MITRE Holds Top Spot as “Best Place to Work” for Disability InclusionJuly 2022
Topics: Inclusion, Community Impact
Creating a culture of belonging in the workplace is key to attracting and retaining top talent to any organization. At MITRE, that includes achieving equity across a diverse, multigenerational workforce with people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities playing impactful roles.
For the second year in a row, MITRE has earned recognition for our progress. The Disability Equality Index®, the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool measuring disability workplace inclusion, named MITRE among its Best Places to Work, with the highest possible score, 100.
“Our highest score demonstrates a corporate commitment to disability inclusion and equality, as well as broader social issues,” says Stephanie Turner, vice president of inclusion, diversity, and social innovation. Companies with a score of 80 and above earn a spot on the “Best Place to work for Disability Inclusion” and are measured against attributes such as culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices such as benefits and recruitment, and community engagement. Of the participating companies, 58% scored a top 100.
“Based on our shared values and cultural attributes, we strive for a sense of belonging by all,” she says. “We are in the early stages of our inclusion and diversity journey and are honored to score 100 for the second year in a row. We are proud to have year-over-year increases in our population of people with disabilities, which is more than the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program utilization goal of 7%.”
“MITRE’s participation in the DEI survey provides an opportunity to gauge our evolution in becoming a more accessible, inclusive, and diverse organization,” says Michael Weiss, principal human centered engineer and chair of MITRE’s Accessibility Council, an employee resource group. “We are proud to have scored a 100 for the second year in a row and know there is more work to do. We look forward to using the survey to improve the professional experience for all employees, help connect to underserved talent pools, and be recognized as an employer of choice for all.”
MITRE is also a leader in neurodiversity hiring practices, engaging employees on the autism spectrum in industry and government. MITRE’s Neurodiversity @ Work initiative brings local, neurodivergent, college-bound high-schoolers to visit our McLean, Virginia campus, with the goal of introducing them to career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math—(STEM)—fields. We are also working to help federal agencies attract, hire, and retain neurodivergent talent with our Neurodiverse Federal Workforce Pilot.
These and other projects working toward creating a more inclusive and equitable workforce, such as the Social Justice Platform, are examples of the commitments MITRE has made.
—by Priya Madrecki
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