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怎样壮大科技行业女性高管的队伍

Michal Lev-Ram 2013年07月25日

男性依然主导着科技行业,如何让硅谷涌现出更多女性领导者?五位男性科技公司CEO在出席财富头脑科技风暴大会期间给出了自己的建议。他们认为公司CEO都要对公司团队的多样性和企业文化的包容性负责,创造同样适合男性和女性发展的职场环境。同时,工程类院校应该设法扩大女性生源,从教育角度解决问题。

    科技公司CEO们往往身兼数职。但其中最重要的一项职责是,招聘合适的员工。云存储服务公司Hightail(原名YouSenIt)的CEO布拉德•加尔林豪斯表示,他会把超过50%的时间用于吸引人才和招聘新员工。在科罗拉多州阿斯彭市召开的财富科技头脑风暴大会上,这位前雅虎(Yahoo)高管告诉现场听众:“最后,我们这些人还要承担首席文化官的职责。”

    周二下午,加尔林豪斯参加了一场名为“借人才助增长”(Fueling Growth with Talent)的讨论会,出席的还有其他四位科技公司CEO,包括电子签名服务公司DocuSign的基斯•克拉奇和软件供应商NetSuite的扎克•尼尔森。其他大多数CEO都表示,他们会把30%至40%的时间用于背景调查,批准工作邀请和确定招聘的优先顺序。

    讨论会上,Docusign公司CEO克拉奇表示:“身为CEO,最重要的工作是组建高效的团队。其次是让所有人真正像一个团队一样共同协作。”当然,把这么多时间用在人事方面,意味着只能将其他任务下放或委派。对于克拉奇来说,其他任务包括“细节和收发邮件。”这位科技界资深人物表示,他最近进行了八份背景调查,最终才聘用了一名新首席收益官,结果给公司带来了巨大的机遇,为公司增加了许多潜在客户。

    戴维•戈德堡是位于帕洛阿尔托的市场调查公司SurveyMonkey的CEO,Facebook首席运营官,也是《向前一步》(Lean In)作者谢丽尔•桑德伯格的丈夫。他认为,至少要拿出一部分时间,来确保他的公司是一个同时适合男性和女性共同工作的、和谐友好的场所。戈德堡说:“在我的高级团队中,约有40%的是女性。这一点跟我的妻子无关。”不过,戈德堡也提到公司依然存在巨大的“渠道”问题。Docusign的克里奇补充道:“这要追溯到教育问题,工程类院校应该设法增加女性生源。这是我们一直在思考的问题。”

    域名注册服务商GoDaddy(没错,这家公司的广告里都是衣着暴露的女性)的CEO布雷克•埃尔文也表示,增加工作场所的多样性同样也是他的工作重点。埃尔文于近期才接管这家域名注册服务商。他在女性工程师组织中非常活跃,也曾指导过女性高管。而HighTail公司的CEO加尔林豪斯认为,新女性楷模的涌现将对更多女性进入工程领域产生积极影响。

    但到目前为止,即使许多公司都把重心调整到招聘工作上,女性(和少数民族)在大型科技公司内所占的比例依然很小。(财富中文网)

    译者:刘进龙/汪皓

    Technology CEOs wear many hats. But one of their most important responsibilities is recruiting the right employees. Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Hightail (formerly known as YouSendIt), says he spends over 50% of his time attracting talent and hiring new workers. "All of us, at the end of the day, are also chief cultural officers," the former Yahoo (YHOO) executive told the audience at Fortune's Brainstorm TECH conference in Aspen, Colo.

    Garlinghouse was joined by four other tech CEOs, including Docusign's Keith Krach and Zach Nelson of NetSuite (N) in a session titled "Fueling Growth with Talent," which took place Tuesday afternoon. Most of the other CEOs on the panel said they spend anywhere from 30% to 40% of their time doing reference checks, approving offers and prioritizing hires.

    "The most important role of a CEO is to build a high performance team," Krach, the CEO of Docusign, said during the panel. "The second is to get everybody working together as a team." Of course, spending so much time on the people side of the business means other tasks get delegated or dropped. For Krach, those things include "details and doing email." The tech veteran said he recently conducted eight reference checks before hiring a new chief revenue officer, which ended up being a good opportunity to plug his company to potential customers.

    For CEOs like David Goldberg, who runs Palo Alto-based SurveyMonkey (and is married to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook (FB) COO and author of Lean In), at least part of that time is also spent on making sure his company is a friendly place to work for both men and women. "About 40% of my senior team are women," said Goldberg. "This is not because of my wife." But Goldberg also said there is still a big "pipeline" problem. "It goes back to education and trying to recruit women for engineering schools," added Docusign's Krach. "It's a question we're asking ourselves all the time."

    Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy (yes, the company with the ads that feature scantily-clad women), also said adding more diversity to the workplace is a focus for him. To that end, Irving, who recently took over the domain name-hosting provider, is active in organizations for female engineers and has mentored female executives. As for Garlinghouse, the CEO of HighTail, he thinks the emergence of new female role models (a la Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer) could have a positive effect on getting more women into the engineering field.

    But for now, women (and minorities) are still a small percentage of overall employees at many major tech companies, even with all of the focus on hiring.

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