Workforce Alliance

The NCWIT Workforce Alliance (WA) focuses on corporate change that promotes greater innovation and creativity; specifically, how to better recruit, retain, and advance technical women in a business environment. WA member companies influence NCWIT research and resource creation agendas concerning technical women in the U.S. industry and engage in projects that put these practices to use in their own organizations. In a recent member survey, 81% of WA members reported that their NCWIT membership is “very” or “extremely” useful to their organizations, and 91% reported learning something through NCWIT that helped them to take action.

Membership Benefits

  • guidance in developing a strategic, research-based approach to making cultural change, including approaches to interrupt bias and break down systemic barriers
  • year-round connections with a thriving K-20 female technical talent pipeline, including numerous opportunities for corporate volunteerism and outreach
  • access to the latest research, resources, and business-critical data
  • the ability to influence direction of future NCWIT research and resource creation
  • opportunities to pilot leading-edge programs that unite members in action
  • invitations to the annual NCWIT Summit, a gathering where hundreds of change leaders from across the nation learn, share, and network
  • membership for leaders of Employee Resource/ Affinity Groups on the WA/EA Corporate Communities Work Team
  • year-round engagement across a national community of more than 650 distinguished corporations, universities, non-profits, and K-12 organizations

Membership Results

Workforce Alliance members achieve a wide range of outcomes, including an increased number of female interns and entry-level hires, a heightened awareness and positive reception of programs related to unconscious bias (including general awareness and operationalization of best practices to break down this bias), a growing involvement by men in company change efforts, and progress towards greater public accountability and data transparency. WA members are also developing innovative new programs, such as alternative pathways to increase mid-career hires (e.g., return-to-work programs that help candidates move from non-tech to tech roles). Many members are also expanding their community outreach and employee volunteerism, resulting in a more diverse K-12 computing educational pipeline.

See the full list of Workforce Alliance members here.

More Information

Download the WA Information Sheet to learn more about member engagement and sponsorship opportunities with NCWIT.

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Alliance Leadership

Laura Howland

Corporate Communities Co-chair
Brocade Women in Networking

Renata Colitti O'Day

Resources Work Team Co-chair
Brocade

Meredith Smiley

Corporate Communities Co-chair
Bank of America Women in Technology & Operations

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder
NCWIT

Dori Farah

Director: Workforce & Affinity Group Alliances
NCWIT

Brad McLain

Research Scientist
NCWIT

Catherine Ashcraft

Senior Research Scientist
NCWIT

Jackie Toole

Resources Work Team Co-chair
Carlisle & Gallagher

Val Wanjura

Research Work Team Co-chair

Ruha Devanesan

Research Work Team Co-chair
Symantec

Cameron Fadjo

Male Advocates Work Team Co-chiar

William Harden

Male Advocates Work Team Co-chiar