Amsterdam, Wednesday 8 March 2017: Today, Inspiring Fifty reveals the names of the fifty most inspiring women European technology in 2017. Inspiring Fifty is an not-for-profit that aims to increase diversity in technology by making female role models more visible.
Recent ground breaking research by Microsoft shows that girls cited a lack of female role models in STEM as key reason they didn’t follow a career in the sector. That underlines the importance of making role models more visible and inspire others to become active role models too.
In this year’s list, 12 countries are represented: Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK. Including founders and C-Level of technology companies, influencers, academics and politicians. The UK leads the other countries with 27 finalists, followed by Sweden with five, the Netherlands with four and Germany with three. Full biographies of all the women, including Unruly CEO Sarah Wood, entrepreneur and investor Sherry Coutu and Eileen Burbidge, Partner at Passion Capital, can be found at http://www.inspiringfifty.com/inspiring-fifty-europe-2017/.
“Working at one of the largest technology companies in the world, I know how important it is to be able to hire the absolute best people with the right skills. To create the best services and experiences for our customers, it is essential to have divers teams. Increasing diversity is a top priority for all tech companies. That is why I was happy to be a judge for Inspiring Fifty. It was incredible to learn about these inspiring women and what they have accomplished as leaders in our businesses and community. I am certain they will be an inspiration and role model for others to choose a career in technology as well”, said Werner Vogels, VP and CTO at Amazon.
“theBoardlist and Inspiring Fifty share a common goal: to improve corporate performance by increasing diversity in technology. Bringing diverse points of view and experiences to companies from the outset drives higher-performing and productive cultures in the board room and executive suites now, not later. It’s been inspiring to learn about so many incredible women in technology in Europe — not only are they terrific role models, but they would be great board members and advisors for tech companies of all stages”, said Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder theBoardlist
Throughout the year, Inspiring Fifty will also reveal Inspiring Fifty UK, Netherlands, Nordics, DACH and France. The women that have been part of Inspiring Fifty Europe 2015 and 2016 are in the Hall of Fame.
The hunt for the most inspiring profiles, which closed on the 10th of January, gathered over 700 nominations from all over Europe which were judged by a prestigious group of judges from Europe and the US. Full profiles of the judges can be found at: http://www.inspiringfifty.com/meet-judges/