Obelisk named in Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016

For the second year running Obelisk Support has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, which champions the UK’s most inspiring companies leading on gender equality in the workplace.

The on-going recognition from The Times newspaper brings Obelisk’s values to life; a business that is all about people and Human First.

In a special supplement published today, celebrating the Top 50 Employers for Women 2016, The Times said: “In 2015 Obelisk helped women to mix flexible work with family commitments, and it turned the First 100 Years project into an industry-leading digital platform.”

Obelisk was established in 2010 to provide world-class legal outsourcing to in-house teams within major corporates and law firms. Having spotted the legal profession was developing a “lost generation” of highly-trained female lawyers as a result of unfair policies and opinions around mothers returning to work, Dana created a new concept in professional outsourcing, driven by technology.

Through Obelisk, highly skilled ex-City lawyers who left the profession to raise families can work for major clients, in the UK and around the world, with the flexibility they need to make work work for them.

Today Obelisk has 800 lawyers on its books of which 90% are mothers, and the business has a core team of ten based in its office in Farringdon, of which 80% are female.

Dana Denis-Smith said: “To be named in The Times Top 50 last year was a great honour and it was a great milestone in Obelisk’s journey. But to be named two years running is much more important. It shows we are building very permanent foundations for Obelisk – a business that is all about people.”

“This on-going recognition from The Times proves what we are doing is both right and relevant for businesses and people. We are creating positive change in the workplace and in society, and we are constantly growing our own business too – up 200% year on year. So by putting diversity, inclusion, flexibility and equality at the heart of our business, Obelisk is continually achieving great things.”

In addition to The Times Top 50, Obelisk has been shortlisted in four categories in this year’s Legal Week Innovation Awards, for driving innovation in Marketing, Human Resources, Diversity and Supplier Services.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community, which produces the Top 50 list each year in partnership with The Times, said: “Huge congratulations to Obelisk on being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016. They should be extremely proud of their success.  They have demonstrated a commitment to fundamentally changing workplace processes and cultures to make them inclusive to all, benefitting women and men at every level in their organisation, and I hope they inspire other employers to do the same.”