Clyde Companies was recently named one of Utah’s 100 Companies Championing Women by the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah), in partnership with the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University.
“Clyde Companies is truly committed to empowering women in business and this honor demonstrates that commitment,” said Jeremy Hafen, President of Clyde Companies. “We support multiple women’s initiatives throughout the organization and will continue to look for additional ways to champion women in each of our subsidiary companies.”
Research shows that organizations thrive when both men and women have leadership roles—innovation is enhanced and profits increase. While still a work in progress, Clyde Companies understands this disparity and is committed to doing something about it:
- Leadership has pledged to hire more women into leadership roles and has already begun to demonstrate this by the recent hiring of Ally Isom in a newly created position as Vice President and Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer.
- Clyde Companies has also taken the ElevateHER Challenge from the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI). The challenge includes a commitment to increase the percentage of women in senior leadership positions, as well as the retention rate of women at all levels of the organization, including the Board of Directors. It also challenges Clyde Companies to monitor pay by gender and close any gaps, enhance leadership development programs for women, and urge women to run for public office.
- Women at Clyde Companies have also taken part in the WLI’s Career Development Series. The program is aimed to help women improve transferable skills, build resiliency in the workplace, build high-trust relationships, maximize potential, and strategize to rise to senior levels, among many other things.
- An Employee Resource Group was formed in April 2022 to support women’s career development at Clyde Companies. Women of Clyde Companies come together once a month to learn and share important resources. The group occasionally brings in outside speakers to discuss topics such as leadership, development, and empowering women in the workplace. Recently Pat Jones from the Women’s Leadership Institute and Susan Madsen from the Utah Women and Leadership Project were guest speakers.
- Each year, Clyde Companies highlights women during Women in Construction Week (the first full week of March) through a social media campaign as well as a video campaign featuring women in various roles within the construction industry to celebrate women in the field and attract more to the company.
- Throughout the year, both women and men are highlighted in features on company websites that discuss their life stories and how they got started in the business.
Clyde Companies will continually strive to improve its initiatives and exposure for women, helping them advance to higher positions and enhance their overall skillsets. At Clyde Companies, we believe in our core value of “We Value People,” and we work to ensure women are empowered within our organization.