General Electric Co. – 2012 50 Out Front # 18


General Electric Co.

Fairfield, CT
301,000 employees
CEO: Jeffrey Immelt
CDE: Deborah Elam

Diversity mission: GE is committed to employing a diverse workforce of the best minds in the world.

GE builds an inclusive culture, team and environment where diversity is both embraced and leveraged as a competitive advantage in a global marketplace. It hires talent that reflects the communities it serves and conducts business with. Diversity is part of its core foundation. Its affinity networks and employee groups include the African-American Forum, which provides employees with mentors, seminars, networking and career discussion and the Hispanic Forum, which supports coaching, mentoring, role modeling and the recruitment of Hispanic talent. The Asian-Pacific American Forum supports the Asian Pacific American community with career development network while promoting broader awareness of differences in Asian and American cultures. Other groups include the 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 the groups.