Sopra Steria, a European leader in consulting, digital services and software development, have renewed their commitment to promoting gender diversity in digital leadership by again being the first industry partner to support the latest cohort of the ’Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation’ leadership coaching programme.
The cross sector initiative, backed by ScotlandIS, The Scottish Government and Scottish Digital Academy, launched earlier in the year and ran its first cohort from April-June, bringing together 20 aspiring and potential female digital leaders from a broad variety of digital disciplines and organisations, ranging from financial services and digital consultancy, through to health and local government. The subsequent feedback from participants and partners has resulted in a second cohort being swiftly confirmed to run from September through to November, alongside a parallel programme focussing on addressing gender diversity issues within cyber security.
The ‘Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation’ programme aims to build a collaborative and powerful community of emerging women leaders in digital transformation roles across all industry sectors, and at varied roles within their careers.
Commenting on Sopra Steria’s decision to renew its support for the programme, their Director of Citizen and Devolved Government Services, Mags Moore said, “Sopra Steria is thrilled to continue our support for ‘Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation’, and its work in nurturing women across the digital profession into confident, capable and motivated leaders. This course helps support participants to find their own authentic style of leadership and creates enduring support networks, that we have already started to see take shape from the first cohort. We are proud to continue supporting initiatives that inspire us in our professional and personal lives, and help empower these leaders to make a real difference.”
Mags Moore is joined by Sopra Steria’s Head of Consulting in Scotland, Jackie Smith, to work together with the initiative’s Programme Panel in assessing the applicants to the programme and deciding upon the final make-up of participants, as well as to advise on some of the key challenges that the cohort will face in their group-work. The remainder of the Panel is made up of senior figures from across industry and government including the ScotlandIS Interim Chief Exec, Karen Meechan, Joy Bramfitt-Wanless, Head of the Digital Transformation Service at The Scottish Government, and Roz Britton, Talent Attraction & Capability Lead for the Digital Profession at The Scottish Government.
The deadline for applications to the free programme is the 13th of August and further details, including application information can be found here.