At Williams, we foster an environment that develops and retains a high-performing, inclusive work force. We treat all employees, customers, business partners, and shareholders we serve with respect and dignity. We do this because it is consistent with our Core Values & Beliefs and it drives business success.
Through education and leadership accountability, each employee demonstrates commitment to a culture that engages a high-performing work force where all individuals are respected and valued for their contributions and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Our strategy fosters collaboration and leadership aligned to business needs. It enables us to continually build an inclusive culture and empowers employees to do their best work. Our goals focus on eliminating unconscious biases and “representation at all levels.”
The commitment to diversity and inclusion at Williams begins with strong executive level support. Throughout the company, leaders strive to integrate inclusion initiatives into business strategy and create accountability through Williams’ performance management processes.
In 2016, Cherie Humphries, Vice President of Supply Chain and NGL Services, was awarded the Randy Barnard Leave the Ladder Down Award, a distinction Williams makes each year in an effort to recognize leaders who go above and beyond to create an inclusive work environment in which everyone feels respected, valued, and connected.
Williams awarded the first Leave the Ladder Down Award in 2008 to Randy Barnard, then Senior Vice President of Williams Gas Pipeline. The award, given annually, was created by the Women’s Business Resource Group to recognize a leader who fosters an environment that attracts a high-performing and diverse workplace. The award was renamed after Barnard following his death in 2012.