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Diversity + Equity + Inclusion

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A Statement From McCownGordon's Leadership Team

Respect and inclusion for all.

McCownGordon condemns racism, discrimination and violence. Two of our core values—integrity and relationships—remain cornerstones for our company’s long-standing beliefs that all people be treated with respect and dignity.

We remain committed to providing opportunities for all. Our focus on diversity and inclusion remains unwavering because we know diverse thoughts, ideas and perspectives from people of different races, genders, beliefs and backgrounds, make our company stronger. They make our community stronger. And they make each of us a better human being.

There are no easy answers to this issue, but we pledge to work with the community, and business and civic leaders to support initiatives that advance peace and equality for all.


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“Improving Lives” – At McCownGordon, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We foster an environment where all cultures and backgrounds are acknowledged, celebrated, and embraced. Between 1875 and 1965, Asian Americans experienced exclusion, and limitations to immigration, and were largely prohibited from naturalization until the 1940s. Since the elimination of Asian exclusion laws and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, there has been a large increase in the number of immigrants to the United States from Asia. From disease cures to influential technology to workers’ rights, Asian American innovators have had a huge impact on many lives. May celebrates the contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in American history. Please join us in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


By strengthening our commitment to improving the representation of women and minorities, we’ve seen increased engagement and a focus on taking ownership and giving back.

We regularly communicate to create an awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion and engage groups and resources throughout the community to support the efforts. Our internal Diversity + Inclusion committee focuses on three main pillars: understand, include and inspire.

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McCownGordon is committed to respect and inclusion for all associates.

To deliver the best building experience, we strive to build a team of professionals with diverse perspectives and varying life experiences that reflect the communities we serve.

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Instilled from our leadership

At McCownGordon, we look at diversity as the people with whom we associate, and inclusion is how we engage them. Diversity alone does not drive inclusion. We know the importance of ensuring that associates speak up and are heard, making it safe to propose ideas, empowering team members to make decisions, and sharing credit for team success.

Minority and Women Business Enterprises

McCownGordon has a proven record of meeting or exceeding MBE/WBE goals on projects. Our relationships with minority and women business enterprises are built on mutual respect and a commitment to our community.

Our diversity and inclusion engagement program begins with project outreach. Ensuring each and every trade partner has an equitable opportunity to work on a project is key to reaching goals.

The goal of our mentor-protege program is to bolster the area’s minority and women businesses. These companies often face challenges a company with a bit of experience can help them navigate. Our team partners with local MBE/WBE contractors, meeting regularly to provide guidance in every aspect of business, from project management and estimating to accounting and marketing. Our teams have found that this type of one-on-one relationship yields the most positive impacts on our trade partners.

I grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the U.S. when I was 21. Being a Jayhawk at heart, I married a Wildcat and we set our roots in KC. We love raising our boys in a community that is engaged, diverse and strives for inclusion and empowerment. Having been in the construction industry for more than a decade, I came across story after story of McCownGordon’s reputation, their loyalty to their clients and partners in the region, their core values that are carried at the heart of every decision made, their sustained growth and success, and last, but not least, their PEOPLE. It was a natural choice for me."

—Pegah Karstens

McCownGordon | Senior Project Manager

Our Culture

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McCownGordon Culture is a Team
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