Boston – Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) has been selected by the Boston Chapter of Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS) as the 2016 Employer of the Year.
Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) was founded in 1987 by Jane Howard and Kathy Stein, colleagues from their work together at the City of Boston. Howard and Stein crafted HSH’s core mission – to create the best solutions for complex challenges in all transportation modes. From its inception, HSH has been a company that values the enthusiasm and drive of young female engineers, allowing them the resources and tools to enhance their career, while promoting and advocating for a healthy work/life balance. This value remains with the company today, 29 years later.
HSH is now a multidisciplinary engineering and planning firm with offices in Boston and Chelmsford. Currently, 42% of their 60 professionals are women. They provide civil engineering, transportation planning, traffic engineering, and public involvement services to public and private clients.
HSH was selected for the 2016 Employer of the Year award based on their commitment to attracting, retaining, and supporting a diverse workforce including 9 women in leadership roles such as WTS member Keri Pyke, P.E., PTOE, Principal of Planning and Public Involvement; Katie Enright P.E., Associate, Project Manager, Senior Civil Engineer, Manager of Chelmsford Office; WTS member Bridget Myers, P.E., Associate, Project Manager, Senior Civil Engineer; and WTS member and Professional Development Co-Chair, Jackie Carver, Project Manager, Transportation Engineer.
With nearly half of their firm being comprised of women, HSH has assisted in enhancing female presence in the transportation industry.
HSH supports all staff to continue education with professional education, tuition reimbursement, and involvement in professional organizations. Employees are encouraged to volunteer in the community and are given 8 hours of volunteer time off each year. The company also encourages women students to enter the transportation field by providing internship opportunities.
The Boston Chapter of WTS was formed in 1980 by a group of twenty women working in the transportation industry. Recognizing the need for women to communicate and establish networks in order to gain respect within the field, they established the Greater Boston Women’s Transportation Group. Their goals included creating a presence, meeting with other women professionals, networking for jobs, holding workshops, giving mutual support, and exchanging information.
“We are honored to have received this prestigious industry award and to provide a positive work environment. At HSH we take great pride in our values and commitment to the field of transportation, as well as our dedication to excellence and quality,” said Thomas Stokes, Chief Executive Officer at HSH. “HSH strives to continue and strengthen its relationship with WTS.”