No. 16 | Nielsen


  • In 2018, Nielsen graduated the fourth class of the Diverse Leadership Network (DLN). The DLN is a 15-month leadership development program designed to strengthen Nielsen’s pipeline with high potential top talent who represent the diversity of the clients, communities, and markets Nielsen measures.
  • In 2018, Nielsen partnered with the Human Rights Campaign and their PRIDE ERG to update their LGBTQ voluntary self-identification to include a third gender/non-binary option and updated their field for transgender identity.
  • For the sixth year in a row, Nielsen received a perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index for corporate policies and practices relevant for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. This important recognition is due in large part to the work of Nielsen’s PRIDE ERG that partners with HR, facilities, and other entities to raise the bar on inclusion at Nielsen.


Nielsen CEO, David Kenny, took on the joint responsibility of Chief Diversity Officer in February 2019, to elevate the importance of diversity & inclusion as a strategic business priority, and to strengthen accountability at all levels of the organization.

In 2018, Nielsen announced that as part of its commitment to reflect important demographic and household characteristics in Nielsen’s National TV panel, it expanded reporting of Nielsen ratings to count same-gender spouses and unmarried same-gender partners and their household television viewing.

Nielsen held its fifth annual ERG Experience Week, “enERGize”, showcasing the value and benefit of its global resource groups. ERG presence is in 77 of more than 100 countries of operation and 25 percent of the global workforce participates in at least one ERG.

Nielsen launched its first cross-functional, cross-geographic mentoring program, with a more than 10 percent increase in participating managers. Global expansion, enabled by technology, will launch in 2019.


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David Kenny
Chief Executive Officer / Chief Diversity Officer

“Nielsen exists to count everyone and diversity & inclusion is core to our products, people, and promise to the market. Our organization is united in pursuit of bigger, bolder outcomes and we have a commitment to diversity of backgrounds, experiences, talents and skills. The result is better business for us and our clients.”

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Natasha Miller Williams
SVP Diversity & Inclusion

“Our business focuses on choices people make. When it comes to our people, we choose to seek diversity in people and input. We encourage every associate to see the value of inclusion, belonging, and diversity, and to take action to improve how we relate to each other and the opportunities we can create for everyone.”



U.S. Headquarters: New York, NY

Global Employees: 46,297

2018 DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 19


  • No. 13 Talent Acquisition
  • LGBT Employees