Scripps Health Ranked as a Top Company for Executive Women

Scripps Health has been named one of the “Top 10 Non-Profit Companies for Executive Women” for 2014 by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment. The announcement, made today, is featured in the February/March issue of Working Mother.

“We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row as one of the nation’s top 10 nonprofit companies for executive women,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps. “Scripps has a rich history of female leadership that can be traced back to our original founders, Mother Mary Michael Cummings and Ellen Browning Scripps, and we continue to build on that legacy today.”

Scripps, which was ranked No. 8, was recognized for its innovative policies and practices to help women advance in the workplace.

“Scripps understands and appreciates the importance of empowering women in the workplace,” said June Komar, who has held multiple leadership positions over the years at Scripps before becoming the corporate executive vice president of strategy and administration. “Scripps is committed to removing barriers for our female employees through programs, such as mentoring and leadership that helps them reach their fullest potential.”

Of Scripps’ 13,500 employees, 77 percent are women, and women make up 68 percent of the management group. Scripps has 60 executives accountable for the success of all aspects of the organization – 23 of these leaders are women (39 percent).

“The ‘NAFE Top 10’ non-profit companies have gained significant progress for women especially in the areas of salary and promoting women into profit and loss positions,” said Carol Evans, CEO of NAFE and president of Working Mother Media. “Women make up the majority of top earners, and 47 percent of women now have profit and loss responsibility at their companies.”

The 2014 NAFE Top Companies application includes more than 200 questions on female representation at all levels, concentrating on high-level women. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance.

NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual Top Companies and the Women of Excellence lists.

Scripps has been included on the “Best 100 Companies” by Working Mother for the past nine consecutive years. Additionally, Scripps was recently named for the seventh time to Fortune magazine’s 17th annual list of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Learn more about Scripps Health, an integrated health care system in San Diego, Calif.

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