Johnson Controls Hosts Women in HVAC During Two-Day Summit

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Milwaukee — Women who enter the HVAC industry often face a unique set of challenges in what was previously a male-dominated field. Johnson Controls has worked to tear down those misconceptions by educating and empowering women in HVAC.

That commitment was in action recently as Johnson Controls welcomed women from across North America for its second Women in HVAC event of 2018. The inspirational two-day program provides educational and networking opportunities for contractors, distributors, service technicians, engineers and sales and marketing professionals.

Attendees gained first-hand experience in manufacturing, testing and servicing of residential and commercial equipment from the YORK®, Luxiare® and Coleman® brands. Training workshops included tours of Johnson Control’s Norman, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas plants. The biannual summit is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Erin Reich, a recent mechanical engineering graduate and sales engineer at Johnstone Supply was among the women in attendance. “There is so much to learn and so much opportunity to grow within the industry.”

Johnson Controls has been at the forefront of recruiting women to pursue careers in HVAC. The company created a Women’s Resource Network nearly a decade ago, which has grown into a global organization with mentors and groups worldwide. The company established 10 business resource groups to support and empower a diverse workforce including veterans, the disabled and multicultural groups.

Haggerty added, “There are opportunities for both men and women alike to grow and advance within this industry, but we all must overcome the idea that this is a male-driven environment. One of our company goals is to not only supply women with the educational tools required to manage their jobs, but also provide peer support and mentorship – for both men and women – to help them excel in their careers.”

“The idea of inclusion is not only good for women, it’s good for our industry and is a value that is embraced throughout our company, said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “A dynamic and diverse workforce brings unique perspectives that are essential for success. We’re proud to support this tremendous network of women and the diverse group that makes our industry incredible.”

In 2016, Johnson Controls launched several initiatives aimed at increasing representation, development, inclusion and advancement of women in STEM roles within the company and industry. This included its “Connect with the Coolest Women in the World,” an inspiring panel discussion and networking event held earlier this year at the AHR Expo.

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