Society of Women Engineers Award

Empowering women: Women’s Ball Resource Group Receives Notable SWE Award

Society of Women Engineers Recognizes WBRG for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Ball Corporation’s Women’s Ball Resource Group (WBRG) won one of two Diversity & Inclusion 2019 Partner awards nationally from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The SWE D&I Partner Award recognizes groups who promote diversity and inclusion, and demonstrate a commitment to SWE’s mission and goals, and advocate, create and promote opportunities to engage more women by acknowledging their outstanding contributions to engineering.

The WBRG works to empower women with networks, to fulfill their career aspirations, connect with our community and foster an environment of support within Ball. Though nearly 50% of WBRG’s active members are women, membership is not gender specific. Men make up 10% of WBRG’s active members.
One of the WBRG’s key programs is its bi-monthly “Power Hour.” Power Hours are one-hour luncheons created to bring the group together to discuss various topics such as leadership, confidence, workplace inclusion, and more. Power Hours were recently expanded globally, with locations across the US, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, and Serbia participating.

Highlighting women, the WBRG also promotes International Women’s Day each year, making their toolkit readily available for any location worldwide who wishes to participate. 

In 2018, Ball held the WBRG’s inaugural “Talent Focus on Women Leaders at Ball,” developed to help build a diverse, global network of employees and their managers who support them personally and professionally. More than 100 attendees, including representatives from Ball’s different businesses and regions, were encouraged to discuss their career development opportunities and aspirations with their managers. The increased focus on female talent increased Ball Aerospace’s female representation in leadership roles, by 45% in 2018, which was a 35% increase from 10% representation in 2015. Ball Aerospace employs a number of accomplished female aerospace engineers who have received notable awards some including Amber Paterno, recipient 2019 STEP Award and Casey Waggy, recipient of 2019 AAS Patti Grace Smith Award.

Ball strives to provide employees with an inclusive environment so each can endeavor to do their best work. Ball’s Diversity & Inclusion team also provides training programs designed to provide employees with tools to foster an inclusive environment and manage unconscious bias: “Think Inclusively”, “Speak Inclusively” and “Meet Inclusively.”
For more information about Diversity & Inclusion at Ball, visit