Grace Hopper Celebration 2019. Today, AnitaB.org announced Bank of America, The New York Times Company and Ultimate Software as the winners of the 2019 Top Companies for Women Technologists at its annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC).
Top Companies for Women Technologists is a national program from AnitaB.org that identifies key trends around the equity of women technologists in the workforce. A detailed insights report released last week found that the representation of women in technology has continued to steadily increase reaching 25.12% in 2019.
“We are extremely encouraged by the progress of all the participating Top Companies,” said Michelle C. Flatt, vice president of programs at AnitaB.org. “Bank of America, Ultimate Software and The New York Times Company are proof that progress is possible and that with concerted efforts, tech can achieve equity for all women.”
The Top Companies Participants were evaluated based on the representation of women in the technical workforce, implementation of policies and programs and transparency of data. The following Award Winners were recognized on the main stage at the AnitaB.org annual Grace Hopper Celebration today:
2019 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winner – Bank of America
(Category: >10,000 technical employees)
Bank of America is committed to attracting diverse talent and provides female employees with tools and programs to support their success and help advance their careers. For example, Bank of America’s Women in Technology & Operations advocacy group brings together more than 9,000 women from around the world as part of the company’s commitment to developing and advancing women in technical roles. Key recruiting initiatives have increased the representation of women across the intern and full-time classes to more than 40% and this summer’s Bank of America intern class was the most diverse in the company’s history.
“Bank of America is a company built on diversity. In 1919, we had the first bond saleswoman on Wall Street. We formed one of the first women-focused banking divisions in 1921. Six members of our Board of Directors and six direct reports of our CEO are women,” said Catherine Bessant, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America. “We are proud to be a part of Grace Hopper Celebration and grateful for the recognition in this award. We work every day to be a great employer of choice for women in technology.”
2019 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winner – Ultimate Software
(Category: Between 1,000-10,000 technical employees)
Ultimate Software’s commitment to gender equality in the workplace is exemplified by companywide programs such as Women in Leadership which helps women reach their maximum potential, Women in Technology which promotes the importance of diversity and inclusion to aid in the success of Ultimate, and U Belong, Ultimate’s diversity, equality, and belonging program dedicated to ensuring all employees continue to feel safe and welcome bringing their whole selves to work. U Belong builds upon the foundations and principles of the company’s longstanding diversity practices, working with leaders across the company to develop a comprehensive diversity program and support system to better serve Ultimate’s employees.
“We are extremely proud to be named the Top Company for Women Technologists by AnitaB.org,” said Vivian Maza, chief culture officer at Ultimate Software. “When we started, there were four of us—two women and two men. Today, 29 years and more than 5,500 employees later, our commitment to gender equality in our Ultimate family remains as strong as it’s ever been. From day one at Ultimate, we’ve focused on putting people first in all we do, and that starts with creating—and, most importantly, protecting—a culture where all people are valued, respected, cared for, and have equal opportunities to thrive in their careers and in life outside of work.”
2019 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winner – The New York Times Company
(Category: <1,000 technical employees)
The New York Times Company is a global media company whose mission is to help people understand the world. To succeed in their mission, the company is committed to improving diversity and inclusion. The New York Times Company staff is now 51% female and the company publicly releases diversity stats annually. Additionally, within the Technology department, the leadership team created a Sponsorship Program to help establish a more robust and diverse pipeline of leaders. The program is designed to identify, sponsor and develop high performers in mid-level roles with the intention of moving them into leadership positions as either management or individual contributors.
“The New York Times is deeply honored to be named one of the Top Companies for Women Technologists by AnitaB.org,” said Cindy Taibi, Chief Information Officer. “As the world’s most successful digital subscription news outlet, we are committed to having a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the societies we report on with respect, empathy and accuracy. We’ve worked hard to improve our practices and I’m proud to say that our efforts have had positive results. In 2018, company-wide, 62% of our new hires were women, and 39% were people of color.”
Learn more about the Top Companies for Women Technologists Program here.
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 roles can thrive. The program uses rigorous methodology to analyze data from participating organizations and produce insights across three key areas: representation, employee workplace experience, and programs and policies.
AnitaB.org is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to increasing the representation of women technologists in the global workforce. AnitaB.org engages with tens of thousands of women and leading organizations around the world to build diverse and inclusive workplace cultures. Founded in 1997 by our namesake, computer science visionary Anita Borg, our organization works toward a future where the teams that create technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.