National Association of Landscape Professionals: Stronger Together
Since its inception in 2017, GROW has worked to celebrate and advocate for women in the landscaping industry. With landscaping an historically male male-dominated industry, GROW provides a model for other efforts to assist women across the service sector.
Amanda Orders, BrightView’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and GROW Executive Sponsor, and Caroline Weilert, BrightView’s Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management and co-leader of GROW, were recently interviewed in a National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) article highlighting the importance of company-led support programs.
“We started GROW to bring more professional development, networking, and mentorship opportunities to the women of BrightView,” Weilert said.
“That has included a variety of programming and efforts — all, of course, made a little more challenging since the COVID-19 pandemic when we’ve had to switch from in-person events to virtual.”
With its mission to attract, promote, and retain women within BrightView, GROW is largely made possible through the inspiring stories shared with one another.
The importance of inclusion doesn’t stop at GROW as it also expands to other areas within BrightView and with a large focus on diversity training.
“We want our people to understand that there is strength in diversity—not just in gender diversity, but across the board,” Orders said.
To read the full article, visit NALP.