Dell Technologies' UK channel boss Rob Tomlin on why the vendor is supporting CRN Women in Channel 2020
Why is Women in channel/tech an important issue for your firm?
At Dell Technologies, our goal is to create a future workforce that champions diversity and as part of this, one of our Progress Made Real 2030 goals is to have a 50/50 gender diversity mix. I know first-hand that the best performing teams are diverse, value different backgrounds and brings unique perspectives to the table.
How do you think we can get more women into technology?
For me it starts with education, making sure that we spark curiosity and encourage girls to consider career paths in the technology industry. Moving into the workplace, we need to ensure that companies have a strategy around diversity and gender balance and a focus on creating a work environment where women thrive.
What do you think should be done to enable more women to rise through to the more senior roles in the IT sector?
It's a great question, I've been very lucky to work with some fantastic female leaders and we need more of them! I am convinced that over the next 10 years our industry will look very different but we have to adapt to ensure we find, attract and retain female talent in an environment where they can shine. We have to focus on barriers such as maternity returners and countering unconscious bias so that people are supported and be can themselves.
What's your one piece of advice for younger people looking for a career in the IT sector?
I would say get a couple of mentors, male and female, learn from all their experiences, including their mistakes and lessons. Be curious about your team, business and the world around you to make sure you have a rounded and diverse view.
Rob Tomlin is vice president of channels UK & Ireland at Dell Technologies