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By Jamarius Overton, PACE NEWS Contributing Writer
Building bridges of community and connection that lead to the empowerment of women in the workplace was the goal behind LADWP’s first Women’s Career and Wellness Expo. The event hosted Saturday, May 6, 2023, was the first of many to come according to Martin Adams LADWP’S General Manager and Chief Engineer. Hosting a variety of Games, Work demonstrations, Wellness vendors, and Career opportunities, the event was a labor of love from LADWP’S Women’s Council. Established in June of 2021 the Women’s Council led by Board President Cynthia McClain-Hill was established with the mission “To support, elevate and advance women in the LADWP workforce by promoting opportunities for leadership, mentorship, recognition, and work-life balance, while promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.” As read on their website https://www.ladwpcommission.com/womenscouncil
Painting LA Pink for the day, The Council and all its volunteers did exactly that as they welcomed community members to learn about Job Opportunities, Career Programs, and Benefits of working with LADWP. From tuition reimbursement to Peer-Volunteer Programs, Community Members got a chance to learn about the growth opportunities within the company and the many different avenues a career with LADWP offers. Many of the positions presented at the event were considered non-traditional roles for Women. However, women like Alicia Dickerson Building Repairer and Establishing Council member reminded the community women can do anything they put their minds to. Starting as a utility pre-craft trainee, a career growth program within LADWP, Alicia has worked as a maintenance and construction helper and is now a building repairer. She finds gratification in her role helping the LA Community save on their bills and identifying weathering and safety measures to help LADWP customers utilize all the services provided by LADWP. The event featured Ring-toss games, Raffles, Music, Exercise classes, a Climbing rock wall, and a slew of Wellness vendors all brought together to showcase the power of women in the workplace. As of February 2022, only 2,523 employees of the 11,395 workforce of LADWP were women. The Council along with the help of some of the hard-working men of LADWP would like to change that.
Events like the are aimed at doing that by informing and empowering women of the community to think of new and exciting opportunities for career growth and planning with LADWP. Security Officer, Building Repairer, and Electrical Engineering were some of the jobs represented at the event with women currently thriving in these areas within LADWP. Community members got a chance to talk to these women about their experiences and success stories with the company. Many of them started in training programs and grew into their perspective roles through training and encouragement from the teams and programs at LADWP. QR Codes set around the event reminded women that a life-changing career path is only a click away at JoinLADWP.Com.
While Wellness vendors like Apollo Gym, Fusion Movement Dance Company, and Le Natural Skin reminded ladies that beauty and wellness are part of a healthy work-life balance. Vice-President of the LA Board of Water and Power Commissioners Cynthia M. Luiz even held a meditation session to help everyone wind down from a day of fun in the sun. The event was a huge success and a beautiful beginning to a pink road of success for LADWP and the community.