Parsons Brinckerhoff believes that achieving diversity is a business imperative. Our company represents the world we live in, and we value that diversity. We seek talented people from backgrounds and cultures as rich and varied as the work we do.
Our Diversity Oversight Committee, which is chaired by the Global Director of Human Resources, guides Parsons Brinckerhoff’s policy on diversity and inclusion.
Parsons Brinckerhoff also promotes diversity through a number of employee networks. For example, our Professional Growth Network, for employees with 10 or fewer years of experience, provides a forum to sharpen career skills. Our emerging professionals regularly receive recognition from professional organizations as well as trade publications.
Many of our employees are active with industry organizations that help advance women and minorities in the engineering industry. They include Margaret O’Meara, WTS International’s Member of the Year for 2012, and Frank Medina, who was selected as one of the 200 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology by the Career Communications Group, a network of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is also a strong supporter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). Several employees serve on COMTO committees or as officers of local chapters. Adiele Nwankwo, Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Area Manager for Atlanta, is a member-at-large of the COMTO Board of Directors. In 2012, Parsons Brinckerhoff received COMTO’s Platinum Scholarship Award for its continued support of the Scholars program and won the Chairman’s Circle Award for the third consecutive year.
In Australia, Parsons Brinckerhoff has shown it is aligned with the new Workplace Gender Equality Act. The new Act builds on the Women’s Empowerment Principles, to which Parsons Brinckerhoff was the first signatory in its industry. The Act requires companies to report on salary disparity between male and female employees and to also report on available flexible working arrangements. Parsons Brinckerhoff received the “Highly Commended” award from the Queensland Resources Council, for its diversity initiatives.