Cultivating a Diverse Corporate Culture

Join Rashida Thomas, vice president of talent acquisition at Lear Corp, and OEM Magazine’s Stephanie Neil as they discuss diversity and inclusion, followed by General Mills engineers discussing building more diversity into STEM initiatives.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is an important topic for every company these days.

In these video segments from PACK EXPO JumpStart, Rashida Thomas, vice president of talent acquisition at Lear Corp., plus Patrick Keenan, an R&D engineer at General Mills and Ray Smith-Byrd, an R&D process engineer at General Mills and president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for the Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN region, talk about existing challenges that currently exist in manufacturing and offer advice on how to change the corporate culture. 


What you’ll learn:

  •  How to address the challenges of attracting women and minorities to engineering and STEM careers.
  •  Bridging the gap between traditional human resource functions and the engineering experience.
  •  How the National Society of Black Engineers is striving to motivate young, underrepresented students to make an impact in a STEM field.
  •  When making diversity and equity pledges at the corporate level, make sure you are being genuine and authentic about creating change.


This originally aired during the November 2020 PACK EXPO Jumpstart  program: Workforce Development. See the full program here. Available through March 31, 2021.


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