The PESA Human Resources Committee holds bi-monthly roundtable events educating PESA member companies on the various trends, challenges, and solutions affecting global and domestic Human Resources departments. The roundtables also encourage open dialogue, connecting PESA members to discuss topics including workforce planning, benefits, competency management, shared services and global mobility.
The most recent roundtable held on August 2 at DistributionNOW was jointly hosted by the Human Resources and Engagement Committees on diversity and inclusion. Angela Knight, Global Diversity Leader at Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Muhammad Samir, Director of Human Resources – U.S. Shared Services at Weir Oil & Gas shared best practices with HR Committee Chairman Dave Warnick, VP Human Resources, Weir Oil & Gas, moderating the discussion. The matters addressed were topics such as perceptions around diversity, the creation of a cultural environment favorable to attract and retain talent, and leading without bias.
“Diversity is ideas, workstyles, thought, personal appearance, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and anything else that differentiates one from another. Companies that bring in the most diverse thinking, diverse skill-set, different schools, different understanding of what technology brings are the companies that are going to be most successful,” Knight said.
Samir discussed integration of diversity and inclusion strategies into domestic and global company culture. He provided a tool that advanced the development and integration of diversity and inclusion in his organization since 2013. Additionally, he provided tools to measure diversity and inclusion with metrics and self-auditing tools.
The roundtable provided valuable insight on best practices and management for an evolving industry. The Engagement Committee collaborates on ways to strategically place qualified women and people of color in PESA leadership positions. This roundtable is part of a broader PESA strategy to promote diversity within PESA culture and in the industry.
All PESA committees manage a range of programs designed to train, elevate and network sector professionals and collective member companies. Active engagement with PESA committees is an opportunity for professionals at all levels and their companies to show leadership, network with other industry leaders and gain recognition for helping improve the industry. To get involved in a committee, contact PESA Vice President of Communications and Member Relations Molly Smart.
For more information on upcoming PESA events, please visit www.pesa.org/events.