Date of Award

Fall 12-6-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

LaFaye Platter

Second Advisor

Alan Enomoto

Third Advisor

Keith Larick


The information technology (IT) industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. According to the U.S, Department of Labor and Statistics (2015), employment opportunities are it is projected to grow by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. While the number of employed women have increased, this has not been the case in the IT industry where the number of women has been in consistent decline since 1991. In order for the U.S. to be able to fill the demand for IT professionals, it must have access to a talent pool that includes women. There are many talented women that could fulfil these positions, but the attrition rate among mid-career women continues to rise. In addition, women entering college are now choosing majors other than those related to computing options, thereby reducing the number of women in the pipeline for IT careers. There are many factors that may contribute to the reasons why women choose to enter, remain or leave the IT industry. This qualitative study seeks to explore these factors associated with the workplace culture that may have an impact by exploring the experiences of women who work in IT occupations.