Most Female-Friendly Engineer Firm: We’re transparent about our goal.
Walt Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE
Principal, Chief Executive Officer
Mazzetti is working to become the most women-friendly engineering company in the world. Towards this effort, as I discussed in a previous blog post, we became a signatory to the UN Women’s empowerment principles. Among the programs we are starting, in support of these principles, is an initiative to measure our employment of women–to focus on improving this measure and to be transparent about our progress.
One prefatory note: We, Mazzetti, regularly encourage our clients and all healthcare owners to participate in the ASHE Energy to Care Program. Some healthcare facility people tell us they worry about exposing their data. We tell them, “Though Energy to Care keeps your data confidential, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is requiring your organization to report on its quality metrics; surely then, it can’t hurt to be transparent about your energy consumption.” One of the key elements of the ACA is transparency, as a lever for improving quality. I believe in transparency, and I believe in using it to drive Mazzetti’s quality. So, just like we tell our clients they should have courage to embrace transparency as a way to become better, so will we have the courage to be transparent, and to use it to become better.
I have looked everywhere to find good data against which to benchmark. The best I could find was from the National Science Foundation (Science and Engineering Indicators, 2014). According to this data, 13% of employees in engineering are women.
So, here is the Mazzetti data:
Additionally, 33% of the C-Suite is female, 50% of non-C-suite admin leaders are female, 1 of our 15 Principals are female, and 40% of our East Region leadership are women. We are also moving toward a 40%-female Board in the immediate future.
Overall, we are only slightly (13.56%) better than national average at the technical level.