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AnitaB.org Announces 71% Increase in Participants For 2016 Top Companies for Women Technologists

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 14, 2016: The AnitaB.org (ABI), a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, today announced that 60 organizations are participating in the annual Top Companies for Women Technologists, a national program that recognizes companies committed to building workplaces where women technologists can thrive. The 60 participating organizations, up 71 percent from 2015, represent more than 1.3 million US employees, including over 540,000 technologists, from a range of companies such as Google, eBay, Target, Facebook and American Express.

Every company is a technology company

In its sixth year, Top Companies is the industry’s largest source of quantitative data for the representation of women in the technical workforce. It is built on an industry standard developed by AnitaB.org and provides a consistent benchmark for measuring the same data across all participating companies. Ranging in size from 200 employees to more than 68,000 employees, participating companies represent various industries including consulting, finance, insurance, media, research, retail, hardware, software, and information services. On average, 53 percent of the workforce at participating companies is in a technical role.

“Today, organizations in every industry rely on technology to drive innovation – yet fail to tap into half of the world’s intellectual capital. Organizations must focus on recruiting, retaining and advancing women technologists in order to innovate and stay competitive,” said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of AnitaB.org. “Beyond repeating anecdotes, the key to closing the gender gap is hard data. Top Companies is the only program of its kind that shows how the industry as a whole is progressing, which organizations are committed to diversity and what programs work to create measurable change.”

2016 Change Alliance:

Accenture, Inc. ACI Worldwide ADP, LLC
Akamai Technologies Allstate Amazon.com, Inc.
American Express Argonne National Laboratory athenahealth
Bank of America Best Buy Co., Inc. BNY Mellon
CA Technologies Capgemini Capital One
CDW Cisco Systems Dell Inc.
eBay Electronic Arts EMC
Ericsson Inc. Facebook GoDaddy
Goldman Sachs & Co. Google Grubhub
Guidewire Software Hewlett-Packard Enterprise HP Inc.
IBM Intel Corporation Intuit
Juniper Networks, Inc. macys.com Marketo
Microsoft Corporation Nationwide NetApp
Netsuite Inc. New York Life Insurance Pure Storage, Inc.
Qualcomm Incorporated Rackspace Salesforce
SAP Squarespace, Inc. SurveyMonkey
Symantec Corporation Synopsys, Inc. T. Rowe Price
Target The New York Times Thomson Reuters Corporation
ThoughtWorks Twilio USAA
Veritas Technologies LLC Visa Inc. Yahoo

Measuring what matters

At its core, Top Companies measures 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 – which will be integrated into the program from 2017 onward.

Winner to be announced at GHC 2016

Every organization that participates in Top Companies is a member of the Change Alliance, giving women technologists a trusted way to identify companies committed to building inclusive workplaces.

In early October, AnitaB.org will announce the Leadership Index, which lists the companies whose representation of women technologists is above the mean of all participants. The winner will be announced on stage in Houston on October 19 at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.

About Top Companies for Women Technologists

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

ABI 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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