SWE recognizes ABB with Diversity and Inclusion Partner Award
From support for STEM education to women’s employee resource groups, ABB is putting its priorities into practice.
In 2019, ABB’s US operations employed just ten members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). One year later, that figure is now more than 200, all of whom have access to a plethora of professional development resources and a global network of more than 40,000 STEM professionals who are passionate about diversity and inclusion.
The dramatic increase earned ABB an invitation to present at a SWE event on best practices for how to grow employer-sponsored membership, but the company’s involvement with SWE extends even farther. In 2020, ABB attended “WE Local” conferences in San Diego, Salt Lake City and Raleigh, recruiting for summer internships and the company’s LEAD Early Career Program, a two-year development program for recent college grads. ABB’s Heather Cykoski gave the keynote address at the WE Local Raleigh conference.
In November, ABB attended the first ever virtual WE20 national convention. Company recruiters attended the career fair and ABB hosted a well-received information session called “Perspectives from ABB’s Women in STEM” where a panel of outstanding employees and SWE members—Sarah Acker, Jamie Arnold, Cassandra Jackson, Candida Lopez, and Reena Patel—shared their career experiences.
Finally, ABB’s US Encompass Women group was selected to receive the SWE WE Local 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Partner Award, recognizing US Encompass Women for its outstanding work as a D&I-focused employee resource group.
“ABB is serious about promoting women in STEM roles,” says Audrey Wang Gosselin, herself a product of the LEAD program and a SWE member. “That starts with education and continues through recruiting, inclusive benefits and opportunities for advancement. Being recognized by SWE is a great indicator that we’re on the right path.”