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More female leaders needed to narrow the gender diversity gap in IT

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 11, 2015
The poor representation of women in the tech industry is due to the lack of female role models and existing gender stereotypes, says Nicole Eagen of Darktrace.

Trying to balance the CIO role, along with family, children and extracurricular activities is a tough juggle. It is also difficult for someone else to come in, plug and play, and cover CIO responsibilities on an interim basis, since a CIO needs to take a long-term view on procuring IT services and tracking its impact on capital expenditure, operational expenditure and the business as a whole. The balancing act isn't impossible though, it's been reported that half of Fortune 10 CIOs are women after all.

What advice would you provide to women tech execs on overcoming the challenges of being in a male dominated industry; and on becoming a leader?

It's about developing into and showing that you are the right person for the job, in terms of academic qualifications, skill sets, experience and attitude. I'm fortunate at Darktrace to have a Board of Directors who supports that notion. Three in 10 Darktrace employees are women, similar to the typical average of 32-36 percent, and we have four women in our Executive Leadership Team. It is important for today's women leaders to be industry role models as well, so future generations can be inspired to do the same.

 

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