This year, Johnson Controls International plc chief information officer Nancy Berce mandated a new goal for all of her management levels: 50% of total hires needed to be female.

“We always hire the best talent, but what that drove was a whole different discussion up front of, where am I going to get talent? How am I going to get talent?” Berce said.

In some locations, that was easy. Berce recalled a vice president in Johnson Controls’ Boca Raton, Florida, office who managed a team of more women than men. Certain departments, however, such as network engineering or data administration, were areas where Berce said the company saw a smaller percentage of female applicants.