NAE Launches Diversity Dialogues Podcast with Wanda Sigur

Mon, June 17, 2024

Diversity Dialogues is a podcast that provides ways to innovate faster by effectively including diverse voices. We've invited experts to provide their perspectives on some of the toughest challenges in inclusion. Through the lens of engineering and technology, we will discuss what works, what doesn't and what each of us can do to be a part of the solution.

Wanda SigurThis podcast, from the National Academy of Engineering, brings together the brightest minds in academia, government and industry. Host NAE Member Wanda Sigur spent her career tackling the hard problems in spaceflight. Now, she and her guests take on the tough challenges that face the future of engineering.

Join us each week as host NAE Member Wanda Sigur walks us through the myriad ways diverse voices and inclusion can strengthen collaboration and outcomes.

 

Introduction [2min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters

Technology moves fast, powered by the unparalleled creativity of engineers, leaders and their teams. Together, we envision the future and bring it into being. Meeting our next innovation challenges will require the ideas and engagement of everyone. How can we shape that future?

This season, they’ll find out what works to build teams that generate better ideas, and how to break down the barriers to equity in engineering and tech.

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Episode 1 [29min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Engineering Solutions that Benefit from Diversity
Guests: Dr. Nancy J. Cooke and Dr. Ken Washington

Dr. Nancy CookeEngineering has changed our lives in so many ways. Those changes were driven by people – by human knowledge and creativity. And that creativity gets a boost when diverse perspectives, skills and backgrounds are included in the conversation. This is Engineering the Future: Diversity Dialogues, a podcast from the National Academy of Engineering. Our host, Wanda Sigur, spent her career at Lockheed Martin, tackling the difficult challenges of human spaceflight. Now, she brings her skills to an even greater challenge – breaking down barriers to equity and inclusion in engineering.

 

Dr. Ken WashingtonIn our first episode, Wanda speaks with Dr. Nancy Cooke, professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, and Dr. Ken Washington, senior vice president and chief technology and innovation officer at Medtronic, about how teams with many different perspectives can produce the best solutions.

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Episode 2 [32min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Pathways to Inclusion
Guests: Lt. Gen. Tom Bostick and Dr. Earl Lewis

Lt. Gen. Tom BostickAchieving equity in engineering means having a team that includes everyone. Where do you find that team? We need to think of pathways, not pipelines, to entice, educate and ensure we are attracting a broad mix of individuals into engineering to allow for a more inclusive profession.

 

earl lewis.jpgIn this episode, host Wanda Sigur will speak with Lt. Gen. Tom Bostick, a strategic advisor at Gingo Bioworks and the 53rd Chief of Engineers of the United State Army and Commanding General for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Dr. Earl Lewis, professor of history at the University of Michigan. They will speak about the history of people of color in engineering, the pathways of those people into STEM professions, and how we can join those pathways to create a more inclusive future.

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Episode 3 [30min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Changes that Work #1—Effective Workforce Practices
Guests:
Dr. Wanda M. Austin and Dr. Ivuoma “Ivy” Onyeador

Dr. Wanda AustinSo often when we hear about DEI initiatives, we hear about the ones that fail. Now it’s time to focus on what works.

Dr. Ivuoma OnyeadorIn this episode, host Wanda Sigur will speak with Dr. Wanda Austin, CEO of Makingspace Inc., and Dr. Ivuoma Onyeador, assistant professor in the Management and Organizations Department at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, about the research around workplace diversity. The focus will be on what works, from increased advocacy to having authentic conversation about race, gender and more.

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Episode 4 [28min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Changes that Work #2—Mentoring
Guests: Dr. Angela Byars-Winston and Dr. Percy Pierre

Dr. Angela Byars-WinstonEvery successful engineer has had at least one mentor who has guided them in their careers. Most have had several mentors they credit with their success. How do we foster those mentoring relationships to promote inclusion?

Dr. Percy PierreIn this episode, host Wanda Sigur will speak with Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, professor of internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Dr. Percy Pierre, a professor of computer and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, about their mentoring experiences, and how to encourage mentors and mentees alike in engineering. Good mentorship opens up opportunities for the mentee, and increases achievement, retention and career commitment. If it’s built into academic and professional systems, it can do a lot to increase equity in engineering.

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Episode 5 [27min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Changes that Work #2—Teamwork Overcoming STEM Biases
Guests: Dr. Latonia Harris, Dr. Susan Fiske

Latonia-Harris.pngGood engineers know that nothing gets done without a team. The best teams are those with diverse points of view, working toward the same goal. But not every group of people is a team. What makes a team truly inclusive and successful?

Susan-Fiske.jpgIn this episode, host Wanda Sigur will speak with Dr. Latonia Harris, senior director at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson, and Dr. Susan Fiske, head of the intergroup relations, social cognition and social neuroscience lab at Princeton University. They’ll talk about how to make a team truly work together, to synergize, and to make sure that the team’s results don’t perpetuate racial and gender bias.

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Episode 6 [30 min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Opportunities for Building Inclusion
Guests: Megan Smith, Dr. Gilda Barabino

Megan Smith.jpgThe data are clear: Diverse teams make better decisions 66 percent of the time, and if you include diversity of age and geography, diverse teams make better decisions 87 percent of the time. And yet, diversity in engineering itself is lacking. How do we make engineering more inclusive?

Gilda Barabino.jpgIn this episode, host Wanda Sigur will speak with Megan Smith, the CEO and founder of Shift 7 and the third chief technology officer of the United States, and with Dr. Gilda Barabino, the president of the Olin College of Engineering, about how we can widen our networks and include everyone on a team. They will speak about the work required at all levels of engineering to make sure that everyone is included.

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Episode 7 [30 min]:
Diversity Dialogues: Opportunities - Dealing with Challenges & Why Perspectives Matter

Guests: 
Dr. Rafael L. Bras, Dr. Nicole Smith

Raphael Bras copy.jpgMeritocracy is the best way to get the best people, right? Surely, the best people will always win out! Sadly, our history and our present shows that’s not true. Becoming the best isn’t a matter of raw talent and hard work. It’s about opportunities and talent development and even luck. 

Nicole Smith-2.jpgIn this episode, host Wanda Sigur speaks with Dr. Nicole Smith, chief economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and Dr. Raphael Bras, Kay Harrison Brown Chair and Regents Professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth and atmospheric sciences at Georgia Tech. They’ll talk about how to get more raw talent into programs, to build the capability and confidence of new engineers. And they’ll talk about why the outcomes of the US and the world economy depend on future engineering talent. 

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Episode 8 [Final Episode]:
Releasing July 23 @ 7am EST

Diversity Dialogues: Success Stories
Guests: Dr. Wanda Austin, Dr. Ivuoma Onyeador, Dr. Gilda Barabino, Dr. Nicole Smith, Dr. Percy Pierre, Megan Smith, Dr. Ken Washington, Dr. Latonia Harris, Dr. Angela Byars-Winston