LGBTQ+ & Allies Workshop, Panel, and Reception at 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, October 30 at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, the LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering session will feature a presentation and a panel on how to best attract, engage and include LGBTQ+ engineers in your workplace, department, or classroom. Strategies will be given 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 panel, moderated by retired director of engineering from Dupont, Gayle Gibson, features perspectives and experiences from leaders in industry and academia. The panelists are Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer, The Dow Chemical Company, and chief operating officer, DowDuPont Materials Science Division; 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 begin at 3:30 and will be followed by a special reception for LGBTQ+ members and their allies.

Podcast features LGBTQ+ initiative volunteers

The session programmers and AIChE volunteers Stephanie FarrellAnthony Edward Butterfield, and Gayle J. Gibson, were recently featured on the Doing a World of Good podcast.

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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The Doing a World of Good podcast is brought to you by Raj & Kumla Gupta. Their support allows the AIChE foundation to continue to share how chemical engineers are Doing a World of Good.

Learn more about AIChE's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

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