The Top Company for Women in Computing ABIE award initiative provides organizations with an assessment of their performance in attracting, retaining and advancing women in technical roles against industry and research-based benchmarks. The Top Company award is acknowledgement that your organization is a leader in attracting and retaining diverse technology teams. This is the fifth year the Anita Borg Institute will recognize the top company for women in computing. Previous winners include Intel, American Express and IBM.
Bank of America, the 2014 winner, was honored at the annual Women of Vision award banquet on May 8, 2014 in Santa Clara, California and featured by ABI in outreach to our community of women technologists in more than 50 countries and to the general media.
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 competition, organizations gather the data about their workforce that is essential to understanding where they rate in building a diverse technical workforce against research-based industry benchmarks.
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 and with the aggregate performance of all other applicants. From this, you can identify your strengths and areas for improving your workforce strategies around inclusion and diversity.
Get Started on Becoming a Top Company
To participate, companies confidentially submit 11 quantitative metrics for the current year (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014) and the prior year (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013) for their U.S.-based technical workforce. This data is evaluated on current representation and the improvement in each of the areas from the prior year. The winner is selected based on an analysis of this data against criteria that has been formulated in cooperation with a social science advisory taskforce composed of academic experts on gender in organizations and women in computing disciplines. The winner is the company with the highest average score across all metrics.
Bank of America is the 2014 Top Company for Women in Computing. The application for the 2015 award will open in early fall. To find out more about participation in the 2015 award process please contact email@example.com. Top Company is open to all companies that have a minimum of 2,000 employees (technical and non-technical) in their U.S.-based workforce. Previous winners of the Top Company Award are not eligible to win again for a period of two years.
- May 8, 2014 – Bank of America honored at the Women of Vision Awards Banquet
- Early fall – Application opens for 2015 Top Company Award
- November 21, 2014 – Application closes for 2015 Top Company Award
- March 2015 – Winner announced and custom benchmarking reports delivered to participants
Security and Confidentiality
The Anita Borg Institute will take reasonable steps to maintain the security and confidentiality of the application data. Access to the data within the Institute will be provided solely to a limited group of personnel who are authorized to access the information on a need-to-know basis for purposes of determining the award recipient. Anita Borg Institute researchers will sign a non-disclosure agreement in favor of the participating company upon request.
Participating companies will have the option to be listed as participants publicly on the ABI website or in marketing materials, pursuant to authorization by participating companies as part of this application process. Data will be anonymized and aggregated with data from other participating companies and individual data will not be shared nor linked to company identifiers in any way, either publicly or in the confidential, customized reports. The company selected as the Top Company for Technical Women will be notified in advance of and be involved in approving any public disclosure of its selection as Top Company.
Peer benchmarking data will only be shared in aggregated form, and only to the extent that the data can be sufficiently anonymized. Results summarized in custom reports for each company are released solely to the company’s representative who submitted the data, to the reviewing executive sponsor designated by the company, and, pursuant to authorization by participating companies as part of this application process, to the company’s executives on the Institute’s Board of Trustees (where applicable).