Google and Sage join Odgers Berndtson in nationwide Women in Tech mentoring  initiative

17 Dec 2019

Google and Sage join Odgers Berndtson in nationwide Women in Tech mentoring initiative

Latest additions mean that over 50 companies across UK technology have pledged support for a scheme to boost female board prospects.

We’re very happy that Google and Sage have come on-board as lead partners on Rebus, a nationwide mentoring initiative to fast-track senior women across the UK technology sector.

More than 50 leading UK technology companies have so far pledged to support Rebus. These include names like Vodafone, TalkTalk, ARM Holdings, NVIDIA, SAP and Blackberry.

Since launching in October with founding partners Odgers Berndtson, BT and Avanade, Rebus has identified over 60 mentors for events in 2020.

The readiness of big players in tech like Google to take a lead in mentoring female leaders is extremely encouraging.

Our focus is firmly on women in leadership and senior management roles, aiming to help them navigate the path to board level. reach the top. Having that self-belief can make all the difference.

Eight events in 2020

Rebus has scheduled up to eight mentoring events next year, with the first taking place in late February.

They will follow the successful speed-dating format used on another mentoring initiatives involving Odgers Berndtson: “Plan B”, rolled out last year across the hospitality and leisure sector. It now has backing from over 150 companies and recently won an industry award.

Building confidence

Rebus aims to provide women who want to be considered for top executive and board roles in technology with objective advice and guidance from experienced mentors, to build confidence and achieve their ambitions.

There is no cost to the programme and no barrier to entry, which can be particularly valuable for women working in smaller companies or with fewer resources or role models.

Working in partnership

Hugh Dickerson, Senior Industry Head at Google, shares our vision: “I am very excited to be a part of the Rebus programme as Google understands the importance of ensuring that a business' senior team-best reflects the diversity of the consumers they serve and how supporting women to reach their true potential is a critical component in this endeavour".

Debbie Wall, EVP of Sage Foundation, Diversity & Inclusion, also sees where Rebus can lead: “Sage is passionate about developing our talent throughout our business and see Rebus as a great opportunity to ensure our female talent experience high-quality mentoring, advice and motivation to develop their careers with us and ascend to senior positions within the business”

Tracking progress

The launch of Rebus earlier this year followed a global study by Odgers Berndtson, Women Leaders in Technology. This was based on data from almost 1,000 senior appointments in the five years to January 2019. It showed that whilst women doubled their share of top appointments and narrowed the earnings gap in this period, they trail men in earnings and on top specialist and commercial roles.