Attracting diverse talent is a huge present-day challenge for companies who need to show themselves as world-class employers. The IES Premier Women in Sales Employer designation has become the de facto standard for recognizing companies that support the growth and career ascension of its women in sales.

Women sales professionals are looking for employers that understand their needs. Demonstrate that your company understands this by applying for the designation. Don’t get shut out of getting the top talent because weren’t recognized.

If your company has exceptional programs, policies, and procedures to support the women in sales in your company or strives for that level of employee commitment, apply now.

Companies that achieve the designation will be seen around the globe as a top destination for the top women in sales professionals. Job seekers will view the designation as a critical part in their selection process.

Benefits include:

  • Be included in a glossy, impressive guide listing the companies that have achieved the designation. The pdf guide will be distributed globally and will describe specifically why each company has achieved the designation.
  • Be highlighted on the IES web site
  • Have leaders appear on the Sales Game Changers Podcast and speak at the 2023 Women in Sales Leadership Elevation Conference in Washington DC.
  • Have HR and recruiting leaders participate in exclusive councils that will share best practices
  • Have their top sales performers participate in exclusive programs to help grow leadership skills

Apply to Become a 2023
Premier Women in Sales Employer!

IES Premier Sales Employer
What is it?

Demonstrate to the world that your company is a great place for women in sales to grow their careers and reach their goals. The “Premier Women in Sales Employer” designation and inclusion in the guide is the definitive way to recognize companies that are exceptional places of employment for top-tier women in sales professionals. The designation and associated guide (pdf, web) helps companies striving to Attract, Motivate, Retain and Elevate Top-Tier Sales Talent. This new designation will recognize companies that have made elevating the careers of women in sales a priority with programs and policies that enable leadership and career development. With attracting talent a huge present-day challenge, companies need to show themselves as world-class employers. This designation benefits employers and top-tier job seekers. Show that your company is a Premier Women in Sales Employer by applying today!

How to be Included

Consideration as an IES Premier Women in Sales Employer is open to any current IES partner or sponsor of the IES. There is no cost to participate. Companies that wish to be included must fill out a mandatory 10-question online application form (see below). Each application form will be reviewed by a select, independent judging committee that will evaluate all answers. Once the committee is satisfied with the answers, the company will be invited to be included in the guide and display the IES Premier Women in Sales Employer Badge.

If you are not an IES corporate partner or sponsor and would like to have your company considered, please fill out the application below. All companies are invited to apply but only IES corporate partners and sponsors are eligible for inclusion in the guide and to display the badge. Your company can become an IES corporate partner during the application process to be included in the January 2023 revision of the guide and on the web site.

How to participate

To be considered as a 2023 IES Premier Women in Sales Employer (PWISE) and to receive the badge and be included in the January 2023 guide and web site, fill out the application form below by October 30, 2022. If your application is approved, you will be invited to be included in the guide, post a press release announcing your inclusion in the guide, have a leader interviewed on the Sales Game Changers Podcast, be recognized at the 2023 Women in Sales Leadership Elevation Conference in Washington DC, and post the IES Premier Women in Sales Employer badge on your social media, web site and other marketing and recruiting materials. The IES Premier Women in Sales Employer designation will help your company be presented as an exceptional place for top-tier women in sales talent. With the “Great Resignation,” this is more important than ever. This is something your company does not want to be excluded from! Apply now!

After the review and scoring of applications by an independent panel of judges, IES will announce the winners the first week of January.  Additionally, that same week, we will be releasing the PWISE Guide of Premier Women in Sales Employers, PR campaign, and new website. Winners will receive an electronic badge that can be displayed on their website, LinkedIn page, and on recruitment sites.  We will also be presenting each company with a plaque at the next IES Women in Sales Leadership Elevation Conference on April 27-28th, 2023. The deadline for applications is October 31st.

Present your company as an exceptional place for Women in Sales talent. Apply to become an IES Premier Women in Sales Employer Now!

    DISCUSS THE PROGRAMS YOUR COMPANY IS RUNNING RIGHT NOW TO PROMOTE WOMEN IN SALES INTO LEADERSHIP AND HOW THESE PROGRAMS FEED YOUR SUCCESSION PLANNING AND GENERAL SENIOR LEVEL VISION FOR WOMEN IN SALES AT YOUR COMPANY.

    DISCUSS YOUR ON-GOING TRAINING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR THE WOMEN ON YOUR SALES TEAM, AND ERGS THAT SUPPORT WOMEN.

    DISCUSS THE SPECIFIC BENEFITS YOU OFFER FOR WOMEN IN SALES, AS WELL AS OTHER OVERALL BENEFITS THAT ARE BENEFICIAL TO WOMEN.

    WHAT ARE SOME ESTABLISHED INITIATIVES YOU HAVE IN PLACE TO SPECIFICALLY HELP WOMEN IN SALES PROGRESS IN THEIR CAREER? FOR INSTANCE, DO YOU HAVE A MENTORING PROGRAM IN PLACE TO HELP WOMEN GROW THEIR CAREERS? WHEN WAS IT ESTABLISHED? WHEN DO YOU MATCH AN EMPLOYEE WITH A MENTOR? HOW DO YOU MEASURE OF THESE PROGRAMS? PLEASE LIST ALL INITIATIVES AND PERTINENT DETAILS.

    WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ATTRACT AND HIRE A PIPELINE OF DIVERSE CANDIDATES?

    DO YOU HAVE A FULLTIME DEI LEADER THAT HOLDS AN OFFICIAL POSITION AT YOUR COMPANY? IF SO, WHAT'S THEIR TITLE, THEIR ROLE IN THE COMPANY, AND HOW THE ROLE SUPPORTS AN EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE CULTURE. IF NOT, DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL DEI INITIATIVES.

    DISCUSS ANY AVAILABLE PATHWAYS FOR WOMEN TO SAFELY REPORT WORKPLACE BULLYING, DISCRIMINATION, AND OTHER SENSITIVE ISSUES THAT MIGHT ARISE.

    QUANTITATIVE QUESTIONS (DATA WON’T BE SHARED PUBLICLY)

    WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR ENTIRE SALES ORGANIZATION IS MADE UP OF WOMEN? WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR SALES LEADERSHIP TEAM IS COMPRISED OF WOMEN? HOW DO THESE NUMBERS COMPARE TO 3 YEARS AGO AND 5 YEARS AGO?.

    WHAT IS THE RETENTION RATE OF YOUR WOMEN IN SALES YEAR OVER YEAR, GOING BACK TO 2018?

    UTILIZING RESPONSES FROM YOUR MOST RECENT EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION SURVEYS, HOW SATISFIED ARE YOUR WOMEN EMPLOYEES WITH THEIR COMPENSATION PACKAGES? IF YOU DON’T CONDUCT SUCH SURVEYS. PLEASE GIVE AN INDICATION OF HOW WELL WOMEN ARE COMPENSATED AS COMPARED TO THE MEN IN YOUR COMPANY.