The statistics are alarming. Although women today comprise half the world's population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020. Over two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing-related degrees. Women represent a vastly untapped talent pool. Groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster than do homogenous groups, and the presence of women in a group is more likely to increase the collective intelligence (problem-solving ability, creativity) of the group.
This panel of leading technology companies shares insights and best practices on how they attract and advance women in technical roles. If you're a business owner or leader and looking to grow your team, you'll benefit from the ideas shared. Or, if you're a woman in tech searching for your next gig you'll learn how to identify signs of female-friendly companies as you choose your next employer.