The Center for Work-Life Policy, the Harvard Business Review and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) visit the NYSE to mark the launch of a new study, “The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering and Technology”. In honor of the occasion, President of the Center for Work-Life Policy and Chair of the Hidden Brain Drain Task Force, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, rings The Closing Bell®.
Click the link below to view an archived webcast of The Closing Bell. The archive will be available several hours after the event.
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“The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering and Technology”
This month the Hidden Brain Drain—a private sector task force comprising 43 global companies— is publishing a research study with the Harvard Business Review. The Athena Factor, sponsored by Alcoa, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, and Pfizer, set out to examine the career trajectories of women with SET credentials in the private sector. The message of this new research is enormously empowering. In the private sector, the female pipeline in SET fields is surprisingly deep and rich. Despite the challenges girls face in school and in our culture, a significant number conjure up the commitment to begin careers in science. To fill the skills gap, companies in these sectors need to turn to the highly qualified women in their own backyards.
Over an 18-month period (March 2006–October 2007) the task force, under the aegis of the Center for Work-Life Policy and in collaboration with Harris Interactive, fielded four major surveys of both men and women and conducted 28 focus groups around the world. The resulting rich data sets shed a great deal of light on the scope and shape of female talent in SET companies. (Source: Center for Work-Life Policy)