AOL has steadily increased the number of women across the business and in Director or above positions over the past 3 years. We are proud to have a number of women in top leadership roles including well-known writer and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington as President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, Karen Dykstra as CFO, Susan Lyne as CEO of the AOL Brand Group and Julie Jacobs as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. AOL’s technology organization continues to lead the technology industry with many women in senior positions including the role of Chief Architect.
To empower our female employees, AOL offers four structured leadership development programs to help recognize, grow and retain talent across the company. Last year, women accounted for 62% of participants in AOL’s Leadership Programs and classes. These programs range from 1 or 2 day classes focusing on specific skill development, like The Art of Coaching, Your Leadership Brand and Delegation, to more in-depth offerings that span several months and include workshops, 360 feedback, business simulations and small group work.
AOL also supports a Women’s Network group that includes more than 500 members. This group plans and manages networking events and mentoring programs focused on the education, leadership and advancement of women. By partnering with similar groups in other organizations, the Women’s Network has been able to expand their reach to enhance the offerings to AOL employees. Some offices have also launched local Lean-In circles to promote conversation around women and their impact in business. Programs such as this help AOLers feel empowered and valued.