About Top Companies

AnitaB.org 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, programs and policies, and workplace experiences. 76 companies participated in Top Companies in 2019, representing more than 572,000 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 eight 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: programs and policy data and an employee workplace experience survey. We measure company programs and policies to improve the industry’s understanding of how different programs and policies attract and retain women technologists. The workplace experience survey responses provide insights into key cultural drivers that foster inclusive workplaces and engaged workforces. New in 2020, companies will be asked to submit intersectional race/ethnicity and gender representation data.

Cost & Benefits of Participation2019 Top Companies Participant Badge

Top Companies is included in the benefits of Partnership with AnitaB.org. The cost is $1,500 for non-Partners and includes:

  • An individual report with your results and analysis benchmarking your company against other similar sized companies in all Top Companies metrics.
  • A group call to collectively review the aggregated program findings.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Workplace Experiences Survey (WES) Opportunity to receive awards.
  • All Participants receive a Top Companies Participant electronic badge, to acknowledge their commitment to measuring their technical workforce and gaining a deeper understanding of women in their company. Companies that score in the top 25 percentile for each size category receive an additional badge, recognizing them as a Top Companies Leader. The company in each size category with the highest total score is recognized as a Top Companies Winner.
  • Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Recognition:
    • Participants who are also sponsors at GHC will receive a sign at the career hall designating their status as a Top Companies for Women Technologists Participant, Leader, and/or Winner.
    • Companies will be designated as a Top Companies Participant on the GHC mobile app.
    • Top Companies Winners are announced during the GHC Keynote.
  • Public Recognition:
    • Public acknowledgement of participation on the Key Insights Report.
    • Press releases announcing Leaders and Winners.

What’s Next?

March 10, 2020 Companies can begin preparing their submission using the Top Companies Instructions and Template.
March 16, 2020 Top Companies is available for purchase to non-Partners on our E-commerce site.
April 6, 2020 AnitaB.org will begin accepting submissions through the Top Companies Portal.
May 6, 2020 Submissions close.
August 24, 2020 Participants notified of award status and badges.
September 23, 2020 2020 Key Insights Report published highlighting findings of study and showcasing Participants and Leaders.
September 25, 2020 Participants receive individual reports benchmarking them against aggregated data.
September 29, 2020 Top Companies Winners announced on main stage at GHC.

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.