Peterbilt returns to the 2019 Equity and Diversity Conference as our first-ever Corporate-Collegiate Partnership Sponsor! A joint effort with the College of Business and College of Engineering, this event will include a panel discussion the evening of the conference from 6 – 7:30 pm bringing together representatives from Peterbilt’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, PB Win (Women’s Employee Resource Group), PB Veterans Group, and Colleges of Engineering and Business.

Topics will include the role and importance of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and other diversity and inclusion efforts in the corporate setting, strategies for inclusive talent acquisition and talent management, and creating career pipelines for students through the stellar curricular and outreach efforts in the Colleges of Business and Engineering. The event will also provide opportunities for students to network with Peterbilt’s executives and human resources. Registration for this event will open in January.

Peterbilt Diversity Council LogoPeterbilt Diversity Council
Peterbilt is committed to recruiting, developing, and promoting a diverse workforce while providing equal opportunities and unique career paths for all employees. Our mission is to cultivate an inclusive environment that fosters creativity, productivity, and mutual respect where all people feel like they belong and can succeed.

Peterbilt Women's Initiative LogoPBWin – Peterbilt Women’s Initiative
To champion the empowerment of women at Peterbilt through education, support, networking, and personal growth and development opportunities.


Peterbilt Veteran's Group logoPeterbilt Veterans Group
Helping Veterans maximize their experience and potential to strengthen Peterbilt’s workforce.



Peterbilt Celebrates Diverse Work Culture

Peterbilt established three inclusive, diversity-focused organizations within its walls: the Diversity Council, the Peterbilt Women’s Initiative (PBWIN) Affinity Group and the Veterans’ Affinity Group.

Inclusion progresses the concept of diversity into action through an environment of involvement, respect and connection; where ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are harnessed to create business standards. Peterbilt realizes that both diversity and inclusion are imperative to success.

Peterbilt’s objective is to ensure highly-qualified and effective people are available to conduct our business today and in the future. These are individuals with global expertise who possess the ability to drive innovation, identify new markets and collaborate in a team approach. This requires a diverse pool of potential leaders at Peterbilt.

“Highlighting the importance of a diverse work culture improves the overall environment and the quality of our business decisions,” says Leon Handt, executive champion of Diversity Council and assistant general manager of Peterbilt. “As employees grow to understand each other and find value in unique perspectives, we are able to enhance our employees’ experiences.”

The Diversity Council is committed to recruiting, developing and promoting a diverse workforce while providing equal opportunities and career paths for all employees. Their mission is to cultivate an inclusive environment that fosters creativity, productivity and mutual respect where all people feel like they belong and can succeed.

In alignment with the PACCAR Diversity charter, the organization’s areas of focus are Train, Outreach, Develop, and Champion – all of which are concentrated on solving business problems with diversity elements. The organization sponsored the University of North Texas’ Building Bridges for Inclusion conference and hosted a segment focused on “What We Think About When We Think About Race” segment in 2018. The organization was also a sponsor of the Denton Black Film Festival in February as well as many other initiatives fostering Diversity.

Under the Diversity Council, Peterbilt has two affinity groups to date: the Peterbilt Women’s Initiative (PBWIN) and the Veterans’ organization. PBWIN currently has more than 100 members within their organization who are dedicated to championing the empowerment of women at Peterbilt through education, support, networking, personal growth and development opportunities.

In 2018 alone, this organization has featured guest speaker Joann Lublin, retired management news editor for The Wall Street Journal and author of “Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World”, as well as led workshops on growing one’s personal brand. Their annual Leadership Summit took place in 2018 in partnership with the Diversity Council in October.

Empowerment of local students and individuals within diverse professional organizations is an outreach initiative of PBWIN. The organization has visited local primary and secondary schools to promote STEAM education. Partnerships with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) have created opportunities to teach students about Peterbilt and the trucking industry.

In addition to PBWIN, the Veterans’ Affinity Group also works collaboratively with the Diversity Council to promote and support Peterbilt’s efforts to recognize and enhance diversity in its workforce. Founding this in 2018, the organization acts as a communal place for Peterbilt employees who are either veterans or veteran supporters.

“These affinity groups under the Diversity Council are important for our employees,” says Handt. “Providing individuals with access to organizations that represent them and their backgrounds gives them a sense of community and of belonging. Peterbilt prides itself on our low employee turnover rate. Letting individuals know they’re seen and belong here is part of our success.”

Peterbilt’s successes and growth within the Diversity Council’s affinity groups paves the path for many more to come. PACCAR is an equal opportunity employer and as such, all backgrounds and perspectives are welcome. At Peterbilt, everyone has a voice and an open door.

Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the "Class" of the industry.

Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including SmartLINQ connected truck technologies, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, the Red Oval certified used truck program, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt.

For more information about Peterbilt, visit Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

8 a.m.
Check-in and Registration

9 a.m.

10 - 10:50 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 1

11 - 11:50 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 2

12 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote: Howard J. Ross

2 - 2:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 3

3 - 3:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 4

4 p.m.
Social Justice Keynote: Dr. Jalane Schmidt and Closing Remarks

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Peterbilt Corporate-Collegiate Partnership Panel Discussion and Networking Event

Shani Barrax MooreShani Barrax Moore, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Shani Barrax Moore joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as its inaugural director in February 2016. She became a diversity and inclusion practitioner nearly 18 years ago after a career in public relations and marketing, and brings her extensive training, program management, and strategic partnership development experience to the Division’s new strategic direction.




Teresita Hurtado-RamosTeresita Hurtado Ramos, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Teresita Hurtado Ramos joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as the assistant director in February 2017. Her primary responsibilities include training and program delivery, developing strategic partnerships, and assisting with assessments and reports.





Jenny RoachJenny Roach, Administrative Coordinator, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Administrative Coordinator Jenny Roach joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in June 2017. Her primary responsibilities are administrative and program support, including additional tasks such as digital media editing and creation.



Members of the UNT community can support the Equity and Diversity Conference at special rates. Such support has long been a cornerstone of the conference’s success, and include both monetary and in-kind support.

Conference sponsors will receive their own registration link through which they can register all of their table attendees through group registration (recommended). It is recommended that sponsors indicate a singular point person through whom all registration and correspondence can be conducted. A discounted registration rate is available for additional employees of sponsors’ organizations who wish to attend the conference. Sponsors will be added to conference promotion (including website, social media, and email) once their payments have been received.

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