AnitaB.org Names Highest Scoring Organizations from 2016 Top Companies Program

AnitaB.org Names Highest Scoring Organizations from 2016 Top Companies Program

PALO ALTO, Calif., October 6, 2016: The AnitaB.org (ABI), a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, today announced the 2016 Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index. The national benchmark program named 25 organizations as leaders in recruiting, retaining and advancing more women in technical roles. The winner will be announced in Houston on October 19 at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC).

In its sixth year, Top Companies is a quantitative assessment that uses data supplied by participating companies and a rigorous statistical methodology to objectively score participants on a number of key metrics. This year, AnitaB.org evaluated 60 companies with more than 1.4 million US employees, including 552,000 technologists across 10 industries, and found 25 companies that scored above the industry mean.

Key takeaways

  • All previous winners are included in this year’s Index, including American Express, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, IBM and Intel.
  • Reflecting the pervasive nature of technology today, more than three quarters (76 percent) of the Leadership Index are non-technology brands.
  • While companies in the Leadership Index have an average of 27,000 employees, the companies ranged in size from 700 employees to 180,000, demonstrating that organizations of all sizes can increase the participation of women in the technical workforce.
  • On average 47 percent of these companies’ workforce were in technical roles demonstrating the growing importance of the technical workforce overall.

2016 Leadership Index

Accenture ADP, LLC Allstate
American Express athenahealth Bank of America
BNY Mellon Capgemini Capital One
Goldman Sachs Google Grubhub
IBM Intel Corporation Intuit
Macys.com Nationwide New York Life
The New York Times SAP T. Rowe Price
Thomson Reuters ThoughtWorks USAA
Visa Inc

Top Companies badges“The only way to drive change and improve how many technical roles are held by women is not through popularity contests, but through data, measurement and accountability,” said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of AnitaB.org. “Top Companies gives the industry an independent apples to apples definition of the technical workforce, and a clear view of how current diversity efforts are driving change.”

“Recently we reported the massive opportunity that improving gender diversity in the U.S. tech workforce represents – on the order of $320 – $390 billion, » said Andria Thomas, who leads research in gender and technology at Dalberg, a strategy advisory firm. “Making industry-wide progress on diversity will require gathering and sharing more and better diversity data. AnitaB.org’s Top Companies for Women Technologists is an important step in that direction. »

Compared to publicly released diversity data from companies where definitions vary, Top Companies provides a standard measurement of the representation of women technologists at entry, mid, senior, and executive levels, as well as the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in technical roles. This year, the program piloted two new forms of measurement – programs and policies and employee experience to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a great workplace for women technologists. This included maternity and paternity leave, flex time and leadership development programs. An insights report from the 2016 Top Companies program will also be announced in Houston on October 19 at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.

About Top Companies

AnitaB.org’s Top Companies for Women Technologists is a national program that recognizes companies committed to building workplaces where women in technology roles can thrive. The program uses a rigorous methodology to analyze data from participating organizations and produce insights across three key areas: representation, employee experience, and programs and policies.

About AnitaB.org

AnitaB.org connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 65 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. AnitaB.org is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization.

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