GPWW Promotes Women’s Interests at Hunter Roberts
March 8, 2016 – The ever-evolving culture at Hunter Roberts took a significant step on December 16, 2015. On that day, the Greater Place to Work for Women (GPWW) organization held their first meeting with the purpose of promoting open communication between the men and women at Hunter Roberts, encouraging a larger sense of community within the company, and opening a thoughtful dialogue about the role of women in the construction industry.
The group is the brainchild of Giuliana Benedicty and Valerie Resnick, both project managers in Hunter Roberts’ New York office. “GPWW was started after Giuliana and I attended an event hosted by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation*,” Valerie explained. “We were both inspired by the amazing story of Beverly Willis and the words of the honorees who spoke that evening.” Galvanized by their experiences that evening, the two spent the next few months drawing up a plan for GPWW. With the support of Hunter Roberts’ senior leadership, including Senior Vice President Jenny Freeman, Valerie and Giuliana formally launched the group on October 28, 2015.
More than 50 women and men are participating in the group, a number that includes junior and senior staff and employees from each of Hunter Roberts’ office locations. GPWW engages its members with both events and through their internal mailing list, which communicates important updates for the group and shares meaningful news stories and online resources for women in all industries.
In the three months since its inaugural meeting, GPWW has hosted regular planning meetings as well as special events, including a wine tasting in February with Langan Engineering and Thornton Tomasetti’s own women’s groups. “Personally, the main benefit for me has been to meet and interact with people I probably never would have met or hung out with,” said Giuliana. “We are all in our various satellite offices, so it’s nice to create a smaller community within Hunter Roberts.”
The response within Hunter Roberts’ has been overwhelmingly positive. GPWW hopes to host many more events in the coming year, both within Hunter Roberts and around the larger New York and Philadelphia construction communities.
*Founded by renowned architect Beverly Willis, FAIA, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is an advocate group dedicated to improving the culture for women in the AEC industries.