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Building a Sustainable Future Through Inclusion
Join us for Diversity in STEM Discussions, a thought leadership series designed to bring leaders of industry together with district-level and classroom educators to engage in an honest and thought-provoking dialogue around building a magnificently diverse STEM workforce.
It's no surprise that diverse perspectives and broader representation can play a significant role in solving the world's greatest sustainability challenges, many of which are happening within our own communities. Our under-resourced students see these issues first-hand and understand the devastating impact they have each and every day. That real-world experience offers great potential. So how are educators and corporations creating opportunities for these diverse future change agents to build critical solution seeking skills, explore interests, and make meaningful connections to their future?
During this interactive discussion, our panelists explored ways to open channels for under-resourced students through academic programs, community outreach, employee engagement and the diversification of our future STEM workforce. This action-based conversation digs into:
- Why diversity is a key driver to successful sustainability?
- How can diversity and sustainability widen the talent pool?
- How we can open channels for our most underserved students in tangible ways?
Jennifer Killer | AES
VP, HR & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
As VP of Human Resources, Jen Killer is responsible for providing strategic human resources direction and support in the US. She is primarily accountable for developing and executing a strategic workforce plan to inform and prioritize talent management actions and deliver people programs that support AES’ strategy and transformation. Jen has held prior roles at AES across multiple HR disciplines, including VP, Human Resources supporting Global Functions; Director, Total Rewards; Director, HR Operations; and Global Mobility Manager. Prior to joining AES in 2007, Jen was a Senior Manager of HR at PanAmSat, a global satellite communications company, where her key accomplishments included the implementation of a global HRIS and payroll system, and strategic M&A support, including the post-merger integration of PanAmSat and Intelsat. Jen graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Psychology and received her M.B.A. from Fairfield University.
Kim Kipin McDonald | Arconic
Director Environmental Social & Governance
Kim Kipin-McDonald is Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ES&G) at Arconic Corp and is responsible for the development of Environmental Sustainability Programs and Stakeholder Engagement. Her wide-ranging experience in manufacturing, including climate, supply chain and circular economy initiatives, applies to building a 2030 roadmap based on outstanding industry legacy and ongoing cross-sector partnerships. Joining Arconic in January, Kim strives to build a culture that embraces environmental excellence, social responsibility and industry-leading governance practices. Everyone and every function has a valuable role to play in our journey. Kim is also a member of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Advisory Committee, which advises the Department of Environmental Protection on implementing the 2008 Pennsylvania Climate Change Act. Prior to leading ES&G at Arconic, Kim served in multiple positions at Bayer and Covestro, including regional head of sustainability governance, partnership initiatives for sustainable building and construction, and environmental risk and product stewardship programs. She developed her passion for motivating people of all ages to become active participants in environmental stewardship with her first role at The Pittsburgh Zoo, where she created education outreach programs. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and graduate degrees in both environmental science & management and science education from Duquesne University.
Randy Kolset | Orange Unified School District
Coordinator of the Educational Technology Department
Randy Kolset has been a leader in the world of education and technology for 21 years. His experiences in education have spanned the classroom, district offices, county offices, and statewide committees. He currently is a Coordinator of the Educational Technology Department for the Orange Unified School District. He has presented at numerous Education and Technology conferences that include National and Fall CUE, Lead3.0 and the eLearning Strategies Symposium. His growth in the area of Educational Technology has gone from being the former OCDE Educational Technology Coordinator where he facilitated numerous presentations to Instructional Leaders across the state and has earned a Chief Technology Officer certification through the statewide organization of CITE (California IT in Education) formerly known as CETPA (California Educational Technology Professionals Association). He continues to develop programs that support students connections to STEM and Careers through the development of a Computer Science and Language Immersion school and supporting STEM Innovations days with teachers throughout the district. He is happy to share his expertise with the community to continue to improve educational experiences for our students.
Rolanda Wilkerson | P&G
Scientific Communications Director
Rolanda Wilkerson is a 17-year veteran of Procter & Gamble. She is a Principal Scientist and Scientific Communications Director who has experience working on skin and hair care brands such as Olay, Secret, Venus, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Gold Series, Royal Oils and My Black is Beautiful. She is responsible for working with dermatologists, clinicians, and P&G Beauty scientist to research, develop and report on the latest and emerging skin and hair science and technologies that have applications for consumer products. Rolanda has extensive technical experience both inside and outside the laboratory. With experience ranging from very upstream research on hair color, hair shampoos and scalp care, to skin science, she has a deep understanding of women and women’s hair and skin care concerns and needs. As a scientist, Rolanda has experience designing and executing consumer studies and pre-clinical trials in order to understand the performance of newly developed formulations for personal beauty needs. She has also studied other important areas of skin science such as assessing the availability of actives in the hair follicle.