ABOUT THE PYTHIA INDEX

While measuring the percentage of leaders in a company who are women is important, it doesn’t fully capture the extent to which women leaders influence the business.

The Pythia Index measures the degree of influence held by women leaders in an organization. It is a calculation of the number of employees who are themselves women leaders or who have in their upward reporting line at least one woman leader – as a percentage of total employees.

Unlike a simple measure of the percentage of leadership positions held by women, it recognizes that women leaders who have influence over larger numbers of employees are more influential than those who have smaller spheres of influence.  

HOW TO CALCULATE THE PYTHIA INDEX FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

  1. First count the total number of people who report to a woman somewhere in the hierarchy at your organization.
  2. Divide by the total number of employees.

This is the Pythia Index of your organization.

EXAMPLE

  1. Company A has 137 employees
  2. There are 44 employees that report up to a woman somewhere up the chain.
  3. 44/137 * 100 = Pythia Index of 32.12%

 

IN ADDITION TO THE PYTHIA INDEX, PYTHIAN ALSO MEASURES:

  • Percentage of full-time employees who are women: 24.1%
  • Percentage of women on Pythia’s Board of Directors: 40%
  • Percentage of women in a C-level or Senior VP role: 0%
  • Percentage of women in leadership roles: 33% on Executive Team, 22.4% in Management
  • Percentage of technical employees who are women: 8.8%

Pythian’s Pythia Index is currently 58.18%

WHY PYTHIAN BELIEVES IN THE PYTHIA INDEX

We believe that the best work is generated by smart, diverse teams— not teams formed around exclusive mono-cultures. We strongly believe that the IT industry can do a better job of attracting, retaining and elevating female talent from the STEM fields and want to contribute to making this happen.

Pythian has 400+ employees in 30+ cities around the world, and we highly value diversity and  inclusiveness in the workplace.

HOW PYTHIAN IS INCREASING ITS PYTHIA INDEX

Four key areas of focus that are underway in our action plan:

Talent Management Practices

Remove barriers to female hiring and career advancement at Pythian.

Education & Cultural Integration

Educating Pythian employees on subconscious gender bias and ways to eliminate it.

Branding

External communications to share information on the Pythia program and attract female talent.

Community Engagement

Pythian is a proud supporter of WCT and Technovation.

To get involved contact Lynda Partner, partner@pythian.com.