Two-Thirds of Women in Tech Aspire to a C-Suite Job Someday

NEW YORK, 20 June — According to research performed by The Glass Hammer, a career management website for women in the financial and professional services, almost two thirds (62%) of junior and mid-level women in technology careers aim to make it to the C-Suite some day.

The research, sponsored by Accenture, raised questions about whether companies are “walking the talk” when it comes to supporting women. Only a quarter (24.5%) of respondents say they feel their company is living up to its leaders' promises when it comes to supporting women and diversity. The research also delved into the importance of role models, sponsorship, male champions, and more.

Nicki Gilmour, CEO of The Glass Hammer said, “Our research also shows a trend between walking the talk and women's ambition to lead. Women who worked in companies that were committed to supporting women's advancement – programmatic support as well as consistent behavior from managers to match espoused values – were more likely to aspire to senior leadership levels. This is a wake-up call for leaders. You must follow through on efforts to build inclusive workplaces – or risk squandering the talent of these enthusiastic, highly skilled women.”

A few research highlights can be found below. A copy of the report “Women in Technology: Leaders of Tomorrow” can be downloaded here:
  • The vast majority (85.3%) of respondents hope for a promotion in the next 3 years.
  • Almost two-thirds (62%) want a C-suite or Senior Management job someday.
  • Less than a quarter (24.5%) say the actual support for women’s advancement at their company “walks the talk” (follows through on verbal promises by leadership).
  • Only a quarter (25.5%) said they had a sponsor, yet 68.8% reported having a relationship with a senior person who demonstrated sponsor-like behavior. The data indicates that there still may be some confusion around what a sponsor is.
  • Respondents identified “collaborative” as the top trait to describe today's leaders – and to describe themselves.
  • When asked to name a woman in tech who inspired them, respondents cited 86 different women. Topping the list were Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Padmasree Warrior.