It’s great to be back
We’re back after a quick summer break with episode 6 of our INSPIRE 20 podcast series! And we are coming back strong with the inspiring Jacqueline de Rojas joining us on the podcast. Not only is this UK-based inspiration the president of techUK, but she was also awarded the CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honors list 2018. The CBE, or Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is highest ranking Order of the British Empire award. This award is given to recognize the positive impacts that individuals have made in their work – and Jacqueline has certainly done that as you’ll hear in the podcast!
Diversity in the workplace
As president of techUK, Jacqueline aims to add diversity into every tech workplace, taking the time to identify where there are gaps and teach companies not only how to create a more diverse workplace, but also the importance of why this is necessary. This diversity has a trickle effect, from the benefits of having a female on an Executive Board, to the algorithms created for university admissions. If leaders are aware of the need for diversity and actively promoting it within their companies, then they can properly reflect their markets and promote their own values successfully.
Jacqueline also speaks to the importance of diversity in digital transformation, which is an area that is near and dear to us here at Micro Focus, as we are both a leader in the digital transformation space, and have been through a digital transformation ourselves over the past couple years. She notes that “if we are going to create a world that works for everyone, then diversity is the one thing that is going to create our competitive advantage” in order to build tech that reflects the markets we serve.