My very first impression on my very first day at Vista Projects was that, as a woman coming into an engineering company, I was a minority. I didn’t have an engineering background, so I knew I had a lot to learn coming into the company, but the gender imbalance was a bit of a surprise.
I quickly realized there was a small but mighty group of women spread across the company who were keen on connecting with one another. We started by getting together after work in a social setting to get to know each other better. I was eager to learn more about engineering and all the acronyms like PFD, DBM and CWP, and found that I could learn a lot from the women who represented most of the engineering disciplines. Spending time together outside the workplace translated into a solid resource of information within the workplace.
The next thing I realized was how much the company cares for people. Vista’s leadership demonstrates sincere care for the staff and there is a company-wide emphasis placed on compassion and caring. Each year, Vista participates in numerous charity fundraisers. It seemed logical that Vista would also be interested in supporting June Dresses, a campaign that benefits women at risk.
This is the first year June Dresses is raising money for the United Way to help women at risk. Women participating in June Dresses wear a dress every day for the month of June and raise money for United Way via personal pledge pages.
I am in awe of the support and effort put forth by those at Vista to make this inaugural year a success. It’s a great way for women in an engineering company, which is typically male-dominated, to connect with one another and bond over a common activity and purpose.