FORT WORTH – The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce announced three winners of its Best Workplaces for Women Awards May 15 at a luncheon with guest speaker Lorraine Martin, executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 Lightning II Program at Lockheed Martin.
Presented bi-annually, the awards are part of the Chamber’s Women Influencing Business (WIB) program. The award was developed in 2011 to recognize best practices by local businesses in recruiting and retaining women employees.
Recipients of the Best Workplaces for Women Awards for 2013 are:
Small Business – (1-50 employees)
J. Taylor & Associates, LLC, a professional service firm that provides accounting, assurance, consulting, valuation and tax-related services.
Medium Business – (50-200 employees)
Hartman Leito & Bolt, LLP, a full service regional public accounting and consulting firm.
Large Business – (200+ employees)
Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, an award winning, 525-bed full service hospital with a women’s hospital.
“Companies are competing every day on the basis of their workforce, and this award recognizes the most original and effective approaches for advancing female talent,” said Marilyn Gilbert, executive vice president of marketing, Fort Worth Chamber. “From on-site child care and domestic violence assistance to management pathways and equal pay policies, these employers are serious about recruiting and rewarding women team members.”
Last fall, 21 applicant companies were judged on compensation and leave, ethics, work flexibility, training and mentoring, facilities, community involvement and wellness initiatives.
The Chamber created the workplace award with help from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and in collaboration with the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber and Metropolitan Black Chamber. Research by TWU along with results from a series of focus groups and an online survey of diverse groups of women captured women’s perspectives and traits of an ideal woman-friendly workplace.
Women are forecast to comprise 51 percent of the United States workforce by 2018, according to federal projections. They are entering a workforce long shaped by male perspectives but also one that is adjusting to meet female employees’ expectations and preferences, said Gilbert.