Awards & Accomplishments 03/01/2017 – Bethesda, Md

Marriott International Named a 2017 Top Company for Executive Women by National Association for Female Executives

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named one of the 2017 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). NAFE recognizes American corporations where women have significant clout to make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line. The NAFE top 60 companies are featured in the February/March issue of Working Mother magazine. More about this year’s winners is on

“The NAFE Top 60 Companies for Executive Women are the leaders in the U.S. that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture where talented women are nurtured, promoted and thrive,” says Betty Spence, President of NAFE. “We are very proud to honor their contributions to the advancement of women in the workplace.”

Marriott created the Emerging Leader Program in 2013 to increase the number of women and minorities in senior management and leadership roles. Since the beginning of the program, women have comprised more than 50 percent of those nominated, and also more than 50 percent of all promotions and job changes. Marriott continues to develop innovative programs aimed at helping the company’s associates reach their professional goals, including career mentoring and planning.

From the company’s headquarters to Marriott’s properties around the world, women hold senior leadership positions, making influential decisions that impact the company. Marriott currently has twelve executive officers and four board members who are women. In 2016, Marriott appointed its first female Chief Financial Officer, Leeny Oberg, who began her career at Marriott in 1999.

Marriott has consistently championed diversity and inclusion and been recognized for its talent development programs, landing on several “Best Places to Work” lists. For more information on Marriott’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, please visit

About the Methodology

The 2017 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss ranks. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance. In order to be eligible for the NAFE Top Companies survey, entrants must have a minimum of 1,000 employees, two women on the Board of Directors and be a public or private company. NAFE also separately names the Top 10 companies in the nonprofit sector.



The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, a community for women in business, and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.


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