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Which companies have the best track record for promoting women and minorities?

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Jonathan’s Answer

While I can't speak for all firms, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers - Global Consulting Firm) are an organization that focuses heavily on Diversity & Inclusion and are leading the way with efforts like our "CEO's for Diversity" programme which is working to get Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 CEO's to increase their Diversity Hiring numbers and, in return, PwC share our Best Practices with these CEO's.

Out initial goal was to secure 500 signups but, at last count, we had exceeded 700 leading CEO's committing to this program.

So, whatever firm you are looking at, or whatever research you do on potential future employers, make Diversity & Inclusion the basis of your search and that will lead you to more progressive organizations.

Jonathan recommends the following next steps:

Research to identify organizations that have this Diversity & Inclusion as part of their hiring practices as well as their growth and development.
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Megan’s Answer

Totally agreed with Jonathan. Just to add to his thoughts a little bit - any one person's ability to get promoted will be based on a number of factors, including the company's culture in this area, the individual's own performance of course, and their ability to develop a network of people who support them and their career goals, who will provide mentorship and advice, etc. As you speak to people who work at different companies, ask them about the prevalence of mentorship and formal or informal networks (in particular, for women and minorities) and what those networks have added to their careers. That might help you get a sense of the level of support employees are encouraged to give each other. Hope that's helpful!

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Doloris’s Answer

I would suggest you research the top ten companies on the Forbes Best Workplaces for Diversity list. In addition, many metropolitan areas have news coverage with similar lists for companies in the area. I also suggest utilizing LinkedIn to seek out contacts at companies you would consider working for to get their interpretation of the workplace diversity and inclusion programs offered.
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Diana’s Answer

I would look for companies that have diversity and inclusion programs. You can also look for companies that have been awarded "great place for moms to work" etc. or other awards that show they take personal life into account. You can also try to see who actually makes up their board or leadership team, do they really have women and minorities in those positions.
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