Why Diversity Matters in IT Hiring

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Building a network of diverse IT talent--people who will be ready for your next job opening--is a year-round task with a big payoff, says a former divisional CIO at GE

Margot Sharapova was, until recently, the CIO of GE Healthcare Medical Diagnostics, a General Electric division with more than 5,000 employees in 50 countries. Her career path has taken some interesting turns: After graduating from Dartmouth, she moved to Siberia to teach English (she speaks Russian fluently). She joined GE Plastics in 1995 through an Information Management Leadership Program, and then moved into CIO roles at a succession of GE divisions.

In an interview, Margot offers her philosophy on attracting great talent and building a diverse team.

As a CIO, what has been your approach to diversity?

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