KBR launch new ASPIRE network
KBR, a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company with operations in 40 countries and more than 25,000 employees, have launched a new gender network, ASPIRE. The networks vision is to make KBR an employer of choice where women are influencing, leading and learning. ASPIRE’s mission is to cultivate women leaders and promote diversity though a collaborative community for the benefit of all employees and KBR.
With support from the very top, ASPIRE was officially launched by KBR CEO Stuart Bradie at a recent event.
“The support and positive feedback from both KBR leadership and employees for ASPIRE has been tremendous,” said Stephanie Trevino, Chair of the ASPIRE Board of Directors. “We are excited to kick off ASPIRE and are planning on a great year.” she went on to say.
Stuart Bradie said he wanted to personally participate in the event because ASPIRE’s mission of diversity and empowerment epitomises KBR’s core values and key behaviors. He spoke about his firm belief in equality and its importance saying, “It’s essential to our future that everyone – everyone – feels empowered and everyone has the resources and opportunity to realise their full potential.”
His passion for diversity and equality was inspired by his mother who was one of the first women to become Chairman of a company in Scotland. He explained that from a young age, his experience watching his mother’s accomplishments taught him that there was no difference to him; that everyone is equal and deserves the same opportunities regardless of gender or background.
“Groups like ASPIRE help the company understand the value of diversity by encouraging us to embrace those differences and recognise them as assets.”
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LAUNCH EVENT
 KBR CEO Stuart Bradie delivers the keynote address during the ASPIRE launch event.
 KBR employees spend time networking with one another following the official launch of ASPIRE.
 Chair of the ASPIRE Board of Directors Stephanie Trevino moderates the fire side chat with CEO Stuart Bradie and KBR Senior Executives Pam Roche and David Zelinski.
“We want to empower leaders. We want to see people getting equal opportunities and moving forward.”
Groups like ASPIRE help the company understand the value of diversity by encouraging us to embrace those differences and recognise them as assets according to Stuart. “A diverse team drawing on diverse perspectives will generate a better quality of ideas, which results in better decisions and mores success for the company.”
Stuart stressed that ASPIRE’s mission is essential to shaping and strengthening KBR’s culture. “It’s exactly what we want to be doing. We want to empower leaders. We want to see people getting equal opportunities and moving forward.”
Beatriz Ruiz, who works in the KBR Human Resources Department, attended the event and was impressed with what she heard. “It is great to see our leadership so supportive of a group dedicated to supporting diversity and to helping employees develop in their careers,” she said. “I look forward to getting involved with ASPIRE to take advantage of the resources it offers and to help them support diversity at KBR.”
It’s well reported that gender diversity in the construction industry is abysmal with women making up just 11% of the entire workforce. This figure includes many who work behind a desk, often in design, management or administration roles. On construction sites themselves, it is estimated that 99% of workers are men, one of the most disproportionate workplaces. The UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe and only 14% of entrants to engineering and technology first degree courses are women. Gender networks like ASPIRE can only be a positive thing and demonstrate to those deciding on their career path that women are welcome and can be successful in the industry. Positive female role models and visible gender network groups are a effective and powerful way of doing this. Construction and engineering roles are for everyone.