Larson Design Group (LDG) was proud to be recognized recently for its efforts in creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace for all of its team members.
LDG was the recipient of the 2022 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from the Central PA chapter of Women in Transportation (WTS), an international organization dedicated to shaping the future of the transportation industry through the advancement of women. The Rosa Parks award recognizes individuals or organizations that make significant contributions in promoting diversity and cultural awareness while supporting the goals and mission of WTS.
In its submission, LDG highlighted its commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging by noting its many accomplishments – including updating language throughout LDG’s web presence, documentation, and correspondence to be gender-inclusive; incorporation of the DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Policy; establishing the Larson Link, an in-house Employee Resource Group in which members of marginalized groups, allies and those looking to be allies can talk, share, educate and support each other; celebrating a range of different religious holidays like Eid al-Fitr, Onam, and Diwali; donating to organizations that support diversity in STEM education; and fundraising in support of organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). LDG also funds the Keith S. Kuzio Larson Design Group Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology, which is awarded to a full-time, diverse candidate studying in the architecture and engineering fields at the college.
Several LDG team members attended the WTS Central PA’s annual awards gala on March 29, where Reshmi Lal, PE, who serves as WTS Social/Networking Programs Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of LDG’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging committee.
“I am grateful to be part of LDG’s efforts in establishing an inclusive workplace environment,” said Reshmi, a Technical Manager with LDG’s Bridge team. “We will continue to create a diverse environment in which people from all walks of life with different experiences can contribute to the company’s growth and success.”
“The drive for diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging at LDG starts with the Board of Directors and is supported by senior leadership as well as the rest of the organization,” said Terry Krezmer, LDG’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We understand that having a diverse mix of employees is key to growth and success.”
Founded in 1986, Larson Design Group is an award-winning, 100 percent employee-owned national architecture, engineering, and consulting firm with 15 offices in seven states and a vision to elevate client relationships, enrich the careers and lives of its employee-owners, and enhance the communities in which it operates. For more information, visit www.larsondesigngroup.com.