Dow CEO Jim Fitterling Is Panelist at AIChE LGBTQ+ & Allies Event

Dow Chemical CEO Jim Fitterling will participate as a panelist in AIChE's 2018 LGBTQ+ & Allies Inclusion in Engineering Workshop & Panel. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 30 at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom B. Dow Chemical is a benefactor of AIChE's Doing a World of Good Campaign.

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The event begins at 3:30 pm with a workshop that will share strategies for allies of the LGBTQ+ community to better support their colleagues and influence the overall climate. Topics include basic LGBTQ+ terminology, managing bias and microaggressions, introduction of intersectionality, and more. The workshop will be conducted by AIChE volunteers Stephanie Farrell and Tony Butterfield.


The workshop is followed by a panel at 4:45 pm, which is moderated by retired Director of Engineering at DuPont Gayle Gibson and features perspectives and experiences from leaders in industry and academia. In addition to Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, and Chief Operating Officer, DowDuPont Materials Science Division; panelists include Deborah Grubbe, Owner and President of Operations and Safety Solutions, and Eric Reiner, Professor at University of California, Berkeley.

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The workshop and panel will be followed by the third annual reception for LGBTQ+ members and their allies, hosted by AIChE and Foundation leadership. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, music, and an opportunity to network with other LGBTQ+ & Ally chemical engineers.

Podcast features LGBTQ+ initiative volunteers

In the podcast, Tony, Stephanie, and Gayle discuss the immediate and long-term goals of AIChE's LGBTQ+ initiative, how members can get involved, how new expectations to advance inclusion will change definitions of leadership, and how this initiative will impact their students and mentees as they consider their own career choices in engineering.

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