2014 AIChE Gala

December 5, 2014

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Event Details

AIChE Salutes Corporate Leaders for Promoting Diversity in Engineering

AIChE’s 2014 Gala celebrated excellence in advancing diversity in the engineering profession. Honorees and their companies were recognized for their distinguished leadership in strengthening diversity in the workplace. The 2014 Gala raised funds for the Institute’s continued efforts to promote diversity in the chemical engineering workforce.

AIChE seeks to advance diversity through K-12 outreach programs, efforts of its Minority Affairs and Women’s Initiatives committees, through local sections and student chapters and competitions, and in countless other ways.

Thank You 2014 Annual Gala Sponsors

AIChE's Diversity Initiative

Gala Host Committee



Patricia A. Woertz

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Patricia A. Woertz is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. She joined ADM as CEO and president in April 2006. 

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Ryan M. Lance

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips

Ryan M. Lance is chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company based on production and reserves. He has held this position since mid-2012.

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Raj L. Gupta

Chairman, Avantor Performance Materials and Senior Advisor, New Mountain Capital

Raj L. Gupta, Senior Advisor, joined New Mountain in 2009. From 1999 - 2009, Mr. Gupta was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rohm and Haas.

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Read Raj's Harvard Business Review blog post on diversity

Gala Dinner Chairs

John Y. Televantos

Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners

John Televantos is a Partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on the specialty industrial, healthcare and specialty financial service sectors. 

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Todd A. Werpy

Senior Vice President of Research & Development, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Dr. Todd Werpy is senior vice president, Research & Development, for Archer Daniels Midland Company.

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S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President for Global Diversity, Ombuds, and University Affairs, Chevron

S. Shariq Yosufzai is vice president for global diversity, ombuds, and university affairs of Chevron Corporation. Before assuming this role earlier in 2013, Yosufzai served as vice president, Chevron Corporation, supporting Chevron’s CEO & chairman on the National Petroleum Council’s “Advancing Technologies for America’s Transportation Future” study. 

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Karen A. Fletcher

Vice President, Engineering, Facilities Services & Real Estate and Chief Engineer, DuPont

Karen A. Fletcher is vice president of DuPont Engineering, Facilities Services & Real Estate and Chief Engineer.  She joined DuPont in 1982 in the Engineering Field Program and was assigned to Parkersburg, W.Va., as an engineer in Teflon® research and development.

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AIChE's Diversity Statement

Diversity means, on a global basis, creating an environment in the Institute and the profession in which all members, regardless of sex, race, religion age, physical condition, sexual orientation or nationality are valued equitably for their skills and abilities, and respected for their unique perspectives and experiences.