Fidelity’s Julia Davenport: No quick wins in closing tech gender gap (video)
Julia Davenport, senior VP and country head, Fidelity Investments Ireland

Fidelity’s Julia Davenport: No quick wins in closing tech gender gap (video)

25 Jun 2014

As Silicon Republic prepares to celebrate the remarkable role models featured in its ‘100 Top Women in STEM’ list at a reception on Monday, we discuss the gender gap with Julia Davenport, senior VP and country head, Fidelity Investments Ireland.

While Davenport says we have a long way to go both globally and here in Ireland, the country has one thing in its favour.

“Here in Ireland I think we have a really unique partnership between industry, academia and government, and that puts together the key ingredients that are really going to give us a great lift in this space. So I’m hopeful, but it is a long-term journey. This is not quick win.”

In the full interview below she sets out some of the ways by which we can look to change the gender ratio in the tech sector and reminds us that, while there’s a way to go, we must also stand back and celebrate our successes.

Fidelity Investments is headline sponsor of Silicon Republic’s 100 Top Women in STEM – a Celebration on Monday, June 30, in Dublin. It’s all part of Women Invent Tomorrow, Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

100 Top Women in STEM

Women Invent: 100 top women in science, technology, engineering and maths – Part 1
Women Invent: 100 top women in science, technology, engineering and maths – Part 2

Ann O’Dea
By Ann O’Dea

Ann O’Dea is CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, Europe’s leading technology and innovation news service, reporting online since 2001. Ann is the driving force behind Silicon Republic’s Women Invent campaign, launched on International Women’s Day 2013, to champion remarkable women role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to help tackle the gender gap in the knowledge industries She is the founder of Inspirefest, a unique new international sci-tech event, which is grabbing headlines for disrupting the traditionally ‘male and pale’ tech conference calendar. Ann was awarded a fellowship in May 2015 from the Irish Computer Society for her work in championing women in STEM. Ann received a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association in 2015 for her work on ensuring the visibility of remarkable women role models in her industry, and was named ‘Media Woman of the Year’ at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards 2014. In 2015, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. Ann sits on the advisory board of the Digital Youth Council, and the Royal Irish Academy’s Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee. She is a regular speaker and moderator at tech and STEM events.

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