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An original research report by the Command Shift coalition that unveils a previously overlooked, viable talent pipeline of 2.7M women of color ready for careers in tech.

A new approach to sourcing, recruiting, upskilling and supporting women of color. Authored by Lightcast, the report focuses on a brand new approach to sourcing, recruiting, upskilling and supporting women of color with many of the skills that overlap with tech job requirements. The findings shatter the long-held notion that there is a lack of skilled women of color ready for tech. Here’s a snapshot of our findings:

Of the 4,700,000 tech workers in the U.S. today, Black, Latina and American Indian women make up only 5% (that’s 225,000).

The research has identified over 2,500,000 women of color, who are considered skill-similar, tech-eligible talent. Close to 500 feasible non-tech to tech career transitions for women of color have been identified. 

Command Shift has set a goal to increase the representation of women of color in tech to 10% over the next 10 years.

The Equation for Equality

There is an equation that can be used to benchmark diversity in the tech sector against this population of skill-similar, tech-eligible talent. The report uses a measure called the skill similarity score to index the overlap between job requirements (knowledge, education, skills, training) and the skills and credentials of women of color tech-eligible talent. As it stands today, 250,000 women of color would have to be hired into tech roles to fill the equality gap.

The 2023 Equation for Equality Index

Detailed key findings as a data refresh from the 2022 Equation for Equality research report. The Index is an urgent call to action that reinforces and reaffirms the need for the work of Command Shift to increase, advance, and retain women of color in tech. There is still much more work to be done and progress to be made.

Read the Report and Take Action!

How Our Employer Partners Are Making Change:


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Investing in System Change – Feat. Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation’s longtime collaboration with NPower drives a strategic vision looking not only at short-term solutions, but enables systemic change to equip young women for tech careers and achieve their career aspirations.

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Indicators to Develop Inclusion – Feat. Comcast NBCUniversal

When it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Comcast NBCUniversal is intentional about using data to inform its approach, guide its focus, and maintain accountability.
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Apprenticeships, Critical to Foster Talent – Feat. Accenture

Accenture is a 60,000-employee organization in the US alone, and the company has embraced the important value of identifying and bringing to life opportunities for historically untapped pools of talent. Professional apprenticeships are a key component of Accenture’s work to create a more inclusive digital economy.


Diversity and inclusion in the tech sector has progressed minimally over the last decade, proving there is much more work to be done to truly achieve equality for women of color in this sector. When women of color are given opportunities in tech and their growth is prioritized, everyone wins, including the bottom line.