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Case Studies

Case Title Abstract
PwC: Professional Services for the Future

October 2019

PwC’s Global New Products and Services team and PwC’s New Ventures team are two examples within PwC’s vast professional solutions that illustrate the firm’s leadership in redesigning professional services for the future.
Capital One: Closing the Diversity Gap

October 2019

Roughly 56% of women leave the technology industry by the mid-level point in their careers. These women are often driven out of a promising career in tech by a number of factors including institutional barriers and gender bias. Our question is: What about the other 44% who stay in tech?
Coursera: Inclusive Products with Data Science

October 2019

The journey to building inclusive products starts with understanding the status quo and uncovering where we can do better. Easy access to high quality data — including socio-demographic data — is a central ingredient. At Coursera, data engineers collect, curate, standardize, and make available critical data to understand the status quo. This includes building demographic features such as gender into its core data lake.
Toward Greater Representation and Equity in Tech

March 2019

To increase access to Grace Hopper Celebration, piloted a program to offer complimentary registrations to women of color from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. A pre- and post-survey were administered to over 700 women who attended in order to understand more about the challenges they face and what they need to stay in the field.

2018 Technical Executive Forum Lightning Talks and Roundtable Discussions

Paper Title Abstract
Citi – Creating Access, Equity, and Impact through Big Data + AI

April 2019

eSuccess uses big data technology to build and democratize effective mentorship so that thousands of the world’s children can thrive better in life through stronger soft skills. eSuccess identified five key behaviors that can lead to long-term success. With the help of data-led tools and mechanisms, the program aims to promote these healthy behaviors, helping foster success within underprivileged communities.
Microsoft – Reverse Mentorship: An Intersectional Approach to Building Inclusive Organizations

April 2019

Reverse Mentorship occurs between an early-in-career employee and an employee in mid- to high-level management, where the younger employee serves as a mentor.
New Relic – Leveling the Playing Field: Pay Equity & Talent Development

April 2019

During a bi-annual performance review process, the company’s Engineering Organization recognized pay discrepancies and hypothesized that they were significant by gender. They were determined to eliminate the bias with help from human resources. To complement this structural change, the company is also hyperfocused on building talent development programs that provide career training for employees. New Relic explores the impact of programs such as traditional promotions, stretch assignments, exposure to new technologies, and lateral career moves.
SAP – Data-Driven Leadership: Strategic Accountability for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

April 2019

Diversity and gender balance are critically important to innovation. SAP is taking steps to transform the organization.
Stitch Fix – How Diverse Teams Build Better Products

April 2019

Through scaling the team with diversity top-of-mind and allowing time for creative problem solving, engineering has been able to put a greater focus on developing thoughtful products that better serve its diverse client demographics. Bright, kind, and goal oriented is the hiring rubric that Stitch Fix adheres to and has contributed to how the Stitch Fix engineering team develops new products.
Target – Propelling More Women into Engineering Leadership Positions

April 2019

Target created a 12-month program designed to bring more women and other underrepresented minority groups into engineering leadership positions.
Thomson Reuters – Thomson Reuters Did It. How You Can Do It Too.

April 2019

Thomson Reuters was the first organization selected to participate in a pilot program developed by around gender partnership. Thomson Reuters has a history of successfully engaging in culture change initiatives and other initiatives for women technologists.

White Papers

Paper Title Abstract
Advancing Women Technologists Into Positions of Leadership

April 2017

The lack of advancement of women technologists is staggering: the representation of women technologists declines by 50% from entry to mid to senior and executive levels. In Advancing Women Technologists Into Positions of Leadership, researched, curated, and developed strategies proven to help organizations advance women technologists into positions of leadership and influence.
Innovation By Design

March 2014 released a report highlighting the advantages companies gain from including women on their teams. The report, Innovation by Design: The Case for Investing in Women report details research findings over the past decade from leading organizations and academics that demonstrate the advantages companies realize by improving the balance of women in the workforce.
Women Technologists Count

December 2013

This paper highlights recommendations to retain women in computing. examines peer-reviewed academic and industry studies, as well as information and best practices from the Top Company Award initiative.
Solutions to Recruit Technical Women

December 2012

Designed to help companies overcome blind spots in recruiting and hiring practices, this report provides solutions for companies across four themes that correspond to each blind spot: recruitment avenues, recruitment practices, the hiring process, and overarching considerations.
Climbing the Technical Ladder

December 2008

 Climbing the Technical Ladder explores the reasons women in computing are represented at substantially lower levels than men and leave technical positions at twice the rate. This seminal research conducted by in 2008 documents the obstacles women face and potential solutions.
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