Connection and belonging play an ever-increasing role in the conversation about the future of technology. Broadening the technology workforce is a win for everyone. It increases innovation, results in better products and solutions for customers, and strengthens the industry. Companies in the United States and in countries around the world are suffering from a lack of skilled candidates, and must think differently about how they find, hire, train, and retain employees.
While Microsoft and its partners have an immediate need to address, it’s also critical to consider how to address the talent gap issue in the long-term, and prepare future generations by providing them with broader access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
As part of our planning for the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, we asked partners about how they are addressing the talent gap in their businesses today. Many of them shared with us how their own families—particularly their daughters—are taking an interest in technology, inspiring us to produce a video highlighting these aspiring leaders.
Is your partner business taking an active approach to shaping the future of the technology workforce through involvement in STEM programs, or diversity and inclusion programs? We’d love to hear about it – contact Ahinsa Mansukhani by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet your future boss – People for Innovation at WPC 2016