Dow announced that five leaders earned recognition on three 2022 OUTstanding lists: LGBT+ Executives; LGBT+ Ally Executives; and LGBT+ Future Leaders. Three of these individuals ranked in the top 20 for their respective categories. 2022 marks the tenth year OUTstanding, a professional network for LGBT+ executives and allies, has published these lists. A Dow leader has been recognized on at least one of these lists each year since 2014. Annual rankings are based on a review process of nominees selected among professionals actively contributing to an environment where employees feel safe, respected, and valued both inside and outside the workplace.
“These role models are a reflection of team Dow, representing all the incredible Dow colleagues who are creating a more equal and inclusive workplace and world," said Amy Wilson, general counsel, corporate secretary, and executive sponsor for Dow's LGBT+ and ally employee resource group, GLAD. "I'm grateful and proud to work with these leaders–they inspire us all.”
Dow Leaders Honored as Top 100 Leading LGBT+ Executives:
- Louis A. Vega; President, North America; Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy, #9–According to Dow, Vega’s holistic approach to inclusion and diversity in the workplace is best illustrated through his involvement with Dow's GLAD ERG. As the group's global advisor, he has worked with chapters globally to promote a more inclusive workplace and community for all employees. Vega is a member of Dow's President's Inclusion Council, sponsors and leads Dow's Social Justice Council, and serves as a member of the company's Operations Team. 2022 marks his eighth consecutive year as an OUTstanding honoree.
- Javier Constante, President, Latin America–According to Dow, Constante is keenly aware of the responsibility he has as an influential LGBT+ Executive and uses his position to advocate for others, and focuses his attention on challenges faced by the LGBT+ community. Constante is an active member of Dow's President Inclusion Council and champions ID&E as a key part of Dow's Latin American strategy. Externally, Constante serves on the board of the Brazilian organization, Forum de Empresas e Direitos LGBT, and is currently leading a public policy initiative to ensure a better and more inclusive environment across Brazil. This is the third consecutive year Constante has been recognized by OUTstanding.
Dow leaders selected as Top 50 Ally Executives:
- Amy Wilson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, #12–Wilson is the Executive Sponsor for Dow's GLAD ERG, and has hosted numerous events highlighting topics related to LGBT+ inclusion, including moderating a virtual event during Pride 2021 with GLAAD president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, and Dow chairman and CEO, Jim Fitterling. As part of Dow's leadership education series for people leaders, Wilson led the session on ESG, inclusion, and diversity in the C-suite and boardroom. In this session, she reportedly highlighted her extensive experience with Dow's board of directors as the company's Corporate Secretary, and the importance of including all types of diversity, including LGBT+ diversity, at all levels in the organization. Wilson is now a three-time OUTstanding honoree with her first appearance on these lists occurring in 2020.
- Neal Sheorey, Vice President, Coatings & Performance Monomers–Sheorey, a first-time OUTstanding honoree, is the North America Executive Sponsor for Dow's GLAD ERG, and the regional Executive Sponsor for Dow's Asian Diversity Network, ADN. As part of Dow's all-ERG conference, EMERGE, which included 500 in-person attendees and an additional 900 virtually, Sheorey led an interactive session with all participants on the importance of investing in environmental, social, and governance priorities. At Dow's SOAR conference, the inclusive leadership summit the company hosts alongside its annual LPGA event, Sheorey hosted a panel on how sport can be a platform for ID&E. According to Dow, Sheorey helped ensure the safety and security of Dow colleagues and their families following Texas' directive targeting transgender youth, constructing a dedicated support network to respond to impacted employees' needs in an agile, equitable, and confidential manner. Sheorey also reportedly drives inclusion as an integral component of his global business strategy, focusing on increasing female and minority representation and ERG participation.
Dow leader chosen as Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders:
- Erica Everett, Global Autonomous Vehicles Platform Leader, #14–Everett works alongside Dow partners and customers as a champion of high-level inclusion collaborations. Projects have included launching the first Pride-themed car on a NASCAR track, and a feature during a national primetime broadcast was developed as a result of Everett's partnership with Richard Childress Racing. Everett was also instrumental in Dow's recent Maersk collaboration, sending Dow goods worldwide in a rainbow shipping container. In addition, Everett created a new support group for LBGTQ+ parents at Dow and shared her story of coming out in the workplace at Dow's ERG EMERGE conference, an inspiring talk that inspired many colleagues. Finally, Everett successfully advocated for fully LBGTQ+ inclusive fertility and parental benefits at Dow, resulting in updated policies that will have a tangible impact on Dow's community. Everett puts LBGTQ+ inclusion at the forefront of her work, encouraging transparency and inclusive behavior everywhere. Further showcasing the inclusive leadership and diverse representation Dow has across all levels of the company, this honor marks Everett's first time appearing on an OUTstanding list.
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