Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Commitment

At Layton, diversity, equity, and inclusion means creating real opportunities for minority, women, disadvantaged, small and veteran-owned businesses.

We are committed to equal opportunity for all

Alongside our core values—honesty, safety, unity and quality—diversity remains crucial to our success and future as a leading contractor. Both within our company and among our supply chain, we are committed to equal opportunity for all. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) advance our mission to drive mutual respect, listen to understand and operate with integrity.

Reflecting the diversity of the communities we serve

Our efforts to address challenges of diversity, equity, and inclusion are led by Cherelle Cortez, our national director of subcontractor diversity. Cherelle focuses full-time on bringing diverse subcontractors and suppliers to our projects, helping our teams take specific steps, including:

  • Participating in industry trade groups focused on creating opportunities for under-represented groups.
  • Conducting community outreach to encourage project participation by local women- and minority-owned firms.
  • Finding the right sized opportunities to encourage diverse participation on our projects.
  • Providing formal and informal training and education opportunities to our employees, customers and potential trade partners.
  • Implementing policies and guidelines designed to achieve diversity and equity.
  • Increasing recruitment efforts to reach potential candidates from under-represented groups.
  • Listening to and learning from other people’s experiences who have succeeded in broadening their network of diverse trade partners.

While we know there’s more to be done, we stand by our commitment, and will continue working with our clients, employees and trade partners to achieve an equitable business that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

Fostering a more inclusive workplace

Diversity, equity, and inclusion help us increase engagement and productivity by allowing all employees to feel valued and accepted, which drives innovation and success. It also helps us attract the best talent to work with and for us. It is proven that companies with a diverse workforce make better decisions. Our company culture continues to enhance our DE&I practices and strategy through our strengthened metrics and training to shape a better workplace.

Cherelle Cortez

National Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

T: (404) 596-1239

E: ccortez@laytonconstruction.com

Trade Partner Equity Program

Layton’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team thanks you for your interest in our Trade Partner Equity Program. The goal of this program is to provide a series of training sessions for SMWBE companies interested in working with Layton.

We understand the unique challenges that SMWBE trade partners face and hope that by providing training on accounting, risk management, marketing, and more, we can help your minority and diverse businesses grow and succeed when bidding for and fulfilling project scopes.

If you are interested in learning more about Layton’s Trade Partner Equity Program, please fill out the application by clicking on the link below.


David S. Layton

President and CEO

“As a leader in the construction industry, it’s imperative that we have subcontractor and supplier diversity on all our projects. Our offices are located in diverse communities around the country, which makes it a priority for us to include small businesses and minority-owned businesses on our projects. We want the diversity of our team and our subcontractors to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.”

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Paul Drecksel

Chief Operations Officer

“Diversity and inclusion strengthen us and our subcontractor base. We value and celebrate diversity because it makes us a better company and allows us to do exceptional work for our clients—who share our commitment to these concepts.”

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Kari Plaster

Chief Human Resources Officer

“At Layton, we are focused on creating meaningful progress within our workforce. A diverse and inclusive workplace fosters a sense of belonging and engagement among our employees and trade partners, which ultimately allows us to guarantee high-quality results for our clients. We are very proud of our company’s progress and look forward to continuously taking steps to ensure future growth.”