Action needed to get more women in tech, says Automation Logic
With the Women in Tech Festival and Women in Tech Awards having grown to new heights this year, there are strong signs that the technology industry and broader society have woken up to the scale of the challenge needed to promote diversity. Computing caught up with Vicky Schildkamp, General Manager of Automation Logic, to find out how her organisation promotes diversity, and how we can encourage more women into the sector.
Computing: Why is Women in Technology an important issue for you and your company?
Vicky Schildkamp: It's important because the company is founded on an implicit sense of fairness. Creating a workspace with equal opportunities for all is a part of who we are.
One of the things that makes Automation Logic special is how respectful people are of each other and how important it is that we hire to our culture. Our values are very non-gendered, for example humility is an un-challenging virtue, which can be attractive to women. People here do live our values and AL women do feel respected, everyone does. It's important that it should continue. It's especially important because many women we bring in through our DevOps Academy are very junior and need extra support coming into such a male dominated industry. Our graduates get listened to from day one and everyone has a voice.