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Huge gap in female leadership across the building technology/management industry. Women represent just 1.4% of HVAC, 5.2% of computer control programmers and operators.
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The buildings industry is at a crossroads. The facilities management industry must innovate to transition through an aging workforce. Real estate managers recognize digital technologies are integral to generating the highest asset value. Corporate executives recognize buildings are integral to sustainability success. A changing profile of human capital is the unifying thread for each of these challenges. Recruiting with intention to bolster female leadership in particular, and a more diverse workforce in general, represents a huge opportunity to differentiate many businesses, especially for the building technologies industries.
The Boston Globe recently published data based on US Department of Labor statistics
in five categories that underscore the huge gap in female leadership
across the building technology/management industry. Women represent
just 1.4% of HVAC, 5.2% of computer control programmers and operators,
5.3% or architectural and engineering managers, 6.4% of mechanical
engineers, and 7.4% of construction managers.
At the beginning of February, I attended AHRExpo in Orlando, “the world’s largest HVAC marketplace.” The previously mentioned challenges were painfully obvious. There is an exceptional lack of women in leadership. I came to this conclusion, in part, through great discussions during two sessions in which I was a panelist: Building for a Climate Emergency (available on demand here) and Pulling More Women into the Ranks of Smart Buildings Leadership. While diversity extends beyond female leadership, this narrower topic illustrates the opportunity for transforming industry leadership. Here are three steps today’s leaders can take to set their companies up for market leadership.
Savvy facilities managers recognize this market crossroads and take these crucial steps that have far-reaching implications.
About the Author
Casey Talon is a research director with Navigant Research, leading the building innovations program with specific focus on the smart buildings market. Casey has a background in economics, environmental science, and policy and deep experience as an analyst and consultant. Casey has provided consulting services for executive decision-makers on the business challenges related to climate change and sustainability, as well as the opportunities for investment in energy efficiency and smart buildings. Ms. Talon holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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