The Recruitment, Retention & Advancement of Senior Technical Women
On October 1, 2009, 59 senior technology executives participated in the Anita Borg Institute’s 2009 Technical Executive Forum.
Even though an acknowledgement was made that the pipeline of technical women with technical degrees coming out of academia was insufficient, the group commented that the women who do graduate from these programs are not joining organizational cultures that are as receptive as they could be to gender diversity. This cultural disconnect was highlighted through the discussion of five main components.
1. The existing technical culture is biased against “those who don’t code”
2. The existing technical culture rewards “Hero” behavior and an “in your face” communication style
3. Risk-aversion is embedded in recruiting and advancement practices
4. The individual contributor track lacks a development culture
5. The existing reward structures built around the high-tech culture do not encourage rapid change around this issue
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.