Building an Inclusive Workplace
Our commitment to diversity starts with our diverse ownership and executive group creating an inclusive culture in our offices and our jobsites. The end of 2021 marked a significant transition within JP Cullen’s ownership – the fifth generation of the Cullen family acquired ownership, leading to its first female owners – Jeannie Cullen-Schultz, Co-President, and Laura Cullen, Training & Development Manager.
We value diversity of individuals as well as diversity of thought. By diversifying our workforce, we are opening ourselves to new solutions we may not have considered before. We will bring different perspectives, not getting stuck in doing things the same way just because they have always been done that way. Below are a few ways we are building diversity within JP Cullen.
Women Wear Hard Hats Too
In 2022, JP Cullen formed its Building Women Leaders group. This group’s mission is to provide opportunities for our women co-workers to connect with, support, and empower each other to grow and succeed. The group meets every six weeks for various professional development training and social networking. All women who work at JP Cullen are invited to be members of the group and all JP Cullen employees are encouraged to attend their trainings.
We are committed to building an inclusive workplace and representing the communities we are building for, which is why we have taken steps like signing the pledge with Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) to increase our diverse management by 25% and increase our total employment of African American and Hispanic workforce by 15% by 2025.
We partner with organizations such as such as WRTP/Big Step, Transportation Alliance Network Solution Program, Operations Fresh Start, Workforce Development Boards of Wisconsin for diversity-focused career fairs, training sessions, and jobsite tours. We also offer technical trainings, mock interviews, resume workshops, and presentations on various career paths at JP Cullen and in the construction industry. Additionally, we provide sponsorships, internships, and apprenticeships to groups such as Operations Fresh Start, Women in STEM, Cristo Rey High School, and Society of Women Engineer groups.
We’re committed to supporting our military service members—active and retired. We acknowledge the vital role of the Guard and Reserve in our nation’s strength, and we are committed to upholding the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Our managers receive the necessary tools to effectively support those who serve in the Guard and Reserve. We value the unique skills, leadership, and values that service members bring to our workforce. We continuously honor and stand by our country’s service members and their families, no matter the circumstances.
Soldier & Builder
Tyler Sears, Engineer, has been with JP Cullen for over a year and currently services in the Coast Guard. He has five years of experience in the reserves with over 11 years in active duty totaling over 16 years of military service. Read what he had to say about his career in construction:
“I can say without a doubt I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful company that stays true to its mission and vision statements. Since starting with JP Cullen in 2022, I have learned more about the construction industry in the past year than in the total time I have been in the civilian workforce combined (since leaving active duty in 2018) as well as, have learned so much more about myself and what I’m capable of. From the executive leadership down to the field crews, the phrase “not my job” does not exist. Everyone is willing to help one another be successful. The culture at JP Cullen is truly ‘best in class.’”
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Diversity Within JP Cullen
Equal Opportunitiy Employer (EOE) Statement
JP Cullen is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. We promote diversity by proactively recruiting, hiring, and promoting women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans. JP Cullen provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.