Is there a glass ceiling for women CIOs in the U.S.? Looking at the results from a Korn Ferry study as well as our own analysis of women tech leaders in the Fortune 500, it’s beginning to feel that way. At least, it seems there’s less of a shattering and more of a gradual crack.
Being a healthcare CIO involves a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, you’re addressing the fundamentals of any business technology infrastructure and meeting the business needs of your organization, even as it undergoes change. On the other are the regulatory issues specific to operating in the healthcare environment—most prominently data security and ensuring that HIPAA compliance is maintained—while innovating in healthcare- and patient-specific technologies.
Just when you thought that women were making headway in IT, a survey or two, an expert, and simply what women tell one another force you to take a step back and re-evaluate.
A 2015 story in CIO lays it out in the first paragraph, noting that, according to the 2014 State of the CIO survey, the IT industry as a whole continues to struggle with gender diversity. Yes, women make up 57 percent of the overall workforce, but in the technology sector, that number drops to just 25 percent. And at the IT executive level? Women represent only 20 percent of CIOs at Fortune 250 companies.
The Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal picked up on our Female CIOs blog post but they added a key piece of fascinating insight: