Zweig Group’s commitment to promote diversity as a means to combat recruitment and retention challenges in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is realized with the 2020 launch of ElevateHer™ program.
Research from from Zweig Group’s Principals, Partners, & Owners Survey of AEC Firms indicate recruitment and retention are the greatest challenges facing the AEC industry today. While 83% of principals, partners, and owners in the AEC industry are men, just over half of this group, 58%, feel there is a problem with lack of diversity. Seventy five percent of women concur.
ElevateHer, was developed to embrace, promote, and ensure equal opportunities for all professionals in the AEC industry regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. The program kicks off with the ElevateHer Class of 2020, a cohort-style annual program designed to define key strategies and provide open-sourced, accessible action plans to tackle diversity and its role in recruiting and retention issues.
All individuals, regardless of age, experience, gender, background, or job role, are welcome and encouraged to apply for the ElevateHer Class of 2020 as a member. Mentors and patrons are invited to express interest as well. Results from the 2020 class will be presented at Zweig Group’s annual conference Elevate AEC 2020 in Denver, Colorado, held September 30 – October 2, 2020, and distributed through various media channels.
“Zweig Group’s commitment to elevating the industry is embodied in ElevateHer, which we believe captures both the entrepreneurial spirit and long-term implications behind a movement like ElevateHer. We believe that ally is a verb, and that investing in building companies that reflect the clients and communities that we serve is a business imperative, not an initiative,” said Jamie Claire Kiser, managing principal, Zweig Group.
The programs founding patrons include SGA Design Group, Forensic Analytical, CORE, JQ Engineering, and McAdams. Funds raised through patronage will be used to financially support program initiatives so that finances are not a barrier to program participation.
Applications will be accepted from now until December 15th, 2019. The ElevateHer Class of 2020 will be announced on January 6th, 2020.