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INL ranks #13 in nation among best places to work for women, diverse managers

October 6, 2021

By INL Media Relations

INL ranks #13 in nation among best places to work for women, diverse managers
The lab also earned the Top 10 Best in Class for recruitment and accountability and won three specialty awards.

Diversity MBA, a national leadership organization that integrates diversity and inclusion with talent management, ranked Idaho National Laboratory #13 in the nation for Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers and in the Top 10 Best in Class Categories for Accountability and Recruitment. It’s the only business headquartered in Idaho to make the list.

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Organizations recognized as best in class have demonstrated consistent and excellent practices, with metrics aligned to a strategy that results in impactful change. This is the second year INL has won best in class for accountability. To be recognized in this category, the leadership team must demonstrate commitment to ensure the success of achieving diversity and inclusion results by embedding inclusion in all processes at every level of the organization and guaranteeing incentives and recognitions are communicated at every level so every employee understands their contribution to the overall strategy.

use logovINL’s recruitment strategies were also recognized as best in class for alignment with the overall diversity and business strategy, a recruiting platform with enterprise-wide accountability among recruiters and hiring managers, and inclusively sourcing talent with demonstrated results in hiring women and diverse talent.

“These recognitions are a great testament to the progress we’ve made on inclusive diversity. There’s always more work to be done, but we’ll continue to move forward in a positive way,” said Todd Combs, associate laboratory director for Energy & Environment Science & Technology and executive sponsor of the Veterans and People with Disabilities Leadership Council.

The annual list also recognizes the Top 5 companies in 24 other specialty categories. Read more about INL’s three specialty awards here.

Diversity MBA’s methodology consists of a multitiered process that involves primary and secondary research. Companies are selected based on scores for 212 questions in eight categories: strategy, representation, board diversity, recruitment, workplace inclusion and retention, succession planning, and accountability.

The recognitions were shared with the broader community at the Diversity MBA 15th Annual National Conference and via Diversity MBA 2021 50 Out Front Magazine.

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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Posted October 6, 2021

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