This workshop will share successful strategies to advocate for and lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in a corporate organization. In this workshop, the two presenters will share their experiences pioneering Martin/Martin’s Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee (JEDI) and Walter P. Moore’s DEI Council. Some of the highlights include establishing MLK Day as a paid day off, adopting parental leave, several diversity recruiting events, hosting a high school intern from an underprivileged background, investigating environmental social governance issues, developing pro-bono services, and sponsoring an Afghan refugee family. The workshop will share helpful actions and requirements in order to be a successful advocate while elevating your career. The workshop will also provide specific strategies to advocate for diverse recruiting, community service activities, education, and internal policy change. The workshop will be an interactive discussion format so that participants can share their experiences and ideas. This presentation will equip participants with the tools they need to make positive change in their organization and uplift our communities in the process.
Josh Dickerson is a Senior Project Engineer at Martin/Martin. As a Water Resources Engineer, Josh has been able to shape and uplift Denver, completing over 100 water resources projects in the region. In his career with Martin/Martin, Josh has been able to contribute to award winning projects and lead the Martin/Martin’s Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee. In April 2022, Josh was named the ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Young Professional of the Year. Josh is a longstanding NSBE member. He participated in NSBE as a college student and now serves on the NSBE Denver Professionals Chapter Executive board as the Collegiate Initiatives Chair.
David Ford is a Senior Principal and Managing Director in the Diagnostics Group at Walter P Moore with more than 20 years of consulting and forensic engineering experience. He also serves as the firm-wide leader of the Enclosure Diagnostics Practice. Co-Chair for Walter P Moore’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council, David balances his career and professional growth with community volunteer roles focused on improving the lives of Black youth in the Kansas City metro. He has served as a coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. He played an influential role as Mentoring Program Chair for several years for the 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City as well as serving on the board of Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, a not-for-profit camp focused on providing opportunities for low-income youth to experience the joys of STEM in the outdoors.