As we read in the press release: The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced that IBM is the recipient of the 2011 Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award, a new annual award recognizing an organization that has demonstrated measurable results in the recruitment, retention and advancement of technical women at all levels. Grounded in organizational research and based on quantitative data, the award measures the current representation of technical women as well as improvement in women’s representation over time.
“IBM is the Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award winner because of its commitment to having a strong representation of technical women at all levels. The company has demonstrated leadership in its ability to recruit, retain and advance technical women,” said Telle Whitney, CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute. “The accomplishment of IBM will be recognized at our annual Women of Vision Awards in May, alongside some of the very top technical women in the world.”
IBM exemplifies many of the acknowledged best practices in the creation of a diverse and vibrant technical workforce. These include having a strong pipeline of technical women from entry to executive level. Women have significant roles in the technical management, executive level and individual contributor career tracks, which lead to strong role models at the top and allows for the significant benefits of diversity in innovation at the highest level. IBM’s mentoring culture is tightly integrated into its advancement requirements.
“IBM is an excellent example of the benefits of a corporate culture that embraces diversity. Executive commitment to diversity translates to commitment to diversity throughout the corporate culture,” said Caroline Simard, Vice President Research and Executive programs, Anita Borg Institute.