Denver — The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) honored CH2M HILL with the Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council’s 2014 Glass Hammer Award recipient. This award honors organizations in the transportation industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders.
“As a top ranked global transportation design firm, we take pride in incorporating the unique perspectives of all our employees,” stated Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Hinman. “Diversity, inclusion and equality are core values for our company. Our 26,000 employees embrace these values every day.”
CH2M HILL’s women are the inspiration behind the firm’s programs and activities developed to attract, develop and retain female professionals. The Women’s Employee Network Group, was the first group formed over a decade ago. The Network is going strong, with more than 1,100 active members worldwide embracing and fueling the diversity that women bring to the firm.
Almost 30 percent of its U.S. workforce today is female – a significant percentage for the engineering and construction industry. In fact, many of its high-profile roles have women at the forefront. Jacqueline Hinman was appointed the firm’s first female Chief Executive Officer in January and Lisa Glatch joined as Executive Vice President of Client Sales & Solutions in March. Chief Communications Officer Elisa Speranza serves on the 11-member CH2M HILL Board of Directors along with Ms. Hinman and independent director Georgia Nelson. Among many other women leaders at CH2M HILL, Susan Martinovich leads the firm’s Highways & Bridges sector within the Transportation Market.
The women of CH2M HILL also share a common commitment to organizations such as the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar). The firm has close to 100 WTS members, some of whom have been involved in WTS for up to 30 years.
The success of the firm’s efforts and its employees’ commitments were recognized when CH2M HILL received The Catalyst Award in 2009. This once-in-a-lifetime award honors exceptional initiatives from companies that support and advance women in business, and CH2M HILL is the first firm in the heavily male-dominated engineering and construction industry to be honored. Other honors include the WTS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 2014 Employer of the Year and the COMTO Philadelphia Chapter 2014 Corporate Citizen of the Year.
“CH2M HILL is grateful to be recognized for its efforts as an organization,” stated CH2M HILL Transportation Market President Terry Ruhl. “We impart this honor to our male and female professionals whose commitments to advancing women are far more valiant”