Varied perspectives for a stronger company.
Diversity, in its simplest form, is differences. Here, we embrace the way our differences enrich the way we see the world, our business and each other. We’re proud of our culture of inclusion and efforts to harness the strength of our collective diversity.
We promote, share and encourage diversity within the workplace. We celebrate every employee-owner’s unique story and perspective. We identify, first and foremost, as fellow owners. Among our MacCulture Principles — the 10 tenets that guide us as a company — is One Burns & McDonnell: We “respect all, are accountable to all and trust in all.”
Our employee-owners carry life experiences with them that shape who they are. They followed a unique path to Burns & McDonnell. We want everyone to have a seat at the table — and feel comfortable sharing their voice — to drive our corporate conversation and business pursuits forward. We’ve seen firsthand how diversity leads to better, more creative solutions for our clients. We also know engaging a diverse workforce results in better financial performance for the company, which in turn benefits every person since we’re a 100 percent employee-owned firm.
Our Diversity Advisory Committee leads initiatives to celebrate, educate and showcase our diverse workforce. It recognizes the diversity of our employee-owners, our clients and the communities we serve, and its mission is to encourage employee-owners to understand, accept and value diversity.
Beyond Our Employee-Owners
We also cultivate diversity in our suppliers and subcontractors. Learn more about our Business Inclusion and Development efforts, and see how we seek out diversity in our suppliers.
Richard Montañez, once a janitor at a Frito-Lay factory and now an executive vice president at PepsiCo and inventor of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, shared his story and discussed how you can own your career.
Community of Inclusion
Our annual supplier diversity awards celebrate the diverse partners that contribute to our clients' successes.
Civil Rights Pioneers
Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas talks about Civil Rights Movement history with Geneva Craig and Mary Liuzzo Lillebo. Craig marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, and Lillebo has documented her mother's life, lost to the KKK in 1965.
Diversity in the Dugout
A panel of baseball pros whose careers helped transform the sport talked about diversity in the big leagues with Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
Burns & McDonnell CEO Ray Kowalik signs the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, joining a coalition focused on collaboration, development of best practices and sharing lessons learned.
Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young discussed his experiences with Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
Children of Selma
Peggy Wallace Kennedy and Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughters of Gov. George Wallace and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, described their memories of growing up in Alabama during the civil rights movement.