Session: The Business Case for Driving Representation in the Leadership Circle
Has a lack of diversity in a company’s C-suite ranks stopped you from considering a leadership role in that organization? Well, you are not alone.
A vicious cycle of getting diverse candidates to apply to such roles is brewing and companies need to be intentional about changing that.
Data from Ceridian’s 2023 Pulse of Talent Report found almost half of workers (45%) say that a lack of diversity in leadership at an organization would stop them from pursuing a leadership role at that organization. This goes up to 60% for those who identify as racial minorities, and 59% for LGBTQ+ respondents.
Workplaces – in and outside of technology – need to adjust grooming women and minorities for leadership roles and help advance them to the C-suite. The pandemic has proven that people can work and lead from anywhere, and when workplaces embrace that, they make it possible for many more diverse candidates to pursue executive roles.
Carrie Rasmussen, Chief Information Officer at Ceridian, will talk about how workplaces need to adjust to keep the best people – and that includes women – in leadership roles and on track to reach leadership positions.
- When working from home became the norm during the pandemic, it could have been a boon for women eyeing top tech jobs. Instead, women disproportionately left the workplace because care of children was still left primarily to women. Combatting this requires
- To be able to create an inclusive workplace environment, and an engaged and diverse workforce, requires a willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of how people best balance work and home. This means one-on-one conversations, whether virtual or in per
- Ensure that opportunities are open to all. This means mentorship, sponsorship, networking and education. I didn’t think about being a CIO until a male colleague suggested it. That’s the value of mentorship.
- Recognize that tech jobs are not just about technology to increase diversity in talent ranks. My job as CIO is not just about IT. It is much more about driving business value. Many “tech” jobs are likewise mis-characterized, and so unnecessarily weed out
Carrie Rasmussen is Chief Information Officer at Ceridian. Carrie leads all aspects of global Information technology at Ceridian with the objective of creating an optimized infrastructure and data strategy across all operations. Carrie joined Ceridian in May 2021.
Carrie is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise organizations. Previously, she was Chief Information Officer at The Save Mart Companies, and has also held senior leadership roles at Safeway Inc.
Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in agriculture business management from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.