Kasia Wojciechowska is the Regional Head of Client Accounts & Head of Growth – Novus working at Capita. She is passionate about future tech talent, women returners, Ex-Forces, neurodiversity and hidden disabilities.
Shortlisted by Women in IT Summit & Awards Series for the 2023 Advocate of the Year award, Kasia goes above and beyond her day job to find career opportunities for junior females in tech, connect them with mentors and offer her time and advice to advance their development.
Kasia, what inspired you to join the Women in IT UK Summit on 18 May?
As a gender equality advocate working towards a change, it’s about using my voice for good. The Women in IT Summit & Awards Series is the world’s largest event dedicated to tackling the technology industry’s disheartening gender imbalance. We need to acknowledge the biases hindering the progression of women in tech and counteract them. We need to be transparent about the lack of women in tech careers across different levels and solve the problem.
What are some of the topics you are hoping will be covered on the day?
Top of mind is acknowledging, understanding, and overcoming bias and the limitations for women to succeed. How we redefine success and squiggly careers, and how to put flexibility at the core of how we work.
There are so many options for employers to attract and retain female talent and their routes into tech, such as policies, processes, programmes, role models, mentoring, allyship and sponsorship.
I’d also like to hear about how businesses tackle gender-based workplace inequalities due to caring responsibilities. A survey for the What Women Want research found that women do most unpaid care work for adults, with one in five women reducing their hours and 830,000 unable to work entirely because they cared for an adult.
Increased flexible working could increase the earnings of female carers by £28.4bn a year and add £60bn a year to the UK economy.
What do you hope delegates will leave with on the day as a consequence of attending?
I hope we can highlight pragmatic, practical and easy-to-implement strategies and ideas that inspire others to make a change. For leadership to put carer’s policies at the top of their agenda.
Why should someone attend the Summit this year?
I highly recommend anyone who sits in the DEI or technology space and wishes to be the agent of change attend. Strong collaboration across the sectors and leadership is required to reset the culture. We need to share ideas on how to change and pivot to increase workforce diversity – from the C-suite to right across the board across different functions.
Hear more from Kasia at the Women in IT Summit UK on 18 May. To find out more and register for a free place, please click here