• Lisa Sutherland on Advocating for Women in Tech

  • Jan 11 2024
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Podcast
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Lisa Sutherland on Advocating for Women in Tech

  • Summary

  • In this inspiring episode of Behind the Growth, we celebrate Lisa Sutherland, Senior Director of Emerging Markets at Rogers Communication. More than a leader, Lisa is a dedicated advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and shares invaluable insights with our host, Mudassar Malik.

    The episode starts with Lisa recounting her professional journey at Rogers Communication, where she has been transforming business requirements into tech solutions, bringing diversity of thought, and enabling the right experience for internal and external customers.

    The core of the conversation revolves around the importance of women in technology. Lisa delves into the distinct hurdles faced by women and reflects on the pioneering roles of women in tech, highlighting their early stronghold in computer programming and the inspiring tale of the women who made their mark at NASA in the 1960s. Furthermore, Lisa underscores the importance of diversity in tech development, citing instances such as Apple's oversight of its health app and the design of crash test dummies.

    As the episode draws to a close, Lisa emphasizes the crucial role of mentorship in career progression. She advocates for seeking mentors who offer a variety of perspectives and stresses the need for women to stand up for themselves. Lisa's empowering message encourages young women to stay engaged, lean into challenges, and utilize their talents and creativity to effect positive change in the world. The episode concludes with Lisa extending an invitation for mentorship and envisioning a more inclusive future for the tech industry.

    Key Highlights
    - Diversity & inclusivity help avoid unconscious bias
    - Without leadership support, the shift will not happen
    - We need more role models & peer mentorships
    - The best mentorships push you out of your comfort zone
    - Take the lead if you want to change the world around you

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