Mar 22, 2022
How to Support Executive Women in Technology?
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#womenintech #diversity

For all the strides made by women in technology, they still lag their male counterparts when it comes to executive leadership roles. How can organizations support women in senior-level roles? Two powerful women explain why diversity is important in the workplace and share advice on overcoming diversity challenges for organizations, women, and men.

The conversation includes these topics:
-- About Suja Chandrasekaran
-- About Diana McKenzie
-- On the importance of gender diversity in the workplace
-- What are the challenges of gender equality and workplace diversity for executive women?
-- How can parents support their children and promote equality and diversity?
-- How can organizations overcome the challenges of diversity in the workplace?
-- What is the impact of working from home on a woman's career path?
-- What should companies do to improve gender balance?
-- How should women respond to gender bias?

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Suja Chandrasekaran is Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer of CommonSpirit Health, which had 2021 revenue of $33.3 billion and 150,000 employees. Previously, she served as chief of information and digital technology at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Walmart Inc., and Nestlé S.A. Suja received a master’s degree in business systems from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Madras, Chennai, India.

Diana McKenzie is a Board member of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, MetLife, and other organizations. From February 2016 until April 2019, she served as Chief Information Officer of Workday, Inc., a cloud-based financial and human capital management software company. From 2004 through February 2016, she held roles of increasing responsibility at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Ms. McKenzie served for 17 years at Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical company, in various leadership roles, focused on drug development, reducing time to market and improving technology and security standards.
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