National Competition Identifies Surprising Mix of Legacy and Innovator Companies – Anheuser Busch InBev, Financial Times, Skillshare, ZS Associates, and Omnicom.

Five companies are the best places for women to advance their careers, according to a national competition conducted by the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace).

The Bpeace Women Forward Awards will be recognizing organizations and individuals who are mentoring women forward on June 6, 2019, in New York City at an Awards Breakfast at the Cornell Club. Following a nationwide call for nominations, a blue-ribbon panel of female CEO-level judges selected from among 45 finalists representing a range of industries and sectors. The 2019 Women Forward organizational winners are:


  • Anheuser Busch InBev. In a historically male dominated industry, Anheuser Busch InBev‘s (ABI) Women in Beer Global Mentoring Program created a female talent pool and mentoring program to ensure that women get the support and visibility needed to advance. Today, nearly half of ABI’s US breweries are led by female brew masters and half of the marketing leadership team is female, with women leading three of the top brands, marketing insights and capabilities. ABI has created a culture of equal opportunity at a global level with a focus on advancing women forward.
  • Financial Times. One of the world’s leading business news and information organizations, the Financial Times realized they needed to expand their female audience in order to grow the business. FT has implemented a diversity program which encompasses a 50/50 gender parity goal in senior leadership by 2022, family-friendly benefit packages, flexible work arrangements and 50/50 gender parity on recruitment short lists, as well as a mentoring program aimed at women at different stages in their career. The FT has demonstrated how systemic change aligned with business strategy can drive success.
  • Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech and many more. Their goal is to make the new economy an open meritocracy, where the skills and expertise needed to succeed are available for anyone willing to learn them. Their no negotiation ‘take it or leave it’ wage policy is perhaps the most disruptive. Salary is assigned according to job type and skill level, not based on negotiating skills, resulting in true gender wage parity at the company. Skillshare has aligned its corporate culture with its business strategy by creating a work environment of equal opportunity and human-centered benefits.
  • ZS Associates is a global consulting firm with a work culture often described as a ‘caring meritocracy.’ The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is dedicated to the advancement of women through mentorship, networking and inclusion. In addition to a formal one-year mentorship program, the WLI conducts regular learning events and an annual two-day summit, bringing together women from across the organization to discuss issues, foster relationships and plan for the future. ZS has built a large team of women and men advocates who ensure that ZS women feel welcomed, supported and empowered at work.


  • Omnicom. Founded in 2014, Omniwomen is a catalyst to increase the influence and numbers of senior women at Omnicom. There are now 15 chapters around the world with mentorship programs and events designed to build women’s confidence to have the important conversations with their supervisors about promotion, compensation and career paths. The Omniwomen program has led to impressive results in terms of promoting women globally with female CEOs now heading three global Omnicom agencies.

The Bpeace Women Forward Judges were Karen Vander Linde, Executive Mentor, Merryck & Co.; Lisa Hetfield, Interim Director, Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership; Kathleen King, Founder, Tate’s Bake Shop; and Alicia Hamilton, SVP of Strategy and Growth, Worth.

“Bpeace wanted to shine a light on corporations mentoring women forward as inspiration to the female entrepreneurs Bpeace advises in economically challenged communities—like El Salvador and Guatemala,” said Toni Maloney, CEO of the nonprofit Bpeace. “Whether it’s seeing the growth opportunity to sell to or to hire more women, or changing the culture to embrace more diverse talent, these corporate winners exceeded our expectations of what is achievable.”

The Bpeace Women Forward Awards will be presented on June 6, 2019, in New York City at an Awards Breakfast at the Cornell Club. Proceeds from the breakfast will support Bpeace’s international mentoring and advisory program for businesswomen in historically violent communities. Joining in the honors will be stars from television and Broadway, including:

  • Geneva Carr, "Bull"
  • Erin Darke, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  • Amy Hargreaves, "Homeland"
  • Jessica Hecht, "Breaking Bad"
  • Sakina Jaffrey, "Homeland"
  • Condola Rashad, "Billions"

Tickets for the Women Forward Awards Breakfast are SOLD OUT!