Built In announces the 2022 LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Awards Winners

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Chicago-based Built In released its 2022 LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Awards Program today, recognizing employers who excel in creating an inclusive workplace for its LGBTQIA+ employees.

Companies including Chime, Dropbox, Merck, and Zipper were among the list of award recipients. See full list below.

“Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 LGBTQIA+ Awards Program,” says Maria Christopoulos Katris, CEO, Built In. “Companies today are in a position to effect lasting change for employees from the LGBTQIA+ community, at a time when it’s never been more important — if they put concerted, consistent effort behind their DEI efforts. We couldn’t be prouder to honor companies in tech that are setting the highest standards of inclusion for the rest of the industry to emulate.” 

A Chicago-based company specializing in technology recruitment platforms, Built In is devoted to connecting companies and professionals. Its award programs are built to recognize both the companies and individuals who bring value to technology communities. The 25 winners Built In selected this year have dedicated tactics for hiring, retaining and engaging LGBTQIA+ talent. Their offerings as employers focus on creating diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces, where LGBTQIA+ employees can be their most authentic selves.

“Of late, we’ve seen a backlash against corporate virtue signaling, where rainbow colors on a logo represent the extent of a company’s allyship,” says Sheridan Orr, CMO, Built In. “But true allyship creates change, and change springs from action, including efforts like the creation of benefits that support the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ employees and hiring strategies to attract LGBTQIA+ talent. We’re proud to have launched a program that recognizes substantive DEI efforts like those over mere social media gestures. The former lays the foundation for a better future of work for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

The judges’ panel included 9 leaders in tech, all advocates themselves, whose backgrounds span technology, design, customer success, DEI, recruitment and more. The group reviewed the nominated companies, with identifying information removed, and chose 25 employers whom they believe are the most inclusive for the LGBTQIA+ community, based on the program’s criteria and eligibility requirements.

The 2022 LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Awards Program Winners full list includes Ash Wellness, Bitwise Industries, Carrot Fertility, Chani Nicholas Incorporated, Chime, connectRN, Dropbox, Enova, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Funding Circle, G2, Grindr, Guild Education, John Deere, Maven Clinic, Merck, NextRoll, Notion, Point B, Qualtrics, RingCentral, Spreetail, Toast, Zipcar, and ZS.

Learn more about the 25 winners here.


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