Rusinko was elected to the 2018 class of the National Academy of Engineering in February 2018. Barbara is the first female Bechtel employee to receive the honor and the 17th in the company’s 120-year history.
“When you have such a big infrastructure project, you have the opportunity, certainly, but I’d say more the responsibility to invest those public funds in a way that lifts the sector up, and really move the dial on the diversity of engineering teams,” stated Bechtel’s Ailie MacAdam on the reasoning behind creating a more diverse team for London’s Crossrail project.
Companies must affect positive change early on to continue to retain talented women and clear the path to leadership.
Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, Drinks and Multisales at Mars, Incorporated
Women occupy just 15 percent of board seats worldwide. In the US, women account for just five percent of all CEOs among S&P 500 companies. In the UK the situation is worse: in 2016 there were more male CEOs named David (eight) than women CEOs (six) in the FTSE 100.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, JetBlue and Marie Claire magazine are excited to share their Women On The Fly video series. The two brands recently sat down for “A Quick Q&A With…” three women business leaders from very different industries to gather their top career tips. These three power players shared advice on being a good leader, sparking passion in their teams and leading by example.
HP joined Ava DuVernay and Reese Witherspoon to celebrate Black Girls Code and its mission to boost women of color in tech.
Everything starts with a story. Just ask Sasha Williams, a 16-year old with big dreams. On Feb. 24th, Williams didn’t just get a selfie — she got a hug and words of encouragement from Ava DuVernay, the directing powerhouse whose work, from 13th to Selma, tackles inclusion and racial division head on and continues to find new ways to define the art of storytelling.
“Tying into our mission of inspiring humanity, we have a responsibility to help educate young girls about the wonders of aviation and what we do. It was really fun seeing the girls’ eyes light up and for them to see the possibilities that they can make this their career as well,” shared Rachel McCarthy, SVP Talent & Learning, JetBlue.
By Amber Boyle, VMware Diversity and Inclusion Director
This year, the conversation around diversity has been amplified. While progress is being made in the area of diversity and inclusion (D&I) from Hollywood to the C-suite, company diversity report releases alone won’t move the needle in our communities. Conversation – and action – need to take place every day.