Close the IT skills gap by improving gender equality.

CIOs need to develop a future workforce now. The key to that is digital fluency, it empowers women, and it empowers CIOs with a robust source of talent.

How can CIOs develop a workforce of the future when they don’t have the talent they need? IT organizations, like their peers in other parts of the business, continue to struggle with significant skill gaps. That is no wonder. CIO.com earlier this year reported on the low unemployment in the tech sector — 3 percent in the United States.

Many organizations may be overlooking an abundant, yet untapped, pool of talent — women. Although women are beginning to achieve gender equality and close the gender gap in IT by developing digital fluency, they remain underrepresented in the workforce in most developed countries. Increasing the number of women in the workforce and on leadership teams could allow CIOs to improve gender equality and access the skills they need to be successful. Organizations are most effective when gender composition aligns with the audience the organization is serving. Right now, this is not the case. IT organizations that have an imbalanced workforce are less able to anticipate and proactively address customer needs.

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