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. 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.
In early 2019, Council directors launched the Women in Leadership Initiative to guide successful efforts in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women into leadership responsibilities across our organizations by 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
To date over 100 organizations have participated in Women in Leadership Initiative events and roundtables.
Unlocking the Potential of Women
In 2020, more than 165 participants from 25 Council member organizations participated in “Unlocking the Potential of Women”, a six-week virtual learning experience to empower leaders to recognize and deliver the full potential of women in the workplace. The Council’s Women in Leadership Initiative, together with knowledge partner, McKinsey & Co., have come together to provide this special free offer exclusively to Council members.
We invite you to join us and become engaged in the Women in Leadership Initiative. Please contact Chris Anderson for more information. Vistit the Council’s Events page to learn more about upcoming WIL events.
March 27, 2019: Dave Krupinski (Care.com), Kathleen Mitford (PTC), Chris Anderson (MHTC), Laurie Leshin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), and Jacquie Moloney (UMASS Lowell)
Women In Leadership Roundtable
- Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC
- Kathleen Mitford, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, PTC
- Stephen Denny, Head of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Putnam Investments
- Nellie Borrero, Managing Director-Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture
September 23, 2020 11:00 AM
Virtual: Hosted by PTC
Roundtable materials/resources provided by Bentley Center for Women in Business include:
- Curated research reports
- Custom in-house workshop opportunities
- Women’s conference for women in the first decade of their careers
- Diversity and Inclusion Certificate opportunities