Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology



December 2010/January 2011

Diversity/Careers December 2010/January 2011 Issue

Women of color in defense
Pharma & biotech
Systems engineers
LGBT in tech
NJIT honors Renard
Grace Hopper

Gov't agencies
Skire Corp
News & Views
Regional roundup
Supplier diversity

Diversity in action
News & Views

GE Healthcare

Diversity In Action

MeadWestvaco Corp: a culture of support

The packaging giant's diversity strategy focuses on the workforce, the workplace and the marketplace: customers, suppliers and the community

Stephanie White, MWV's VP of leadership, development and diversity: 'An environment that engages all employees.'A broad scope of diversity programs creates a culture of support for underrepresented employees at MeadWestvaco Corp (MWV), explains Stephanie White, MWV's VP of leadership, development and diversity. The packaging solutions giant's three-pronged diversity strategy focuses on the workforce, the workplace and the marketplace, including customers, suppliers and the community.

"It is essential to attract, build and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of who we are: a global marketplace," White says. "An environment that fully engages all employees allows a free exchange of ideas and perspectives, and this improves the creation of innovative products and solutions that drive our global marketplace success."

MWV provides packaging for many of the world's admired brands in healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, and commercial print industries. With 19,000 employees worldwide, MWV operates in thirty countries, serving customers in more than a hundred nations.

The company's non-packaging businesses include consumer and office products and specialty chemicals. There's also a community development and land management group that looks after MWV's land holdings to support its operations and provide conservation, recreation and development opportunities.

All its forestlands are managed in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards, White adds.

The company has a variety of positions for experienced engineers and IT pros, in production/process, mechanical reliability, maintenance, electrical projects and instrumentation, plus ChEs, MEs and EEs with an emphasis on heavy industrial manufacturing environments.

MWV offers summer internships for diverse entry-level candidates and spring and fall co-ops in engineering, supply-chain management, packaging design and business.

The company recruits at many universities, including HBCUs, with strong business and engineering schools. It also participates in career fairs, information sessions, forums and networking events, and works with student organizations like SWE and NSBE as well as the Inroads internship program.

Professional-level candidates are found on career websites, starting with MWV's own careers page.

Within the company MWV holds diversity and inclusion workshops focusing on leadership team levels; an executive diversity council is co-sponsored by the CEO and SVP of HR and communications.

The company's African American network and women's network support MWV's diversity and inclusion strategies while providing networking and development opportunities, White says. Key objectives include mentoring and coaching, community outreach and partnerships; development of professional skills and capabilities; and help with recruiting and welcoming new hires.

MWV has developed a talent management process for hiring, development, retention, performance management and succession. "Diversity is highlighted with a direct focus on people of color and women in the integrated talent management process," White declares. The company is also piloting a leadership mentoring program with an emphasis on high potential and high performance.

Technical employees participate in community outreach and volunteerism through professional organizations like NSBE, SWE and SHPE. "Our technical people may be judging science fairs, attending career fairs, conducting papermaking classes or leading mill tours," White notes.



Headquarters: Richmond, VA
Employees: 19,000
Revenues: $6 billion
Business: Packaging solutions for well-known brands in healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, and commercial print industries

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