The lack of women in technology is a well-documented issue. In the United States, women account for only about 25% of computer and mathematical occupations, and only about 16% of engineering jobs. Worse still, women hold only 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry. Clearly the industry has a long way to go.
I recently sat down with Michelle Gates, VP of Human Resources for Akamai, to discuss gender equality and get her advice for women seeking leadership roles in technology. We talked about some of the unique challenges many women face like balancing personal life and work life, and rearing children while pursuing a career. Michelle explained some of the ways Akamai attracts and retains female talent and helps advance their careers like offering flexible schedules and the option to work from home.
Michelle sums up her advice for young women in tech by saying, "Don't be afraid and don't hesitate to ask. Whatever it is you're looking for put it out there and go for it." You can hear more of Michelle's insights and learn about how Akamai has built a corporate culture that promotes diversity in our full interview on Akamai TV.
Tara Bartley is a senior marketing manager for Akamai's Media & Carrier business.