Northrop Grumman is named a 2018 Catalyst Award winner

Northrop Grumman is named a 2018 Catalyst Award winner

 March 21, 2018

 Read time

Northrop Grumman has been named a 2018 Catalyst Award winner at a ceremony held at New York's Hilton, Midtown.

The awards, which have been running more than 30 years, celebrate the exceptional efforts that help advance women in business. Northrop Grumman's US-based initiative, 'Building the Best Culture, Leveraging the Power of Women', has been included in the prestigious awards for shaping a diverse pipeline of leaders that will be ready for future executive positions.

Impressive plans for future growth

As Northrop Grumman was making plans for future growth, projections for normal retirements were increasing, and the lack of diversity in engineering disciplines required the company to design a comprehensive initiative to expand the leadership pipeline, with a specific requirement for diverse representation inclusive of women and people of color.

The initiative has five strategic elements: leadership commitment, talent acquisition, work-life integration, employee development, and building the future pipeline.

Key components and programs include: 

  • Leadership commitment to drive culture change from the top, creating a role model for diversity in the executive team, and holding all executives accountable for diversity in performance metrics.
  • A drive for new and more robust sources of diverse talent, as well as measuring and reporting the diversity of candidate slates for all management positions (10,000+) in quarterly business performance review meetings.
  • Leadership programs such as the Executive Leadership Program, Women and Leadership, and the Leadership Cohort Program, in which participants are nominated from succession processes, form strong cross-functional business networks as cohorts, and gain visibility to the executive team and strategic issues. Participant diversity for all programs was also measured.
  • The Women’s Conference and Inclusive Leadership Conference nurture and develop talent across the company, with consistently strong participation from board members and company executives.

Real results have been achieved

Representation of women, including women of color, has increased across levels from 2010 to 2016 at Northrop Grumman. Women's representation on the board increased from 15.4% to 21.4%, and on the executive team it has grown from 8.3% to 46.0%.

At the vice president level, women overall increased from 15.5% to 29.1% and women of color increased from 2.0% to 4.4%. At the director level, women’s representation increased from 19.4% to 26.9% overall and from 2.6% to 5.7% for women of color. Impressive results!

Learn more about this impressive employer

Northrop Grumman is an exceptional employer. Find out more about working there and the current opportunities available.


Find out more

Stay connected by subscribing to our monthly newsletter and following us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Disclosure: Where Women Work researches and publishes insightful evidence about how its paid member organizations support women's equality.

Share this page:

  Linkedin     X     Instagram     Facebook     Press release 

Join our women's careers community