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HMMH Strives for Gender Diversity and Equal Pay

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Founded in 1981 and women-owned since 2014, HMMH is an international leader in environmental and transportation planning, including noise and vibration control, air quality analysis, airport and airspace planning, and climate and energy solutions. With a staff of nearly 40 across three offices, the firm serves government and private industry clients with a broad range of innovative and effective solutions.

HMMH may be a small firm, but it supports a gender diverse workforce. Since becoming HMMH’s third president in 2004, Mary Ellen Eagan has made it a point to place women in strategic, decision-making positions. Filling management/leadership positions and surrounding herself with other intelligent, passionate women more than a decade ago were deliberate actions that Eagan hoped would serve as a successful model for other A/E firms.

Acknowledging the critical role businesses must play in reducing the national pay gap, HMMH was one of the first national signatories to the White House Equal Pay Pledgeand is also a signatory to the 100% Talent Compact, an initiative of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, which served as a model for the national pledge. By signing the pledge, businesses agree to: play a critical role in closing the national pay gap; conduct an annual company-wide gender pay analysis; review hiring and promotion processes to reduce unconscious bias and barriers; include equal pay efforts into other equity initiatives; and identify and promote best practices to ensure fundamental fairness for all workers.

HMMH continues to find ways to create leadership opportunities for women within the company, and promotes active involvement and exposure through various professional organizations such as WTS. Since becoming HMMH’s Marketing Manager in 2013, Crystale Wozniak has further contributed to the firm’s efforts through her active involvement in the WTS Boston Chapter. Wozniak has been a member of the local chapter since 2005 and has co-chaired several committees, run several chapter golf tournaments and professional development events, and was the recipient of the Claire Barrett Member of the Year award for her contributions to the organization in 2009.

“Through WTS, I’ve met many successful women who’ve overcome obstacles to achieve their goals within the transportation industry - and they still find time to share their stories and serve as mentors for other women,” Wozniak says. “WTS has given me numerous opportunities to fill leadership roles, enabling me to grow both personally and professionally. I’ve also developed some close friendships along the way! I am proud to be part of the WTS community and strongly encourage others to reap the many benefits it has to offer.”

In addition to Wozniak’s WTS engagement, Mary Ellen Eagan has been participating in the WTS Women Business Owners Roundtables at the local and international levels. “As women – and especially millennial women – become more entrepreneurial, it is more important than ever that WTS support the women business owners who are advancing women in transportation by creating opportunities in women-owned firms,” says Eagan. “I have found participation in WTS Women Business Owners Roundtables at both the local and international levels to be energizing, and look forward to seeing such Roundtables spread throughout the country.”

For more information on HMMH, please visit: http://www.hmmh.com.

For more information on becoming a WTS Pillar Partner, a sponosrhsip level specifically for DBE firms, email mpetto@wtsinternational.org

 

 

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