cfo-as logo
Story image

IWD 2020 interview: BlackLine's Claudia Pirko & Ecosystm's Jannat Maqbool

08 Mar 2020

As a celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re running a series of interviews with women in technology.  BlackLine’s A/NZ regional vice president Claudia Pirko and Ecosystm principal advisor Jannat Maqbool share their thoughts.

Jannat Maqbool

“Diversity in the tech sector requires an inclusive approach in a number of areas including highlighting and celebrating diversity, making a commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion, and ensuring we walk the talk.
With the 'we' also referring to women already in tech and in leadership roles, recognising the responsibility to share their story, connecting with the upcoming generation to inspire and support, and importantly to ensure they are including men in the conversation.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to show how the power of unity can help drive a movement toward greater diversity and equality in the workplace.

Claudia Pirko

What does the finance function need to do to attract more women in the years ahead?

We are somewhat fortunate that the finance function has a reasonable female representation in the industry compared to other functions such as IT.  Having said that, the majority at the top and in senior roles are still male and I also don’t believe there are enough younger women entering this profession.

The finance function has changed dramatically in recent years and I think we need to do a better job to let the next generation of women know that Finance is and can be an exciting field which is strategic to a business.  There is also an opportunity to help organisations embrace modern accounting with technology and eliminate some of the traditional manual accounting practices that exist in many organisations.
What does the finance and accounting industry need to do to ensure that more women have the opportunity to achieve senior leadership roles in the industry and within the organisations in which they work?

The transformation that is happening in the Finance function is both exciting and challenging for many organisations primarily due to the massive change management element that is required to ensure success.  To stand out and rise to the top, women need to have the confidence and support to challenge the status quo in order to be able to drive change.  We need to encourage women to approach their roles and opportunities with an entrepreneurial mindset, knowing and believing that being a disruptor of change is a good thing.

Story image
Micro Focus launches new multi-cloud services solution
Micro Focus has introduced Hybrid Cloud Management X, designed to simplify the delivery of multi-cloud services. The offering is a cloud-native, multi-tenant management platform that can run in the public cloud or on-premises.More
Story image
Epicor acquired by investment firm in huge US$4.7 billion transaction
“We welcome this new partnership with CD&R, which shares our vision for growing the company, and I thank KKR for a highly successful partnership these past few years."More
Story image
Bank Mandiri teams up with Cloudera to better serve customers post COVID-19
"Cloudera’s data platform has assisted Bank Mandiri in handling the complexities of data management and supporting multi-function analytics amidst changing situations."More
Story image
Dynata and Hall & Partners announce integrated data platform
Dynata’s data capabilities and technology will power The Hub, Hall & Partners’ data visualisation and storytelling platform. More
Story image
Zoom reports massive revenue growth in Q2 2021 financial results
Founder and chief executive officer Eric S. Yuan says the world’s shift towards remote solutions and amidst business continuity concerns at the beginning of the year has greatly affected the company’s standing.More
Story image
VMware backs Microsoft's Azure Spring Cloud for developers
Microsoft Azure Spring Cloud is putting developers at the centre of the action, with the belief that more productive developers lead to more functionality, and happier customers.More