Abbott Marks 15 Years of Helping Career-Minded Moms Reach Their Full Professional Potential

Abbott's commitment to support working mothers with progressive benefits and extraordinary career opportunities was recognized today by Working Mother magazine.

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ABBOTT PARK, Ill.,

Sept. 22, 2015

/PRNewswire/ -- Abbott's (NYSE: ABT) commitment to support working mothers with progressive benefits and extraordinary career opportunities was recognized today by Working Mother magazine. Abbott has been a mainstay on Working Mother's "100 Best Companies" list, and this year was included in the top 10 of all companies evaluated. The highly regarded ranking assesses workplace attributes such as the advancement of women, scheduling flexibility, child care, and paid parental leave.

In recognition of Abbott's 15th consecutive year on the "100 Best Companies" list, the healthcare company will also be inducted into Working Mother's Hall of Fame during the organization's annual Work Life Congress event, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis in

New York City

on

October 14

— 15.

"To be recognized by Working Mother is a testament to the power of working moms and their ability to build extraordinary careers and extraordinary families," said

Stephen Fussell

, Abbott's executive vice president of human resources. "To be welcomed into the Hall of Fame is even more rewarding; it affirms our long-term commitment to help women maximize their professional potential with work that helps people live their fullest lives."

The advancement of women ties closely to Abbott's identity. Women make up 46 percent of the company's management and nearly half of its global workforce. In executive management, representation of women has increased 42 percent over a 10-year period. Three of the 10 leaders reporting to Abbott's chairman and CEO are women while four out of 11 members of Abbott's Board of Directors are female.