Women in Technology

The numbers continue to be depressing.  According to Reuters, the number of women in senior technology positions at U.S. companies is down for the second year in a row. The Harvey Nash Group reports that only nine percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, down from 11 percent last year and 12 percent in 2010.

And if all that wasn’t bad enough, a nationwide survey released by Dice, a job search website for technology professionals, found that men out-earn women in the tech industry sectors. An online poll of 15,000 employers revealed that male tech workers made $95,900 compared with $87,500 for women in these industry jobs. However, the compensation gender gap has narrowed, with average salaries equal for male and female tech pros with comparable levels of experience and education and parallel job titles.

These statistics are part of the reason I focus my mentoring services on women in technology. No matter what the challenge, chances are that I have been there and done that during my twenty-five years in technology, and I welcome the opportunity to help others achieve their full potential and create the life they desire. 

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About Mary C. Finlay Coaching and Mentoring

Mary Finlay is a Professor of Practice at the Simmons School of Management where she teaches courses on Strategic Thinking and Analytical Decision Making, Healthcare IT Management, and Project Management. She is also program faculty for the Harvard School of Public Health’s programs on Project Management and Strategic Leadership of IT. She does selective consulting engagements in the areas of individual and organizational effectiveness. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Information officer of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. and Chief Information Officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ms. Finlay is the former Chair of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, an association of 500 members. She currently serves on the board of YearUp and the Boston Chapter of SIM (Society of Information Management). She has been recognized with leadership awards from the Simmons School of Management, CIO, the New England Business and Technology Association, and Babson College. She received her BA from Allegheny College and her MBA from the Simmons School of Management.
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