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Staying true: Kaley Konecny Human resources manager at CORE Consultants, Inc., a professional services firm that empowers its people to thrive at home, at work, and in their community.

By SARA PARKMAN Senior Editor

K onecny contributes daily to the growth of CORE (Englewood, CO) and maintaining the firm’s culture as a great place to work. She enjoys resolving workplace issues and serving as a resource for the firm’s employees. As HR manager, Konecny’s goal is to represent the best interest of each employee. “If we can be part of positive change that provides equal opportunities for every person, no matter how big or small, we want to be part of that,” Konecny says. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business. Having a diverse group of people who think differently will ultimately provide our clients with the most unique solutions to their projects.” A CONVERSATION WITH KALEY KONECNY. The Zweig Letter: You were part of Zweig Group’s 2021 ElevateHER® Cohort. What was your biggest takeaway from the experience? Kaley Konecny: I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been involved in the 2021 ElevateHER® Cohort. I’m new to

the industry, so it allowed for greater insight to the challenges facing the AEC industry, specifically with recruitment and retention and the need to really focus on what matters most – fixing systemic issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion. With that, my biggest takeaway is best described in this quote by Lao Tzu: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Impactful change doesn’t require a revolution, it can happen with small incremental progress along the way. TZL: What do you do to maintain CORE’s culture as a great place to work? KK: Hold true to our values, listen to feedback, and adjust as needed, provide opportunities for growth, recognize and reward, provide challenging and purpose-driven projects, and communicate with transparency. Culture is not created from one person or a select group of people at CORE. Every employee adds to our culture and makes us what we are. Our responsibility as leaders is to make sure there’s an alignment of values to avoid the erosion of our culture.


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