Fostering and Embracing Diversity
The PAWS (Promoting All Women’s Strengths) program was founded in 2015 by Beth Ganoe and Elizabeth Ross to encourage professional women’s growth through developing a community within ECS. This community focuses on breaking down barriers by fostering and embracing diversity.
The goals of PAWS include providing a platform for further development of the ECS culture to include the needs of professional women and other diverse groups. PAWS holds regular meetings with guided discussion topics about how to develop mentoring relationships with junior staff, work/life balance issues and professional development topics.
The mission of PAWS is to be inclusive and reduce barriers of communication which may exist over any large corporate footprint. Our PAWS members represent a diverse group of women from many regions of the country, with a variety of professional experiences and expertise.
We hope to use our diversity as a platform for encouraging further understanding of the value each ECS employee can bring to our culture.
Why the title, PAWS? The easy answer would be that one of our founders is an NC State graduate, but if you look deeper, the wolf metaphor represents our desire to work together in pursuit of our mutual goals. Since the beginning of our company, the wolf has been our unofficial mascot. Most, if not all, of our internal committees have some play on words or reference to a wolf.