IoD Glass Ceiling Group Diversity in STEM

The IoD Glass Ceiling Group hosted their highly-anticipated “Diversity in STEM” event in the Burton Room at the prestigious 116 Pall Mall last month, sponsored by Generation 2030.

With over 70 people in attendance, the evening included a panel discussion with STEM industry giants (3 Cambridge engineers) Janet Collyer Chair Quantum Dice, Audrey Canning, Immediate Past Master Worshipful Company of Engineers and Malak Kawan, moderated by IoD Glass Ceiling committee member Ibilola Amao, Principal Consultant Lonadek.

The panel discussion lasted for 30 mins, followed by a question and answer session which was extremely engaging and interactive. We ran out of time to answer them all!

The panel addressed issues such as the decreasing number of diverse candidates entering STEM careers and attrition which snowballs for diverse candidates throughout careers.

There was a lively discussion on many diverse topics, including tools and tips to succeed as a woman in STEM, commercialisation of research ideas, and breaking the mould in male-dominated industries. It was an extremely positive vibe.

Lauren Neal launched her new book “Valued at Work”, which shines a light on bias to engage, enable, and retain women in STEM.

IoD Glass Ceiling Chair’s post about the event has had almost 4,000 impressions and the event has been shared by numerous people receiving more than a thousand engagements.

A few comments from our wonderful attendees:

“A fantastic and inspiring evening. My biggest takeaway from the IoD Glass Ceiling Group event, amongst many, was the importance of female role models in Engineering. It was clear that we had many present including your fabulous panel. Thank you for organising and inviting me to the event.”
Steve Acott
“This was a fantastic event! Well done and awesome moderating by Ibilola Amao, each question asked with her winning smile. The panellists were impressive - Janet Collyer tips to her younger self, “be bold, be brave” needs to be something we speak to her ourselves daily until we embody it like she has.”
Yemi Jackson

This is a guest blog which contains the views of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of the IoD.

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