Morgan Stanley, the global financial services leader and one of Scotland’s key employers of technology professionals, has reinforced a long standing commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the digital profession by becoming the latest industry partner to the “Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation” program.
The company has been a long term supporter of the initiative’s cyber security courses but this marks the first time that they have partnered with the organisers’ digital transformation offering, reflecting the scope of digital disciplines which underpins their work in Scotland.
The “Empowering…” initiative was launched last year, supported by ScotlandIS, The Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate and the Scottish Digital Academy, with the aim of developing a sustainable community of empowered and empowering female leaders in digital roles across Scotland, in a bid to address the long standing lack of women working within one of Scotland’s most critical and fastest growing sectors.
The latest three-month program will run between September – November, consisting of a combination of in-person group workshops and one-to-one dedicated coaching sessions. The cohort of 24 digital professionals from across the public and private sector will come together for the first time next week in Edinburgh, where they will take part in an intensive two-day leadership workshop and be joined by established female leaders in the sector, who will share their own personal leadership journeys. One of those guest speakers will be Morgan Stanley’s own Vice President in Technology and Operations Risk and Co-Chair of the Glasgow Women in Tech network, Hannah Hellis.
Commenting on why Morgan Stanley was so committed to improving the levels of gender diversity within the digital profession, Hannah said, “Morgan Stanley recognise that empowering women to realise their potential and ensure they have the opportunities to learn, grow and lead is vital to achieving a diverse, inclusive and equal workforce. We are excited to expand our partnership with this programme in line with the Firm’s core values by supporting the existing pipeline and building a future pipeline of strong female leaders in the industry.”
Further details on the “Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation” program can be found at EW to Lead Digital – Scotland | Empowering You (empowering-you.co.uk)