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No. 9 | Accenture


  • Accenture moves up five spots into the Top 10. Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer, North America, and Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer leads the firm’s charge in increasing women representation at all levels.
  • With ambitions to be the most inclusive and diverse company in the world, all team members embrace diversity as a source of innovation, creativity and competitive advantage.
  • 47 percent of Julie’s direct reports are women vs. 30 percent for the Top 10.
  • Since inception 6 years ago, 80 percent of women in Accenture’s global executive leadership program have been promoted or significantly expanded their areas of responsibility.

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Accenture’s ambition is to be the most inclusive and diverse company in the world. The company embraces diversity as a source of innovation, creativity and competitive differentiation – fueled by its belief that diversity makes it stronger.

Accenture’s commitment starts at the top: leaders at all levels are expected to help develop and foster an inclusive environment. The company is also committed to transparency and to setting bold goals. In the U.S., by 2020, Accenture will increase the number of women to at least 40 percent of its workforce and recruit at least 5,000 military veterans and spouses. Globally, Accenture will achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and increase the percentage of women managing directors to 25 percent by 2020.

Accenture encourages its people to engage in open conversations about diversity through its “Building Bridges” dialogue series, which launched in 2016. Over the past year Accenture has hosted more than 15 subsequent sessions in the U.S. on a variety of topics, including sexual identity, faith, and being your authentic self at work.

To advance the conversation on workplace equality, the company recently published annual thought leadership titled, “Getting to Equal: When She Rises, We All Rise”. The report revealed the key drivers of a workplace culture in which everyone can advance and thrive.

At the heart of the company’s efforts is listening to its people and encouraging them to understand and celebrate their differences. Last year, Accenture produced a video titled ‘Inclusion Starts With I,’ which features Accenture people candidly shared their feelings about inclusion. The video inspired a movement and opened discussions among our people, friends, families and clients around the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. Today, Inclusion Starts With I is the most popular video across Accenture’s social channels.


Julie Sweet
Chief Executive Officer – North America

“At Accenture, our commitment to inclusion and diversity is unwavering. We believe it makes us smarter, more competitive and more innovative—and is a key part of what makes Accenture a great place to work.”


Michelle Gadsden-Williams
North America Inclusion & Diversity Lead

“Our commitment starts at the top: We expect our leaders at all levels to help create and sustain an inclusive environment. Our goal is to create a truly human environment—focused on the whole person—where our people feel a full sense of belonging and can be their best, both professionally and personally.”


U.S. Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Global Employees: 442,000

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