We believe that attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce is key to fueling the innovation and growth of the future.
That's why we're redefining opportunities that encourage women to bring new ideas, talent and contributions to our workplace every day. Here are four ways that UTC is working to make that vision a reality.
Investing in Women’s Success
UTC moves the world forward and our employees make it possible. That’s why we partner with leading educational institutions like the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools, to create development programs that shape the next generation of UTC's senior leaders.
UTC is also a platform sponsor of the Simmons Women’s Leadership Conference, the largest women’s conference in the northeast. Women from various backgrounds at UTC attend to further their professional development through networking with notable women leaders in business, politics, and entertainment. UTC’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion also conducts a panel discussion during the event, where executives and leaders from UTC business units share their views on the most effective strategies for women to excel in their careers and navigate their way to key leadership roles within the organization.
Workplace Benefits That Work
With the competing demands of work and family, the standard work hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. are increasingly difficult to manage for some. Personal matters sometimes demand a different schedule and UTC understands this. This is why we offer flexible work hours to eligible employees, at the discretion of their supervisor.
Our benefits also encourage professional advancement. Women that take part in our Employee Scholar Program — one of the most comprehensive company-sponsored employee education programs in the world — have earned more than 11,000 degrees to date.
A Commitment to Re-Empowerment
Whether it's taking a career break to raise children or care for a loved one, life has many turns. Yet when it's time to return to work, it's not always easy to re-enter the workforce. To ease that transition, UTC has introduced the Re-Empower Program for mid-career professionals who have taken two or more years away from work due to childcare, eldercare or career change. The paid, 16-week session will begin in January 2018 and is open to U.S.-based professionals with at least five years of experience. UTC works closely with iRelaunch to recruit women professionals who have taken a career break and ready to return.
Building a Supportive Community
To accelerate gender parity, we partner with distinguishing organizations to identify and generate a robust pipeline of female talent. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is one of UTC's closest partners — we have hired 97 SWE members since 2012. UTC also has productive relationships with Catalyst — a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women — and FairyGodBoss.com, where we encourage employees to share their experiences at UTC.
Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) also provide employees the opportunity to become more engaged through professional and personal development activities. UTC’s women-focused ERGs provide professional development, mentoring and an opportunity to build community. These groups cross borders and business units to build sustainable networks for women in our workforce. Our Finance Women’s Forum is the company’s largest ERG and has placed ten women in senior leadership roles. The Pratt & Whitney Women's Council’s annual conference is a hallmark event hosting more than 1,100 attendees, while large ERGs in Singapore, Canada and Japan provide global assistance to women employees around the world.