News Release September 10, 2012


Fluor recognized for developing opportunities for women in engineering & construction by Houston-based E&C group

HOUSTONAn employee-led program designed to cultivate opportunities to attract, retain, and develop female talent at Fluor Corporation has been named recipient of the 2012 Award of Excellence by the Rice Global Engineering & Construction (E&C) Forum. Tricia Thibodeaux of Fluor accepted the award this evening on behalf of the company’s Growing Representation & Opportunity for Women (GROW) program in a ceremony at the VIP Banquet opening the 15th annual Rice Global E&C Forum.

“Fluor’s GROW program benefits the E&C industry directly by encouraging and keeping women in the industry,” said Chun Liang, chief engineer of the offshore market sector at Bechtel Corporation, who chairs the Rice Global E&C Forum’s Award of Excellence committee. “Inadequate opportunity exists for women at all levels in the E&C industry, and highlighting women leaders in the industry will help improve working conditions and career opportunities for this under-utilized talent pool.”

“GROW is a mindset, a true culture change, focused on highlighting Fluor’s equal access to opportunity for everyone,” said Thibodeaux, global director of Fluor supplier quality, who is a steering committee member of the GROW chapter in Fluor’s Houston office. “It is gratifying to be recognized for our work to create a culture of opportunity at Fluor. The early results are very encouraging, and this unique approach promises to help turn around a difficult legacy for the industry.”

“Fluor is proud of what the program has accomplished in its two years of existence,” said Richard Meserole, Fluor’s vice president, who is general manager for Fluor’s Houston office and GROW Houston Executive Sponsor. “Not only has GROW been a great tool for recruiting new talent, the program is helping to serve Fluor with retention of existing talent, which will improve the leadership pipeline of qualified women, an important factor in Fluor’s competitiveness and ongoing success.”

Fluor’s GROW program was awarded the Award of Excellence because it makes a significant contribution to the sustainability of the E&C Industry. GROW’s charter addresses an industry-wide issue that has challenged companies; the program is unique among engineering and construction contractors for its broad scope and global application.

About the Award for Excellence: The Award for Excellence was established in 2011 by the Rice Global E&C Forum to acknowledge an individual, group or organization for a significant event or outstanding performance in an Engineering and Construction industry-related activity. The award is presented once a year at the RGF Annual Forum. Any E&C company may nominate a candidate for the award, but all nominations must be formally submitted by a sponsoring RGF board member using the official Nomination Form. Non-Forum companies must submit their nominations through an RGF board member.

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About Fluor Corporation’s GROW Initiative: To counter the trend of women leaving the industry and to leverage the opportunity to increase business performance, Fluor created the program Growing Representation and Opportunity for Women (GROW) in 2010. Today, GROW chapters are established in twelve major Fluor offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. GROW’s charter: Men and women working together to cultivate opportunities to attract, retain and develop women; ensuring Fluor’s long-term business success.

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About the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum: The Rice Global E&C Forum is a voluntary academic-industry organization dedicated to stimulating original thinking, discussion, and resolution of the major economic, political, strategic and technological challenges and opportunities faced by global engineering and construction companies.

For further information about the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum, please contact: Martin Van Sickels, E&C Forum executive director, at 281-370-0374 or; Michael Coffey, chairperson of the E&C Forum board of directors, at 713-929-5336 or; or A. D. Koen, E&C Forum media advisor, at 713-812-1623 or