Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor for ‘The Banker,’ on Women in Technology

We spoke with Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor for The Banker, regarding the role of women in tech firms, the reach of FinTech’s disruption in the workforce, how technology helps women in Latin America and how governments are playing a role in including women through technology. Silvia oversees The Banker’s coverage of Latin America, international financial centers, wealth management capital markets, trade finance and financial inclusion. She has traveled extensively in the region and volunteers at WILL (Women in Leadership in Latin America).

Silvia will moderate a general session called “Women in Technology” at CL@B 2017. Panelists include Laura Gaviria Halaby, Global Head Digital Acceleration, Citi; Mia Nygren, General Manager, Spotify Latam and US; Mary Spio, CEO and Founder, CEEK – virtual reality; and Francesca de Quesada Covey, Head of Product Partnerships, Latina America, Facebook.

Here are some of Silvia’s thoughts:

“There is plenty of research highlighting typical differences in leadership styles between men and women, and how including more women in decision-making roles seems to correlate with better financial indicators. In the end, to me, making sure women can access a specific job market or progress in their careers, should they seek to, continuing to reduce bias and prejudice, is just the right thing to do.

“As far as I can tell, there is still no substantial evidence pointing in this direction.”

It will certainly be interesting to see if the fintechs setting out to disrupt the finance world can also modernize the gender composition of its workforce. As far as I can tell, there is still no substantial evidence pointing in this direction.

Technology would certainly help Latin America’s wider population in accessing financial services, and many other services for that matter. With women typically running households, I can only see benefits in making sure technology translates in wider social and financial inclusion. Government-led programs, in partnership with the private sector, to improve financial inclusion would be beneficial; it’d be great to see more of them across Latin America.”

June 28, 2017By Karina ZayasBlog, Industry Insights

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