Engineering for Inclusion Sessions at 2021 Spring Virtual Meeting

Join our engaging Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) sessions at the 2021 AIChE® Virtual Spring Meeting and 17th Global Congress on Process Safety.  All times listed CDT - check meeting app for status


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Role of Leadership in Evolving Organizational Culture – Management Division


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leadership Development

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SIOC Community Discussion & Forum on Intersectionality: Brought to you by WIC, MAC, LGBTQ+ & Allies, DORIC
This networking event will highlight how diverse groups can work together to further our goals of Inclusion in Engineering
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Allyship Panel Discussion
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sponsoring and Developing Diverse Talent (Invited Talks): Management Division
To improve innovation and enrich the profession, managers have a unique and powerful role in helping improve career opportunities and advancement for underrepresented minorities. Chemical engineering overall lags with getting and keeping underrepresented minorities in the profession and AIChE is committed to helping improve this. This session will share ways that managers can "break the norm" of the culture of engineering to help women and people of different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and abilities feel more welcome and bring all of their talents to the profession. Keys to be discussed include building networks of "high gain" contacts, finding sponsors and advocating with peers.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workplaces of the Future: Leading Beyond the Basics of EDI: Management Division
Decades ago, workplaces began to focus on diversity, and then inclusion was added. Now, to compete well, the entire spectrum of equity must be pursued in addition to diversity & inclusion. This helps bring all "voices to the table" and fosters more innovation. Leading companies have inclusion with flatter organizations and apply engagement to all stakeholders, not just employees. Leaders in the future need to have strong emotional intelligence to lead diverse teams and must foster workplaces with psychological safety, and be adept at teaming with many intersectional employees from different countries, backgrounds and locations. Case studies will be shared to give insights to future leaders.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Unconscious Bias Panel: Fostering Inclusive Communities
Engaging Chemical Engineering Communities to achieve Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Panel Facilitators:   Dina Clark, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, NA, Covestro, Cynthia Ortega-Murphy, Manager of University Partnerships and Association Relations, Chevron. Panelists: Tom Kelly, Senior Vice President of Engineered Materials, Celanese; Belinda S. Akpa, PhD., Senior Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Joint Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee; Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, PhD., Lecturer, University of Florida; and Melissa Postlewaite, Chair, AIChE Disabilities OutReach and Inclusion Community, (DORIC)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
WIC Keynote Panel on Career Journeys: Food and Beverage
Come join us as three outstanding women from Food and Beverage Company PepsiCo share about their career journeys, lessons learned, and how they see chemical engineering overlap with their jobs every day. From technical leadership and water sustainability to new product innovation and beyond, be a part of the conversation and hear how each panelist is making an impact in the CPG industry.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Roundtable:  Transforming Lives & Opening Doors (Networking)
Please join us for a conversation about AIChE’s exciting new Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI), a national industry-wide program which provides scholarships to students pursuing STEM degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  These students are afforded leadership development, mentoring and internship opportunities at participating companies. When our industry opens doors in underserved communities to science, technology, engineering, and math education, we’re helping equip ourselves and the world with a diverse, highly talented future workforce ready to bring the perspective and intellect needed to innovate and tackle the big challenges that lie ahead.  Up to 150 students will be selected as the first cohort of future innovators and change makers. Panelists include Ashley S. Christopher, Esq., CEO HBCU Week Foundation; Kimberly White, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs Division, American Chemistry Council (ACC); Elliot M. Wolf, Global Process Safety Competency Leader, The Chemours Company; and June Wispelwey, Executive Director and CEO, AIChE. Until then, you can learn more at


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Relax with WIC Networking
Grab your favorite beverage and kick back with Women in Chemical Engineering! Enjoy virtual tables for games or just the conversation. This is your time to chat and relax.