General Electric Co. – 2011 50 Out Front #18


Fairfield, CT
287,000 employees

Founded 1892
CEO: Jeffrey Immelt
CDE: Deborah Elam

At GE, diversity is about the power of the mix — the strength that results from a team with varied experiences, backgrounds and styles. As a global company, it feels its talent must reflect the communities it serves and does business with. GE is building an inclusive culture, team, environment and processes where diversity is both embraced and leveraged as a competitive advantage in a global marketplace. Diversity is part of its core foundation. Its affinity networks and employee groups include the African-American Forum, Hispanic Forum, Asian-Pacific American Forum, Women’s Network, Veteran’s Network and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Alliance. Established for over 15 years, the groups attract, grow and retain GE’s diverse talent and foster a sense of community, enabling members to grow both professionally and personally. Its Corporate Executive Council sponsors provide leadership, vision and resources needed to support affinity network efforts.