“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
It’s no secret to anyone that there are more men in the IT industry than women. In my 15 year career, I’ve often been the lone female on the team and I’m pretty comfortable with that. But Dr. Wendy Cukier from Ryerson University has been doing research for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Women in IT (CATA WIT) organization on the status of women in the Canadian technology sector and she makes a pretty good case for actively building gender diversity in your team, including fueling innovation, improving team productivity and better serving diverse customers to name but a few.
However, when I talk to most IT managers, it’s not a case of not wanting to hire qualified women, it’s a question of where to find them. Less women are entering the IT field and those who have established careers in technology are now leaving it in droves.
Join myself and Dr. Cukier for an hour long live webcast as we explore what’s happening to the female contingent of technology workers in Canada and how managers can attract, retain and promote women for the betterment of the business and the IT sector.
The Business Case for Team Diversity
Wednesday, December 2
Noon to 1pm EST
Come armed with your questions as Dr. Cukier will be taking questions from participants during the latter half of the webcast. If you can’t make the webcast, I’ll be providing a link to the recording here on the blog as well as condensing it into a 20 – 30 minute podcast for the AlignIT IT Managers Podcast Series.