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The To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021, we are delighted to invite you to a virtual panel discussion about progress and barriers to diversity in the cybersecurity and wider tech sector.

We will be joined by four inspirational women from BAE who will share their experiences and opinions including views on where disruption for good is still required. The panel will be facilitated by one of QA’s Consultant Technical Managers, Naomi Stanley.

Hear from our panel of tech leaders as they talk about their individual cyber career journeys and debate issues including:

  • Is there still a barrier to diversity in the cybersecurity and wider tech community?
  • Who should be fixing the gender gap?
  • What needs to change at grass roots level, in our homes, communities, schools and colleges to encourage more women and girls into cybersecurity and tech?
  • Is it ever too early to tell girls they can code too?
  • What changes need to be made to recruitment programmes - at an early careers stage and at a more senior level?
  • Is inherent bias still a problem?
  • Culturally what needs to change in organisations for diversity to become the accepted norm?
  • Do women need mentors more than men?
  • What do companies that achieve higher than average levels of diversity do well?
  • Insight into steps that BAE has taken to proactively promote diversity.
  • What would a step change in diversity in the next generation look like?
  • Are alternate routes into tech such as apprenticeships, or bootcamps, useful to increase diversity?
  • Will the future be more diverse for the next generation?


Our Panel:

- Holly Armitage, Principal Strategist - BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- Dr Mary Haigh, Chief Information Security Officer - BAE Systems Group
- Mivy James, Digital Transformation Director - BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- Aysha Marty, DevOps Engineer - BAE Systems Applied Intelligence