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The 2018 Women in Tech Index has ranked Portugal one of the best countries for women pursuing a career in technology.
We have invited Rosa Monteiro, Portugal's Secretary of Estate for Citizenship and Equality; Rita Piçarra, CFO for Microsoft Portugal; Helena Geirinhas, the Coordinator of the Gender Balance Project at Instituto Técnico de Lisboa; and Inês Santos Silva, the founder of Portuguese Women in Tech, to address important topics that affect Women in Tech everywhere. - Rosa Monteiro, Portugal's Secretary of Estate for Citizenship and Equality won't be able to join us tonight.
Join us in a riveting panel where we will discuss how we can break down the stereotypes that make women less likely to pursue careers in an area where they are a minority, thus making it challenging to feel like they belong. We want to talk about Ada Lovelace and the pioneers of computing, as well as the artificially generated gap, and why having more women in tech is beneficial for the bottom line of companies.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the event and benefiting from your unique perspectives on this topic.
Instituto Superior Técnico
Portuguese Women in Tech
co-Founder and Chief Activist Officer
Professor Helena Geirinhas is responsible for the Gender Balance Project of Instituto Superior Técnico. One of the project's main objectives is to expand the recruitment universe by increasing the percentage of candidates who enter Técnico: students, employees, researchers and teachers.
Rita Piçarra is the new Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft Portugal. In the company since 2005, and with a professional experience of more than 17 years, she has performed transversal and distinct functions in the company.
Rita Piçarra has travelled the world with Microsoft, with the various positions she has played, always in the Financial area, taking her to destinations such as Madrid (Spain), Miami (USA), São Paulo (Brazil), Paris (France) and Redmond (USA). In her words and, honouring the Portuguese saying “the good son always comes back home,” Rita Piçarra thus returned to the national territory, having in her baggage - in addition to her vast international experience - multiple distinctions, as Best Financial Manager at Microsoft Latin America (consisting of 35 offices, from 20 countries, and more than two thousand employees). As an ambition for the new position, the Rita intends to actively contribute to the fulfillment of the technological mission in the country and proposes to increase the digital literacy of Portuguese people and enhance the Digital Transformation of organizations, creating more personal experiences, developing a cloud platform and reinventing productivity and business processes.
Inês is a Co-founder and Chief Activist at Portuguese Women in Tech, a community focus on attracting more women to tech and on supporting those that are already working in technology.
SG Lisbon | DiTal
Director | Founder
Stela is the Director of Startup Grind's Lisbon chapter, Regional Leader of Lean In in Portugal and Founder of DiTal.Tech. She does business from the heart. Her drive is to enable people to communicate, collaborate and together, build a better tomorrow.
She loves to help companies understand how crucial is to broaden the pool of talent and to yield positive outcomes as increased profitability, boosted innovation and higher returns on equity (ROE) as a result of hiring more women and diverse candidates, while implementing equality and inclusion. Stela is a trained psychologist with expertise on Unconscious Bias.
Last year, she delivered two packed-jam workshops at the Web Summit that created a big wave of awareness and activated many people and companies to act upon gender equality in tech. She is an Executive Member of the European Digital Development Alliance and a Regional Leder of Lean In, first in Dubai, where she lived for 10 years, and now in Portugal. She is the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Lisbon.
Her mission at DiTal is to create more equality in tech. That means attracting more diverse talent to tech, both in technical and leadership positions, and making sure they feel included and stay.