by Steve Rosenbush of the Wall Street Journal
Good day, CIOs. Diversity is at the top of the corporate tech agenda, but scant progress is being made when it comes to expanding the ranks of women and minorities within the U.S. divisions of large companies, CIO Journal’s Sara Castellanos reports. Women were represented in 24% of technical roles this year, a slight gain over 2017, according to a survey of more than 628,000 technologists across 80 large companies. The study was conducted by AnitaB.org, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing the representation of women technologists.
A broader view of diversity. Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and multiracial women accounted for about 13% of the technical roles, according to the report, which did not measure racial diversity last year.The business case. “Diversity in experience and diversity in thought is going to produce much better solutions for our customers,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, chief technology officer at Blackbaud Inc., a cloud software company for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Blackbaud was among the 80 companies surveyed for the study, which included American Express Co., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and SAP SE.