Our research shows that women are chronically underrepresented in the tech sector. While women earn about half of science and engineering degrees, they make up less than 20 percent of people employed in these fields globally. And many who enter this career path are commonly the only person of their gender in a room.
To inspire the next generation of women tech leaders, and to celebrate and learn from those who have paved the way in this area, our firm has created a video series featuring five women leaders in STEM: Chandrika Tandon, chair of the board of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First; Monica Caldas, CIO of Liberty Mutual; Elham Al Qasim, CEO of Digital14, and Barbara Salami, VP of Digital for Commercial at Moderna.
Each episode features a McKinsey leader in conversation with these STEM leaders as they share stories of their career journey—and the ways they’re working to bring greater diversity into their field. We are kicking off the series this week with the theme “Overcoming challenges”—whether that is leading during a pandemic, being the only woman on a team, or embarking on something never done before. Over the next month, we’ll also explore “Building diverse teams,” “Mentorship & sponsorship,” and “Advice to future leaders.”