Session: How can female leaders provide a supportive & encouraging environment for other women in a male dominated industry?
Many women use survival techniques to cope and continue working in traditional male dominated industries. Some are fortunate enough to have resources such as mentorship and supportive personnel to help them navigate this challenging environment. I will speak about the tools I have used in my career and the steps that I am taking to ensure that future female leaders are able to work in a safe and supportive environment while still being true to themselves and being accepted simply as they are. No woman should need to ‘adapt’ simply to be accepted based on her capabilities.
- Buddy up a senior with a junior to help them navigate the work environment
- Facilitate initiatives at university level to assist attracting females at an early stage of their career
- It's ok to have used strategies and tactics for survival in this industry, but let's ensure future generations don't need to
Courtney Burkhart is currently Vice President of Technology Services EMEA & Oceania at Wallenius Wilhelmsen. She is responsible for several business application portfolios, as well as, local geographical sites which includes over 18 terminals. She is now embarking on leading her second major digital transformation within the logistics industry, and is passionate about leveraging technology to drive business value. She is an advocate for women in tech and hopes to inspire more women to enter into technology roles.
She is originally from Dallas, Texas and relocated to Sweden in February of 2017 where at the time she was with Ericsson leading a large digital transformation program within the Sales & Marketing IT portfolio.