Talent, Women

Addressing the Broken Rung Problem: How to Retain & Advance Women

How do you fix the broken rung in the tech workforce? On July 21st, the MassTLC Professional Women’s Group hosted a conversation among a panel of forward-thinking talent leaders who shared their vision and strategies for gender equality inside their organizations.
The panelists explored effective approaches in recruiting, developing, and retaining their talent to achieve an inclusive and diverse workforce and to fix the “broken rung” problem that keeps women, especially women of color, from advancing to leadership roles.
Listen to the recording below to learn about the importance of representation at the Board and C-level while driving DEI grassroots efforts and why these tactics result in change. See how these strategies like job rotation, engagement platforms, and mentor programs drive results. Learn how these programs are proven to build pipeline for future leaders within your organization while building stronger teams and a stronger company.
Moderator: Addie Swartz, CEO, ReacHIRE
– Cara Antonacci, VP Human Resources, Everbridge
– Katie Kulikoski, CPO, Progress
– Deb Carter, Digital Talent Transformation, Raytheon Technologies
These are the data sources referenced by moderator Addie Swartz.
  • New research which shows that the pandemic has only exacerbated — not improved — the gender gap.
  • According to the Boston Consulting Group, women are taking on 31% more of the household tasks and childcare – a whopping 15 additional hours per week – since Covid-19.
  • McKinsey and LeanIn published the Women in the Workplace report, coining the phrase ‘the broken rung.’

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