IBM Hursley Women in Technology

The IBM Hursley Women in Technology group has sparked a number of initiatives and our enthusiastic members have worked tirelessly to encourage women to start and stay in technical careers. Some examples include the following:

‘Women in Technology Day’ events are hosted twice a year for local university female students, to raise awareness of career paths in technology and encourage them to apply for placements at IBM.

The annual ‘Patent Group Incubator Program’ was originally aimed at improving female patenting numbers but soon expanded to include men as well. Success is evident with over 400 patent submissions from over 200 PGIP inventors to date.

The ‘Hursley MentorPlace’ program started as a mentoring and activities program for local school age girls to gain insight into the variety of STEM career opportunities. This has been superceded by the ThinkIT program.

The ‘Developing Your Technical Career’ program is run twice a year, designed to encourage women to remain on technical career paths by inviting upcoming female technical leaders to identify their career aspirations and to provide networking and mentoring opportunities.

‘Career Clinics’ are quarterly lunchtime webinars with guest speakers presenting on a variety of topics, such as Unconscious Bias, Master Inventors, Careers, etc. Previously, we ran Lunch ‘n Learn’s every month on topics like Role Models, Promotions, Web design, Diversity and Communication.

‘International Women’s Day’ is often celebrated at Hursley, with a poster event to raise awareness of these events and other topics such as Gender Diversity, Taking the Stage and Flexible Working.