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WellStar A Top Company for Executive Women
Honor Given by National Association for Female Executives
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​From left to right: Betty Spence, president, NAFE, Candice Saunders, president and chief operating officer, WellStar Health System, Carol Evans, president, Working Mother.

WellStar has been named one of the 2014 "Top Companies for Executive Women" by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), which honors American corporations that identify and promote successful women.

“NAFE sees some good news from our analysis of companies where women succeed,” says Dr. Betty Spence, NAFE President. “Women at these companies are reaching a critical mass where they can support, sponsor, and advance their female colleagues, and as a result, we see a measurable increase in the number of women running operations. We expect this trend to continue.

“WellStar is committed to creating a work environment that fosters career growth and success among our team members,” said Candice Saunders, president and COO for WellStar Health System. “Women make up more than 80 percent of our workforce and serve as a key to shaping the future of our System. We strive to ensure that everyone plays a role in delivering world-class care tothe people of northwest Georgia.”

Carol Evans, CEO of NAFE and president of Working Mother Media, says, “The NAFE Top Companies offer environments where women have significant clout and make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line. Their female top executives lead businesses, set policy and have profit-and-loss responsibility." The full list of this year's winners is posted on and

About the Methodology

The 2014 NAFE Top Companies application includes more than 200 questions on female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss ranks. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance. In order to be eligible for the NAFE Top Companies survey, entrants must have a minimum of 1,000 employees, two women on the Board of Directors and be a public or private company. NAFE also separately names the Top 10 companies in the non-profit sector.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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