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Toni Thompson

Chief Human Resources Officer, Etsy


How Etsy’s CHRO Is Setting a New Standard for Progressive Benefits

Toni Thompson has curated a DEI-driven employee benefits program at Etsy that’s setting new industry standards. Highlights include unlimited sick/mental health days, 26 weeks of gender-neutral parental leave, mental health benefits for employees and eligible family members, companywide no-meeting days, transgender health coverage, subsidized backup care benefits for working caregivers, adoption/surrogacy reimbursement, and fertility coverage. In 2023, the company also made strides towards its goal of achieving gender parity in leadership and throughout the company, with women and marginalized genders making up more than 30% of its global engineering team. In 2022, the company also set out to create a diverse workplace that emphasizes accessibility, and set a goal of scoring an 80 or above on Disability: IN’s Disability Equality Index. In 2023, they proudly exceeded that goal and scored a 100. When it comes to racial hiring and inclusion, Etsy increased the percentage of Black, Latinx, and Native American employees in their U.S. Etsy marketplace team from 8.6% in 2018 to 15.4% in 2023.

By: Courtney Connley