Scripps Ranks Among Nation's Top 10 Companies for Executive Women

Scripps receives national honor for its commitment to female leadership

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Scripps Health has been named one of the Top 10 Non-Profit Companies for Executive Women for 2015 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 magazine.

“We are honored to be recognized for the third 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 been shaped in every way by the more than 100,000 women who’ve passed through its doors since its founding in 1924 and we continue to build on the strength of that history today."

Promoting career advancement

Scripps was recognized for its leadership and development programs that help women advance in the workplace.

“Scripps strongly believes in the importance of empowering women in the workplace, particularly in our competitive health care industry,” said June Komar, who has held multiple leadership positions over the years at Scripps before becoming corporate executive vice president of strategy and administration. “Scripps supports its female employees through numerous programs such as tuition aid, mentoring and leadership development, which aim to help those who want to advance and reach their fullest potential in the workplace.”

Substantial female workforce

Of Scripps’ 13,700 employees, 76 percent are women, and women make up 68 percent of the management group. Scripps has 61 executives accountable for the success of all aspects of the organization; 24 are women (39 percent).

“The nonprofits on our list illustrate how women are excelling in the health industry,” said Dr. Betty Spence, NAFE president. “Women are running hospital operations and controlling major decisions – opportunities that at for-profit companies still often elude women. We salute our winning nonprofits for capitalizing on what women bring to the table.”

Subha Barry, vice president and general manager, Working Mother Media, said: “The NAFE Top 10 Nonprofit Companies work to make sure women’s influence and earnings remain strong. A full 70 percent offer sponsorship programs and managers are trained to effectively hire, manage or advance women and to help employees manage work life concerns. At these organizations, women continue to make real progress in their careers.”

The 2015 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. Visit the Working Mother website to view the Scripps Profile.

Scripps has been included on the “Best 100 Companies” by Working Mother for the past 10 consecutive years. Additionally, Scripps last year was named for the seventh time to Fortune magazine’s 17th annual list of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About NAFE

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

Learn more about Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated health system in San Diego, Calif.

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