We Must Empower Women to Choose STEM Educations and Careers

Despite the heightened attention to get more women in STEM fields, significant work remains to close the gender gap. For this change to take place, companies must make concerted efforts to support and promote greater gender equality in the workforce. There must also be present and committed mentors to female students of all ages to get them excited about future careers made possible by a STEM education. According to Fortune, only 5% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs, and a recent Randstad Engagement Study found companies with women in leadership positions have a positive impact on recruiting and attracting top female talent.

To help diversify the workforce, Randstad Technologies has recently partnered with Women in Technology International (WITI), a leading worldwide authority on women in business and technology. It is partnerships like this that will open doors for women and girls in the workforce today and those considering careers in STEM. Randstad Technologies hopes to spotlight the experiences, roles and contributions of female technologists across our organization and the industry to show the impact women can have on innovation and society.

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A career in technology does not always mean years of learning how to code. Women can excel in STEM fields by learning on the job and taking on business-critical roles, such as business analysts or project managers, to shape technology of the future.

Graig Paglieri, president of Randstad Technologies and Engineering, believes increasing the number of women in technology, especially in leadership roles, is essential for a thriving and competitive economy. And breaking down the diversity barriers, beyond just men and women, can result in greater innovation.

We encourage other organizations to take actionable steps to address gender diversity, particularly within STEM. Companies who support the development and promotion of women stand to gain both tangible benefits, including improved financial performance and a boost in morale. Being a champion for talent across all demographics helps to develop the tech and innovation leaders of tomorrow – leaders who will better our industry as a whole.

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Alisia Genzler

Alisia Genzler
Alisia Genzler is executive vice president of Randstad Technologies, responsible for 23 branch offices located throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Alisia Genzler

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