Of the 223 largest publicly traded companies headquartered in the Bay Area, the number of companies having no or only one position held by women has decreased - 5 years ago 66% of them fell into that category, now it's only 33%. The most gender-diverse businesses are in the retail, biopharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. Software companies had one of the highest percentages of women directors and the lowest of top-paid executives.
Workplace trends for 2016: remote and on-demand specialized workers, inspirational and collaborative leaders, better design of internal tools and systems, video taking over for PowerPoint, and making work meaningful.
This year, 30% of Stanford’s computer science majors are women. The department worked to create a critical mass of women signing up. Its introductory classes are more appealing and accessible, and there are "stepping stones" of role models and mentors. The department also focuses on encouraging undergraduate women to be teaching assistants. Only a few years older than the students, they can be relatable role models and mentors.