Lisa Ashton Mattioli has a tough job. As diversity and community manager for Intech Construction in Philadelphia, she is responsible for making sure the construction crews on Intech’s projects employ women, as well as other underrepresented groups of workers.
It’s a must. Clients — the universities, hospitals, and corporations, adding dormitories, research wings and office buildings — want their contractors to employ a diverse workforce. Many also have agreed to equity goals as part of their building projects.
The problem is, there aren’t enough diverse workers to meet the demand, and there are very few in the apprentice pipeline. Nationally,