Mercy named top company for executive women second year in a row

NAFE honors Mercy for its policies and practices to encourage women's advancement

JANESVILLE, WI—The National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) recently announced Mercy Health System as one of the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women. The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment.

The new report, conducted by the Working Mother Research Institute, finds that women hold 27 percent of all board of director seats at the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies, compared with 16 percent across the Fortune 500.

“We are very honored to be listed among the top companies for executive women,” says Javon R. Bea, president and CEO of Mercy Health System. “We have an outstanding leadership team and I’m proud they do whatever it takes to continuously improve the care patients receive.” 

The NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies lead corporate America in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. Some other findings from this year’s research include: 

  • Women represent 74 percent of employees of these companies on average
  • All NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies offer management or leadership training to women
  • One hundred percent of the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies have programs to identify and resolve wage-gap grievances 

“It is an honor to have received this recognition and is a tribute to the outstanding team throughout all levels of our organization that have a true passion for what they do,” said Barb Bortner, vice president of marketing and public relations for Mercy Health System. “Our executive team members continue to advance themselves so that together we can provide the best treatments available to our neighbors and friends–they truly care about our community’s health and well-being.”                  

Founded in 1895, Mercy Health System is a not-for-profit, vertically integrated multi-specialty health system that serves more than one million individuals through its 68 facilities in 26 southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois communities. Since 1989, Mercy Health System has grown from a stand-alone community hospital with no employed physicians and no ambulatory care centers into a comprehensive, vertically integrated health system offering an extensive network of primary and specialty care physicians, three hospitals, subspecialty centers of excellence, insurance products, long term care, retail services, and preventive health and wellness programs. Mercy employs over 400 physicians and nearly 4,000 employees, who are called partners. Mercy Health System is headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin.

About NAFE: The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual Top Companies and the Women of Excellence lists. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of NAFE.