Behind the Build: Stacee Barkley, Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Leader at DPR Construction - Digital Builder
In the construction industry, a DEI practitioner can not only help an organization improve representation within its workplace - but through integrating and embedding the practice and principles of DEI into an organization, improve overall outcomes. In 2019, DPR focused more intentionally on DEI, by aligning DEI within the value proposition of the company and positioning DEI in their global social responsibility group. What have been the most encouraging steps and changes you've seen for DEI in the construction industry over the last few years? There have been a few changes over the last few years; namely, acknowledgment and activation. There are more "Me's," in terms of the DEI leaders found across the industry. Where are the biggest opportunities for growth right now for DEI in construction? The biggest opportunities are in the integration of the principles and practices of DEI throughout the employee lifecycle. What are the most important, actionable steps that firms and business leaders can take to improve diversity and inclusion holistically at their companies? First, there has to be a recognition that DEI is about and for everyone. The data shows that organizations that have an emphasis on DEI while taking intentional actions around DEI are more innovative, have higher retention rates, and are more profitable.