CIOs are focused on boosting tech team diversity in 2020

Chief information officers are turning to improved recruiting efforts, internal training and diversity programs to hire more women and minority applicants to strengthen corporate technology teams and avoid the ongoing IT talent shortage, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Many CIOs are building more diverse teams by developing mentoring programs to identify promising college students and prepare them for a post-graduation career in tech, while others are focusing on internal culture, expanding existing training programs to create more inclusive environments.

Data and records management company Iron Mountain, for example, has prioritized enriching its existing culture, resulting in an increase in the number of women on its IT leadership team from 25 percent to 57 percent.

"By bringing more diversity to the team, we're ensuring we have the talent that's needed to push our transformation forward," CIO Kim Anstett told WSJ.

Target Corp., too, has taken more of an internal focus: The company has reportedly developed a yearlong program to encourage women, African-American and Latino engineers to take on leadership roles. 

"Having diverse management at that level is so important, because those managers are really setting the tone for the entire team," Target CIO Mike McNamara told WSJ.

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