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Her Actions for Good: Women in Tech and Innovation


Women need to be at the tech and innovation table.


Gender equality and diversity in the workplace necessitates that women have access to mentorship, training, and skill development opportunities. This article explores the importance of offering training across emerging skill sets and highlights the strategies to integrate these opportunities into career and leadership development for her.


Technology Development

Training programs related to ethical and socially responsible uses of technology including AI can empower employees to contribute in meaningful ways to the discussion and tech industry. In terms of specific tech-based training opportunities, these might include programming, data analytics, business analysis, and machine learning. Coding languages, software development, and web development, can provide a foundation for participation in technology-driven projects. Proficiency in data analytics is crucial for informed decision-making. More specifically, training in data analytics empowers employees to analyze and interpret data, promoting their involvement in strategic decision-making processes. Training in business analysis provides employee with the skills to assess and improve business processes. As machine learning becomes integral across sectors, offering training in this area can open new career paths.


Sustainability and Innovation With a growing emphasis on corporate responsibility, providing training in ESG ensures that employees are well-versed in sustainable business practices, data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting, aligning the company's commitment to ethical conduct with planetary health. Equally, incorporating sustainability into design processes is vital. Training in designing for sustainability supports women to contribute to eco-friendly product and service development.  


Experience and research suggest that women are:


  • Able to see the direct personal connection to the 17 sustainable development goals.

  • Increasingly engaged in the sustainability discussion as consumers.

  • Concerned not only about the environmental footprint, but also the social dimensions and impact of organizational activities on the people behind the products and services they use.

  • Willing to take the needed time to conduct research on the products and services they are consuming-looking for evidence of sustainable design.

  • Increasingly using packaging and product information, in addition to apps to learn about products and organizational sustainability practices.

  • Creative in their search for sustainable products and in DIY sustainable innovations.

  • Adept at the R opportunities when it comes to end-of-life product management including reusing, repurposing and upcycling, repairing and recycling-with implications then for circular design.


Designing necessitates the voice of consumers. With women becoming the primary consumers across a number of product categories, organizations can access knowledge and enjoy new thought leadership by championing women.

 

Leadership Development

Providing leadership and soft skill development training can enable women to then confidently reach for emerging leadership roles including for innovation management. Essential is linking training opportunities to career development plans and performance evaluations. This ensures that participation in training is recognized and rewarded, fostering a culture of continuous learning. Training programs should not be isolated but should offer clear pathways for women to transition and be mentored into new areas of responsibility.


Strategic Investment in Women, Strategic Investment in the Organization Empowering women in the workplace involves more than just addressing gender disparities, it requires a commitment to providing equal access to training and skill development opportunities. By focusing on a diverse range of skill sets and incorporating inclusive training strategies, companies can foster an environment where women thrive and contribute significantly to the success of the organization. This is not just a matter of equality but also a strategic investment in the future of the organization and its global competitive position.

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