by Rick King
Originally published: July 31, 2017
It’s no secret that the number of women in technology leadership roles is woefully low.
Although women account for 21% of the total technology workforce in the U.S.—in itself nothing to boast about—they hold only 14% of executive-level positions. Clearly, we need to improve those numbers, for reasons of both basic fairness and the distinctive business value that women technology leaders can bring to an organization.
Seven years ago, we created a program to reduce the attrition of mid-career women in technology at Thomson Reuters. The company, a global mass media and information business, already had in place some significant initiatives to encourage diversity and women in the workplace. But I wanted a program that focused on women in technology, given their disproportionately low numbers at companies around the world.