This is the final of four posts in our Global Inclusion and Diversity Series.
Before he worked at Cripple Creek & Victor (CC&V), Samuel Siebenaler served in the U.S. Signal Corps. He credits his time in the Army for making him the geologist he is today. He also knows that diversity of experience is not limited to those with a military background.
“Working with people from a wide range of backgrounds brings new ideas to the table.”
“If I’m stumped on a problem” Samuel says, “I’m likely to stay stumped if everyone around me has the same set of knowledge and experience. Working with people from a wide range of backgrounds brings new – and likely better – ideas to the table.” Diversity of thought and experience means faster problem solving, which helps drive performance.
Samuel is part of CC&V’s Business Resource Group (BRG) focused on military veterans. The voluntary network, which includes Newmont employees in Nevada, helps connect, develop and empower active military personnel, veterans and their families.
The Military Veterans Programs and Support (MVPS) BRG is just one way employees on the ground are driving progress. By leveraging and championing workplace inclusion, and fostering community partnerships to develop diverse talent pipelines, they are fostering a renewed sense of belonging at Newmont.
Inclusive environments are sustainable environments, according to Julia Schmidt, an environmental specialist at Newmont’s Phoenix and Lone Tree mines. As a member of Nevada’s new Employee Sustainability BRG, she sees the connection as essential. “We must incorporate both the technical and social aspects into daily decision making,” she says. “Without inclusion, important details could be overlooked or left unspoken.”
“Without inclusion, important details could be overlooked.”
When everyone at Newmont feels free to share his or her ideas, speak up and challenge the status quo, success follows. Whether it’s a more innovative solution, a more efficient operation or a more positive culture, value emerges from doing the right thing. And that’s what Newmont’s 21 Business Resource Groups are championing around the world.