Communication skills and certain other abilities are worth putting on your resume no matter what job you're applying for, Elli Bishop writes. "Think of what your colleagues, clients and supervisors would say about your communication skills, and translate that praise into your resume and interviewing plan of attack," Bishop writes.
A lack of women starting and leading technology businesses can be a problem for big businesses that target a largely female clientele, says Rachel Weiss of L'Oreal. The company looks to startups to find innovative ways to grow and reach customers. "Having a woman at the table helps craft a more meaningful and relatable solution for our female customers," she said. Women's participation in the tech community is hampered by a lack of investment and the fact that many young women decide not to study science and math, she said.
Encouraging more opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and math offers many benefits, such as opening multiple career opportunities for students, bringing the business community closer to schools, and closing gender and race gaps in STEM fields, leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write in this blog post. In addition, STEM should be seen as a theme around which more creative lessons can be developed in the arts and humanities, rather than as a force crowding out non-STEM subjects, they write.
Though more women are earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, and there are some women in STEM leadership roles, there is still more to be done, writes Xiaochun Luo, group vice president and chief scientific officer at Avon. Luo suggests women in these fields reach out to younger generations to inspire early interest in STEM.
Women earn 58% of all bachelor's degrees in the U.S., but the number of women with STEM majors has declined, according to data from the National Science Foundation. If the U.S. wants to make progress in producing more female professionals in STEM fields, the country must end this attrition, promote interest in STEM and support girls who want careers in STEM disciplines, writes Kimberly Brown, founder and CEO of Amethyst Technologies. "Girls must develop a sense that these fields are challenging, rewarding and realizable," Brown said.