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Michelle Bailey Set to Lead Push for Greater Equity in Technology as New CEO of WITI

The technology industry thought leader will lead WITI through its next phase of growth to enable the tech sector to realize the economic and business benefits of a fully inclusive business environment.

Women in Technology International (WITI) recently hired technology industry veteran Michelle Bailey as its new Chief Executive Officer. WITI is the leading organization for the advancement and inclusion of women in technology.

A new challenge

Under Bailey’s leadership, WITI will expand its business services to help women, minorities and technology organizations to realize a diverse and inclusive workplace.

“I am honored to work with the remarkable WITI team and our expansive membership to extend our reach and influence into new regions and specialty areas,” Bailey said. “I look forward to new partnerships as we evolve our strategy and advisory business with industry organizations, governments and regulatory bodies. The time is now to change workplace culture, align organizations on gender and racial equity and to realize the economic and business benefits of a fully inclusive technology sector.”

Pioneering leader in technology

Bailey succeeds WITI Founder Carolyn Leighton. Over the last 30 years, Leighton has led the growth of WITI into an international organization. It boasts more than 150,000 members and 70 local networks across the globe. WITI pioneered the advancement of women in the technology industry, working with industry leaders and policy makers. Most notably, it partnered with the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission to produce the seminal Glass Ceiling Report.

“Michelle is the right person at the right time to lead WITI’s next stage of growth,” Leighton said. “Her reputation as a social impact thought leader and data guru is critical to help us build on WITI’s momentum, expand our networks and platform capabilities, and harness the full influence and expertise of our membership.”

About Michelle Bailey

For the past 25 years, Bailey has advised senior technology industry executives. She has advised CEOs, board members, Chief People Officers and DE&I VPs. Bailey is a specialist in emerging and disruptive technologies. She founded and championed diversity and inclusion research and advisory for the technology sector. Her work emphasized underrepresented minority employee insight.  

“Michelle is known for her consistency, focus and collaboration, and clients trust her to guide them towards a transformed work culture,” said Rene Redwood, CEO of Redwood Enterprise and fellow Advisory Board member at WITI. “Having worked closely with Michelle for years, there’s no doubt that her tenacity for transformation, business experience and commitment to justice and equity in the workplace is the leadership we need to move WITI forward.”

Bailey is a sought-after keynote speaker at industry conferences globally. Leading business and technology publications frequently quote her work. Most recently, she was Group Vice President & Research Fellow at International Data Corporation (IDC) and previously Chief Research Officer at 451 Research. Her expertise spans Cloud, Digital Infrastructure, Datacenters, AI, Security and Talent Management & the Human Enterprise. Bailey has a B.S. (Hons.) in Mathematical Statistics from Monash University, Australia.

About Women in Technology International

Women in Technology International is the leading organization for the advancement and inclusion of women in business and technology. Our innovative programs and platforms are designed to ensure women, minorities and technology organizations realize a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our networks, members and employees are experts across dozens of industry and technology fields.

Learn more about WITI here.

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