Shimmick is committed to empowering and supporting women by providing professional and personal development opportunities that affect meaningful changes within the organization.
Shimmick established Women at Shimmick, an employee resource group charged with improving the experiences of women at Shimmick; providing programs, events, activities, and other opportunities for professional and personal development for women; building awareness of women’s experience among the general employee population; recruiting and retaining more high performing women at Shimmick; and increasing the number of women in leadership positions.
Since its inception, the group has established or is in the process of establishing the following programs:
Every female employee who joins Shimmick is paired with a Big Sister to welcome them to the organization. This program aims to create a positive onboarding process and foster relationships with other women throughout the organization.
In addition to the leadership development programs for women, Shimmick is committed to supporting industry participation for all employees. A sample of events and organizations that Shimmick participates in include the following:
In addition to the leadership development programs for women, Shimmick is committed to continually improving the experiences of women through various initiatives, including the following:
Shimmick hosts Discovery Days for high school girls at project sites that aim to expose high school girls to the construction industry. Students learn about different career paths and have a chance to discuss their own career ambitions. Shimmick’s Executive Chairman Mitch Goldsteen had this to say about this year’s event:
“It was amazing. I was not only impressed with our team but also so proud of Shimmick. The
team is filled with people who are passionate about their work, who care to give back and who
each had truly fascinating journeys that I was able to hear and learn from. I was thrilled to be able to attend this day for myself and meet our amazing crews.”
When we started this group, we had a very frank group discussion about our experience working in construction, and we found we had many things in common. We gained each other’s trust almost immediately because of this opportunity. It was also a great way to meet and support other women in the organization — many of whom I’d never met.
I attended the ENR’s Groundbreaking Women in Construction event with a group of fellow women from across the country. I felt a sense of purpose and that I was part of something greater by meeting these other women face-to-face and sharing our experiences. What a wonderful experience.”
The [NAWIC] conference was a great place to network with many amazing women, learn useful skills practical in the workplace, and feel empowered by being around and talking to many women in construction.