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Socitm | The Society of IT Management

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We are proud to announce that Nadira Hussain our Director of Leadership Development & Research has received a nomination for `CIO of the Year’ in this year’s Women in IT Awards!

The percentage of female IT leaders globally is still only 9% and this figure has not changed much in the past few years despite one third of organisations claiming to have diversity initiatives.

Countless studies have shown a shortage of tech workers in the UK and around the world, and this number will only rise. Increasing the number of women entering tech is perhaps the most powerful tool for alleviating this burden.

The technology sector is still stereotyped as to the types of roles available and this has led to a decline in the number of women entering the tech workforce. This has resulted in difficulties in recruiting and retaining female tech talent and this is becoming increasingly more difficult for companies. Many women see the low number of women in tech and choose to enter other fields.

The Women in IT Awards aims to tackle this issue and redress the gender imbalance, by showcasing the achievements of women in the sector and identifying new role models.

Organised by business technology site Information Age, the awards were launched as a platform to celebrate women in technology. Since its launch, in 2015, the Women in IT Awards have showcased women in technology in London and New York. This year, the awards series will expand to celebrate women in technology in Silicon Valley, Asia and Ireland for the first time.

This growing awards series acts as a flagship and high-profile platform to support the industry in its mission to move the dial on gender.

The award will go to a female Chief Information Officer who has demonstrated particular innovation, IT excellence and leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will be looking at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.

Good luck Nadira!