Practitioners’ Roundtable: A Gender Equal Future of Work

Shael Roopchand, Director at Avasant sat at the Practitioners’ Roundtable where she engaged in conversations around harnessing opportunity amid disruption to intentionally challenge and transform the structures that perpetuate gender inequality. Unprecedented changes are impacting the work environment including technological advances, social and demographic shifts, new patterns of globalization, post-pandemic recovery, and climate change. In a rapidly changing economy, without decisive and urgent action, there is a risk of further replicating or exacerbating disadvantage for future generations of women. Furthermore, these trends are disrupting traditional models of work and learning, as well as the nature of jobs and the composition of workforces. However, there is an opportunity to harness the disruption underway to intentionally challenge and transform the structures that perpetuate gender inequality. Many of the strategies that have delivered results in the past, such as target setting and supporting employees with caring responsibilities, will continue to be relevant in the future. However, new challenges, such as technological advancement and climate change require fresh approaches. Business leaders around the world are already recognizing gender equality as a critical business issue and taking a variety of actions to advance progress.

Event Overview

On the side-lines of the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Global Compact and Champions of Change gathered global Chief Executive Officers championing gender equality to reflect on how businesses can guard against exacerbating inequality in the future of work and discuss how the private sector can take advantage of the current disruptions to accelerate progress towards a gender equal future of work, within the STEM industry in specific.

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About Avasant

Avasant is a leading management consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies for the world’s largest corporations. Specializing in digital and IT transformation, sourcing advisory, global strategy, and governance services, Avasant prides itself on delivering high-value engagements through industry-focused innovation and flexible client-based solutions.

Our seasoned professionals have an average of 20 years of industry-honed expertise, having conducted 1000+ engagements in over 50 countries. Avasant’s next generation consulting and advisory methods have made it the top-ranked firm in its class, with recognition from numerous organizations, including: Vault, NOA, IAOP, and Wall Street Journal.

Avasant’s engagement in the global market has inspired a strong commitment to community and purpose. Avasant Foundation supports technology and skill development programs to create employment opportunities for youth across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

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