More than 1,800 companies participated in the 2016 survey. There is no fee to participate and every company receives a free report card assessing its performance against all competitors. The survey, now in its 17th year, leads to a detailed, empirically driven ranking. The free report card assesses performance based on four areas of diversity management:

  • Talent Pipeline: workforce breakdown, recruitment, diameter of existing talent, structures
  • Talent Development: employee resource groups, mentoring, philanthropy, movement, fairness
  • Leadership Accountability: responsible for results, personal communications, visibility
  • Supplier Diversity: spend with companies owned by people from underrepresented groups, accountability, support

The following FREE webinars provide tips and best practices to complete the 2017 #DITop50 survey.

  • Hosted by DiversityInc COO Carolynn Johnson, the webinars address changes to the survey and data privacy, as well as answer frequently asked questions. Click on past webinars to access the recordings and download the presentations.
  • Each of the upcoming webinars below will be live and provide opportunities to ask questions. Click on the links to register.
Sept. 22, 2016 | Tips and Best Practices to Help Your Company Complete the Survey Nov. 21 | Gathering and Entering Supplier Diversity Data | Presenting Company: Dell
Sept. 29 | Tips, Best Practices and Frequently Asked Questions Dec. 1 | Why Tech Companies Should Compete | Presenting Company: Monsanto
Oct. 13 | Tips and Best Practices to Help Your Company Complete the Survey Jan. 12, 2017 | Tips, Best Practices and Frequently Asked Questions.
Nov. 10 | What First Time Participants Should Expect | Presenting Company: Praxair Jan. 25 |  How to Get Permission from Legal to Participate | Presenting Company: Bayer
Feb. 9 |  Tips, Best Practices and Frequently Asked Questions
Patti Lee Innovative Nontraditional Recruiting Strategies:
Patti Lee, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer, Wyndham Worldwide
David O'Brien Connecting Corporate Reputation with Diversity:
David O’Brien, Partner and Americas Director of Communications and Marketing, EY
Lissiah Hundley Addressing Unconscious Bias:
Lissiah Taylor-Hundley, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Cox Enterprises
Recruiting-Strategies Recruiting Strategies for Women in Technical Roles:
Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, ADP; Kaley Gagnon, Executive Director, College Recruiting, AT&T; Michael L. Cox, SVP of Talent Acquisition, Comcast NBCUniversal
High Potentials Characteristics of High Potentials:
Michael Fenlon, Global and US Talent Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Matthew Schuyler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton Worldwide
Disciplined Mentoring Disciplined Mentoring Programs:
Marlon Sullivan, Divisional Vice President, Talent and Development, Abbott Laboratories; Rosalia Thomas, Director, Human Resources, IBM; Daphanie Pointer, Supplier Diversity Manager, Monsanto
George Halvorson Lunch Keynote Speaker: George Halvorson
Chairman and CEO, Institute for InterGroup Understanding
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole Keynote Speaker: Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole
Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Rev. Jesse Jackson Special Guest: Rev. Jesse Jackson
Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

2016 Specialty Lists

New and Improved Specialty List Methodology

DiversityInc has improved the methodology of our Specialty Lists, making them more rigorous and data-driven than ever before and reflective of the evolution in diversity management.

The lists should be considered “new” and not comparable to previous years, therefore rankings cannot be considered a trend.

Part of the more metrics-driven evaluation is to abandon a preconceived set number of companies on a list. We looked at group performance and the cutoff takes place where there is a significant difference between the top companies and the next runner up.

As a result, there may be fewer than or more than 10 companies on a list.

2017 Upcoming Events

  • DiversityInc’s 2017 Top 50 Event | May 2 | Cipriani Wall Street | 55 Wall Street | New York, NY 10005

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