Women's Owned Company

Birkman International Receives Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

Birkman International, a business specialized in assessing human behavior and perception, is newly recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. The certification is effective as of Aug. 30, 2018.

“Dr. Roger Birkman pioneered The Birkman Method and founded our company driven by his strong convictions and lifelong desire to empower others. We are proud to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise and continue his legacy,” said Sharon Birkman, CEO of Birkman International and daughter of Roger Birkman. “The WBENC recognition provides our company – and many of the businesses we partner with – an important vehicle to support diversity and empower lives.”

Read the full article from PR Newswire: Birkman International Receives Women’s Business Enterprise Certification


Making new hires feel like a part of the team can be difficult to navigate, but MailChimp has managed to develop an onboarding process that builds a sense of community, creates effective communication, and helps propel teams towards success. Before employees can begin working, they must participate in a robust welcoming program that pairs new hires with “Chimpanions”, have face-time with co-workers and the executive team, and attend trainings that make them feel welcome and supported from the get-go. MailChimp also leverages personality insights gathered from The Birkman Method to help employees develop self-awareness and understand how they fit into their teams.

Read more about how a company with 500+ employees and a tiny turnover rate of 4% prepares their new employees: https://www.fastcompany.com/40433689/why-mailchimp-doesnt-let-new-hires-work-for-their-first-week-on-the-job.

Dayton Business Journal: 4 Ways to Shape Your Work Culture into One That Rocks

Lunne Marketing Group examines how a company can capitalize on their potential for success by cultivating a strong company culture in The Dayton Business Journal. Several contributing factors include benefits, the company’s leadership, and most importantly, understanding the people. Asking the right questions such as “Do you have the right people on the team?” and “Do people feel inspired here?” can help drive a team towards achieving their goals. In addition, taking a personality assessment like The Birkman Method can enable team members to better understand one another, fostering an environment that is a catalyst for growth and collaboration.

Want to see other factors that influence a team and build up a company’s culture? Read the full article here: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/06/26/4-ways-to-shape-your-work-culture-into-one-that.html.

Strategic Growth Forum and National Awards Gala

Birkman International to Host 2016 World Conference

The largest ever in the history of Birkman, the 2016 World Conference hosted in New Orleans at the Ritz-Carlton in the French Quarter on August 3-5th is attracting attendees from across the globe. Birkman users from six different continents will be in attendance, and speakers will be covering topics ranging from team building to career counseling to marketing for consultancies. Sharon Birkman Fink and Amy Shepley will be speaking at the opening session of the conference, announcing all of the exciting changes and innovations that Birkman is rolling out.

You can read the full press release about the Birkman 2016 World Conference here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/08/prweb13595027.htm

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Sharon Birkman Fink Recognized with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Gulf Coast Award

Ernst and Young has been awarding the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for 30 years. The award is one of the most prestigious and established awards that an entrepreneur can receive. Each year, Ernst and Young reviews many companies and entrepreneurs, selecting only the highest performing for this award.

Sharon Birkman Fink was a nominee for the award and attended the regional gala in Houston on June 16, 2016 at the Hilton Americas with her family and colleagues. At the event, she won in the Family Business category for carrying on the legacy of her father, Dr. Roger Birkman, and continuing to grow adoption of The Birkman Method® worldwide. Sharon Birkman Fink is proud to be an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Gulf Coast Award winner and will attend the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs in November.

The Birkman press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/07/prweb13525217.htm

The Ernst and Young press release: http://www.ey.com/us/en/newsroom/news-releases/news-ey-announces-winners-for-the-ey-eoy-2016-gulf-coast-area-award

2016 houston best and brightest

Birkman Wins for Third Consecutive Year as 2016 Houston Best and Brightest® Company

Birkman is delighted to announce that we’ve won the 2016 Houston Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award – our third consecutive win at the local level.

Birkman was founded in Houston in 1951 by Dr. Roger Birkman, and his legacy is carried forward by his daughter Sharon Birkman Fink and granddaughter Amy Shepley. As a family company that works closely with organizational development and human resources departments, it is deeply ingrained in Birkman to take care of the employees that constitute the company. With flex schedules, monthly birthday celebrations, ample PTO, and company-sponsored professional development, the employees at Birkman receive cutting-edge HR benefits.

The Best and Brightest® organization assesses the HR commitment that companies make to attract and retain top performing talent. Companies that are graded the highest by their own team members are chosen for the Best and Brightest® award, which reflects an excellence in company culture.

To see who else won in the Houston competition and to learn more about the award, follow this link: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/houstons-2017-best-brightest-companies-work/winners/?winyear=118

2015 Best and Brightest Companies

Birkman Wins Nationally in 2015 Best and Brightest Companies® Competition

Birkman wins for the second year in a row at the national level in the 2015 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition.  In the competition, companies are graded by their own employees for their human resources initiatives and overall morale. As a personality assessment company, Birkman is committed to developing a rich culture for employees that motivates, challenges, and rewards productivity. Birkman heavily uses our own assessment within the company so that coworkers are more aware of each others’ needs for better internal communication and mutual understanding.

To learn more about the Best and Brightest competition and to see the complete list of 2015 National winners, follow this link: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/national-best-brightest-webinar-attract-retain-top-talent/winners/?winyear=121

2016 houston best and brightest

2015 Houston Best and Brightest Company® Award Given to Birkman

Birkman is a leading company in the personality assessment field and has been helping individuals and organizations unlock potential and solve workforce issues since 1951. Birkman is a family-run company in the HR space, so it makes sense that people are a primary focus within the culture at Birkman.

The 2015 Houston Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award is given to organizations in the Greater Houston area that lead their industries with a superior commitment to human resources. Birkman won both at the local and national level in 2014, so winning again in 2015 further solidifies Birkman as an innovator in human resources – both with our assessment product and with our internal culture.

To see a full list of which organizations in the Houston area won the 2015 award, visit the Best and Brightest® website: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/houstons-2017-best-brightest-companies-work/winners/?winyear=121

Find your new job

AARP: Take These Tests to Find Your New Job

Career changes can happen at any point in life. Even for people who have found the career that they love, making a shift to a new company should be approached with intentionality and caution. Personality assessments can be useful as you look to find your new job or a second career, as they enlighten you to your motivations and behavioral strengths. In this article, AARP recommends some of the most popular personality and career assessments, including The Birkman Method®, for the job seeker.

Want to see the full list of tests recommended and read more from AARP? Visit the article here: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-2015/take-these-tests-to-find-your-new-job.html

boss doesn't like you

Harvard Business Review: What to Do When Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

The Harvard Business review looks at the different reasons why a manager might not connect well with their reports, plus provides ideas for how to remedy the situation if you feel that your boss doesn’t like you. One of the points – if your boss doesn’t like your communication style – suggests to look at a personality assessment such as The Birkman Method® for insight. By looking at the details of your tUsual Behavior and your boss’s Needs, you can see where you may be unintentionally irritating them and try to shift your actions to align with what they desire from their coworkers.

You can read the full article at this link: https://hbr.org/2014/12/what-to-do-when-your-boss-doesnt-like-you