Jim is Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Global African Affinity Network (GAAN), and a member of GLAD, Dow’s LGBTQ+ and ally employee resource group. He advocated for the addition of a Chief Inclusion Officer role at Dow, and, as sponsor of the GAAN, challenged the network to globalize. He advocated for four Historically Black Universities to be included as Tier One recruiting schools in Dow’s strategic talent management program, and supported the first ERG-created sponsorship program, Advocacy in Action, targeting experienced African American employees with exceptional performance histories to participate in a structured sponsorship program with the company’s senior leaders. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Jim and his fellow Dow delegates participated in discussions on the importance of inclusion and equality in advancing the world’s economy. He also engaged with ethnic minority talent at the annual BEST and Diamond Symposium to welcome future generations of leaders.
Kalyani is Global Chair of Dow’s Asian Diversity Network (ADN), and member of Dow’s Joint Inclusion Council. As Global Chair, she has led ADN through its global expansion, creating a greater impact for European and Asia-Pacific colleagues. In the past two years, ten new chapters have started in multiple regions, with participation increasing by 250%, and membership up to 3,500. She has pioneered a Leadership Development Program pilot, due in 2020, to help with the advancement of Asian employees to beyond mid-level management. She is an active member of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and is the Dow point of contact, leading to a strong partnership between the two organizations, and providing guidance for their new professional network. Kalyani has served as a speaker and panelist for several events, both internal and external.
Rhonda serves on the Leadership Council of the Global African Affinity Network at Dow, and is a consistent advocate, volunteering with the Dow Promise program, and serving on the Dow Promise Advisory Council. The Dow Promise Program is an employee-led initiative at Dow, which strives to positively impact educational and economic challenges faced by African American youth and adults in communities near Dow sites. The annual competitive grant for this has been successful in providing financial and volunteer support for social, economic and environmental projects in communities where Dow operates. She has served with Dow University relations as a team lead to recruit diverse talent to Dow, contributing to a record number of minority interns and co-op students in 2018-19. Rhonda is also a Dow STEM ambassador, a Girls STEM Academy Speaker at NASA Space Centre Houston, and facilitator at Girls Construction Camp.
As Dow’s first Chief Inclusion Officer, Karen developed and implemented a global inclusion and diversity (I&D) strategy that is woven into the corporate business strategy, coupling I&D metrics with financial and safety results. Under her leadership, Dow published its first inclusion report, and accelerated spend with small and diverse suppliers to more than $1B since 2017. Additionally, global participation in Dow’s 10 Employee Resource Groups increased more than 25%, nearing best in class levels and over 80% of people leaders lead by example through their engagement. She renewed focus on sponsorship with through the creation of Advocacy in Action, a new talent development program that pairs African American protégés with senior leader sponsors to drive career achievement. Karen serves on the advisory board of Catalyst and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Her contributions have resulted in being named to Black Enterprise’s 2018 Top Executives in Diversity list.
Mauro leads one of the most diversified business units at Dow, which is a cultural amalgamation of two large mergers in the company’s history. He credits the company advancement in inclusion to his largely ethnically diverse and gender balanced leadership team. Mauro initiated a successful accountability program in which each leadership member adopts a global site solely to foster inclusion, working conditions and employee engagement at all levels. A strong believer that “Education is THE accelerator of Inclusion”, Mauro is active in education programs for students of color and diverse ethnic backgrounds, ranging from engaging with African American universities to providing scholarship and fundraising for community colleges. Mauro is a member of the USA-Brazil CEO Council and meets regularly with high-level officials from both governments to discuss actions to improve trade and collaboration in educational programs which create bridges for social advancement.