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Women in Technology Organizations

Date posted: November 12, 2015

A recent McKinsey Insight discusses the issue of recruiting and retaining more women in technology organizations, featuring interviews with board members of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. The publication notes:

Gender diversity remains an issue in technology organizations. The number of young women completing engineering and technology programs has dropped significantly over the past 30 years, and a report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology suggests that a little more than half of all US women who do enter technology fields leave their employers midcareer.

The leaders of Girls Who Code indicate that solving the gender-diversity problem has a two-part answer:

  1. “Normalizing” technology as a career path for women.
  2. Corporate support once women who have chosen a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career path have graduated university and formally entered industry.

Excerpts and videos of the interviews are included in the Insight, where Jamie Miller, Senior Vice President and CIO at GE; Alexis Maybank, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Gilt Groupe; and Jane Chwick, retired Partner and Co-COO of Technology at Goldman-Sachs shed some welcome light on this important topic.

I highly recommend you avail yourself of this piece, which you can access here.