DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD
The Women’s Network
PA Turnpike Commission
The PTC Women’s Network is a voluntary, employee-led resource group that fosters a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the PTC Strategic mission, vision, and goals. Its objective is to enrich the development of women in their professional careers by providing opportunities to connect, mobilize, network, and participate in mentoring activities while supporting work-life balance.
During the pandemic, the network served as a catalyst in reaching out to employees who were struggling with the effects of pandemic-related losses, connection and familiarity with daily work routines and interpersonal relationships.
The network launched a “Coffee Connection” session that was offered to all employees on the topic of “Teleworking and You!” with 197 employees virtually logging in. As of January 2022, the network has continued to deliver the weekly Coffee Connection Series for a period of 94 weeks, delivering 101 individual sessions and generating over 10,232 individual active employee log-ins. Topics included but were not limited to social and racial justice, mental health, bouncing back from burnout and much more.
Additionally, in March 2021, a women’s conference was offered to all employees with sessions as early as 6:30am and as late as 9:00pm with topics including leading through disruption, engagement through community involvement, building an inclusive and respectful culture, and more.
The network has consistently met the daily/weekly changing needs of their employees on a personal and professional level and has created an inclusive space for employees to learn, grow and thrive.