Where do women in tech thrive? That’s the question asked by the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based nonprofit focused on supporting women in computing and bringing more women into tech careers. The organization has, since 2011, honored the Top Companies for Women Technologists.
This year, 35 self-selected companies entered the competition. (To enter, a company must have at least 150 U.S.-based technical employees; it must have 1000 people on the payroll to be considered for the top award.) Of the group of 35, the Institute recognized 13 for being better than average, and one of those 13, BNY Mellon of New York City, for doing the most to create a culture in which women in technical roles can thrive. (Recent winners Intel and Bank of America were not eligible to compete this year.) BNY Mellon, the Institute said in a press release, has “high representation of women across career levels… offers a specific career advancement track for technical individual contributors, [and] within this category has an extremely high representation of women at senior and executive levels.”
Four San Francisco Bay Area companies—Apple, eBay, Google, and SalesForce—were among the 13 honorees. New York City’s financial behemoths contributed three to the group: overall winner BNY Mellon, American Express, and Goldman Sachs. The area around San Antonio, Texas, put itself on the women-in-tech map with two honorees: Rackspace Hosting and USAA. And filling in the list were Accenture, officially headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, but with offices around the world; IBM of Armonk, N.Y.; T. Rowe Price of Baltimore, Md.; and GoDaddy of Scottsdale, Ariz.; (the image it has portrayed in its Super Bowl ads not withstanding).
Tekla S. Perry is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., she's been covering the people, companies, and technology that make Silicon Valley a special place for more than 40 years. An IEEE member, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.