Role Models Create More Role Models

8th March 2023

Women make up only 22% of artificial intelligence workers globally. In a world analysis of 133 AI systems across industries, 44.2% demonstrate gender bias (Source: UN Women).

Both figures are very concerning, and it begs the question: Are women always going to be on the backfoot?  If we are not involved in the development of cutting-edge technologies, who is going to represent ‘us’ – who is going to be ‘our’ voice?

As a publisher, I don’t pretend to understand how AI works – I do know, however, that it’s the present and OUR future. In fact, the pace of technological developments in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is happening so fast that many companies are struggling to keep up. This is according to CeADAR, Ireland’s National Centre for Applied AI, which recently acknowledged that even tech companies are finding it hard to stay on top of rapid advancements which could prove critical to their business – and indeed, critical to women I might add!

It is therefore vital that we do what we can to ensure women can play their part in future advancements in this area and in the decision-making process.  There’s little point in fighting for equality on one hand, if it’s only going to be replaced by inequality on the other.

“As AI becomes more sophisticated, industry and society will be challenged to guarantee that AI works for all citizens, not just a particular subset.” Geraldine Magnier, Director, Idiro Analytics and WMB Diversity Ambassador

One way to increase female underrepresentation is by way of role models.  Here at WMB, we are fortunate that there are so many wonderful businesswomen and female entrepreneurs who have vision, passion, and a shared desire to ‘throw back down the ladder’.

“At a very practical level, we can be good role models for those coming after us, and we should constantly ask what we can do to remove barriers, large or small, subtle and practical, that hold women back.” Deirdre O’Neill, MD, Compass Group Ireland and WMB Diversity Ambassador

The WMB Diversity Ambassador Initiative is an opportunity for our Ambassadors to share their stories, promote DE&I and encourage more women into areas where they are underrepresented.

“Diversity feeds innovation and accelerates performance. It is critical that we drive more women into technology – their voice is needed.” Olivia Bushe, Co-Founder & CEO, FlowForma and WMB Diversity Ambassador

We are delighted to reveal our Diversity Ambassadors for 2023 who will join our current Ambassadors in their ambitions to create positive change.

“I’ve seen first-hand the impact that great colleagues, supportive environments and fantastic managers can have.” Gráinne Bryan, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting and WMB Diversity Ambassador

During late March and April, we look forward to finding out a bit more about each of our role models.

“My advice to all women is to never hold back from what you can achieve.” Elaine Daly, Partner, Head of Business Consultancy, Grant Thornton and WMB Diversity Ambassador

It is time to come into full view ladies – our daughters and sons deserve to see what is possible.

Find out about our Diversity Ambassadors here>>