Posted by: lwagner10 | April 2, 2011

American Chemical Society Paper

I had the great pleasure of presenting a paper, “LGBT diversity in major businesses: Progress and shortcomings”, at the first session at a National American Chemical Society National Spring Meeting in Anaheim sponsored by the new Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies subdivision of the Professional Division. The session was reasonably well attended for a first session with a mix of students, industry and academia.   All of the papers were very well received.

Papers on GLBT role models, transgender Chemists, academic perspective of diversity and GLBT diversity programs for the technical community were also presented. This was followed by a panel discussion with very active audience participation.

My material focused on the business case for diversity, the importance of stereotypes, progress in diversity as measured by the Human Rights Campaign, continued shortcomings including hidden biases and a case, and the importance of being out at work in correcting stereotypes. 

 The Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies is providing a great step forward for the LGBT technical community.  

 As usual, I learned a lot about the care abouts of the LGBT community in the world of technology.


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