Women in Technology

Co-Chairs: Sherrie Littlejohn, President, Littlejohn Coaching and Leadership Consulting and Viola Maxwell-Thompson, President and CEO, Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF)

  • Women in the tech industry encounter more gender inequality than in any other workforce population.
  • Computing roles for women in tech have been on a decline over the past 25 years (Pew Research)
  • As of 2015, 17% of CIOs were female (NCWIT)
  • While white women hold 16% of computing roles, women of color hold less than 10%. (NCWIT)

ACTIONS

  • Recognize the achievements of women leaders in the high-tech industry, especially women of color
  • Create CIO succession plans that call for the identification of high-potential women (including women of color) in technology no later than mid-career
  • Aggressively invest in the development of high-potential women (including women of color) to rapidly change the mix of the pipeline of women leaders in technology
WBC asks:

Could women constitute 25% of leaders in the high-tech industry by 2025?

Could women of color constitute 8% of leaders in the high-tech industry by 2025?

Could 25% of CIOs be women of color by 2030?