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Q: WILLIS TOWERS WATSON HAS BEEN
INVOLVED IN THE AGC'S CONSTRUCTION
SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARDS PROGRAM FOR
SOME TIME. HOW IS THIS PROGRAM IMPROVING
SAFETY IN THE INDUSTRY?

Q: WILLIS TOWERS WATSON WAS PART OF THE
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PANEL AT AGC'S
CONVENTION IN FEBRUARY. CAN YOU TELL US
MORE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY'S DIVERSITY AND
INCLUSION PROGRAM?

We know that a quality risk management strategy and robust
safety program can help distinguish a construction company
from its competitors. Safety is a key indicator of a well-run
construction firm and it's also directly linked to competitiveness
and profitability. As I said, there has been a cultural evolution
underway.
If you were to attend a construction company's meeting
today at their office, I can assure you they are going to start it
with a safety announcement. Who's trained in first aid, where
the emergency exits are, where the rally point is should that
building need to be evacuated. It's a complete change in culture
over the last 15 years that safety has to be number one. And if
you go to some of these construction companies' offices, you'll
see all these awards prominently displayed.
Consider who was in attendance at the CSEA breakfast in
New Orleans. Some of them were safety professionals, but a
lot of them were leaders of these companies. And, you see the
reactions when they win; they are truly honored.
Today when you go to RFPs, many owners are not only interested in hearing from just the safety person. They want to hear
from every person in the room and how safety has impacted
their career.

Our goal is to partner with the AGC to drive the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the industry. One of the
ways to move the needle is to be much more strategic about
talent development and cultivating a diverse talent pool ready
to enter the industry. We collaborated with the AGC to establish a scholarship program which supports diverse college
students pursuing construction management, architecture or
engineering - and we were thrilled to award the first set of
scholarships this year.
Another component of the program is delivering thought
leadership and discussing best practices to help companies
begin to address diversity and inclusion and how to build
a culture inside their own company. And, we had a very
engaging panel discussion. What I see across the construction
landscape is that construction companies want to be as diverse
and inclusive as their clients. So, when they show up to bid for
work, or go to an oral presentation, they want to look like the
company they're going to work for. But I think we have a lot
of work to do. The statistics and metrics show that men have
dominated this industry for a long time. And, inside construction insurance too, we have to make a conscious effort that
no unconscious bias is being used that would prevent women
from receiving every opportunity to be leaders.

Q: WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE ON THE HORIZON
IN CONSTRUCTION?
A big challenge we all need to address is the ongoing shortage of talent and skilled labor which threatens the industry
on many fronts. Diversity is one component of this, but so is
developing the skilled tradeworker level as well. We are an
organization filled with people from engineering, architect,
or construction management schools. Yet students today see
Silicon Valley. They are interested in technology and engineering, but not maybe the engineering that feeds into construction.
That's a trend we must act on.
As far as safety, we have to continue to make sure that safety
orientations and trainings are provided in the languages of
the workers who show up on a construction site. If workers
are showing up and they don't speak or read English, all the
orientations - all the training - need to be presented so they
can fully understand them.

Q: ANY FINAL WORDS?
In my line of work, I attend many events. Some are construction-related and some focus on insurance. The one thing
that's common, at the end of the day, is we are able to gather
together with our competitors. We can be colleagues and still
compete, while sharing best practices regarding safety and
quality assurance/quality control to raise the industry up. It's
not about making just ourselves better, but how to better the
industry.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 4
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 27
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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