The Pythia program is about finding, retaining and advancing the top female minds in tech to increase the diversity of our talent base. Pythian is introducing a new glass ceiling metric called the “Pythia Index”.
Inspired by Microsoft, Twitter, and Google, Pythian is the first technology company headquartered in Canada to announce its gender stats: 24 percent of Pythian employees are women, 35 percent of the company’s executive leadership team are women, 27 percent of managers are women, and only 9 percent of technical roles at Pythian are held by women.
“The Pythia program is central to how we realize the best possible talent mix. By acknowledging and strengthening our deliberate talent blending practices, we hope not only to garner interest from potential employees, but to encourage other businesses to set similar diversity goals. This is not just good corporate social responsibility. It’s good for business. And it’s good for the technology sector.”
– Paul Vallee, CEO Pythian and Pythia Program Executive Sponsor
The Pythia Program focuses on:
- Increasing the percentage of talented women who work and thrive at Pythian, especially in tech roles
- Encouraging and supporting the participation of girls and women in STEM fields to ensure a growing pipeline of talent
The Pythia Program is attracting and retaining top female talent because:
- Pythian offers a female-friendly workplace with flexible hours, and work-from-home options
- In-house role models and mentors actively offer ongoing support and encouragement
- Pythian’s CEO, a self-identified feminist, leads the diversity charge
- Our hiring practices support diversity with non-biased job descriptions and anonymized CVs and evaluations during hiring
- We invest in ongoing education to eliminate unconscious bias in our practices.
We know that increasing the pipeline of technical women in tech is critical to the long term success of our diversity program so we also provide financial support for programs such as Technovation and associations such WTC, both doing great work to support and encourage more women to enter and thrive in IT careers.
We also believe in metrics over rhetoric – we measure and track everything by gender – from number of female applicants through to advancement stats.
We’re serious about this program and it’s showing results. But we want more women to join our ranks. If you’re a woman in tech looking for a place where you’ll thrive, reach out to us. We want you.