INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization, received the top honor in the 10th annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards. Named after Indianapolis Urban League founder, Sam H. Jones, the award was presented by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard at a recent luncheon.

PB’s Indianapolis office was recognized for its commitment to the community and for promoting diversity in the workplace. The Indianapolis office participates in or sponsors several major events each year, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Indiana Black Expo’s football game scholarship program, 100 Black Men’s annual mentoring program, and the annual United Way of Central Indiana campaign.

“As civil engineers, we dedicate our careers to the development and improvement of the infrastructure of our communities in Indiana,” said Stan Smith, vice president and area manager. “As people we dedicate our time and money so that everyone has a chance to prosper within our communities.”

Nearly half of PB’s 47 employees in Indianapolis are women, an unusual achievement in the engineering industry. The firm participates in numerous professional organizations that promote diversity such as the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Mexican American Engineers, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the Women of Color in Technology Awards, and the Hispanic National Achievement Awards Conference. PB is either a sponsor or provider of financial support to these organizations as well as an active participant in their national and local conferences and career fairs.

“Ultimately, diversity means creating effective business strategies through inclusiveness and full workforce utilization,” Smith said. “PB is a culture that values every individual’s background and fosters positive working relationships among all individuals.”

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