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Industry of Inclusion

Manufacturing is stronger when communities come together. Having an inclusive workforce is important for any organization to thrive.
Manufacturing is an industry that welcomes people of all backgrounds allowing for a variety of perspectives. This approach generates a healthier workforce. June is Pride Month and a time to recognize the impact of the LGBTQ+ community and individuals who’ve had a positive impact on society. Take a look at the people and programs within manufacturing that are advancing the industry and empowering, supporting and representing the LGTBQ+ community.

LGTBQ+ in the Workplace

National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers Push Equality Across the Finish Line

Introduced with bipartisan support in the U.S. House and Senate in March, NAM supports the Equality Act.
Chemical engineers share their stories about coming out and working for LGBTQIA+ rights in the corporate world.

Discussing LGBTQIA+ in Engineering and Corporate America

Chemical engineers share their stories about coming out and working for LGBTQIA+ rights in the corporate world.
LBGTQIA Advocacy Awards

Celebrate Inclusive Workplaces

2022 LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Awards Are Now Open. Built In’s newest awards program recognizes employers who excel in creating an inclusive workplace for its LGBTQIA+ employees.
Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized U.S. employers who took concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families.
Phil Jones

LGBTQ Advocacy within Manufacturing

Leaders in manufacturing are becoming more aware of the needs within their diverse workforce. Individuals like Phil Jones, program manager, Caterpillar are powerful advocates for the LGBTQ community providing trust within their teams and providing mindful programs and support services.

LGBTQ-Friendly Businesses Are More Profitable

It's important to foster a welcoming work environment that generates positive productivity and overall success organizations across industry. Evidence shows that companies promoting gender and racial diversity perform better financially.

LGBTQ+ Associations Focused On STEM

oSTEM logo

Out in STEM

With over 100 student chapters at colleges/universities and professional chapters in cities across the United States and abroad, oSTEM is the largest chapter-based organization focused on LGBTQ+ people in STEM.


This charity is run by an independent group of LGBTQIA+ scientists and engineers from around the world aiming to showcase the LGBTQIA+ community within STEM fields.
Out to Innovate

Out to Innovate

Out to Innovate strives to empower LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support.

LGBTQ+ Leaders in STEM Shaping Our Future

Interesting Engineering highlights some of the most innovative and inspiring LGBTQ+ CEOs, engineers, and entrepreneurs in STEM fields. These inspiring CEOS, engineers, and entrepreneurs have battled the barriers working against LGBTQ+ individuals to make the world a better place.

Listen to LGBTQ+ Podcasts

SWE Podcast

Experiences of Nonbinary Students in Engineering

Alexa Jakob, lead of SWE’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group, speaks with Dr. Andrea Haverkamp discussing research on the experiences of nonbinary students in engineering.
AIChE Observes Pride Month

LGBTQ+ & Allies Young Professionals Panel Discussion

Participants share their unique experiences as out LGBTQ+ individuals and allies working in industry and academia. Topics discussed include career development, allyship, and visibility in engineering and STEM.

Queer Mind at Work

This Podcast is a mini-series powered by InterEngineering. Hosts Filippo and Michael talk through mental health in the workplace with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ people.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The SME Education Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative is designed to fully integrate opportunities for underrepresented communities in every program and effort.

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