereotypes on Tuesday 5th March, beginning at 5.30 at WCIT Hall. We would like to encourage all members to invite female colleagues to this IWD event with a view to expanding WCIT female membership.

Building on the International Women’s Day theme of “Inspiring Inclusion”, this event will give the floor to a wide range of voices, who have grappled with this challenge in their careers and lives, on how we can make the technology industry truly accessible, from schools and colleges to the workplace and beyond. The event will aim to draw up key recommendations on how we can overcome myths and bust stereotypes in the industries, and how we can ensure that female voices, perspectives, experience, and skills are given full and equal weight across the sectors. We believe that addressing this for women is only part of the effort needed to truly “Inspire Inclusion”.

Did you know:

• Recent research by PwC found that only 3% of female students would name technology as their top career choice?

• According to the FCA, only around 17% of senior financial services roles are occupied by women?

• A report in April 2023 by EY estimated that the gender pay gap in FinTech stands at around 22%? The statistics above are just a snapshot of the challenge across the wider technology and financial services sectors. We look forward to welcoming you at this panel event which will provide the opportunity to discuss the issues around gender stereotyping.


Maggie Berry OBE Director, Heart of the City

Maggie leads Heart of the City, a charity that supports SMEs to develop responsible business practices ranging from implementing net zero programmes, supporting their local community to promoting inclusion and wellbeing in the workplace. [LinkedIn]


Mark Freed Co-founder, Men for Inclusion

Mark is a trailblazer in diversity and inclusion. He co founded E2W a community with a reach of more than 15,000 women in financial services; over two decades ago after leaving a successful fintech career. [LinkedIn]


Kwaku-Kyei Manu Director of Wealth App Support, SS&C

Kwaku has worked across the regulatory/public and private sectors and has developed and led consultations with the wider public sector to standardise an approach to Public Sector Cloud projects. He has developed globally-spanning teams across the financial services industry and is now Director of Wealth application support in SS&C’s newly developed Wealth business, responsible for scaling the business function to support assets under management and increasing client demand. [LinkedIn]

Kirstie Galloway Partner NextWave

Kirstie has worked in technology in financial service for over 30 years, including senior roles at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and as the Global Head of Technology for HSBC Asset Management. Kirstie has championed diversity throughout her career and represents the 10% of women who have held C-Suite positions in technology in financial services. [LinkedIn]


17:30 Arrival/Refreshments

18:00 Introduction

18:15 Panel talk and Q&A

19:30 Master’s closing speech over drinks

20:00 Buffet Snacks and drinks

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