Grant Thornton named one of the 2017 “Top 60 Companies for Executive Women” by NAFE


CHICAGO, IL - Grant Thornton LLP has been named one of the 2017 “NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), which recognizes American corporations where women have significant clout to make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line.

“Grant Thornton has long been committed to creating a culture that attracts, retains and advances women into leadership roles, and we are honored to once again be recognized by the National Association for Female Executives for our efforts,” said Pamela Harless, chief people & culture officer of Grant Thornton. “We are proud to have women serving in partnership and leadership roles throughout our firm, including on our senior leadership team. Diversity is vital to Grant Thornton’s success, and by fostering an inclusive workplace that values all perspectives, we are able to continually enhance our culture of trust and empowerment.”

“The NAFE Top 60 Companies for Executive Women are the leaders in the United States that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture where talented women are nurtured, promoted and thrive,” said Betty Spence, president of NAFE. “We are very proud to honor their contributions to the advancement of women in the workplace.”

“NAFE emphasizes women with bottom-line and top-line responsibility—the positions that lead to the corner office—and we’re pleased to report an 8 percent increase in women running billion-dollar divisions at the NAFE Top Companies this year,” said Subha V. Barry, vice president and general manager of Working Mother Media. “In addition, now nearly a third of these companies have five or more women on the board, with many simply increasing the number of board seats to add a woman.”

Highlights of the 2017 NAFE Top 60 Companies include:

Female representation among CEOs at NAFE Top 60 Companies jumped 4 percentage points in the past year, with representation of women among CEOs outpacing the S&P 500; and

Female representation among the top 10 percent of earners at the NAFE Top Companies increased 2 percentage points to 41 percent, the highest since 2013. 

The full list of this year’s winners is posted on

About the Methodology

The 2017 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss ranks. 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. In order to be eligible for the NAFE Top Companies survey, entrants must have a minimum of 1,000 employees, two women on the Board of Directors and be a public or private company. NAFE also separately names the Top 10 companies in the nonprofit sector.

About Grant Thornton LLP

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton, which has revenues in excess of $1.6 billion and operates 59 offices, works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

“Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions.

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, a community for women in business, and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

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