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.

6 effective strategies for improving employee retention

6 effective strategies for improving employee retention

In an improving economy, retaining talent is of utmost concern. Here’s how to keep your most valuable business asset: your employees.

Diverse and inclusive tech conferences to attend in 2018

Diverse and inclusive tech conferences to attend in 2018

Looking for a more diverse and inclusive tech conference experience? Here are some great options for 2018.

Women left out of CES keynotes again

Women left out of CES keynotes again

CES, the world’s largest tech conference, is severely lacking in women speakers for the second year in a row.

Harassment in the workplace: New year, same old story

Harassment in the workplace: New year, same old story

Following #MeToo, I keep hearing that 2018 will be The Year that sexual harassment decreases and perpetrators will finally be held accountable. I’m not so sure.

Fundamental skills for a bright future in IT

Fundamental skills for a bright future in IT

Technology evolves at a breakneck pace. But some of the most in-demand skills remain timeless.

7 high-paying tech roles where women thrive

7 high-paying tech roles where women thrive

Though women remain severely underrepresented in IT overall, there are some areas where women do dominate — and are compensated well.

Companies use Facebook’s advertising algorithms to discriminate

Companies use Facebook’s advertising algorithms to discriminate

A new report by ProPublica reveals that Facebook’s job recruitment ads are discriminating against job seekers based on their age.

Harassment at work is everyone’s problem and nobody’s responsibility

Harassment at work is everyone’s problem and nobody’s responsibility

While most people understand that sexual harassment is a problem at work, they don’t trust their employers to fix it.

What to look for in hiring a Node.js developer

What to look for in hiring a Node.js developer

Looking for Node.js developers to join your dev team? Here’s how to vet candidates for your next hire.

3 reasons you’re losing your talent to competitors

3 reasons you’re losing your talent to competitors

Talent is your biggest asset — and the easiest to lose. Here’s how to keep your workforce inspired and productive, and not eyeing other opportunities.

Diversity and competency are not mutually exclusive

Diversity and competency are not mutually exclusive

Emphasizing diversity does not mean you’re lowering your standards.

Diversity in tech: New GAO report raises issue no one wants to address

Diversity in tech: New GAO report raises issue no one wants to address

A new report from the Government Accountability Office starkly illustrates the lack of diversity in tech. But who’s going to do anything about it?

7 critical skills for managing remote workers

7 critical skills for managing remote workers

Remote workers face unique challenges compared to on-site colleagues. A good manager — armed with the following seven skills and management practices — can ameliorate these obstacles.

Investing in women: How The Helm is shaking up the VC world

Investing in women: How The Helm is shaking up the VC world

Lindsey Taylor Wood and Erin Shipley, along with Emily Verellen Strom, founded The Helm to disrupt the pipeline of capital for women founders.

10 ways you’re getting workplace diversity wrong (and how to get it right)

10 ways you’re getting workplace diversity wrong (and how to get it right)

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, but there are best practices that can ensure you’re establishing a diverse workplace that can innovate and thrive.

How to prepare for (and ace) the technical interview

How to prepare for (and ace) the technical interview

Technical interviews are stressful and they can make or break your chances for landing a new job. Here’s how to prepare yourself for success, even if you’re a self-taught programmer.

In social media, ‘chicks rule,’ but tech is still an ‘old boys’ club’

In social media, ‘chicks rule,’ but tech is still an ‘old boys’ club’

Information Is Beautiful breaks down how tech companies’ workforces compare against the overall U.S. population.

Twitter offers more space for hate

Twitter offers more space for hate

Twitter recently increased its character limit from 140 to 280, which means more space for abuse and harassment.

10 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

10 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Job hunting while you're currently position can be tricky. Candidates who are employed typically fare better, but not without risk. Here’s how to balance your current job and your career search — without getting cut.

How to be a better ally to minority colleagues

How to be a better ally to minority colleagues

The heads of diversity and inclusion at ThoughtWorks, Twilio and Qualcomm discuss how white people can be better allies to underrepresented groups.

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