Thomson Reuters Inspires Women in Tech

In partnership with Tech Vision and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), the Women@Thomson Reuters recently hosted a panel of technology leaders to discuss how to attract and develop women in technology leadership roles.

Some key takeaways included in their recent blog post:

  • The number of women in technology roles in the US was 26% in 2014, down from 36% in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • There is a strong business case for increasing the meaningful participation of women and people of color in technology. Research shows that diverse teams working on technology issues result in more innovative products and better financial results.
  • Curiosity and a willingness to tackle challenges are essential. Each of the panelists described how their career progression often depended on taking projects that were seen as risks or “big headaches”—which led to positions of increasing importance and responsibility.
  • Getting girls involved in technology is critical to increasing the participation of women in technology role. Early exposure to technology through contests, school projects or community events can help girls learn more about technology as a future career choice.
  • Retaining women in technology roles can be a challenge. While it’s often assumed that women leave mid-career roles to raise families, it’s actually more because of an unsupportive work culture or supervisor. Training managers about unconscious biases helps cultivate more supportive workplace environments.
  • Networking is one of the best ways women in technology can support each other and discover opportunities to move into leadership roles.

Watch a video of the full panel discussion below.