Diversity + Equity + Inclusion

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A Statement From McCownGordon's Leadership Team

Respect and inclusion for all.

Our enduring beliefs, rooted in core values of integrity and relationships, demand that all individuals be treated with respect and dignity.

Our commitment to providing opportunities for everyone remains steadfast. We prioritize diversity and inclusion because we recognize that diverse thoughts, ideas and perspectives from individuals of various races, genders, beliefs and backgrounds strengthen our company, our community and each of us as individuals.

We promise to collaborate with the community, business leaders and civic authorities to endorse initiatives that promote peace and equality for all.

McCownGordon Mentor/Protégé Program

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Representation matters.

By strengthening our commitment to improving the representation of women and minorities, we’ve seen increased engagement for diversity and inclusion in Kansas City, along with a focus on taking ownership and giving back.

Regular communication is a cornerstone for fostering awareness regarding the significance of diversity and inclusion. We actively involve various community groups and resources to bolster these efforts. Our internal Diversity + Inclusion committee focuses on 3 main pillars: understand, include and inspire.

McCownGordon's Veterans BRG on a tour of the VCP.

Business Resource Groups

Currently, five BRGs exist at McCownGordon, along with a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council and a DEI Advisory board—each made up of associates from various roles around the company. The BRGs include Black Heritage, Hispanic/Latinx, Pride, Veterans and Women in Leadership. Others may follow as the business grows.

James Maiden, a McCownGordon Construction associate
John Gregory, a McCownGordon Construction employee
Caleb Skaggs, a McCownGordon Construction employee
McCownGordon Construction recognizes the need for advancement in DEI efforts in the construction industry. The company’s leadership team and associates, strive to build a culture where all people feel accepted, safe and engaged at work. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I feel empowered to express my identity and engage with coworkers just like any other associate within the company."

— James Maiden

Senior Communications Specialist

The ultimate goal is to help everyone at MGC feel that this is a safe place to come to, in the office or out in the field, where whatever characteristics beyond your control and choices you have made to define yourself are not weaponized against you.  I would walk away right now if I felt that our culture could not withstand that kind of negativity.  We all work together for the good of McCown Gordon, and we all should be working together for the good of each other and those outside of the MGC bubble too."

— John Gregory

Carpenter Foreman

McCownGordon prioritizes inclusion in the hiring process. They make sure to not just favor candidates that look, and talk like them. It is understood that McCownGordon being more diverse as a company makes us a more progressive and successful company."

— Caleb Skaggs


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McCownGordon is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in Kansas City construction.

To deliver the best building experience, we strive to build a team of professionals with diverse perspectives and varying life experiences that reflect and respect the communities we serve.

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Instilled from our leadership

At McCownGordon, we look at diversity as the people with whom we associate, and inclusion is how we engage them. Diversity alone does not drive inclusion. We know the importance of ensuring that associates speak up and are heard, making it safe to propose ideas, empowering team members to make decisions, and sharing credit for team success.

Minority and Women Business Enterprises

McCownGordon has a proven record of meeting or exceeding MBE/WBE goals on projects. Our relationships with minority and women business enterprises are built on mutual respect and a commitment to our community.

Our diversity and inclusion engagement program begins with project outreach. Ensuring each and every trade partner has an equitable opportunity to work on a project is key to reaching goals.

The goal of our mentor-protégé program is to bolster the area’s minority and women businesses. These companies often face challenges a company with a bit of experience can help them navigate. Our team partners with local MBE/WBE contractors, meeting regularly to provide guidance in every aspect of business, from project management and estimating to accounting and marketing. Our teams have found that this type of one-on-one relationship yields the most positive impacts on our trade partners.

Our Culture

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Willy leads the Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts at McCownGordon
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