In their selection, the jury wished to recognize McElhanney’s considerable effort and investment to engage a more diverse workforce, including changes to recruitment and retention practices, and tracking progress through company key performance indicators. The introduction of “diversity moments” and invited guest speakers, support team members to spark ideas, deepen conversation on inclusion, and engage team members to take direct action.
The jury hope that sharing the considerable effort and progress at McElhanney will inspire other member firms to understand and adopt programs to support equitable opportunity for diverse people in the consulting engineering industry.
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About the Award
In 2020, the ACEC-BC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee worked with our Board to bring forward a new award recognizing the impact of member actions on advancing our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Committee proposed the Award to shine a light on the many ways members are working together to build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive industry and to recognize the considerable effort needed to effect change.
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award selection was made by a panel of members representing different business practices, which acknowledges that actions supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion are not the responsibility of any one person or group, and must be considered core to the business practice of every member firm.
Change can be difficult. Like building any technical skill, change needs time, clear intention, and deep commitment. Building a more diverse and inclusive industry is a journey, and our inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award recipients support us all through their leadership by example.