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Women at Grant Thornton: Recruit. Retain. Advance.

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We want the best and brightest people to serve our clients effectively and efficiently – and to meet their career aspirations. Women at Grant Thornton focuses on developing programs and activities that enhance gender diversity of our workforce and mirror diversity in senior level positions at the firm.

The Women at Grant Thornton initiative focuses on:

• ensuring a culture that enhances the retention and recruitment of women
• increasing the number of women in partnership and leadership roles
• increasing the awareness of women successes
• enhancing personal development at different stages of women’s careers

Successes to date:

Since Women at Grant Thornton was established in 2004, the number of women partners at the firm has more than tripled, growing from 31 to 95 and representing 18.1% of the partnership. With the addition of the Managing Director position, the number increases to 20.6%.
• Of the 95 women partners at the firm, 47% hold leadership positions for service lines, industries or offices.
• Women at Grant Thornton initiatives have helped the firm earn national recognition. The firm has been recognized as a top company by:
– Working Mother magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies” for the past eight years
– American Society of Women Accountants as the 2010 National Winner of the Foundation Balance award
– National Association for Female Executives as a Top Company for executive women.

 

Benefits that support women

Leading Women’s Mentoring Network
Women at Grant Thornton sponsors the Leading Women’s Mentoring Network, that is targeted at high-performing senior managers. The goal of this mentoring program is to provide participants with a source of guidance, counsel and experience from a woman partner outside their local office.

Advancement of Women Sponsorship Program

This program is designed to provide high performing women senior managers with an advocate as they navigate the road to partner. Specifically, the goals are to capitalize on the knowledge, experience, and relationship of our most experienced partners to develop stronger partner candidates.

Stay Connected

Women at Grant Thornton has created our Stay Connected program, which supports the opportunity for our employees to step out of a career with Grant Thornton for a period of time to balance their personal commitments while staying connected to Grant Thornton. Program benefits include access to firm technology, ongoing training and networking opportunities, and re-orientation programs upon rejoining Grant Thornton.

Women at Grant Thornton sponsors the Leading Women’s Mentoring Network, that is targeted at high-performing senior managers. The goal of this mentoring program is to provide participants with a source of guidance, counsel and experience from a woman partner outside their local office.This program is designed to provide high performing women senior managers with an advocate as they navigate the road to partner. Specifically, the goals are to capitalize on the knowledge, experience, and relationship of our most experienced partners to develop stronger partner candidates.Women at Grant Thornton has created our Stay Connected program, which supports the opportunity for our employees to step out of a career with Grant Thornton for a period of time to balance their personal commitments while staying connected to Grant Thornton. Program benefits include access to firm technology, ongoing training and networking opportunities, and re-orientation programs upon rejoining Grant Thornton.

Flexible work policy

The policy includes five options:

  • Flextime, enabling employees and partners to set alternative start and end times
  • A compressed work week, which enables our people to perform a full-time workload in less than the standard number of days
  • Telecommuting
  • Partial workload (for exempt employees) or part-time work (for non-exempt employees)
  • A hybrid of any of the options listed above

Culture of informal flexibility

In addition to the formal flexible work policy options, Grant Thornton’s culture of informal flexibility enables our people to flex their schedules to meet personal and professional needs on a less structured basis.

 

Back-up dependent care

Grant Thornton is happy to sponsor a program made available through Bright Horizons® to provide partners and employees back-up care when they need to be at work and their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable.

Paid parental leave

New birth mothers and adoptive primary caregivers receive 8 weeks of fully paid time off with additional time of up to 28 consecutive weeks available. New dads and non-primary adoptive and other caregivers get two weeks of paid leave. All employees are eligible to apply for an additional leave of absence for up to one year to spend more time with their new baby, or for any other reason.

Adoption assistance

The firm will reimburse employees for some of the costs related to the adoption of a child, up to $10,000.

Conflict Cure

In this session, women learn how to recognize their conflict style and are provided with tools and techniques to constructively diffuse and manage conflict.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program provides employees with confidential and personalized assistance with all issues related to daily life such as parenting, budgeting and child care, along with referrals to community resources.

Technology

Virtually all of our people have access to the firm’s network from anywhere through the use of firm-provided laptops. This capability enables parents to work from home in the event that their regularly scheduled childcare option falls through or their child is home sick. In addition, the firm’s videoconferencing technology often eliminates the need for travel, minimizing the time that our people have to be away from home.

In the community

Women at Grant Thornton has adopted breast cancer awareness as its primary community activity. The firm has aligned itself with the Breast Cancer Network of Strength and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2005, the firm has contributed more than $1 million. This year, numerous offices also participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.