Eight hospitals named as top employers of executive women

Women represent 74% of employees at NAFE's top 10 not-for-profit companies

It's International Women's Day—is your organization a top employer for female leaders? Eight hospitals were named  to the National Association for Female Executives' (NAFE) list of 10 best not-for-profit companies for executive women.

To be considered for the list, eligible organizations completed a questionnaire on female representation throughout the worker ranks, programs and policies that promoted women's advancement, and training programs tailored to managing women. An organization also had to have at least two women on its board of directors.

The 2012 list—published in Working Mother—includes:

  • Bon Secours Richmond Health System (Va.);
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta;
  • Mercy Health System (Ill.) ;
  • Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.);
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago);
  • TriHealth (Cincinnati);
  • VCU Health System (Richmond, Va.); and
  • WellStar Health System (Marietta, Ga.).

The top 10 list also included one financial services firm and a university.

Altogether, 74% employees and 38% of executive officers were women at the organizations that made the list. In addition, NAFE found that 62% of the companies' top 10% earners and 27% of its board directors were women.

Responding to the list, VCU Health human resources chief Maria Curran said, "We take great pride in helping our female leaders advance and in nurturing our next generation of leaders by providing the opportunities for them to further their knowledge and skills."

Meanwhile, Bon Secours CEO Peter Bernard said that the Virginia system was "founded by women and recognize[s] the strength of female executives in the workforce." He added that "female executives bring expertise to the table at all levels of the organization from nursing to business development to senior administration" (NAFE methodology, Feb.-March 2012; NAFE executive summary, Feb.-March 2012; Bon Secours release, 2/7; VCU Health release, 2/10). 


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