Session: How to get a piece of the PIE: Why you need more than CAKE to get to the C-Suite
The technology industry has a challenge – but also an opportunity – when it comes to gender diversity at the top: just as they are in many sectors, women are underrepresented. According to the US Federal Bureau of Labour Statistics, women make up almost half (47%) of the US workforce but occupy less than 15% of executive roles in the technology sector.
So, why are so many women in tech mired in the middle, and what must happen to take them to the top?
The problem with women in leadership isn’t women – it’s the structures and narratives around them creating barriers on their career pathways. From unconscious bias to a lack of female role models in senior leadership positions, for women in tech, the path to the c-suite can be confusing, complex, and challenging to navigate.
So, what actions and behaviours do you need to prioritise to stand out and step up? And how can you gain the high visibility assignments needed to advance your network in a way that is strategic and beneficial to your career advancement?
Join Natalie Richardson, Head of Client Delivery, Inkling Group, as she explores these questions and shares why sponsorship is the key to gaining the visibility, access to power and the professional risk-cover required to place you on the fast track to career progression, and why you need more P.I.E vs. C.A.K.E
When done well, as the evidence from those in sponsoring relationships makes clear, sponsorship can be a means of overcoming barriers and a powerful tool that can propel your leadership career to even greater heights.
- Learn the steps you need to take to initiate and build an effective sponsoring relationship
- Discover the behaviours and actions required to advance your career and stand out as a leader, and why you need more P.I.E vs. C.A.K.E
- Gain insight into the common sponsorship pitfalls and where it goes wrong in getting to the C-suite so that you can set yourself up for sponsorship success
Natalie is a master of moments, supporting individuals, teams and organisations to create environments where people feel both supported and challenged, to boldly explore the tougher questions, dismantle preconceptions, find new perspective in the discomfort of paradox and elevate belonging. With 20 years’ experience helping leaders and organisations co-create thriving cultures and propel purpose-driven growth, Natalie believes that creating sustainable value for humanity should be a core business strategy, not just an afterthought. At the heart of this is elevating underrepresented groups to more senior positions.