Women in Leadership

“The Massachusetts High Technology Council’s Women in Leadership Initiative is a strong example of impactful collaboration among leaders from Massachusetts businesses, professional services and academic centers. Its ‘leaders helping leaders’ model to identify and expand effective employer practices presents a uniquely promising opportunity for employers to participate in helping solve an important challenge: closing the leadership gap between men and women in the workplace, and I encourage organizations across the Commonwealth to participate in this initiative.”

          — Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Guiding Successful Efforts in Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Women into Leadership Responsibilities Across Our Organizations

For more than 41 years, the High Tech Council has successfully advocated in support of a variety of education and talent development policies and programs that support the workforce requirements of our tech and innovation economy.

Each year since 2016, the Council has partnered with McKinsey & Company and ReacHire to discuss the implications of research that tracks changes in the number of women represented at various points along the career path.

March 27, 2019: Dave Krupinski (Care.com), Kathleen Mitford (PTC), Chris Anderson (MHTC), Laurie Leshin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), and Jacquie Moloney (UMASS Lowell)

In early 2019, Council directors launched a program to guide successful efforts in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women into leadership responsibilities across our organizations. Our development team agreed on a process of building a menu of specific practices and/or recommendations in the following categories:

  • Data, framing the business case and measuring success
  • Best employee recruiting, retaining, and promoting practices
  • Workplace culture, organization’s leadership engagement
  • Off-the-record “Best Practice” round table discussions

Over 100 organizations took part in the MHTC WIL program in 2019 and we have a full program for 2020 to build on last year’s momentum.  We invite you and/or your senior executive team to join us and become engaged in this effort. Please contact Bernie Prusaczyk for more information.


Women In Leadership: Taking Action Event
Media Release
November 13, 2019
Executive Leadership: Setting the Tone for a Healthy Workplace Culture Roundtable Whitepaper
October 3, 2019
Women In Leadership:  HTA Update
September 29, 2019
Women in Leadership: Promotion Roundtable
September 16, 2019
Women In Leadership: Cracking Recruitment Roundtable
July 25, 2019

Leaders of Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy

Leaders of Massachusetts’ innovation economy have much to accomplish in the next few years.

The Council distinguishes itself by specializing in complex, multi-year public policy strategies in support of conditions that protect and enhance the resiliency and long-term strength of the Massachusetts economy.

Learn more, contact Bernie Prusaczyk.