Mike Gregoire is Chief Executive Officer of CA Technologies, a $4.5 billion global software company. CA Technologies is helping companies seize the opportunities of the application economy – a world where software is crucial to global business and application development is the engine of innovation.
Before Taleo, Mike spent five years at PeopleSoft as executive vice president of its Global Services Group, with responsibility for consulting, education, hosting and maintenance worldwide. Mike started his career at as an architect and technical project leader at EDS, and rose to run a number of its operations and businesses, including its Global Financial Markets Group.
Mike is widely recognized as a strategic thinker in the information technology industry. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governors Steering Committee, the Business Roundtable’s Information and Technology Committee, and the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He also serves on the Executive Council of TechNet, an organization of CEOs that represents the technology industry in policy issues critical to American innovation and economic competitiveness. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of ADP, one of the world’s largest providers of human resources business processing and cloud-based solutions.
Mike exemplifies CA’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. During his tenure, CA has strengthened its engagement with the communities where its employees live and work with an emphasis on advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for underserved youth. Mike is on the Board of NPower, a nonprofit that enlists and trains low-income young adults and veterans to become IT professionals. He also serves on the Board of Change the Equation, a coalition of CEOs committed to improving STEM education. An avid cyclist, he also manages to compete in several races a year, many of which are fundraisers he rides in wearing the CA jersey.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Computing from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Coast University.
CA Technologies creates software that fuels transformation for businesses and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA Technologies does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others with a primary focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. CA Together activities encompass employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and wide-ranging partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide.
CA Technologies provides software solutions to our customers every day, all over the world. We invest in many different locations, and in myriad ways – from increasing supplier diversity to reducing energy consumption.
- We invest in our communities to build their local economic impact and further development opportunities.
- We invest in our employees so they can grow and flourish while at CA.
- We invest in sustainable operations to ensure we have a minimal effect on the environment.
While each of these tenets of investment are important, we are obligated to invest for the long-term to counter the potential issues we face – our critical business issues.
Because we live in an Application Economy, we must cultivate the resources to serve the tech-driven world well into the future. Educated and motivated people are crucial to our ability to operate, and as the global economy becomes more dependent on STEM experts and the economic impact and adoption rate of tech continues to increase, we must ensure the next generation is well prepared. However, we are facing a global shortage of STEM-facile workers. Students are behind in their understanding of STEM.
Small investment in short-term programming has not worked. To address this issue, we have concentrated our efforts on improving STEM education across the globe with a focus on long-term investment at every stage of child- and professional-development. This is how we empower the next generation to understand, appreciate and embrace the technology that powers and affects their lives every day.
When you dig deeper into the issue of STEM-capacity, there is a more disconcerting part of the story; a profound gender gap becomes quite clear. We have seen no significant improvement in the number of women entering STEM fields since 2000.
In the United States, 74 percent of teen girls reported (in 2012) they were interested in STEM; but, only 13% said pursuing a major in that field is their number one choice. This conversation is unsustainable. For every eight boys that plan to pursue a career in a STEM field, only one girl does.
After college, only 26% of women with a STEM college degree actually start a STEM career.
This is not just a U.S. problem. In areas across the globe – from Europe to India to Middle Eastern nations and beyond – we see a shortage of women entering college to study a STEM field and an even greater gap for those who go on to find a STEM career.
We believe many these challenges start early: girls often report they don’t feel welcome in STEM classrooms, and they don’t see the connection between STEM and careers. Girls need mentors to look up to in these fields, and need their abilities nurtured.
This is why CA Technologies is committed to empowering all children and youth – especially girls – with the tools, knowledge and resources to be successful in STEM-related fields.
We begin by reaching kids at the youngest age, nurturing them as youth, engaging them as young adults, mentoring them as professionals and empowering them for the future.
We don’t do “quick fix” solutions; there is no “one size fits all.” We know when we unlock opportunities for all people, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status, we secure the future of our business, building a smarter, safer and more connected App Economy.
A few years ago, we took a major step to help eradicate the gender gap in STEM education when we launched Tech Girls Rock, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America we have held workshops for more than 2,000 young women, where CA volunteers encourage participants to explore educational opportunities and careers in STEM fields. We are seeing results from our workshops, with 84% of participants saying they would consider a tech-related educational opportunity, and 69% saying they have interest in a tech-related career.
To really solve this problem, we must be diligent in evolving and promoting the work we do, and we must all be a part of the solution.
At CA we believe in the power of our employees to make a difference in their communities – whether that means volunteering with their favorite charitable organization or offering to judge a science fair at a local elementary school, we give them opportunities and resources to support what is important to them. I take this culture of service to heart as I sit on the board of directors for Change the Equation and NPower – CA nonprofit partners who advocate for STEM education. This has created new opportunities and encouraged engagement from employees at all levels as we learn from other leaders in the space, collaborating to make a real difference in the future of our workforce.
We feel confident, with continued mentoring and engagement, that many of the young people we reach today will be tomorrow’s engineering and computer science majors. That is why, in everything we do, we strengthen and support their entire journey of STEM education. This type of pipeline protection is what we need to solidify the future of STEM focused industries and keep moving forward into the App Economy.