1. Fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion starts with management. Executives need to set the stage, lead by example, and provide financial sponsorships in order to successfully cultivate inclusive teams and attract a diverse pipeline of candidates.
2. Nurturing your current workforce' skillset by exposing them to different aspects of your business is a great first step in growing your organization's talent pipeline and keeping them engaged!
3. In comparison to 10 or 20 years ago, we have a lot more advanced technologies helping increase water efficiencies and reshaping the way the world uses water. Adopting these technologies along with a diverse workforce can help cultivate a culture of innovation and attract a variety of talent to the water industry.
Mike Howe is in his 24th year as the Executive Director of the 4,100 member Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) where he also leads the Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Lisa Stone is the Chief of People and Inclusion Officer & Executive VP of DC Water. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in Human Resources, specializing in human capital change management strategy, leadership development, and diversity & inclusion.
Paula Glover is the President and CEO for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). The association's focus is to represent the voice African Americans and other minorities on energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues.