At Black & Veatch, we know that a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse workplace is an incubator for innovative thinking. And we recognize that each of our employee-owners has something to teach, something to learn… something to contribute, both to our clients and to the future we want to create.
Seeing Equals Listening
To see racial and ethnic diversity is to understand that each of us have a story to tell. A story of pride in the challenges you’ve met, and of a determination to be defined by who you are, not what you’ve overcome. To experience other cultures and learn your histories is to recognize our obligation to the people who sacrificed to make your way easier, and to understand why we celebrate that sacrifice.
Seeing Equals Respect
To see a woman is to respect her strength, and the strength of her commitments… to her family, her community, and her career. To see her is to respect her capacity for responsibility, and to acknowledge that her ambition is founded on a desire to create change. Seeing her means understanding that she doesn’t want to be indulged or feared… only treated as an equal in every meaningful way.
Seeing Equals Acknowledging
To see our LGBTQ community is to acknowledge their authentic selves. That just like some of us are taller and some are shorter, your identity is not a choice. We understand that just by seeing you, we’ve made a contribution to your optimism. Because to see you is to acknowledge your right to live in peace, to love freely, and to be proud.
Seeing Equals Understanding
To see our disabled professionals is to re-think our own assumptions of what can and can’t be done. To understand, accept, and normalize our differences, and to overcome our own fears of asking questions, or even starting a conversation. To see you is to acknowledge your determination to make an impact, and to understand that while you may achieve differently, you refuse to put limits on your potential.
It can be hard to jump into a large company full of so many different people. To help ease the transition and provide a positive work environment during your tenure, Black & Veatch offers several Employee Resource Groups. ERGs assemble people with similar backgrounds and stories to promote cultural awareness and engagement, provide mentoring and social opportunities, and help you find the best way you can contribute to our strategy and mission. And they have a lot of fun!
Celebrating Black History Month
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is helping others and building relationships, and the many friends I get to make throughout B&V. Whether it’s an old problem or a new idea, working collectively towards common goals and solutions showcases how we practice Ujima every day, without even realizing it.
How can others best honor Black History Month?
To best honor BHM, be intentional. Choose action items based on what's important to you. It could be showing up to an event or meeting to show your support, buying from Black-owned businesses, helping a neighbor, or volunteering in your community. And you don’t have to wait for BHM to get started, you can do these things all year long; the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “The time is always right to what is right."
LaToyia Black-Williams Business Process Engineer
Seeing Equals Contributing
"Black & Veatch has done an admirable job with nourishing and encouraging a Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable organization. The most noticeable area of DEI that I have observed is Demographic and Educational Level Diversity. I did not travel the traditional path of education; after high school I went directly into industrial construction and then furthered my education in the U.S. Marine Corps. I have seen a deliberate push to get more professionals with a ‘Construction background’ rather than solely making personnel and leadership appointments based on traditional education. Black & Veatch is on a great path of creating a truly diverse company and allows someone like me, a disabled veteran of Mexican decent, who has received education in an unconventional way; the opportunity to be a part of something great and pay it forward to future generations of BV professionals." John Chacon Global Business Excellence and Innovation Leader, Business Excellence