12 NEW partners are 'tops' for women execs
Friday, March 4, 2016
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
A dozen Network of Executive Women partners were recognized by the
National Association for Female Executives as 2016 Top Companies for Executive
Women. Noted for their efforts to retain and promote female employees were NEW
partners Accenture, American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, Diageo, EY, General
Mills Inc., Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Procter &
Gamble, Target Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
The NAFE Top Companies for
Executive Women survey is completed by for-profit companies with at least 1,000
employees and two women on the board of directors. The
survey tracks employee access to programs and policies promoting women's
advancement and the number of employees participating, management training
promoting women's advancement and manager accountability for the advancement of
At Accenture, where high-potential diverse candidates are identified
in every business unit, the development of female talent is addressed with several
programs. High-potential employees are provided mentors, sponsors and
assignments to encourage professional growth. Accenture’s leadership team,
which is 47-percent female, is committed to creating a thriving workplace
culture, with keen focus on women and multicultural employees.
At American Express, 41 percent of
employees at and above the level of vice president are women. Executives'
compensation is rated in part by their success in hiring, developing and
advancing female talent. The company's Global Women's Conference for senior
execs has recently been expanded to form the Spotlight on Women event series, a
networking and development platform for female employees at every level.
Ten employee network groups,
three diversity councils, training programs and sponsorship of cross-cultural
women's symposiums demonstrate the emphasis Colgate-Palmolive places on collaboration, inclusion, equal
opportunity and women's leadership advancement. Flexible, family-friendly
scheduling gives parents an extra measure of professional and personal freedom.
At Diageo, women at and above management level participating in the
Transcend Leadership Mentoring program receive a year of career counseling from
senior executives – providing them with guidance and insights for positions at
the VP level. Diageo also offers advanced leadership development for women in
line for the company's top 200 roles. The company honors gender equality and
diversity through networks including Diageo's Spirited Women and LGBT, Asian
and African Heritage groups.
At EY, flexible workplaces, women's leadership development programs
and an emphasis on mentorship, sponsorship and inclusiveness promote a
supportive work environment. The company recently interviewed 400 global
industry leaders for the report "Women. Fast Forward," which made its
debut at the World Economic Forum in Davos and made the case for
female-friendly policy changes. Men at EY are engaged in women’s advancement through
Inclusiveness Steering Committees, which promote frank discussion about
professional gender issues and experiences.
Each quarter, female and
junior partners at General Mills are
paired with senior partners on the company's corporate operating committee. The
senior partners gain insights on the emerging professionals' lives and career
journeys, while the junior counterparts learn from veteran leaders' wisdom. Ten
women's network groups include Women in Leadership, where female employees at
and above the director level receive training and sponsorship for career
Focus on female leaders
made a goal of achieving full representation of women and minorities in its
U.S. workforce by 2020, going so far as to invest $300 million in its new
Diversity in Technology initiative. Adding to its ranks of female leadership, the company
ended 2015 with 21 senior principal engineers and fellows, up from 12 in 2014. Onboarding programs and dedicated networks encourage
hiring and leadership development of female executives, and anyone referring a
female tech to the company earns a bonus of $8,000.
In addition to numerous
on-site daycare and fitness centers, Johnson
& Johnson offers a wellness program, $10,000 in annual tuition
assistance and up to 17 fully paid weeks of parental leave after a birth or
adoption. Nearly half of all promotions to and above management level are
earned by women.
At the Kellogg Company, diverse executives in the consumer goods industry
can take part in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Development Program. The
initiative highlights and develops the skills of female and multicultural
employees, with classes that emphasize the importance of career strategy,
personal branding and emotional intelligence. Advanced mentoring with diverse
senior leaders is offered Kellogg's through Global Leadership Team.
At Procter & Gamble, 45 percent
of management roles are handled by women, as are 30 percent of senior executive
positions at and above vice president level. Women's leadership efforts include
the talent development program Athena in Action; the 10-month Women Empowered
Accelerator, which helps midlevel women develop the leadership skills to pursue
top jobs; and Kellogg Women’s Business Association, which empowers its members
throughout their MBA journeys.
Women at Target earn 53 percent of
management-rank promotions and 49 percent of the company's top salaries. More
than 10,000 team members participate in six diversity and inclusion councils,
including one specifically for women, with more than 4,000 members. The company
also offers daycare discounts, $5,000 in adoption aid and the Red-Hot Mamas
affinity network for women with kids.
At Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where women
earn 45 percent of promotions to and above manager-level, female associates are
provided with resources to develop their careers, including mentorship and
sponsorship programs, workshops and networking opportunities. Diversity-related
summits, conferences and award galas encourage and celebrate an inclusive
workforce. In 2015, the company held its inaugural Global Women's Forum in
Bentonville, Arkansas, broadcast to 5,200 locations in 29 states.