Top Ten Solutions to Recruit Technical Women


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Recruitment of technical women involves four key areas: recruitment avenues, recruitment practices, hiring practices and overarching company practices, according to a new report published today by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. The report, titled Solutions to Recruit Technical Women, examines the best practices for recruiting technical women from leading technical companies and includes case studies from IBM, Intuit, Intel and Cisco.

“Many of the best practices identified to recruit technical women were drawn from our 2011 Top Company for Technical Women Workshop,” said Dr. Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. “The study features the details of proven best practices that are currently used to increase the percentage of technical women hired by technical companies.”

Solutions to Recruit Technical Women

The study identified numerous solutions for recruiting technical women including:

• Hold executives and managers accountable for reaching diversity goals and targets.
• Develop, maintain and project a welcoming culture.
• Re-think the meaning of “cultural fit” to broaden the talent pool under consideration and limit the effect of hidden bias.
• Revise job descriptions to reduce gender stereotypes.
• Institute a blind resume screening process to reduce unconscious bias.
• Build gender-diverse hiring teams.
• Require that every open technical position has a viable female candidate.
• Set targets to hire technical women.
• Build strong ties to conferences, universities and colleges, and professional organizations where there are high proportions of women from diverse backgrounds.
• Continuously measure and evaluate your efforts to increase the representation of women.

For more information, visit:
• Anita Borg Institute Releases New Report on Hiring Practices to Help Companies Compete in the Global War for Technical Talent, press release
• Solutions for Recruiting Technical Women, full report

To learn more best practices to recruit, retain and advance technical women attend the 2012 Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Workshop, May 10, 2012, Santa Clara, CA.

About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. Our programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. Partners include: Google, HP, Microsoft, CA Technologies, Cisco, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Marvell, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Amazon, Broadcom, Motorola Foundation, Raytheon,, and Yahoo! For more information, visit

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