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Top Corporate and Government Supporters of Engineering Diversity Honored
April 24, 2018

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has honored 34 organizations and individuals with annual awards for their support of engineering diversity. The Chairman’s Awards and Gene Washington Champions of Champions Awards were presented at NSBE’s 44th Annual Convention, which brought more than 13,400 attendees and more than 250 sponsoring organizations to Pittsburgh, Pa., on March 21–25, for the Society’s largest-ever event.

NSBE, with more than 17,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. Broad corporate and government agency support help make possible the programs and activities NSBE utilizes to advance its mission and move toward its main 10-year strategic goal, which is to lead the U.S. to produce 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by 2025.

NSBE’s 2018 Chairman’s Awards honored 12 organizations that made a positive impact on black communities by investing more than $100,000 in NSBE during the 2017–18 fiscal year. The Gene Washington Champion of Champions Awards for 2018 recognized 22 individual representatives of organizations on NSBE’s Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) who went above and beyond the call of duty within their organizations on NSBE’s behalf. The BCA is the Society’s top-level supporters. Gene Washington, a longtime executive at 3M, now retired, played a prominent role in founding the BCA.

“NSBE is reaching for higher goals than ever, and the support given by our corporate and government supporters is critical to our success,” said NSBE National Chair Matthew C. Nelson. “These awards demonstrate our appreciation for their outstanding support of our mission.”

“The partnerships NSBE has established with these award recipients prove that diversity and inclusion are alive and growing in America,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “With the commitment and collaboration demonstrated here, we will meet our goals of community empowerment and strengthening the nation’s technical workforce.”

NSBE 2018 Chairman’s Award Honorees

Air Force STEM
Bechtel Corporation
The Boeing Company
Chevron Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Ford Motor Company
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Nissan Americas
Northrop Grumman Corporation
United Technologies Corporation

NSBE 2018 Gene Washington Champion of Champions Award Honorees

Kevin J. Edwards, P.E., Manager, Quality & Six Sigma and Global Manager, CI&D
Claudia P. Stephens, External Engagement Lead, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Human Resources
Bechtel Corporation

Bethany Clarkson-Morgan, Upstream Assurance Lead, S+OR

Niccole Boswell, Diversity Portfolio Manager
Bruce E. Chinn, General Manager
Chevron Corporation

Maurice L. Dantzler Sr., Director – FE and Shared Services Dynamic Systems & Controls
Corey Phillips, U.S. Diversity Sourcing Manager
Lori Thompson, Vice President Marketing, and U.S. Diversity Initiative

Tracey Coates, Manager, Operational Excellence
Eaton Corporation

Danté Crockett, Global Product Development Quality Manager – Electrical
Nia Harrison, Technical Expert
Darryl L. Jones, Global Tire & Wheel Engineering Supervisor
Ford Motor Company

Rhonda Peters James, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and External Partnerships
Intel Corporation

Stewart Carter, Logistics Manager, Deere & Co. World Wide Supply Management & Logistics
John Deere

Justen Baskerville, Diversity Outreach Consultant
Bernice Innocent Ramsey, National Events & Programs, Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity Outreach
Scott Trapp, Director, Diversity Outreach
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Maria Sánchez, CMP Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Achievement Conferences Event Planning, Global Corporate Responsibility
Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Annie Livingston, Director, Global Talent Acquisition
Sara Weleski, Talent Acquisition Program Manager
PPG Industries

Michael J. Alvarez, Workforce Development Initiative – Manager

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