Johnson Controls recently welcomed women from across North America for its second Women in HVAC event of 2018. The two-day program provides educational and networking opportunities for contractors, distributors, service technicians, engineers, and sales and marketing professionals.

According to officials with Johnson Controls, women who enter the HVAC industry often face a unique set of challenges in what was previously a male-dominated field. The company says it is working to tear down those misconceptions by educating and empowering women in HVAC.

Attendees gained first-hand experience in manufacturing, testing, and servicing of residential and commercial equipment from the YORK®, Luxiare® and Coleman® brands. Training workshops included tours of Johnson Control’s Norman, Oklahoma, and Wichita, Kansas, plants.

“The idea of inclusion is not only good for women, it’s good for our industry and is a value that is embraced throughout our company,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager of ducted systems at Johnson Controls. “A dynamic and diverse workforce brings unique perspectives that are essential for success. We’re proud to support this tremendous network of women and the diverse group that makes our industry incredible.

In 2016, Johnson Controls launched several initiatives aimed at increasing representation, development, inclusion, and advancement of women in STEM roles within the company and industry. This included its “Connect with the Coolest Women in the World," a panel discussion and networking event held at the AHR Expo.

“There are opportunities for both men and women alike to grow and advance within this industry, but we all must overcome the idea that this is a male-driven environment,” said Haggerty. “One of our company goals is to not only supply women with the educational tools required to manage their jobs, but also provide peer support and mentorship — for both men and women — to help them excel in their careers.”