Emma Stone (pictured), Chief Sales Officer for PCA Predict, has reached the finals of business-technology magazine Information Age’s Women in IT Awards 2016.
The annual awards, now in their second year, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in technology. It has been recognised industry-wide that a disheartening gender imbalance exists and it is vital that the circle of female innovators, creators and drivers expands to rectify the imbalance.
Stone has been nominated in the Editor’s Choice category where she will be competing against some of the top female IT industry leaders in the world.
She commented: “These awards are more about celebrating the collective achievements of women in IT as much as anything. Although it is up to individual players such as myself to demonstrate to young women everywhere that success can be achieved in an industry sector that has traditionally been male dominated, we do have the ability and power within our grasp to help to influence change.”
The awards have gathered resounding support from trade associations, politicians and companies of all sizes and sectors. Additionally the Tech Partnership, techUK and the British Computer Society are working hard to tackle IT gender disparity in education and the work place. Currently just over 16% of the IT industry is made up of women and the gap is worsening.
“We continue to be extremely committed to helping tackle the shocking gender gap in technology,” said Ben Rossi, Editorial Director at Vitesse Media, publisher of Information Age. “Those of us who work in the industry know how vibrant and exciting it is, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it is a diverse environment for everyone.”