Posts Tagged ‘diversity taskforce’

Diversity Quilt (Part One)

2012 Diversity Week in St. Louis brought some fun activities to the staff, but the one I was (and still am) most excited about is the Diversity Quilt. 

The quilt, a scheme brought to life by Penny Malina, represents the “joining of small pieces of fabric as a whole allowing us to see how each individual square is integral to the completed quilt”.  The drive for squares began in July.  The Interiors group donated old (discontinued) fabric samples, new muslin squares were cut, and notions were provided.  It’s been wonderful to see …

Diversity Task Force STL

Diversity is an important role in each person’s life.  We understand diversity from things as simple as trying a new food, designing buildings in new ways, and knowing people who differ from ourselves.  Simply put, without diversity, life would not be like a box of chocolates (and really, who wants that).

HOK is certianly the type of firm the appreciates the dedication that people make to HOK, which is in fact what makes HOK the great organiztion that it is.  It is important to recognize the diversity of each of these individuals that make up the greater part of HOK.  To celebrate and enhance our diversity, as well as to show appreciation for …

Women Across HOK | Penny Malina

Meet Penny Malina!

Penny Malina to the rescue… at least that is how I feel about Penny. She saves me from my “frienemy”, the computer (or technology in general), on a daily basis. Penny is an integral part of HOK’s IT Force… and the road that led here there is certainly an unconventional one. Her previous life / experience gives her the perfect balance and personality to not just understand computers, but the people who can’t quite figure out how to use them. (And, did I mention she is a major contributor to the success of HOK’s Diversity Task Force???) 

Penny’s giving spirit, positive attitude, and solution-driven thinking make this VP one of my favorite …

HOK-STL KIDZ in Action!


HOK’s future generation of architects, engineers and designers jumped in hands-first to help a worthy cause. The HOK St. Louis Diversity Task Force is sponsoring a back-to-school supply drive (August 17-21), collecting school supplies for two St. Louis community schools: Lyon-Blow Middle School and Wilkinson @ Roe Early Childhood Education Center.

To kick-off the event, the team hosted a special “KIDZ” art event where employees’ children helped decorate the supply drive boxes with some good old-fashioned hand painting.

“Thank you so much for making this a super fun event,” said Laura Zimmerman, of the HOK St. Louis accounting group. “My son Robert had a great time, and I think my mom (Robert’s grandma) had just …

5 Questions with Penny Malina

Penny Malina is a formidable force within the HOK family.  She sure is the “go-to person” in our office, and it seems to be the same story in every office! Her main role is as Information Technology expert, and she has earned the title of Vice President during her time here at HOK.  Her enthusiasm and expertise infects everyone, and, based on the answers to her questions below, you can see why!