From top left: Elaine Martinez, logistics maintenance; Crystal Alarid, safe-deployed security; Sara Del Valle, information systems and modeling; and Elaine Cordova, classified systems service, work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Forty-five percent of the Lab’s female workforce is Latina. Photo Courtesy LANL
Surveyed readers ranked top 50 companies for Latina training, mentorship, retention and promotion
Los Alamos National Laboratory was selected as one of the 2020 Top 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work in the U.S. by LATINA Style Inc. The Lab ranked 33 out of 50, based on 2019 data.
“Latinas represent 45 percent of all the women in our 13,000-employee workforce,” said Director Thom Mason.“We expect to hire 1,200 new employees in FY21, and are striving for more Latina representation as we seek to grow a diverse workforce across all areas, particularly management, science, and engineering.”
With more than 600,000 readers, LATINA Style magazine addresses the needs of Latina professionals and business owners in the United States. Its annual report identifies corporations that provide the best career opportunities for Latinas in the country. Among the principal areas of evaluation are the number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, employee benefits, active affinity groups and Hispanic community relations.
Companies that responded to LATINA Style’s questionnaire — including the Lab — were evaluated based on matters that LATINA Style magazine readers deemed as important to them in the workplace, such as Latina training, mentorship, retention and promotion.
“Over the years, the survey has evolved to ensure more opportunities for Latinas are taken into consideration,” said LATINA Style Inc. CEO, Robert Bard. “With the mission to recognize the work corporate America is doing to advance and empower Latinas, the survey not only reflects the opportunities provided to Latinas, but it is a reflection of the company’s culture and overall focus on diversity and inclusion.”
The Laboratory hired 1,200 people in FY 2020, and expects to hire at the same rate for the next three-to-four years. To apply for jobs, visit: https://www.lanl.gov/careers/.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.