Women Tech Council released the 2018 Shatter List showcasing 44 technology companies that are creating and enacting practices and cultures that remove the glass ceiling. The list is the first research of the technology industry to review and rate the development and successful implementation of measures that create inclusive cultures where women can contribute and succeed.
"Shattering technology's glass ceiling requires companies to invest more and be actively engaged in creating cultures and activities that expect and demand inclusivity from top to bottom," said Cydni Tetro, Women Tech Council president. "By highlighting the companies and practices that are actively championing women and are making strides to change the industry's landscape and culture, this list accelerates the technology sector's journey to increase the number of women in technology and break our own glass ceiling."
The Shatter List was compiled by scoring companies on four factors critical to building inclusive cultures with meaningful measures that help women break and surpass the glass ceiling in technology. Each factor relates to demonstrable and visible activities, programming and commitment to women working in technology at all levels of the company from executive to entry level. Data was gathered and evaluated from across 10 different secondary data sets and mapped to the following four evaluation factors:
- Executive engagement (active support from the CEO, executive team and all leadership)
- Company programming (currently has women in leadership executive positions and proactively implements programs to support women in technology)
- Community investment (active participation with the broader community to learn from and share best practices regarding culture and inclusion)
- Women's or D&I group (formal programs to support women internally)
The final list includes 44 tech companies ranging from unicorns to startups.
The 2018 Shatter List in alphabetical order is as follows:
3M Health Information Systems
USANA Health Science
Vivint Smart Home
Companies who made the list have implemented programs to actively work across all four criteria and make an impact for women in tech. Specific examples of the types of programming developed and implemented by these companies include:
- Dell EMC's formal Women in Action diversity and inclusion group with more than 9700 internal members.
- eBay's eWIT program to support women employees has been in place for more than 10 years and is used as a model for other tech companies.
- Instructure's decision to publish its diversity metrics (the first company in Silicon Slopes to do so) and create public accountability for internal inclusion practices.
- Workfront's focus on women executives, including adding three in last several years, and being awarded a spot on the list of best company for women to work.
"In working to ensure we have an inclusive culture for women in technology, our focus goes from top to bottom with programs that drive diversity, including but not limited to gender," said Vance Checketts, vice president of Dell EMC. "This commitment has allowed us to attract and retain women across the company, which has positively impacted the performance of our teams and organization."
For more information about how these companies are taking action to change the tech world for women go to www.womentechcouncil.org.