2017 Conference Details

Driving Growth Through the Advancement of Women in Technology

  • Room: Venetian Ballroom A-D
  • Session Number: W1
Tuesday, October 10, 2017: 8:30 AM - 9:25 AM


Patricia Milligan
Global Leader, Multinational Client Group


Three of the five highest-growth fields — management, computer science, mathematics, architecture and engineering — face low female representation. And especially in the tech industry, women find challenges ascending to higher ranks. Mercer’s global research report, When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive: An Imperative for the Tech Industry, finds that as career level rises, female representation severely declines. Women represent only 18% of the average technology firm’s executives and only 34% of the industry workforce — that’s over 10% less females than in the overall global workforce. Despite these significant challenges confronting women, there are also many opportunities for women and businesses as they look to provide vibrant colleague experiences where all employees and the business can thrive. Some are technology driven (such as flex or remote work); while others are driven by organizational structural changes (such as neutralizing bias throughout talent processes). Pat Milligan will discuss this paradox of technology: how even in this current state of disruption, there is opportunity for sustainable improvement in female representation at all levels of employment across any organization. You’ll learn more about what’s keeping women from getting to the top and come away with new approaches and actionable insights.