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American Institutes for Research (AIR) Named to Seramount’s 2022 Top 75 Companies for Executive Women

AIR is number 48 on the 2022 List, up from 65 in 2021.

For a second consecutive year, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is on Seramount’s Top 75 Companies for Executive Women list, which highlights top workplaces for women who want to advance through the corporate ranks. The list, established 25 years ago, ranks companies on recruitment, retention and advancement; hires and promotions of women; flexible work; and company culture and accountability, among other categories.

About the award

Seramount is a professional service and research firm that seeks to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. It is a part of EAB, an education software company.

“This award is a recognition of AIR’s progress in creating a diverse, inclusive workplace. We provide opportunities for women to thrive, grow and lead,” said Karen Francis, Vice President and Chief DEI Officer at AIR. “As we celebrate where our DEI journey has taken us, we also recognize that there is more to be done to ensure cultural competency in our work and our workplace.”

AIR currently has five women on its 13-member Board of Directors. This includes Patricia Gurin, of the University of Michigan, who serves as Board Chair. In addition, women comprise six of the 10 members of AIR’s Executive Leadership Team. AIR Women in Support of Equity (WISE) is an employee resource group that launched last year. It seeks to support women at AIR by creating enhanced internal and external networking opportunities across all levels; partnering with leaders on projects that impact women domestically and internationally; and contributing to the overall recruitment and retention of women of diverse backgrounds.

The 2022 Top 75 Companies application includes more than 200 questions. Topics include female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss leadership ranks. The application is based on 2021 data. It tracks how many employees have access to and use programs and policies that promote the advancement of women. Additionally, it shows how companies train managers to help women advance. To be considered companies must have at least two women board members, a US-based CEO and at least 500 US employees.

Companies named in 2022

The top 10 companies on the 2022 list are (in alphabetical order) AbbVie, Bon Secours Mercy Health System; Dechert LLP; Estee Lauder Companies; FleishmanHillard; General Mills; Johnson & Johnson; L’Oréal USA; Nationwide; and Zoetis, Inc. A virtual conference on June 29 honored the winners.


Established in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in education, health and the workforce. AIR’s mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR has offices across the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit

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