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

Since 2020, Council member PTC has served as the Annual Sponsor of the Women in Leadership Initiative and to date over 100 organizations have participated in WIL 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.

Get Involved

We invite you to join us and become engaged in the Women in Leadership Initiative. Please contact Chris Anderson for more information. Visit the Council’s Events page to learn more about upcoming WIL events.

The Massachusetts High Technology Council's Women in Leadership Initiative

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

2021 Annual Sponsor

Women in Leadership Sponsor - PTC

Founding Sponsors

Brooks - Women in Leadership Sponsor
Women in Leadership Sponsor - Onto Innovation

Knowledge and Content Partners

Women in the Workplace 2020: A Critical Crossroads

Co-hosted by: McKinsey & Co, reacHIRE and PTC

December 3, 2020


  • Key Findings and Themes from the Women in the Workplace 2020 ReportPresented by Megan Greenfield, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Building Blocks To Success: Remarks from Ann Klee, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Suffolk Construction
  • Deterring the Downshift: An executive-level discussion led by Addie Swartz, CEO of reacHIRE with panelists:
    • Scott Couto, EVP & Head of North America, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
    • Kristen Robinson Darcy, Chief Operating Officer, Fidelity Charitable
    • Jennifer Reilly, Chief Human Resources Officer, MKS Instruments
    • Jane Steinmetz, Boston Office Managing Principal, EY
Women in Leadership Roundtable: Unconscious Bias- Advancing an Inclusive Workplace Hosted by PTC Programming led by Bentley University September 23, 2020


  • 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


Women in Leadership Roundtable: Managing It All-Career, Family & Community Hosted by MilliporeSigma Led by McKinsey & Co.

July 27, 2020


  • Moderator Renee Connolly, Head of Communications for MilliporeSigma :
  • Jill Zucker, Managing Partner of McKinsey’s New York Office and leader of McKinsey’s North American Women’s Initiative
  • Kathryn Vasel, Senior Writer, CNN Business


Women In Leadership: Unlocking the Potential of Women
Six-week Course led by McKinsey & Co., June 1 to July 20, 2020
WIL/MHTC Return to the Workplace Roundtable: Managing Careers in the Work from Home Reality
April 14, 2020


Women In Leadership: Creating an Inclusive & Supportive Workplace
Roundtable led by McKinsey & Co.
Hosted by The MITRE Corporation
January 29, 2020
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 Whitepaper
September 16, 2019


Women In Leadership: Cracking Recruitment Roundtable Whitepaper
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 Chris Anderson.