Women in tech, gender equality, the glass ceiling – all hot topics of debate and all covered in our latest MBA Tuesday Club. With presentations from two of our MBA Alumni, Chimeren Peerbhai and Estera Jackowska and a follow up Q&A, it was a fantastic evening of debate, conversation and networking.
Hosted by MBA Director Dr Kellie Vincent, the first to present was MBA alumna Chimeren Peerbhai. Graduating in 2014 with a distinction, Chimeren is now Associate Director, Product Management at tech company IXICO and founder of VersaStyle.com and this wearable technology course!
With a focus on the gender and pay gaps, Chimeren clearly demonstrated just how much still needs to be done with regards to gender equality in the field of business. Firstly, Chimeren used a basic gender stereotype test, in which the audience was asked to visualise both an Applications Developer and a Receptionist – their gender, appearance and personality traits. Despite knowing the agenda of the question, the majority of the room instinctively fell into that all too easy trap of categorisation – the Receptionist was inevitably female and the Applications Developer male. The second tool Chimeren used to make her point was a range of quite frankly, staggering statistics:
With this in mind, it was interesting (and also great) to hear that tech occupations actually have narrower pay gap compared with other jobs.
Setting up the room perfectly for a thorough and intellectual debate about women in tech and the issue of gender equality, these presentations were then followed by an exciting Q&A session chaired by Dr Kellie Vincent and some great conversation over a glass of wine:
Many thanks to Dr Kellie Vincent, our Guest Speakers & the University of Westminster Alumni Team for organising this event. We are pleased to announce that the next MBA Tuesday Club is now being advertised and if you are an MBA alumni, student or applicant you can sign up to it here.
If you would like to find out more about Wearable Technology, for a discounted rate on Chimeren’s Udemy course, please use this link.
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