Innovation has always been fundamental to engineering and agreement is widespread that a culture of innovation is paramount to attaining a competitive edge globally. Workplace environments that support innovation and diversity present opportunities for inventive engineers to design products heralded for their creativity and original approach. To recruit innovative engineers, companies must find the right candidate with a history of ingenuity, resourcefulness and willingness to go beyond their comfort zone. To retain these innovators, employers need to look at many factors, from incentives to corporate cultures, in an effort to encourage and reward innovation while also planning for the potential setbacks that innovation inevitably brings.
This Engineering360 webinar considers the current state of recruitment and explores how engineering firms go about finding innovators and championing workplace diversity.
Journalist Ed Brown, who writes regularly for Engineering360 on workplace issues, will take part in the panel discussion.
- Gain insights into key factors that help promote workplace diversity
- Dive deeply into what successful organizations do to recruit talent that is focused on innovation
- Receive actionable insights into the latest trends in workplace diversity recruitment
Ed produces newsletters for IHS Engineering360 and writes technical papers for various publications. He was managing editor of NFPA's NecDigest and NECA's SLSS magazines. Prior to that, Ed designed and managed automated factory systems and high-power electronics projects. He has a B.S.E.E. and an M.A. in sociology.
Lauren Bertram is a Human Resources Professional at Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City-based engineering firm that is employee owned. She has more than 12 years of recruiting experience that spans a variety of industries including healthcare, information technology, engineering, architecture, construction and environmental consulting. She currently lead the Burns & Mac College Relations and Educational Outreach team that is responsible for attracting, hiring, and retaining students from junior high to graduate school. She holds a B.S. in Business with a focus on Management and Marketing from Baker University.