Checking In #49: Breaking Bias in the Water Industry
In this episode of Checking In: A Series With WQP, WQP Managing Editor Lauren Del Ciello checks in with Leaundra McCullough, GIS Lead for Hopeworks, which has worked with water industry companies such as American Water to improve the workplace. The discussion covers workforce development and breaking bias in the water industry. McCullough explains what unconscious bias is and how it can affect the workplace. She also discusses how companies can invest in retention of new talent that may face barriers. Finally, she offers clear guidance for companies in the water industry to initiate these challenging conversations and start the process of change.
Key moment & wisdom (15:29): “If I could leave anyone with anything it would be be careful with how we approach or how we talk with individuals. Try to be more open-minded as to what their experience is and what they’re going through. Because it’s a lot, especially in today’s world, it’s a lot that people have to face. Whether it’s their gender or even sexual orientation, it’s a lot. The best that we can do is try to make everyone feel welcome in the space that they’re in — especially a workspace.”
- View past episodes of Checking In here.
- Read Leaundra McCullough's digital exclusive WQP article: Breaking Down the Barriers: How Companies Can Remove Biases in the Workplace