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High Potentials in Tech-Intensive Industries: The Gender Divide in Business Roles

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Technology-intensive industries including high tech, oil and gas, and energy have grown rapidly in the 21st century, far outstripping other industries. Companies in these industries need employees with both the technical and managerial leadership skills to ensure their success—but the pipeline is leaky.

Women make up a significant proportion of the talent pool, particularly in business roles,  which are often a pathway to the top. How can tech-intensive companies attract and retain high-potential talent from day one and hold on to them over time?

This report:

  • Identifies the gender gap women experience working in business roles in tech-intensive industries from day one.
  • Uncovers the barriers holding women back and provides insight into why women leave.
  • Provides recommendations on how companies can reverse these trends by attracting and retaining top female talent in business roles and becoming employers of choice for women.

Infographic: The Gender Divide in Tech-Intensive Industries

Center Sponsors: Founders Circle: Dell Inc.; ShellBoard Circle: Deloitte LLPPresident Circle: Campbell Soup Company; Xerox; CH2M HILL; Dupont; Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship FundPfizerKaren Katen Foundation; ADP Inc.

How to cite this product: Beninger, Anna. High Potentials in Tech-Intensive Industries: The Gender Divide in Business Roles. New York: Catalyst, October 23, 2014.