Grant Thornton named top company for women
"We understand that women are looking for certain factors with regard to their careers," says Jacqueline Akerblom, managing partner of women's initiatives and programs. "We want to respond to these needs and avoid a one-size-fits-all mentality. Our Women at Grant Thornton program has produced measurable results in our retention and advancement statistics. We know we are making a difference internally, and the recognition of that effort by PINK magazine is certainly gratifying."
"We are extremely honored to have been named once again as one of PINK magazine's 'Top Companies for Women,' said Grant Thornton LLP CEO Edward Nusbaum. "PINK's prestigious recognition not only acknowledges that we're headed in the right direction in advancing women into positions of authority, but it also underscores how highly we value gender diversity throughout our culture, including at the highest levels of leadership."
PINK solicited nominations from America's leading companies before narrowing the field based on responses to nearly 100 questions and data points related to women's advancement. Among the criteria the magazine evaluated:
- Power – the number of women in board seats and C-suites, and with P&L responsibility;
- Pipeline – leadership training, mentoring and coaching programs designed to retain and advance talented women;
- Pay – evidence of pay equity, including the percentage of women in the top fifth of payroll.
"These companies are true leaders in the advancement of women," says PINK's founding editor, Cynthia Good. "While each of them has plenty of room for improvement, they all realize that moving women to the top goes beyond issues like maternity leave and flextime. It's also about giving women real authority to change the corporation and achieve their career dreams."