Hello SOTGC community,
This past week, Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella spoke at a conference for women in computing, and she made a statement that caused shock waves in the women’s empowerment community. Nadella said that women didn’t need to ask for raises, and that they should “trust the system” to obtain the pay they deserved.
The controversial statement started a conversation not only about the pay gap between women and men, but also about corporate culture. Is corporate culture truly changing for the betterment of women and diverse people? Have we made the strides in the past several years we thought we would? One thing we know is that there are many companies that are working to ensure women and diverse candidates are prepared for leadership positions and feel welcome in the company culture. For example, Amazon has a female engineers group and the Women in Amazon affinity group. Medtronic, Inc., has the ASPIRE program and the Medtronic Women’s Network.
In Janet Tu’s article, There’s a Long Way to Close the Tech Gender Gap, she quotes Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, “Such efforts [women’s development groups] are great … one of the things we decided at Anita Borg Institute is: Yes, we can help women stay in computing. But it’s only going to change if the organizations are welcoming to women.”
Changing the corporate culture and attitude towards women seems to be the underlying theme, and it starts with us! Look at what you can do in your daily attitude to make the workplace more amiable to women and diverse candidates. Lift other women up with you as you rise to leadership positions. If you’d like more information on Nadella’s comments and Janet Tu’s article, you can read it here: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024758535_womentechxml.html
Are you making strides to help corporate culture become more female friendly? What experiences can you share with others to help them develop a more positive corporate culture? Continue the conversation with me on Twitter @ryangreenonline and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007156953049.