The 2017 ceremony, to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel London on 25th January, will be the largest technology-related diversity event ever staged, attended by 1,000 business and IT leaders. These awards are the landmark event in the technology industry’s efforts to tackle its lamentable gender imbalance and highlight the benefits of diversity and inclusion. According to a recent study from employer body ‘The Tech Partnership’, just 16% of the IT industry is made up of women and the gap is worsening. The event highlights the value that women already bring to prominent technology roles and identifies new role models for girls. Elizabeth and Lizzie perfectly exemplify the work that these awards celebrate.
Under Elizabeth’s leadership, Informed Solutions has become one of the UK’s leading independent providers of Digital Transformation and complex Systems Integration Services, delivering end-to-end consultancy and IT solutions.
Of her nomination, Elizabeth said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious award, which is all the more special for me as the nomination comes from peers in the IT Industry. I passionately believe that we must challenge the current barriers, cultural resistance and casual prejudices that prevent and dis-incentivise girls and women from following careers in Digital and ICT".
Lizzie has quickly progressed through the company to become an integral part of the team, specialising in GIS-based applications. She was recently elected by industry peers onto the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) Council, and is believed to be the youngest ever GI professional to hold this role.
Speaking about her Rising Star nomination, Lizzie said:
“I am thrilled and excited to receive this nomination. As a young woman seeking to forge a career in an industry that has historically been largely male dominated, the emergence of organisations such as Women in IT is a huge step towards redressing this imbalance”.