Latina Style ranks LANL as one of the best places to work

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By The Staff

Latina Style magazine Monday named the Los Alamos National Laboratory as one of the 50 best places for Latinas to work.

The magazine based its rankings on companies that have actively provided career opportunities for Latinas, especially when first starting out in the workplace.

LANL was ranked 43 on the list. Over 800 companies were reviewed. Marriott International was ranked No.1.

Latina Style congratulated LANL for making major gains since the last survey, for having Latinos on its board of directors, and for having recruitment programs that specifically targeted Latinas for careers at the lab.

LANL Director Charlie McMillan said the lab’s commitment to Latinas is strong and will continue to grow.

“This recognition from Latina Style magazine speaks to our commitment to making the Laboratory an employer of choice for Latinas and other women who are considering careers at scientific and technical institutions,” McMillan said. “We are striving to attract a workforce that more closely resembles the nation as a whole. We are honored to receive recognition indicating that we are moving in the right direction, though we will not be fully satisfied until we meet all of our diversity goals."

The magazine cited the lab’s minority supplier diversity program and its leadership-training career counseling programs as powerful tools Latinas could use to help build a career at LANL.

However, the magazine also pointed out that there were no Latinas on the lab’s board of directors, and there were no “fast track” programs in place, one of the requirements in the survey.

The magazine’s August edition will be going out to 2,000 colleges and universities as well as Hispanic and recruitment conferences across the country.

Latina Style magazine President and CEO Robert Bard called his magazine's survey the most authoritative annual survey on the progress Latina’s are making in the workplace.

“This annual survey of the 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the United States serves as the most respected source of employment and career information for Hispanic women in our country,” he said.