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 can thrive. Top Companies is the only program that provides a consistent benchmark of the technical workforce across a wide range of industries.

Top Companies uses a rigorous methodology to analyze data from participating organizations and produce insights across three key areas: representation, workplace experiences, and programs and policies. 63 organizations participated in Top Companies in 2017, a 5% increase over 2016. Participant companies collectively employ over 1.3 million workers, including more than 574,000 technical workers, across industry verticals including hardware and software, business services, consulting, financial services, insurance, media, research, and retail.

Top Companies Metrics

AnitaB.org selected seven critical metrics to assess different aspects of the technical pipeline. Companies submit data on their technical workforce for each metric during two 12-month periods as specified in the Top Companies instructions.

In 2016, two additional dimensions were added to the program to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the experiences of women technologists: an employee workplace experience survey and programs and policy data. The survey responses provide insights into key cultural drivers that foster inclusive workplaces and engaged workforces. We also measure company programs and policies to improve the industry’s understanding of how different programs and policies attract and retain women technologists.

We are excited about the deep insights we can gain from these three dimensions. For more details, please review the Top Companies Methods.

Top Companies Badges

AnitaB.org provides all participants with a Top Companies badge, to acknowledge their commitment to measure their technical workforce and gain a deeper understanding of women in their company. Companies that score in the top five for each size category receive an additional badge, to recognize the progress they have made in building diverse teams. The company in each size category with the highest total score is recognized as a Top Companies Winner, and receives a badge to celebrate their leadership in the technical industry.

The red 2017 Top Companies winner badge with the AnitaB.org logo at the top

What’s Next?

We will be accepting submissions for the 2018 Top Companies program April 3 to May 11, 2018. Sign up for an upcoming webinar and review the instructions to learn more. We will post our 2018 instructions soon, so check back often.

In September 2018, AnitaB.org will announce the top five scoring companies in each technical employee size category (under 1,000, 1,000 to 10,000, and over 10,000 technical employees). The winner of each category will be announced on the main stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 18).

History

In 2008, AnitaB.org collaborated with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University on the first large-scale study of men and women in technology careers. Those findings underpinned our development of a tool to measure and assess the gender diversity of the technical workforce within organizations.

Expert Founding Team

AnitaB.org drew on knowledge and experience from its Board of Trustees, partner companies, specialists in human resources, diversity and inclusion, and academics who study gender and the workforce. The Trustees formed a strategies and metrics taskforce to guide the initiative’s development. Senior leaders in technology and specialists in diversity and inclusion comprised an industry advisory group to provide insight and data on the technical workforce. Finally, a social science research advisory board collaborated with the AnitaB.org research team to review academic literature, select metrics, and develop algorithms for the evaluation rubric.