INL ranks #24 among best places to work for women, diverse managers

January 7, 2021

By INL Media Relations

INL News Release
Jan. 7, 2021

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Four employees named national ‘Top 100 Under 50 Executive and Emerging Leaders’

Diversity MBA, a national leadership organization that integrates diversity and inclusion with talent management, ranked Idaho National Laboratory #24 in the nation for Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers and in the Top 10 Best in Class Categories for Recruitment, Workplace Inclusion and Accountability.

Companies recognized as Best in Class have demonstrated consistent and excellent practices, with metrics aligned to a strategy that results in impactful change. Diversity MBA’s methodology uses a multitiered process that involves primary and secondary research. The rankings are based on an extensive survey and statistical analysis performed by DePaul University, Chicago. Companies were selected based on scores in six categories: representation, board diversity, recruitment, workplace inclusion, retention, succession planning and accountability.

The recognitions were shared with the broader community via the Diversity MBA 2020 50 Out Front Magazine.

“These recognitions demonstrate to the marketplace and business community that INL’s commitment to inclusive diversity is embedded as part of the lab’s culture, belief structure and values,” said Juan Alvarez, INL’s deputy laboratory director for Management and Operations and chief operations officer. “They are great motivation to keep the pedal to the floor and continue our positive momentum.”

In addition to the organization awards, Diversity MBA Magazine also named four INL leaders to their 2020 Top 100 Under 50 Executive and Emerging Leaders list. This recognition represents outstanding achievements in community, leadership and education. Each awardee must pass a rigorous screening process, have an advanced degree or certification, and can only receive the award once in a lifetime.

Awardees were recognized in the fall issue of Diversity MBA Magazine, which has over 1.9 million readers. Diversity MBA’s list includes both emerging and executive leaders.

Congratulations to INL’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive and Emerging Leader Award winners:

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Richard Farrar, M.S., Analytical Research Laboratories research manager
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Ashley Finan, Ph.D., National Reactor Innovation Center director
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Ning Kang, Ph.D., PE, Power & Energy Systems department manager
Ryan Petersen, J.D., Labor and Employment Law senior counsel

“This is an outstanding honor for our laboratory. Thank you all for helping INL increase its global visibility and reputation as an inclusively diverse employer of choice,“ said Alvarez.

Awardees were invited to attend the virtual Awards Gala during the Diversity MBA 14th Annual National Elite Business Leaders Conference.

About Diversity MBA

Diversity MBA Media publishes Diversity MBA magazine print and digital issues, Diversity Business Review (DBR), Top 100 magazine, white papers, and blogs. Their publications reach more than 1.9 million worldwide. For more information, visit


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