Technical Women’s Leadership Forum – What are we waiting for?
- Type: Conference Presentation
- Conference Type: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Presentation Date: April 20, 2021
- Duration: 20 minutes
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- PDHs: 0.50
The Womenâs Leadership Forum (WLF) is one of the largest and oldest employee resource networks (ERN) at 3M. Yet until only recently, relatively few women at the bench (technical track) participated in this ERN. In addition, women reaching upper level technical positions such as Corporate Scientist or Division Staff Scientist, remained disappointingly low over the past several decades. In 2018, female scientists responded by creating a technical chapter (T-WLF) in order to specifically address the needs of technical women. Core WLF pillars of âI believe in Meâ, âI believe in Youâ, and âWe believe in Usâ were reinterpreted to meet the needs of technical women. The journey began with the creation of deliberate efforts to 1- Retain existing technical employees with Career Development and Technical Men as Advocates committees, 2- Implement best practices and build a better pipeline with Outreach committee, and 3- Address the early gap for girls in STEM with Inspire committee. In short two years, team has accomplished to collaborate with executive management and amplified the voice of the female technical community, partnered with 3Mâs Office of Intellectual Property to conduct surveys and focus groups, successfully granted funding from 3M to two non-profit organizations, highlighted successful technical women stories on internal internet, increased presence and engagement with recruiting events, and initiated global expansion. Today, 3M technical women are not waiting; they are part of making change happen.
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