SOURCE: Firing Line with Bill Kutik

Firing Line with Bill Kutik

July 26, 2016 07:00 ET

HR Tech Guru Naomi Lee Bloom Tells 'Firing Line with Bill Kutik' More Role Models and Supportive Policies Are Needed to Get More Women Into Top Tech Management

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Jul 26, 2016) - Naomi Lee Bloom, the leading technology consultant in HR, tells "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®" that women in computer programming and technology need more role models and supportive policies in order for them to "break the glass ceiling" and move into top management positions.

Her comments came on the latest edition of the HR video series beginning today on YouTube.

"We need role models. Young women need to see women as CTOs [Chief Technology Officers], as chief architects," Bloom tells Kutik. "We need policies that support women who are trying to balance families and work life. Travel policies, flexible schedules, telecommuting, all of that, which is good for men as well."

At the same time, Bloom notes that much progress can be attained simply through a greater commitment by top executives.

"You know a lot of the biases are really subtle, they're implicit, and if we could train and develop our executives and our managers to just be more sensitive and to root these things out where they live, that would be a big step forward," Bloom says, adding that if a CEO wants to combat unequal pay, he or she can command it be equal.

Reflecting on her own professional life and career, Bloom notes that a lack of corporate career paths for women led her to become an independent contractor and advanced her own career that way for 30 years.

"As you know, I've been a solo since '87 and frankly, a lot of my advancement has come through being a solo. Today it's different, there are more opportunities in corporate life, but in '87, the chances of rising the way I wanted to were just not really there," Bloom says.

Commenting on his interview with Bloom, Bill Kutik, host and managing editor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®" said: "This is my 20th public conversation with Naomi Bloom, whom I have known for 27 years. Diversity and inclusion is a critical business issue affecting all organizations today. Workforce diversity directly impacts business performance. As always, viewers will enjoy her straightforward, authentic insights. No one else has the same breadth and depth of experience in the HR technology industry as Naomi Bloom."

The monthly series has received nearly 44,000 views on YouTube since its debut last year. Watch the new episode at http://bit.ly/KutikFiringLine.

SAP (NYSE: SAP) is the inaugural sponsor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®." Other sponsors of the series, now in its second season, include Infor and ADP.

About Bill Kutik

As the HR industry's leading independent analyst, Bill Kutik is considered one of the top four influencers in the HR technology marketplace. For 27 years, he has been Technology Columnist for "Human Resource Executive®" and served as founding co-chair of the magazine's famous annual HR Technology® Conference & Expo, since it began in 1998 through 2013.

In 2012, Human Resource Executive named him one of the 10 "Most Powerful HR Technology Experts" and The Huffington Post in 2013 listed him in "Top 100 Social HR Experts on Twitter."

Previously, he reported for "The New York Times" and "The New York Daily News." He has a BA degree from Harvard University. He can be reached at Bill@Kutik.com.