Today marks the start of Women in Construction Week, a week-long celebration to highlight women in the construction industry, raise awareness of opportunities available for women across the country and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. Traditionally, Ryan would observe the week with in-person events, jobsite tours and parties to celebrate the remarkable women at Ryan, but this year is different – like almost everything else, we are going virtual.
At Ryan, WIC Week extends beyond one week in March. Creating an inclusive environment is part of our day-to-day, our values and our goals. We have women on our job sites, in our offices and in the properties we manage that collectively make what Ryan does possible: building stories. We’re excited to share with you some of the programs Ryan offers its employees and how we’re taking the celebration virtual throughout the next five days to make sure our incredible women are recognized as the professionals, mentors and role models they are.
Several initiatives have become priorities in recent years to ensure we are committed to serving as a role model and change ambassador for diversity, equity and inclusion across our entire industry:
- Employee Resource Groups: Ryan’s resource groups are voluntary, employee-led groups of people who may share similar identities, characteristics, backgrounds, interests, or life experiences. A few examples of our resource groups include the Women’s Inclusion Network and four groups that formed in January 2021 for our Black, Latinx, Veteran, and LGBTQ+ employees – and their allies.
- Continued recruiting & internship program: Fortunately, construction was deemed essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which has allowed Ryan to continue hiring industry professionals. This has also enabled us to sustain our internship program, which places students in positions across all our services and sectors across the country. The internship program exposes young adults to the industry and inspires them to consider a career in the field, and in 2020, 30% of Ryan interns were women.
- Company benefits: With family being one of the Ryan’s core values, we provide family-friendly benefits that allow for flexible work schedules, education assistance, parental leave, and fertility and adoption assistance programs, so that anyone working here can reach their highest potential both in their career and at home.
- Emerging Business Inclusion: Ryan sets a 10% or greater Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE) inclusion goal on all construction projects. Since 2014, we’ve worked with over 500 MWDBEs and increased MWDBE spend by 250%.
How we are celebrating WIC Week in 2021:
Beginning today and throughout the week, Ryan’s Women’s Inclusion Network is hosting several events on both a regional and national scale to celebrate women in construction and explore networking opportunities. Some of the internal events include virtual jobsite tours, speaker series, live readings, panel discussions, exercise breaks and more. To learn more about WIC Week as a national movement, visit nawic.org/nawic/wicweek.asp.
Additionally, we’ll be highlighting six women on our Instagram account throughout WIC Week in partnership with Red Wing Shoes. These women work at the Eleven site in Minneapolis. When it’s complete, Eleven will be the city’s tallest residential building. Follow @ryancompanies to meet them and celebrate women in construction with us.