Today (April 25, 2019) is International Girls in ICT Day, an occasion to remember the vast opportunities for women in the technology sector. UN Secretary General António Guterres has said, “There is overwhelming evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies and countries ... Gender equality is the unfinished business of our time.”
GLAM was founded in support of the pressing need to prepare more women for senior leadership positions in the tech industry through training, coaching, leadership development and mentorship. In recognition of the value of our mission, GLAM was recently awarded in the E-Skills Initiative of the Year category by Women in IT, for undertaking “an initiative that encouraged and helped women and girls to improve their digital skills and consider a career in the ICT sector.”
We are pleased the program has received this commendation, but even more proud of the incredible impact the program has had on the girls participating. GLAM helps girls find their voice and utilize their power to influence their communities.
We emphasize leadership and business skills at GLAM because it’s important not only that more women enter the tech industry, but that more of them achieve leadership positions, as well. According to the 2016 Intel Study, Decoding Diversity: The Financial and Economic Returns of Diversity in Tech, closing the global tech industry’s female leadership gap would generate a worldwide productivity boost of US$430 to $530 billion. Diversity in tech is a sure way to contribute to a better world for us all.