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CEC WITL; Choices and Challenges for Women in IT
Women have made notable strides in terms of recognition, equality, and advancement into leadership roles over the past few years, although there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of balancing gender ratios in the workplace – especially in technology companies.
While many companies have taken tangible steps to elevate women into leadership roles in IT, 72% of the female executives who took part in a 2021 Women in Tech Report project conducted by Trust Radius say they are still outnumbered by men in business meetings by a ratio of at least 2:1, while 26% report that ratio may be as high as 5:1 or more.
More than half of the female executives taking part in another women in technology research effort agree that gender equality has improved over the past two years, but there are still a number of challenges women face every day in terms of acceptance and career advancement. Among the top hurdles; a lack of adequate training, limited networking and support opportunities, and a scarcity of female role models.
In this session, successful women leaders will outline some of the barriers they faced in their rise to the top in leading tech companies and detail the intelligent risk-taking strategies that helped them to achieve their goals. The discussion will also focus on the challenges these women faced in their personal lives in balancing work and home responsibilities, as well as the less publicized but very real enigma of women-on-women bias and the career jeopardizing actions of female executives who are higher up on the corporate ladder, a phenomena generally referred to as the 'Queen Bee Syndrome.'

The session is moderated by Kathryn Marston, Group Vice President, Client Experience & Operations, CIO Executive Council/IDC.

Nov 9, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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