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Alec Laurie
Alec Laurie
Managing Director

Gender equality is a business issue, not a women’s issue.

As part of International Women’s Day and our ongoing commitment to promoting ‘Women In Tech’  Laudale has partnered with Greater Manchester Business Week to produce a list of 30 women contributing to and representing the tech sector in Greater Manchester. 

Laudale Managing Director Alec Laurie shares his view: 

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to see an excellent talk on gender equality by Vivian Hunt from McKinsey, which included a quote that has stuck with me since:

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilise the women of the world” (Charles Malik)

It’s 2018 and the pace of change across society and business is faster than it’s ever been. And, whilst there’s still a long way to go, there are signs that the gender equality business case has momentum like never before.

People have argued for years that gender equality is a commercial issue, not a women’s issue. But should it ever have been ‘an argument’? Especially when you consider that the UK’s GDP could increase by over £444bn by 2025 through improved gender equality alone.

Technology as both a function and an industry has always been particularly imbalanced. Depending on which stats you read, women occupy as few as 15% of roles at the upper end of the career ladder. Anecdotally, we can tell you that in many cases 15% is being kind.

Here in Greater Manchester we’re ahead of the curve and, as you’ll read, home to genuinely world-class technology practitioners, leaders and business owners who happen to be women. It was an honour being part of the team that curated this list and a privilege spending time with the talented professionals we celebrate in it.

I hope that not only will you enjoy the content but you’ll be inspired to #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day and throughout the year.

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