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Women who enter the HVAC industry often face a unique set of challenges in what was previously a male-dominated field. Johnson Controls has worked to tear down those misconceptions by educating and empowering women in HVAC.
“The idea of inclusion is not only good for women, it’s good for our industry and is a value that is embraced throughout our company, said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, ducted systems, Johnson Controls. “A dynamic and diverse workforce brings unique perspectives that are essential for success. We’re proud to support this tremendous network of women and the diverse group that makes our industry incredible.”
That commitment was in action recently as Johnson Controls welcomed women from across North America for its second Women in HVAC event of 2018. The inspirational two-day program provides educational and networking opportunities for contractors, distributors, service technicians, engineers and sales and marketing professionals.
Attendees gained first-hand experience in manufacturing, testing and servicing of residential and commercial equipment from the YORK, Luxiare and Coleman brands. Training workshops included tours of Johnson Control’s Norman, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas plants. The biannual summit is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Johnson Controls has been at the forefront of recruiting women to pursue careers in HVAC. The company created a Women’s Resource Network nearly a decade ago, which has grown into a global organization with mentors and groups worldwide. The company established 10 business resource groups to support and empower a diverse workforce including veterans, the disabled and multicultural groups.
In 2016, Johnson Controls launched several initiatives aimed at increasing representation, development, inclusion and advancement of women in STEM roles within the company and industry. This included its “Connect with the Coolest Women in the World," an inspiring panel discussion and networking event held earlier this year at the AHR Expo.