Although the construction industry is improving in infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into its fundamental values, there are still leaps and bounds to reach the standards underserved groups deserve. Luckily, transformative leaders like Tamara Brown provide a critical guiding light forward, making her the May Inspiration of the Month. BOB – ANY PERSONAL CONNECTION TO TAMARA OR SPECIFIC PROJECTS/EVENTS WORKED ON?
Brown is the Director of Sweeten Enterprise, a company working to bring trust, transparency, and diversity to the construction sector. The company makes it easy to find and hire minority and women-owned businesses and sets a new bar of accountability for large-scale projects.
Our team at Clayco has made it our mission to reflect and celebrate the diverse world we live in, and having other businesses in our industry share the same efforts is essential to our success. Clayco strives to provide equal opportunity to all people, qualified small business suppliers, and contractors in the neighborhoods we conduct business – especially MBE and WBEs.
Innovative leaders like Brown help find impactful solutions to support those who need it most. She is dedicated to uplifting MBE and WBEs, which are vital for fostering creativity, promoting economic growth, and strengthening communities. Brown is helping cultivate an ecosystem where every person is represented by tapping into the wealth of potential held by underserved demographics.
Brown also supports Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance goals crucial to reducing our industry’s harmful environmental impact. I admire her work to build a healthier, more inclusive future for all.
It has been consistently proven that sustainable change happens most effectively when we collaborate – so let’s keep breaking down barriers together!
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Immigration has always been a critical point of value in America’s prosperity. The “American Dream” would not be possible without the contribution of generations of immigrants to society, not to mention the priceless importance of multiculturalism. Despite this, the rhetoric surrounding immigration and its influence on U.S. institutions and ways of life has become increasingly hostile and rooted in misinformation. I recently read the book “How Migration Really Works: The Facts About the Most Divisive Issue in Politics” by Hein de Haas. I highly recommend it to everyone to better understand migration policies and national impact. As we get farther into this election year, debates surrounding immigration are escalating. Still, people don’t understand the fundamentals of migration or how it truly affects the U.S. To mitigate this, Hein de Haas draws on decades of research to destroy myths and set the record straight. The book highlights tense topics like global migration not being at an all-time high, climate change not leading to mass migration, and immigration mainly benefiting the wealthy instead of workers. He also notes that border restrictions have produced more migration – something that is commonly misreported and viewed as the only “solution” to the migration “problem.”
When our Clayco team finds a company that mirrors our mission and determination, we fortify that partnership by pooling resources on as many projects as possible. Vision Electric & Systems is one of Clayco’s excellent subcontractors that we have had the pleasure of working on several developments with. Subcontractors play a pivotal role by bringing multifaceted advantages and expertise across construction efforts.