Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering IT careers, women in technology and diversity and inclusion. Before she joined CIO in 2013, Sharon worked as a freelance writer and project manager for technology vendors and media companies such as UBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Juniper Networks. She has also written for ChannelPro SMB magazine, CRN and TheLadders.com, among others. Previously, Sharon worked as a staff writer for eWEEK and Channel Insider.

Equal Pay Day 2018: Good news and bad news

Equal Pay Day 2018: Good news and bad news

There’s cause for celebration and continued concern around Equal Pay Day 2018. Awareness is improving, but we still have a long way to go.

How #MeToo and #TimesUp impact IT hiring

How #MeToo and #TimesUp impact IT hiring

In IT organizations that may already be struggling to find and retain talent, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements add new urgency to address D&I and bust biases.

Deloitte report has some good news about women in technology

Deloitte report has some good news about women in technology

A recent Deloitte report shares perspective from women CIOs about their roles, successes, and how they’re helping other women in technology.

Should software developers have a code of ethics?

Should software developers have a code of ethics?

With great power comes great responsibility. As the details of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal reveal, the IT industry is still grappling with the question of how to deal with ethical dilemmas.

Makeshift Society uses comedy to tell an important story about women in tech

Makeshift Society uses comedy to tell an important story about women in tech

New TV series Makeshift Society takes a funny-because-it’s-true look at a female founder’s journey to success in Silicon Valley.

Leaving your job: What you can and can’t take with you

Leaving your job: What you can and can’t take with you

Outright theft is an obvious no-no, but there are still some gray areas when it comes to what you can take with you when you leave a job and what you could land you in legal hot water.

4 approaches to diversity and inclusion leadership

4 approaches to diversity and inclusion leadership

There’s no one-size-fits-all diversity and inclusion strategy. Here’s how four tech companies handle D&I — some with executive representation, some without.

Why a parent-friendly culture benefits your entire workforce

Why a parent-friendly culture benefits your entire workforce

A flexible culture focused on “outcomes, not hours” can boost participation in the workforce and keep employees engaged and loyal – even if they’re not parents.

Busting bias in AI

Busting bias in AI

Bias in AI systems can lead to unintended consequences. Making sure you you understand the ways AI systems are interpreting the data they receive is one way to address the problem.

Super Seducer shows how deeply misogyny is ingrained in tech culture

Super Seducer shows how deeply misogyny is ingrained in tech culture

The current climate around sexism and sexual abuse didn't stop the 'game' Super Seducer from making it to release, showing just how misogynistic the gaming and tech world is.

Diversity and inclusion: 8 best practices for changing your culture

Diversity and inclusion: 8 best practices for changing your culture

SYPartners has developed eight best practices for helping clients — and themselves — become more diverse and inclusive organizations. Here’s how to launch your D&I transformation.

#PressforProgress -- Equitable treatment for women, not just equal

#PressforProgress -- Equitable treatment for women, not just equal

Women don't need or want special treatment or hand-holding. They need to live in a world that is equitable -- that takes into account obstacles and challenges they've had to overcome.

How to lower the Emotional Tax on minority employees

How to lower the Emotional Tax on minority employees

People of color pay an "emotional tax" every day at their jobs. We need to work harder to fix that.

10 tips for crafting highly effective job descriptions

10 tips for crafting highly effective job descriptions

Hiring great talent starts with attracting great talent. Here’s how to create effective, engaging and inclusive job descriptions targeted to the best candidates for the job.

How to set effective workplace harassment policies

How to set effective workplace harassment policies

How your organization proactively addresses harassment and discrimination issues is critical to maintaining a productive, collaborative and respectful workplace culture. Here's how to set policies that matter.

Will a shareholders' revolt make Silicon Valley more socially conscious?

Will a shareholders' revolt make Silicon Valley more socially conscious?

Employees and customers have been pushing tech companies to be more socially aware. Now that shareholders are speaking up, will change finally come?

The one major downside of employee referrals

The one major downside of employee referrals

While it’s true that employee referrals often result in more loyal and productive hires, companies targeting innovation or growth should beware the unwanted impact referrals can have on your workforce.

Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology

Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology

Jennifer Cloer wanted to change the narrative around women in technology. So, she launched a film production company to bring women's stories to life -- Wicked Flicks Productions -- and created The Chasing Grace Project.

Why your company needs a CHRO

Why your company needs a CHRO

What’s the biggest HR mistake you can make? Not hiring a chief human resources officer. Here’s what to look for in filling this key workplace culture leadership role.

Top technical skills that will get you hired in 2018

Top technical skills that will get you hired in 2018

Landing the perfect IT job is never easy, but certain technical skills can smooth the way, especially if they’re in high demand. Here’s what companies are looking for in 2018.

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