Web Summit is one of the world's most highly regarded technology events which brings together Fortune 500 companies, ground-breaking startups and world-class speakers to celebrate the latest advancements in technology. The 'Women In Tech Mentor Program' is a new component of Web Summit's Women in Tech initiative which was launched in 2015 and aims to encourage open discussion about gender diversity in the technology industry. The on-site mentorship program will give attendees an opportunity to hear from some of the most inspiring women in the technology industry and get one-to-one mentoring sessions to help them on their journey to charting their own path in tech.
As part of this initiative, Web Summit has pledged to give away 14,000 free tickets to women interested in attending the 2017 event. Since the start of this program two years ago, the percentage of female attendees has risen to 42% which makes Web Summit one of the most gender balanced tech events globally.
"Diversity of all kinds has been core to
"We strongly believe that gender diversity is key to building a workforce that fosters innovation, collaboration and creativity and we are continuously working to make
"I'm very excited to be part of this initiative to help encourage more women to pursue and grow a career in technology. In an industry where women are significantly underrepresented, mentoring can help build up their professional confidence, provide a sense of belonging and encourage them to aim high. Gender diversity is key to driving innovation and collaboration across all areas of business life, so it's important to bring down the unconscious barriers for women in the industry and promote positive role models. This is a core value for our business and I'm proud to be representing Branch at the first mentoring program for women at Web Summit," said Mada Seghete, CoFounder of Branch.
"We are passionate about creating diversity of opinion and bringing people together to discuss issues that really matter," said
"As a company that runs events around the world, we are acutely aware that female participation in the technology sector has been, and continues to be, lower than should be. This mentorship programme will be a great opportunity for female tech talent attending the event to learn from and get inspiration from our incredible network of CEOs, founders and senior executives - some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the industry today," he added.
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