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HKS launches partner diversity program to create a more diverse workforce and partnership network

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HKS launches partner diversity program to create a more diverse workforce and partnership network

Training is offered in contracts and risk management, marketing, community engagement, and sustainable design.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | March 16, 2023
HKS launches partner diversity program to create a more diverse workforce and partnership network
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Design firm HKS has launched a new partner diversity program that will work to build a more diverse AEC ecosystem.

Called “HKS xBE,” the program will give xBE firms (a term encompassing all disadvantaged businesses) and their members “access to opportunities to build relationships, pursue new work, and bolster innovation within the architecture and design professions,” according to HKS.

The program has two primary components: a 12-week seminar, xBE Rise; and an xBE Network, which aims to increase diversity among the organizations the firm partners with on design and construction projects.

Eligible firms must hold one of the following certifications: Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB), Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), Disability-owned Business Enterprise (DIS), Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE).

“HKS is committed to building a more diverse workforce and partnership network across the AEC industry,” says HKS CEO Dan Noble.  “We value a wide range of different ideas and perspectives which we believe enrich the profession of architecture, foster design innovation, and increase the community value of our work.”

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