October 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Encouraging women to join, stay in engineering field

The concern about acute labor shortages in the HPI has been receiving global focus. One avenue—drawing women into the engineering field and retaining their services—continues to be a parti..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The concern about acute labor shortages in the HPI has been receiving global focus. One avenue—drawing women into the engineering field and retaining their services—continues to be a particular challenge. A recent presentation at the Construction Industry Institute's annual conference examined the merits of several approaches that companies are putting in use to better employee development. "Women in engineering join a company, but leave a manager," according to C. Diane Matt, executive director of Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN). She says that businesses need to ask themselves if they offer a female-friendly workplace. For example, to facilitate a

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