Friday, October 19, 2012

"Get a mentor" - fascinating times, fascinating women

Ironically, as the Women in Agriculture conference was taking place in Killarney this week, I was filming for RTE for a piece on women in business and what issues face them in getting ahead.

The video relates to a campaign by the tech industry here titled #changetheratio which aims to bring more women into senior roles in technology. This comes as the numbers of women entering technology based careers are falling. Despite this, companies with female board members actually have improved performance over ones that don't. Realising that this is not only an equality issue but a performance one, companies such as Microsoft and Accenture now have programmes in place to improve the numbers of women working for them.  

Here's a short piece we made yesterday interviewing President Clinton advisor and communications expert Marcy Simon, Claire Duignan head of RTE radio and journalist Miriam O'Callaghan about ways in which women can progress in the workplace. I found them fascinating interviews, all were women from very different backgrounds, including physicist Dr. Deborah Berbichez who grew up in a poor part of rural Mexico and was the first woman to gain a PhD at Stanford. We filmed full interviews with each person but this piece is a short compendium of their advice. Please share if it's a topic that interests you.

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