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March 28, 2022

Diversity and Inclusion Award: Mid-Size Firms


KBA Inc. is guided by four core values: value people, relationships and community; provide creative solutions; professionalism and integrity; delivering quality results. Each and every one of these core values support fostering an inclusive work environment and are supported by having an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Having a diverse workforce that is not constrained by “group think” is one of those best practices used to build teams, both internally and when choosing consultants to work with. KBA’s workforce comprises 35.4% women, 27.3% minorities, and includes veterans and people with disabilities. Both women and minorities are represented in firm leadership positions, including but not limited to; president, engineer of record, and chair of the board. This diversity extends throughout all positions, including internships to students that help fill the pipeline of future talent to the engineering community.

KBA has reaped the benefits from starting as a certified WBE firm and believes in this program that helps emerging businesses enter the market. As a mid-sized firm that benefited from OMWBE certification, KBA now gives back to the S/DBE community by mentoring other firms and partnering on projects, as well as through the ST/WSDOT Capacity Building Mentorship program.

As a firm that has recently grown from a single founder to a mid-size firm of over 100, its recent experiences help emerging firms with business practices, including accounting software selection, employee benefit selection, ownership transition, leadership transition, business management practices, marketing, and introductions to leaders at large and small firms that may have business teaming opportunities. KBA believes that good competition and a diverse and inclusive workforce makes everyone better in business.

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