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No. 32 | Nielsen




  • Asians in Total Management: 27% more than the Top 50
  • Women Among Those Promoted Into Management: 27.9% more than the Top 50
  • Level 1 Mentoring Participation: 40.7% more than the Top 50


Nielsen moves up nine spots this year.

In 2016 the company hosted its first Black Employee Forum, which was sponsored by Chief Financial Officer Jamere Jackson and Chief Diversity Officer Angela Talton. The two-day forum provided learning sessions, insights and engagement with senior leaders. All attendees reported that they found the program useful and would recommend it to someone else. The company also reported a 93 percent retention rate of Black employees who attended the forum. Thanks to the first forum's success, Nielsen is looking to invest funds in similar forums for other diverse groups in the future.

Also for the first time in 2016, Nielsen launched a formal sponsorship program. Through this initiative, Nielsen matched CEO Mitch Barns and 14 of his team members with diverse high potentials. The program is designed to help the associates pursue their career advancement within the company. Nielsen reported a 100 percent retention rate of its associates who have received sponsorship, as well as 20 percent of participants in new roles since the program kicked off in June.

Additionally, Nielsen partnered with a women-owned diverse supplier to provide over 1,400 unconscious bias training sessions to teams across the globe.


Mitch Barns

Chief Executive Officer

"There's power in combining shared values and objectives with diverse backgrounds and experiences. It drives growth, strength, and innovation. Nielsen greatly appreciates the direction and benchmarks provided by DiversityInc's process."

Angela Talton

Chief Diversity Officer

"As cultures intertwine and demographics shift, the products and services that appeal to consumers are also changing, and Nielsen is committed to sharing insight into why consumers behave the way they do. For us, diversity is far more than what you see. It is the inclusion of diverse ideas, experiences, talents, backgrounds and cultural nuances, as well. This is how we grow and innovate."



U.S. Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Global Employees: 43,524

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