Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 25 By Ellen Lee F irst, the good news: Major tech companies report that the percent- age of women in senior leadership is increasing. For instance, between 2014 and 2018, women in senior leadership po- sitions rose from 23 percent to 30 percent at Facebook, and from 20.8 percent to 25.5 percent at Google. Here's the bad news: Despite recent heightened attention to the gender gap, progress has been slow. A wide gap still persists in the tech industry, more so than in other sectors, especially at the highest rungs. "e image of the brogrammer cul- ture still reigns, unfortunately," says Anna Beninger, a senior director, research and corporate engagement partner at Catalyst, a nonprofit with a focus on women in the workplace. "e reputation is actually still We all know the tech industry has a gender gap problem that companies need to address. In the meantime, what can women do to gain a foothold—and advance? Take the Lead Hurdling the Tech Gender Gap ISTOCKPHOTOS well deserved. Despite the public effort to be transparent about workforce represen- tation and the need for more women in senior leadership, very little progress has been made." A 2018 study by Silicon Valley Bank found that 57 percent of start-ups have no women in executive positions and 71 percent have no women on their boards. It's more stark for women of color. A 2018 analysis by Reveal of 177 of the largest tech companies in the San Fran- cisco Bay Area found that one-third had no executives who were women of color. It also found that women and people of color tend to be overrepresented in sup- port positions, such as administrative assistance and customer service, rather than in roles that are more likely to pro- pel them into the C-suite. Fortunately, an evolving, growing num- ber of efforts are helping to fill the gap, of- fering women opportunities to network, find mentors, and develop their leadership skills among a supportive cohort. Here is an overview of some of these efforts. CONFERENCES AND GATHERINGS Last year's Grace Hopper Celebration, a con- ference dedicated to women in technology, drew a record 20,000 attendees. Additional conferences for women in technology, such as Wonder Women Tech and the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference, are cultivating communities of women in technology. "Just knowing we're on this hard path together, and we're supportive of one an- other, time and time again, that's what helps," says Cara Delzer, cofounder and We Mean Business >

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