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May 6, 2024

Pepper remains resolute in our commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company. Founded on the principles of respect and dignity, we have accomplished a great deal on our journey of almost 100 years. Please follow the link below to access our brochure and learn more about how we're using DEI every day to help see tomorrow transformed. 

Below is our brochure where you can learn more about how we are using DEI every day to see Tomorrow TransformedSM. Use the arrow at the right or left to page forward or back. Click on full screen at the top of the brochure to expand its size. 

About the Author


Ashlie StapletonDirector of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

With more than 11 years in the construction industry, including four years in project management at Pepper Construction Company working primarily in the senior housing and K-12 markets, Ashlie Stapleton was promoted to be the company’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her understanding of the construction culture, her personal experience as a woman of color in a male-dominated industry as well as her appreciation for Pepper’s culture as a family-owned company in its fourth generation of legacy and leadership make Ashlie the ideal leader to fill this important position.

Similar to what makes construction projects successful, Ashlie believes that good partnerships and strong relationships are also critical to DE&I efforts, whether they are targeted at current and potential employees, trade partners, clients or the communities with whom we engage. She continues to collaborate with her fellow DE&I work group leaders and members, focusing on Trade Partners and Field Labor, Employee Engagement and Community Outreach on these programs as they craft an even more equitable and inclusive future for Pepper. Ashlie also focuses on educating and inspiring our partners to understand and embrace the true meaning of DE&I, ultimately letting people know that they are welcome, and their voices are important. In addition, Ashlie helps the Pepper teams establish and track metrics for DE&I goals and commitments on projects and performs outreach in the communities where we build.

Ashlie’s professional affiliations include serving as Vice Chair of the US Minority Contractors Association STEM Advisory Board where she helps to develop ideas to attract under-represented individuals to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. She is also a member of Professional Women in Construction and serves on the mentorship committee specific to tradeswomen.