We often hear passionate discussion from the industry on the shortage of U.S. talent in the field of STEM. But is the onus on us? Are we telling our youth exactly what skills we are hiring for today?\nAs noted by the U.S. Department of Education, \u201cIn a world that\u2019s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by\u00a0what\u00a0you know, but by what you\u00a0can do\u00a0with what you know, it\u2019s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math\u2014subjects collectively known as STEM.\u201d\nYet, all too often when we say we support STEM, the acronym implies primarily science \u2013 biology, physics and chemistry. Undoubtedly these are important and if you find your passion lying therein, by all means follow it. In school, students are encouraged to study math and science curriculums to explore their STEM talents. But in my view, right now programming is the hotspot of opportunity. Information technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Even more so, the skills we are currently hiring for are in information technology.\nThe technology industry continues to be a major driving force in the U.S. economy. In a recent report on IT trends for 2017, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) reports that 41 percent of U.S. IT firms are actively recruiting for current openings.\nSo what\u2019s the problem?\nCompTIA lists the following as some of the challenges to successfully filling open technology roles this year:\n\nFinding workers with expertise in emerging tech fields\nCompeting with other tech firms for talent\nFinding workers with the right soft skills\nRising salary expectations\nInsufficient pool of talent in region \/ locale\n\nSo how do we begin to solve these issues?\nOrganizations such as Year Up provide urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The National Academy Foundation NAF solves some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business, and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. [Disclosure: I am a Board Member of these two organizations.]\nThere is growing recognition that the key to transforming the culture and community of the tech industry is less a matter of breaking through multiple glass ceilings, and more about\u00a0using technology to transform the way the world is now: to make it more sustainable, more inclusive, and more personally healthful, creative, and productive.\nResearch demonstrates that diversity drives better business outcomes. We know that diversity leads to increased innovation, better talent attraction and employee engagement, and benefits a company\u2019s bottom line.\nIt\u2019s more than just recruiting new employees. Once an employee joins a company, there arise prospects for continued learning and development opportunities, both internally and externally. VMware sponsors a Take 1 program, which enables employees to refresh their skills and mindset by exposure to development through courses, conferences, workshops, and trainings, among others (Take 2 and Take 3 are expanded versions of this program that progress with tenure). Other companies are also partnering with massive open online courses\u00a0(MOOCs) accessible via the\u00a0web from any location \u2013 made possible through developments in technology.\nTo further encourage excitement about technology in STEM subjects, companies also need to encourage inclusion \u2013 decreasing the sense of isolation and lack of belonging minority groups experience due to current low representation in the industry. At VMware, we understand that people don\u2019t just join companies, they join communities, which is why we invest in an array of communities so that all kinds of global talent can feel welcome and connected.\nCompanies the world over are transforming into digital businesses. They\u2019re using software to invent new products. Deliver new services. Work and do business differently. And they\u2019re using technology more inventively than ever to power nimble innovation.\nWhile there is still a long way to go, we have a lot to be proud of.\nChange is central to the high technology, entrepreneurial culture that fosters so much innovation in our lives, our work, and our communities. And that starts with more T in STEM.