Diversity: Jamie Soon, MD Girls in Tech

Women represent 51% of the world population. Yet, only 25% of managers are female (that figure drops to 15% in Tech companies according to “Girls in Tech”) and just 2.2% of all VC funding goes to women founders.
What causes this lack of gender diversity and how does it impact companies & economies?

We’ll go back to the drawing board & explore what needs to be done to encourage more girls to adopt STEM education & early. Jamie Soon (MD @Girls In Tech, Paris) will join us for a webinar on 26th Sept at 1730 CET.

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit that works to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology.

As previously, the idea is to engage alumni in this journey. We’re crowdsourcing the questions from you, so, as you register, please send us the 1 question you want to ask Jamie.

Host: Sophie Bertin, Co-President of the Global INSEAD Women in Business Club and VP of the INSEAD Alumni Association Executive Committee

What to expect?

In her day job, Jamie, a trained Nano-scientist, helps Essilor R&D transform good ideas into patentable inventions. In the evening, she wears 2 hats, she’s a mother to a young child and also the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Paris. 

Jamie draws on her personal experience and the experiences of other women how tech can be a great or not-so-great place for women.

Jamie started the new Girls in Tech Paris chapter in 2016, with a mission to educate, empower, and support women in STEM careers.  

Under her leadership, Girls in Tech Paris was awarded the France-Singapore Year of Innovation partner label in 2018. In the past year, they have organised events like the Amplify, a women-led startup competition, a Career Development boot camp during the Viva Technology conference, and various after work fireside chats with successful women leaders. 

Her band of volunteers at Girls in Tech are currently constructing a roadmap for the future of the Paris chapter. In particular, they’re drafting an actionable plan to target younger age groups in the French education system to increase awareness efforts in a measurable and sustainable manner.

Why is this topic so important to industry? 

To quote from an article by Horacio Falcão, Professor of Decision Sciences at Insead, “female-associated behaviours, such as supporting others, curiosity, cooperation, and convincing, are increasingly being regarded as important negotiation techniques for both genders.”

According to a 2017 study by McKinsey, closing the gender gap would add US$ 12 trillion to the GDP by 2025. 

We look forward to your participation!