In November 2017, I wrote this blog post about how to build diverse and inclusive teams. Today, on International Woman’s Day 2019, I have paused to take inventory of where we are as a culture and especially in the tech industry. Based on recent reports from SVB, IBM and Trust Radius, it’s clear that we still have work to do. Real change requires more than good intentions.
According to IBM, about twelve percent of organizations are “First Movers” in creating diverse workforces and leadership teams. They’re achieving great results!
What about the other 88% of workforces? Many seem to be aware and interested in creating a diverse workforce, but desire needs to turn into action.
There are many other statistics out there, but they all point to the fact that real change takes work, and time. Many believe that real change in the workforce begins with change in culture, family dynamics and media as well as just in the workplace.
As a recruiter who is focused on placing the most qualified engineering and technology leaders in today’s fast-moving companies, I find that there still are fewer women in leadership roles. The questions from my blog post in 2017 still apply.
What are you doing to prove your environment is diverse and inclusive?
As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, I am encouraged by the awareness across companies of every description, and especially in the technology industry. And, I’m reminded that real change takes real effort and time for new norms to surface across society. I look forward to seeing what a difference we can make by International Women’s Day 2020.