Yahoo veteran Nikki Katz joined The Walt Disney Company in 2011 to spearhead technology relating to the storied entertainment giant’s consumer-products efforts. Though her own resume--which includes a Stanford degree--is typical for a tech executive, it’s also the sort of background that’s far more common among men than women. So in 2016, she rolled out Code: Rosie, a unique program designed to help high-achieving female employees already at Disney in non-technical positions segue into engineering jobs. The initiative includes three months of training and two six-month apprenticeships in different groups, and removes the fear factor by allowing participants to go back to their old jobs if they choose. Mostly, however, they thrive in their new roles.
Code: Rosie has proven so successful within Katz’s consumer-products domain that it’s now being rolled out across the entire company, from TV networks to theme parks.