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A program championed by a male executive has increased
the number of women technology leaders at his company.

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t's no secret that the number of women in
technology leadership roles is woefully low.

disproportionately low numbers at companies
around the world.

Although women account for 24% of the total
technology workforce in the U.S.-in itself
nothing to boast about-they hold only 18% of
executive-level positions, according to a survey
by the organization Anitab.org, whose programs
support women technology executives. Clearly,
we need to improve those numbers, for reasons
of both basic fairness and the distinctive
business value that women technology leaders
can bring to an organization.

The program has seen real success. Since
the launch in 2010, the number of women in
technology roles at Thomson Reuters has risen
from 17% to 27%. Promotion and retention
rates have improved among the more than 600
graduates of the program. And although we still
have a long way to go, in 2018 Thomson Reuters
was recognized by Anitab.org (formerly the
Anita Borg Institute) for the progress we have
made in recruiting, promoting and retaining
women in technology.

Nine years ago, when I was CTO, we created
a program to reduce the attrition and boost
career development among mid-career
women in technology at Thomson Reuters. The
company already had in place some significant
initiatives to encourage diversity and inclusion
in the workplace. But I wanted a program that
focused on women in technology, given their

What accounts for these positive results? For
one thing, the program was extremely welldesigned and had the backing of senior company
leaders. In addition, the program has enjoyed
sustained commitment, avoiding the all-toocommon "corporate ADD," or attention deficit
disorder - that is, enthusiastic support for an
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