- Jan 15, 2020
Several Gilbane employees spent a few memorable days at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. It was our first visit to the conference and an initiative by one of our six Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Hispanic ERG – HOL@, with the goal of recruiting team members from across the country.
HOL@ was particularly interested in the SHPE Convention because the organization is committed to supporting their members with cutting-edge professional development tools and resources that help promote their mission of impacting the world through awareness of science, technology, engineering and math—disciplines collectively known as STEM. Programs are tailored to not only increase the numbers of Hispanics in STEM but also support them along their journey. Starting at the pre-college level and continuing up to the professional level, SHPE programs play a critical role in preparing members to be successful STEM professionals.
At the National Convention, SHPE offered several workshops geared towards professional development, such as project management tools, working in a fast-paced environment, executive presence, and several more. Our team members attended some of these workshops, but the highlight of our trip to Phoenix was certainly the genuine sense of enthusiasm and comradery shared among fellow professionals and exhibitors. The Latino culture was embedded throughout the event. As we walked into the career fair, a traditional mariachi band greeted us, and some companies were playing salsa music at their booths.
Our family culture at Gilbane was a major differentiator for us. For instance, during the interview process we received a high number of candidates who were interested in learning more about our family culture and how being a family-owned company is translated to our employees. Although interest in a family-oriented culture is of importance within the Latino community and should have not come as a surprise, we had never seen such a keen interest in the topic. It was refreshing to see so many candidates at SHPE enchanted with our culture and values. Attendees told us time and again that work culture was an important factor in their decision versus focusing solely on salary expectations.
We met HOL@ members from across Gilbane, interviewed 25 eager candidates, spoke to almost 90 interested students at our booth and extended full time offers. The conference was a great fit for our recruiting needs and candidates were able to realize that Gilbane is a great fit for their future!
Photo: Left to Right: Edwin Montas, Giovanni Soto, Jessica Elias, Frances Morrobel, Cindy Manrique, Alondra DeLeon, Juan Pinto-Castaneda, John Baur, Alfredo Rodriguez