The YWCA Greater Harrisburg named Masai Lawson, Gannett Fleming’s senior manager of talent acquisition and inclusion, to its 2023 Tribute to Women of Excellence list, which honors women who dedicate time and talent to making a difference in central Pennsylvania.
Through more than 20 years of progressive recruitment and relationship management experience, Lawson has broken barriers and created and seized professional opportunities while driving change and promoting equity. She credits her success to grit, resilience, and tenacity:
- Grit to push through the challenging obstacles in business that many women still face.
- Resilience to bounce back and continue tackling new problems without being weighed down by previous issues.
- Tenacity to continue even when things are complicated.
“As women, we must be the masters of our destiny, not letting others determine our fate – own it but always be humble,” said Lawson.
At Gannett Fleming, Lawson serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee. Additionally, she and her team develop innovative recruiting and engagement strategies to attract top talent while promoting an employee-centric culture. Since coming to Gannett Fleming 13 years ago, Lawson has helped the firm grow by more than 50% by implementing an applicant tracking system, defining a recruiting process, and improving the candidate experience while building trust with hiring managers.
“Masai has taken the lead in developing the framework, promoting, and supporting Gannett Fleming’s strategy to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse organization while creating a culture of belonging,” said Bob Scaer, PE, CEO. “She has been instrumental in helping our firm recruit and retain the top talent that makes Gannett Fleming a respected leader in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.”
Masai’s unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) has resulted in national recognition for Gannett Fleming. She serves on the WTS Philadelphia chapter Executive Women’s Roundtable and is a member of the DEI&B Steering Committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).