Ab­bVie

North Chicago, IL

Working Mother - - 100 Best Companies -

Chair­man & CEO Richard Gon­za­lez Se­nior VP, HR Ti­mothy Richmond

Grow­ing rapidly, the Women Lead­ers in Ac­tion network run by this bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany boasts nearly 1,400 mem­bers (up from 1,000 in 2015); within the past year alone, it has pi­loted men­tor­ing cir­cles, spawned nu­mer­ous de­vel­op­ment work­shops and in­tro­duced an ex­ec­u­tive-lead­er­ship se­ries. The com­pany’s de­ci­sion to track diver­sity met­rics shines an ad­di­tional spot­light on fe­male em­ploy­ees. To en­sure women get prime op­por­tu­ni­ties, it has trained 1,000 man­agers to root out any un­der­ly­ing bias. In some busi­ness func­tions, moms liv­ing far from HQ can stretch them­selves by ap­ply­ing for short-term “re­lo­ca­tions” there and us­ing telecom­mut­ing op­tions.

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