Do you know what a “manel” is? I’ll bet you’ve been to plenty of them. It’s an event where the entire panel line-up are entirely male. When it comes to fintech and tech in general, it’s often perceived as difficult to get women onto panels.
Flipping the “manel” on its head, in association with Startup Grind Oslo, Maria will be moderating an expert panel on women in tech leadership next Tuesday 8th May at 6.30pm.
We often think of Norway (and all of the countries within Scandinavia) as champions when it comes to gender equality. But did you know that not one of the largest 14 state-owned companies in Norway has a female CEO? Further, only 0.99 per cent of founders/owners of tech companies in Norway are women. When it comes to women in tech companies across all positions, there have been some improvements in gender balance. From 2004 when it sat at 10 per cent women to 90 per cent men, there’s now less of an obvious gap. Still though, less than a quarter of staff at tech companies across Norway are women – 24 per cent to be precise.
But the number of females in leadership positions within said tech companies is sitting at a very modest 16 per cent. Less than one in five leaders at tech companies in Norway are women.
I think you’ll probably agree that we can do better.
The panel members will discuss the usual around this broad topic but they’ll also be challenged with harder to answer questions. They’ll dive into whether the Norwegian concept of Janteloven plays a role in the gender divide as well as begin to unpick whether it “even really matters” that there’s not more women in tech.
You can find out more about the event and register here.
Alongside her role at Auka, Maria is a co-founder of Mattekrets, a technology academy for children with focus on future skills, robotics and electronics. She is passionate about the future of education, entrepreneurship and diversity. Since 2018 Maria is also a part of European Women Payments Network (EWPN) as Country Ambassador to Norway.
The speakers include: