April 8, 2015 – Palo Alto, CA.: AnitaB.org, a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announced today the Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index. In its fifth year, the Top Companies initiative is a national program designed to recognize companies where women technologists can thrive.
The Leadership Index is the definitive standard that identifies companies that are leaders in enabling and growing women in technical roles. AnitaB.org’s Top Companies program uses quantitative data supplied by participating companies and a widely accepted statistical methodology to score participants on the representation of women at all levels and year-over-year trends in recruitment and promotion of women within the U.S. technical workforce of the participating companies.
For this year’s Top Companies Leadership Index, AnitaB.org evaluated 35 technology companies with a total technical workforce of over 435,000. BNY Mellon is the 2015 winner of AnitaB.org’s Top Companies for Women Technologists with the highest cumulative score. The 2015 winner will be recognized at the 2015 Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards banquet on May 14, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.
“We’re honored to be recognized by AnitaB.org as the top company for women technologists,” said Lucille Mayer, chief information officer of client experience delivery at BNY Mellon. “As a global innovator, our success depends on the talent, skills and commitment of all employees. The valued participation of women at all levels of our technical workforce drives new approaches to the industry-leading services and solutions BNY Mellon’s clients expect throughout the investment lifecycle.”
Twelve additional participants who exceeded the industry mean are also included in the Index. The full index is listed below:
AnitaB.org’s Top Companies Leadership Index
- American Express
- BNY Mellon
- Goldman Sachs
- Rackspace Hosting
- T. Rowe Price
“BNY Mellon and all of the companies on the Top Companies Leadership Index have demonstrated a commitment to advancing women in technical roles and creating a culture where they can thrive,” said Telle Whitney, chief executive officer at AnitaB.org. “While it is an important step that many companies publicly released data last year, AnitaB.org recognizes the importance of looking at the data in more detail to understand where women are getting stuck or leaving the field, so the industry-at-large can better assess progress and the challenges women face.”
For women seeking to build rewarding careers in technical roles, the Top Companies Leadership Index provides insight into companies leading the effort with real results to improve the inclusion of women. For participating companies, the Top Companies program provides feedback on their progress relative to others, larger trends and challenges around gender diversity than if only looking at their own data, and more visibility for their successes.
- Thirteen companies on the Top Companies for Women Technologist Leadership Index, which includes the 2015 winner plus 12 businesses which all meet or exceed the participants’ mean;
- Quantitative measures of women’s representation within the technical workforce, at all levels, such as entry-level, mid, senior, and executive, in total, as well as the rate of recruitment and promotion. The Index also measures the trends in year-over-year changes for these metrics;
- Detailed data offers a more in-depth perspective than only high-level numbers that were released last year by a limited number of companies.
Making up about 23 percent of the technical workforce and earning about 18 percent of computer science degrees, women are underrepresented in the technical workforce, and are leaving the industry at twice the rate as men due to the inhospitable tech environment.
“Companies need technical talent, and women represent half of the intellectual capital,” continued Whitney. “If companies want to attract the best and the brightest then it only makes sense for companies to tap into the technical skills women have to offer.”
The Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index will continue to reveal trends throughout the year, act as an empirical standard to measure the industry and its status on providing female technologists with equal opportunities in the workplace. To learn more about the Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index, please visit https://anitab.org/awards-grants/top-companies-for-women-technologists.
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 partners include: Cisco, Google, HP, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, CA Technologies, Dell, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, NetApp, Qualcomm Inc., SAP, Symantec, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America, Best Buy, Capital One, EMC, Ericsson, GoDaddy, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Nationwide, NetSuite, Neustar, Rackspace, Salesforce, SanDisk, Teradata, Thoughtworks, Time, Inc., VentureLoop, Viacom, VMware and Yahoo! AnitaB.org is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit anitab.org