International Women’s Day 2023: Hear from the women of Team Grabyo
International Women’s Day 2023 is all about embracing equity. This campaign theme is to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action for all.
In celebration of IWD 2023 and this year’s theme, read the thoughts of some of the women of Team Grabyo, and what working in tech, equity and inclusion means to them.
What is like working for a tech company such as Grabyo?
“Being part of a tech company such as Grabyo opens so many doors in the cloud technology world and its vast potential. At the same time, represents a great platform for collaboration between different talents with various skill sets creating video tools that anyone can use.”
“Grabyo is a great place to work. There is a lot of opportunity here to make your mark so to speak. Grabyo gives you the space to try different things and use your initiative within your role.”
Why did you want to get involved in a tech company?
“I have always been involved in communications and tech companies, but I feel more compelled to stay in a tech company now more than ever.
This is most likely brought on by the fact that I am a mum of two young children, and I want to be as close to technology as possible to understand the world in which they will be living, no doubt heavily influenced by rapidly changing technology.
That and, as a marketer, I get very passionate about a product especially if it has tangible benefits, which also motivates me to drive further adoption of disruptive tech. Being in a tech company that has some say in a better, healthier planet is something I find deeply motivating.”
“Working in Tech is really cool. I love the broadness of the industry, there are so many different facets to it which makes it exciting. Being mainly generalist, I love how tech gives you the ability to be exposed to so many different industries.”
CloudLab: Bringing more women into the broadcast industry
To mark International Women’s Day 2023, DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality, we’re delighted to launch Grabyo CloudLab, a program to teach and upskill women within the broadcast industry, digital content producers and the like, the power of cloud-native live video production and distribution.
Grabyo has been pioneering cloud technology in this space for years and we’ll be conducting sessions at regular intervals with experts from our team.
Digital transformation is happening everywhere, not least in the media, entertainment and broadcast sectors, and we’d love to share with women in the industry the power of the cloud so they can start leading and influencing the adoption of this technology within their field.
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What do you think could be done better to create more pathways for women in tech?
“Allowing more women to approach technology roles will guarantee an adequate pool of expertise, whilst encouraging innovation and greater connection with female consumers and the best ways to communicate with them.”
“The burden shouldn’t be on women to solve this issue. There has been much work done within the Tech industry to increase women in STEM and promote women getting into tech initiatives like Girls Who Code and SheCode etc. Reshma Saujani founder of Girls Who Code is very articulate on this topic.
It was the Harvard Business Review that stated: ‘Too few women are reaching the top of their organizations, and a big reason is that they are not getting the high-stakes assignments that are prerequisite for a shot at the C-suite.
Often, this is due to a lack of powerful sponsors demanding and ensuring that they get these stepping-stone jobs’. The central idea here is women are over-mentored but underpaid due to having a lack of a sponsor to actually push them forward into Senior leadership roles. Food for thought!”
How do you think technology can be used to promote women’s rights and gender equality?
“Technology has the potential to be a powerful tool for promoting women’s rights and gender equality but I’d rather look at technology as an enabler, rather than promoting something that needs to be solved…we need to be solving this now.
Technology enables those with young and growing families to be as productive in a remote collaboration setting, which allows them to be closer to home to help with other family-related duties but still remain a valuable asset to a company.
The power of cloud technology is a great example of that, which is why I love working at Grabyo, giving an entire industry the ability for women to remotely collaborate on any live production – the production studio now has no walls or physical being as a result. I really hope this will see more and more women join our exciting industry as a result.
“Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein who wrote Data Feminism have a lot to say on this topic. In short, an increase of women in Tech means we have more ability to influence and shape the technological outcomes.
I don’t think it is an exaggeration to state we are in the Age of Technology. In order to undo power imbalance and inherent bias we need to be participating and creating the technology. It is useful to use tech to remodel the existing power structure to a more equitable and diverse one.”
Alongside International Women’s Day, Grabyo supports a number of causes for good. Check these out here.
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