“We’re making great progress, but we’re not there yet.” How many times have you heard some such phrase spoken about achieving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in fintech?
At Qonto, we’re impatient to “get there” as quickly as possible, even if - for now - we’re still on that journey: when it comes to gender equality, for example, a 44% female workforce overall - up from 40% at the start of 2022 - suggests we’re on the right track. However, with women making up just 16% of Qonto’s software engineering team, we still have some way to go.
So what’s holding us back?
To examine the barriers to genuine DEI, as well as how we’ll overcome them, Qonto hosted a live conference on March 21: How to improve parity within your Tech team. While the main focus was on just one of the many aspects of DEI, gender parity, the principles discussed apply to so many others, including sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability and social background. The panel brought together a wealth of practical experience in DEI in fintech recruitment:
- Marjorie Boruel, Talent Acquisition Director @Qonto
- Emmanuelle Larroque, Founder and CEO @Social Builder
- Chloé Hermary, Founder and CEO @Ada Tech School
- Karim Ogbi, Managing Director @Cloudity
- Sabrina Gooriah, Front-End Engineer Apprentice @Qonto and Ada alumnus
- Djamel Bendaoud, Senior Lead Front-End Engineer @Qonto
Below is a summary of an evening full of valuable insights.