I tuned in to the livestream at the end of Cloudsplit, participated in the online chat and listened to the final hours of LeWeb from the comfort of my desk in the UK. How cool is that! However; The panel discussions that unfolded were shockingly and blindly all male. At first I wondered if there were any women there at all but flicking through the on demand stored streams I did see a couple of women presenters.
Congratulation to them.LeWeb Europe Group Gentlemen, if you are reading this your arrogance needs a sharp slap from a good women! (Play back the stream ladies you will get my drift if you watch the intro)
Do I want a Female LeWeb? or LaWeb as it became known in the online chat! No... female lead? maybe. I am opposed to "all women" events and networks and favour female delegations to mainstream events and networks instead. I have been aware of your organisation for sometime now but the explicitly female connotation niggles me. I do my best work when in a mixed gender team and flourish even further in male dominated teams. I have always worked in male heavy organisations.
I was delighted that Geraldine LeMeur was welcomed on stage with her team demonstrating that the backbone of the LeWeb event was a holistic whole. On stage and off stage infrastructure.The delivery team on reflection you will notice had a far better gender balance.
I don't object to men taking the credit due to them as industry innovators I just think we need a little more balance, a little more profile.
I must get along to a Next Women event. I'm really not at my best when in all female company. But seeing this event I really want to contribute to evening the balance.