Builder Recognized for Leading in Workplace Gender Equality

January 18, 2019
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National home builder and developer Taylor Morrison was recently selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for its commitment to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.

Taylor Morrison is the only publicly traded builder helmed by a woman, chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer. Palmer has led the company for the past 11 years, bringing its staff to a near equal share of male and female representation, 54 and 46 percent, respectively. Taylor Morrison's senior leadership is now 33 percent women, and female representation accounts for 47 percent of middle management for each of its 17 national divisions. AZ Big Media reports that Taylor Morrison's board of directors became part of the 0.4 percent of U.S. public companies with majority female boards in July 2018.

“As a female leader, I have always wanted my strategic eye and work ethic to define me—not my gender,” said Palmer. “My recruitment philosophy isn’t tied to meeting quotas, but rather, to always hire the best person for the job. Fortunately, that ‘gender blind’ mentality is shared across the organization, and I believe we’re a better company because of it. Home building and corporate America at large can benefit from greater diversity of thought and women’s intrinsic differences, and I am proud that the exceptional leadership and talent Taylor Morrison enjoys today grew organically.”

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