This month on HuffPo: Ideas for Increasing the Number of Women Tech Leaders

This week on The Huffington Post, I suggest “Ideas for Increasing the Number of Women Tech Leaders.” Partly in response to a recent piece on the New Yorker’s financial page titled “Valley Boys,” which focused on demographic reports released this year from big tech companies, I explore why there are so few women leaders like me in technology companies and what we might to do disrupt that environment.

There really is no reason more women can’t reach leadership positions in tech like I have. My ideas for effecting change include:

1) encouraging women tech leaders to tell their stories;

2) asking tech leaders to think actively about eliminating prejudice and increasing fairness in all processes, from hiring to retention to managing ongoing cultural shifts; and

3) prompting tech managers to encourage employees to focus on and build on their strengths.

For more detail on these ideas, please read the full article on The Huffington Post.

Even if companies do all of these things, it’s going to be hard work to get more women in tech and in tech leadership positions, but we have to start somewhere. Focusing strategically on diversity in leadership now is better for our companies in the long run.

What are your thoughts on how to inspire more women to positions of leadership in technology?

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About Kira Makagon

Kira Makagon is a successful serial entrepreneur and tech industry leader. A graduate of UC Berkeley with both an undergraduate degree in computer science and an MBA, she enjoys sharing her lessons learned from being a veteran “only woman in the room.” Kira's recent awards and recognitions include the following: 2015 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award 2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards Named to Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence in 2015 Named to SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2015 and 2016 2016 Bay Area CIO Awards finalist

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