Many women are now at the helm of tech companies in Spain including Google, HP, IBM, and Fujitsu.

While many firms don’t meet gender equality targets, there are some women leaders in the tech industry.
Insider analyzed the profiles of 18 women leaders and found some common traits.
From being polyglots to postgraduate degrees and working with AI, here’s what they had in common.

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Thanks to women who have struggled against institutionalized sexism for decades, today we have a host of female role models in business and entrepreneurial leadership roles.

However, there’s still a long way to go before the glass ceiling is truly broken.

In 2018, the average full-time female worker made just 81.6 cents for every dollar her male counterpart made.

The number of women directors at FTSE-100 companies increased by 50% over the last five years and one in five boardroom roles are now held by women, The Guardian reported.

In Spain, 14 of the 35 IBEX companies have not met their target of 30% women on their boards and only 5% of financing rounds between 2016 and 2020 were led by women.

Many women are now at the helm of tech companies in Spain including Google, HP, IBM, and Fujitsu while others hold important roles at Netflix or Siemens.

Business Insider España analyzed the profiles of 18 women in these leadership roles to figure out what they have in common, from their university destinations and master’s degrees to the languages they speak.

1. Degree choices

Many of the Spanish women in leadership roles at tech companies studied STEM subjects at university.

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President of Fujitsu Spain Ángeles Delgado studied economics at the Universidad Computense de Madrid.

General IT manager at Indra, Cristina Ruiz, studied economics and business at the same university, and Marta Martínez, a general manager of IBM for the EMEA region, studied chemistry there.

In fact, many of the women on our list studied STEM subjects at public universities in Madrid including the UCM, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. These include Nerea Torres of Siemens, Rosa Díaz of the National Cybersecurity Institute, Julia Bernal of Red Hat, and María Ferreras of Netflix.

Some studied outside Madrid – Irene Cano, head of Facebook Iberia, opted for the University of Oviedo while Fuencisla Clemares, the head of Google for Spain and Portugal, studied at the University of Navarra.

Adobe’s María Garaña studied at San Pablo CEU University.

Those who studied at private universities included the head of Google APAC, Government Affairs, and Public Policy, Bárbara Navarro, and Pilar López, country general manager of Microsoft. Both attended the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas along with Susana Voces, CEO of

Meanwhile, the director of Amazon Prime Video Spain Koro Castellano studied at San Pablo CEU University, as did María Garaña, vice president of professional services for the EMEA region at Adobe.

2. Studying for a master’s degree

Many of the women leaders have one or many postgraduate qualifications, whether it be a master’s …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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