MINNEAPOLIS, MN – October 19, 2022 – InStar Tribune’s 2022 Top Workplaces Awards, JLG Architects was announced a Top Workplaces Gold Badge Winner in Culture Excellence in the category of Woman-Led Companies. The firm’s CEO, Michelle Mongeon Allen, is a North Dakota State University alum and award-winning architect who has been with the firm for nearly 23 years. She spearheaded the geographic expansion to Minneapolis, MN, in 2002 and became a Partner in 2004, helping lead the firm’s growth from two offices to 10, with 170 employee-owners spanning four states. In 2007, Mongeon Allen was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and in 2017, she became the firm’s Chief Executive Officer.
“We are proud to be recognized for not just our architectural achievements but also our unique culture,” said JLG’s CEO, Michelle Mongeon Allen. “Within all 10 offices, we work hard to foster open, transparent communication and remain unified in our vision. As an ESOP, we have learned that we can achieve more together while uplifting individual talents and interests. We also truly understand the value and impact of kindness that elevates communities through mentorship, volunteerism, activism, or pro bono work – reminding us of the purpose behind our passion.”
As the firm’s first female CEO, Mongeon Allen was recently inducted into the 2022 AIA (American Institute of Architects) College of Fellows and is recognized as one of the Most Admired CEOs by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She was also named to the Top 50 Women CEOs of 2022 (Women We Admire), alongside honorees, including the CEO of YouTube, General Motors, and Best Buy. The Top 50 Women CEOs is a list of awardees committed to making profound changes within their organizations; equally driven by both a sense of purpose and achieving business results.
Star Tribune is the largest news publication in Minnesota, working with Energage to conduct the annual Workplace Survey that assesses ‘organizational health,’ determining Top Workplaces based on quantitative employee feedback, employee statements, and demographic information. Energage’s research is focused on the core elements of organizational health and what employees value most in the workplace, stating that “organizations with high levels of organizational health outperform their peers.”