Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA 2016


Again this year, we are taking a more holistic approach to create our Top 100 Women-Led Businesses list. We are including both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Although revenue remains an essential component, we are also weighing workplace and board diversity, innovation, and the number of full-time (FTE) employees. Revenue (or non-profit operating revenue) will not be published. We ask that organizations take this survey to be considered for the Top 100 list. Results will appear in the October 30 issue of The Boston Globe Magazine. Thank you.

The deadline for submission has been extended to June 3, 2016.

The following information will be requested in the survey. The survey should take about 15 minutes.

  1. Submitter Contact Information
  2. Company Name
  3. Location of Massachusetts Headquarters (city or town)
  4. Female leader’s name
  5. Female leader’s exact title (example: CEO, President, Managing Director, Owner)
  6. If the position began or ended in 2015 or 2016, please note that and give the date.
  7. Business Type
  8. What percentage of your company’s upper management (Vice President or higher) is female?
  9. What percentage of your organization’s Board of Directors or Board of Advisors is female?
  10. What percentage of your workforce is female?
  11. What percentage of your workforce is considered “diverse”? (Key characteristics of workforce diversity include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, and sexual orientation.)
  12. Annual revenue as of December 31, 2015. **Note: this number will not be published.**
  13. Number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees globally in 2015:
  14. Number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees in Massachusetts in 2015.
  15. What was your company’s single most significant innovation in 2015?
  16. Name one way that your company benefits it’s customers.

The following questions will not be used to calculate the ranking for the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA, but are research questions.

  1.  Have you assessed whether or not you have a gender pay equity gap among your employees?
  2. Have you assessed whether or not you have a racial pay equity gap among your employees?
  3. If yes, what steps are you taking to ensure pay equity among your employees?
  4. What do you see as barriers to diversity in the workplace?
  5. What does your company’s president/CEO (named in question 4) believe are the largest barriers, if any, to growing the numbers of women leaders in Massachusetts?
  6. What rate of growth do you expect for your company in 2016-2017?
  7. What rate of growth do you expect for the economy of Massachusetts in 2016-2017?



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