Last Thursday, over 75 leading women representing a multitude of industries, joined Mums in Tech and The Club at the Ivy for the first in a series of breakfast speaker events centred on empowering mothers in the workplace, with the panel event: “My mentor – the Women Sending the Elevator Back Down”.
The event was held at the prestigious Club at the Ivy and featured a panel of leaders in media, technology and commodities, like: Faz Aftab of ITV plc; Amanda Newman of Shell and Rav Bumbra, CEO of Structr3d People, with June Angelides, Founder of Mums in Tech (recently listed on the longlist for the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly) as host.
With more women striving to balance the challenges of motherhood with their commitment to moving up the corporate ladder, there is still a large proportion of women leaving their career; a problem a recent McKinsey study calls: the “leaky pipeline”. The question is: How do we fix this?
The panel and members of the audience explored solutions to this question, including the power and benefit of role models to grow in the professional landscape; strategies that can be employed to help women “up the ladder”; as well as tips in finding the right mentors for those who never explored the benefit of this type of support.
Some quotes from attendees/panelists that joined us, via @MumsinTech on twitter #mymentor:
- “Really useful event this morning on women & mentoring. Proud to be here with my supportive mentor, one of the three men in the room.”
- “This is the best panel I’ve ever been to.”
- “Everyone has the ability to be a ‘mentor’ & offer some kind of support to other women. Let’s do this! Loved being part of your event.” Rav Bumbra- panelist, CEO of Structr3d People
- “It’s so important that we find time while climbing in our own careers to give back.” Faz Aftab – panelist, Online Commercial, Technology and Operations Director, ITV plc
June Angelides, founder of Mums in Tech says: “I am passionate about creating opportunities for women who need someone to sponsor them, and mentor to help them achieve their potential. I am confident that this intimate gathering will be a unique environment to make these connections possible”.
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About Mums in Technology:
Mums in Technology trains women in foundational coding skills and tech literacy during the maternity period within a child-inclusive, parent-friendly learning environment. By removing childcare obstacles and challenging cultural perceptions of motherhood, we empower women to envision new possibilities for their futures, while diversifying the talent pool and driving economic growth. Learn more at: https://www.mumsintechnology.co.uk/
About The Club at the Ivy:
The Club at The Ivy opened in September 2008. Set over three floors above The Ivy, it is a dining club that draws members from the arts and media, providing a place to work, relax and socialise in the heart of London’s West End. Designer Martin Brudnizki has created a fresh and imaginative Art Deco take on The Ivy’s décor, with three separate but integrated floors that reflect the restaurant’s unique atmosphere, combining comfort and style, form and function. The Piano Bar is a relaxed bar and restaurant with an all-day menu; The Drawing Room is home to a library and offers a menu reflective of The Ivy’s food heritage; while The Loft is an open area with bar and informal menu, club chairs, wi-fi and Plasma screen, for club events, casual meetings and work. Membership is by invitation only.