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National Education Association makes Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies List


WASHINGTON - September 16, 2011 -

Highlighting the top companies that are paving the way for new moms and families everywhere, Working Mother magazine today announced the National Education Association (NEA) as one of the 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.  This is the second consecutive year that NEA has made the list. Demonstrating the power of change and their unwavering commitment to parents nationwide, 100 percent of this year’s winning companies offer flextime hours, telecommuting, paid maternity leave and employee assistance programs.

“With more than 169,000 women hired last year, this year’s 100 Best Companies make up an impressive group of winners who offer family-driven programs and benefits that far outpace their competitors,” said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. “This year’s winning companies are proof that success lies in the numbers—97 percent of companies are offering prenatal education, weight-loss, wellness, and stress-reduction programs to employees at every level.”

NEA is based in Washington, DC, and more than 58 percent of its workforce is women.  NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of paid health and dental insurance options; paid maternity and parental leave for newborns and newly adopted children; up to five days each year for parents and grandparents to participate in a child’s school activities; back-up childcare; telecommuting; and flexible work schedules.

“We are honored to be part of Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list for the second consecutive year,” said NEA Executive Director John Stocks.  “We take great pride in our employees and continue to be committed to offering them an array of diverse benefits and work/life balance options”

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are judged on answers to 650 questions, including data on the access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, childcare, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management.
 
NEA will be celebrated at this year’s Working Mother 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress October 18-20, 2011, in New York City.

The 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are profiled in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com/bestcompanies. Working Mother is a division of Bonnier Corporation.

Methodology:
Companies were selected for the 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 650 questions that surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them.  Seven areas were measured and scored for the 2011 initiative: workforce profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture.  For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.
 
For more information on applying for the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, visit http://www.wmmsurveys.com/. The 2012 online application will be available in mid-December and due by early March 2012.  All companies that apply, including those that don’t make the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list, receive feedback showing how they compare with all other applicants.
 
About the National Education Association
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
 
About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com (http://www.workingmother.com/) gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions, and ideas. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the ninth year of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (http://www.bonnier.com/), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, http://www.nafe.com/), Diversity Best Practices (http://www.diversitybestpractices.com/), and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.
 
About Bonnier Corporation
Bonnier Corp. (http://www.bonniercorp.com/) is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 50 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group (http://www.bonnier.com/), a 200-year-old, family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.

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CONTACT: Christiana Campos  (202) 822-7823, ccampos@nea.org