Franklin Electric of Fort Wayne, Indiana, announced the formation of a new employee resource group dedicated to providing an avenue for women to grow professionally and personally through education, networking and advocacy. Known as Franklin Women’s Network, the group’s promise is to “build a welcoming, inclusive community, provide professional alliances, equip Franklin women with relevant development tools and resources and guide Franklin women to identify and achieve career milestones.”
Companies have introduced resource groups in response to growing awareness and support for employee betterment. These groups create a network of like-minded employees who want to collaborate.
While the group is targeted toward women, who are often underrepresented in the industries Franklin Electric serves, all Franklin Electric employees are invited to participate.
At the group’s kickoff event in February of 2023, more than 70 employees participated, including leaders at all levels of the organization. Plans for the year were presented, including quarterly networking seminars as well as frequent interactive workshops and personal development opportunities.
“We wanted to kick this off with a real community feel, and this event accomplished that,” says Amy Stauffer, global business operations vice president. “Seeing everyone come together for this common goal of learning and advancement is so important to the future of our business, and the future of the industries we serve.”
“The strength of a company is in its people, and this initiative will help us demonstrate that we are a company that values diversity in its workforce, and diversity in the ideas of its people,” says Don Brown, vice president of global water engineering. “The very existence of this group will help us retain the best women in our workforce, and — just as important — it will help us to recruit more women into our company.”