Aetna, Best Companies | Working Mother


Based in Hartford, CT, Aetna has earned a spot on the NAFE Top Companies For Executive Women list.

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2017 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women

Hall of Fame

Efforts to advance women and people of color into high-visibility roles are changing the face of this diversified health-care company. Its Aetna Advocating Real Change team, composed of 31 executives, focuses on sponsoring and mentoring promising individuals; recently, the group selected more than 600 employees for direct advocacy. The company has also introduced the eight- month Strategies for Success program for high-performing multicultural women, which strengthens their readiness for executive and senior leadership positions. Formalized career development plans and virtual sessions help participants build resilience, master leadership skills, and understand the company’s “unwritten rules” on their way up.


CHAIRMAN & CEO: **Mark Bertolini
Tom Weidenkopf


By the Numbers

Years on the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women list 18
Total number of U.S. employees 49,639
Percentage of total employees who are women 76%
Percentage of senior managers who are women 33%
Percentage of corporate executives who are women 31%
Percentage of employees earning promotions to the manager level and above who are women 67%
Percentage of top 10% of earners who are women 48%
Percentage of profit-and-loss executives who are women 43%
Percentage of leaders of billion-dollar divisions who are women 31%
Percentage of direct reports to the CEO who are women 20%
Percentage of board of directors members who are women 38%
Managers trained in how to hire, manage or advance women No
Senior-level succession plans for gender equity reviewed by CEO Yes




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