Applications for the 2014-2015 Initiative Have Closed
The Top Company for Women in Computing initiative is a unique program that helps companies measure the gender diversity of their technical workforce against industry standards and peer benchmarks. This is the fifth year the Anita Borg Institute will honor excellence in the hiring, representation, retention and advancement of women technologists.
Each year, the company with the highest score is honored as the Top Company for Women in Computing at the prestigious Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision awards banquet in May. Previous winners include Bank of America, Intel, American Express and IBM. All participants are recognized for their commitment to building and advancing a diverse technical workforce—a critical ingredient to drive innovation and improve your bottom line.
How Does Your Company Stack Up?
ABI works with organizations to hire, retain, and advance women in technical roles. Research from both industry and academia demonstrates that companies with women in leadership and decision-making positions deliver better operating results and increased return on equity. Furthermore, studies show that mixed gender teams are more innovative and better at solving complex problems than homogeneous teams. Building diverse technical teams is critical to driving innovation and maintaining competitiveness.
By participating in the Top Company initiative, organizations gather the data about their workforce that is essential to understanding where they rate in building a diverse technical workforce.
Knowledge is Power
The result of participating in the Top Company for Women in Computing ABIE Award process is knowledge about where your company ranks on key inclusion and workforce metrics versus peer data. All companies receive customized analyses and feedback from ABI researchers with information benchmarking your company’s performance against research-based industry standards as well as the aggregate performance of other participants. From this, you can identify your strengths and areas to improve your workforce strategies around inclusion and diversity.
Get Started on Becoming a Top Company
To participate, eligible companies register and confidentially submit nine quantitative metrics for their US-based technical workforce for the following time periods:
- Prior Year: October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013
- Current Year: October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014
These data are evaluated on current representation and the improvement in each of the areas from the prior year. The evaluation criteria have been formulated in cooperation with a social science research advisory board composed of academic experts on gender in organizations and women in computing disciplines. The winner is the company with the highest score across all metrics.
The $3000 registration fee is used to cover the initiative’s costs including the researchers’ time in creating the evaluation rubric, researching benchmarks, and providing customized feedback on your application.
- November 21 – Applications have closed for the 2015 Top Company Award
- March 2015 – Winner announced and custom benchmarking reports delivered to participants
- May 14, 2015 – Winner honored at the Women of Vision Awards Banquet