Former politician starts initiative to draw more women to high tech industry

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Retired politician Neelie Kroes is launching a new initiative to get more women interested in Eindhoven’s technical industry.

The former European Commissioner will be at the High Tech Campus during Dutch Technology Week to launch the Female Tech Heroes network. More than 600 women have signed up so far.

Iniatiators include Hilde de Vocht and Ingelou Stol. “Large companies in the area such as ASML, Philips, NXP, and Thermo Fisher Scientific are all searching for female talent. Ultimately, we strive for diversity. That’s the key to success. Research has shown that teams with a variety of backgrounds, genders, and experience are behind the best innovations”, says Stol.

Female leaders from TomTom, Philips, Lightyear, TNO, and ASML will be at the event to share their experiences working in the male-dominated tech world. “We’ll talk about balancing work and personal life and what happens when they overlap, as well as what it’s like to be a woman in the technology industry”, says Stol.

Source: Studio040
Translation: Nicola W

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