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How can STEM companies recruit, promote, and retain women?

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries have experienced rapid growth in the 21st century, far outstripping other industries. It’s no secret that women who hold roles in STEM fields face significant challenges. Outnumbered by men, the culture in these industries makes women feel like they don’t belong and reinforces talent-management structures that hold women back. Gender diversity is critical to innovation and maximizing the bottom line, so organizations seeking to be leaders in their field must take action to become an employer of choice for high-potential women.

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  • Chevron Corporation—The Chevron Way: Engineering Opportunities for Women
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    Excerpt: Chevron’s initiative, The Chevron Way: Engineering Opportunities for Women, is designed to strengthen the organization by increasing the company’s focus on people, in particular by attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing women throughout the company. The values associated with The Chevron Way—integrity, trust, diversity, ingenuity, partnership, protecting people and the environment, and high performance—underlie both Chevron’s business rationale and its talent management strategies, which include attracting and retaining diverse talent, identifying and developing high-potential leaders, and fine-tuning succession plans to ensure a diverse leadership pool.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation—Women Accelerating Tomorrow
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    Excerpt: Lockheed Martin’s U.S.-based initiative Women Accelerating Tomorrow comprises a variety of programs, processes, and tools to support women’s advancement as part of a broad strategic effort to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent in a highly technical and engineering-focused industry.
  • Enbridge Inc.—FEMINEN: FEMales IN ENgineering Employee Resource Group
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    Excerpt: FEMINEN—FEMales IN ENgineering—is an Employee Resource Group (ERG) for women engineers in Enbridge’s Edmonton region offices. The group was created to provide a space where Enbridge's women engineers could raise workplace concerns, solicit advice, and have candid conversations about the barriers and challenges unique to them.
  • IBM Corporation—Developing High-Potential Women with the Blue Talent Program
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    Excerpt: IBM’s Blue Talent program provides development opportunities for women in mid-level positions. Its goal is to strengthen the company’s pipeline and reduce attrition rates, while developing women’s business and technical skills.
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