Thornton Tomasetti aspires to be an industry leader in fostering the professional advancement, success and visibility of women, not just at all levels of our firm, but in the field as a whole.
Each year, we compile a report that tracks the ratios and pay parity of women and men at every level in the company. We focus on retaining women by offering enhanced benefits like expanded parental leave and a global flexibility policy, and by providing mentoring and advancement programs to support gender equity.
Spearheading these initiatives is Women@TT, a professional alliance and employee network group that seeks to push the boundaries of both corporate culture and personal potential, expanding spheres of influence far past the conventional, and daring to dream big.
As engineers, however, we understand that while big dreams are wonderful, they require solid, nuts-and-bolts foundations and clearheaded planning to bring them into reality. Women@TT provides that direct support and inspiration in a number of ways.
Core Value: Gender equity – ensuring that everyone has the opportunities and means to achieve and maintain professional success based on their respective needs.
Mission: To achieve gender equity at our firm by promoting awareness, providing support and driving culture.
- Promote Awareness. Educate all employees on challenges faced by women, as an underrepresented gender in our industry, and create opportunities to improve our norm.
- Provide Support. Foster a supportive community for women at our firm at all levels of their careers and professional development.
- Drive Culture. Achieve a culture in which women are treated equitably and inclusively.
Women@TT board directors oversee local chapters in offices around the world, as well as global committees that focus on specific components of our mission, supporting women across all regions and experience levels, .
Women@TT is constantly growing, with new chapters forming in offices worldwide. As of 2020, the four newest chapters are in Mississauga, Toronto, Mumbai and Shanghai. These chapters are vanguards in fostering an everyday culture in which women are treated equitably, their contributions are celebrated, and their potential can be fully realized. Local chapters host a minimum of two business-development, two professional-development, and two community-building events per year. These events are tailored to the needs and desires of individual offices and include book clubs and discussion groups, team-building activities, and networking mixers.
Women@TT presents regular seminars and discussions on a variety of topics, including business development and "How to Disagree Agreeably." We host candid roundtables with women in senior leadership roles in the firm and provide team-building and networking opportunities, like the W@TT trivia event (complete with trophy). Our other activities include awareness-raising outreach campaigns like organizing office celebrations of International Women’s Day, developing and maintaining the Women Shape the Coolest Projects blog series, and helping coordinate participation in the Women’s March.
Women@TT offers a traditional one-on-one long-term mentoring program, which pairs up participants from throughout the company, as well as shorter-term programs for group discussion around specific topics. The latter is exemplified by the POD (Promoting Open Discussion) program, which assembles groups of five to exchange ideas, over four sessions, concerning topics of their own choosing, such as unconscious bias, men as allies, career development or work-life Integration.
Women@TT hosts events like women’s Mastermind retreats, which offer women at the associate level opportunities to explore avenues of growth, with the goal of supporting and retaining talented women at a pivotal stage in their careers. Our recently launched year-round Mastermind program includes a personality test paired with a career-vision plan, as well as peer-to-peer classes on such topics as delegation.
Thornton Tomasetti’s new Senior Women’s Leadership Development program helps prepare women at the senior-associate level and above for leadership responsibilities and provides a forum for upper management to act as mentors for emerging female leaders. This initiative is based on a three-pronged approach to career development: (1) mentoring, (2) assessment of leadership capabilities and (3) exposure to key focus areas. Participants will learn about Thornton Tomasetti’s brand, become familiar with expectations for our future leaders, and create a personal-development plan.
Women@TT awards several grants every year to internal applicants to help cover expenses for career-development opportunities, pay for attendance at professional conferences, and underwrite new firm-wide projects to help foster the advancement and elevation of women at Thornton Tomasetti and in STEM disciplines. The grants program has cosponsored networking events for women in the AEC industry at our New York Downtown, New York Midtown and Boston offices.
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