National Society of Black Engineers Honors Top Corporate and Government Supporters of Engineering Diversity

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has honored 34 organizations and individuals with annual awards for their support of engineering diversity. The Chairman’s Awards and Gene Washington Champions of Champions Awards were presented at NSBE’s 44th Annual Convention, which brought more than 13,400 attendees and more than 250 sponsoring organizations to Pittsburgh, Pa., on March  21–25, for the Society’s largest-ever event.

NSBE, with more than 17,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. Broad corporate and government agency support help make possible the programs and activities NSBE utilizes to advance its mission and move toward its main 10-year strategic goal, which is to lead the U.S. to produce 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by 2025.

NSBE’s 2018 Chairman’s Awards honored 12 organizations that made a positive impact on black communities by investing more than $100,000 in NSBE during the 2017–18 fiscal year. The Gene Washington Champion of Champions Awards for 2018 recognized 22 individual representatives of organizations on NSBE’s Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) who went above and beyond the call of duty within their organizations on NSBE’s behalf. The BCA is the Society’s top-level supporters. Gene Washington, a longtime executive at 3M, now retired, played a prominent role in founding the BCA.

“NSBE is reaching for higher goals than ever, and the support given by our corporate and government supporters is critical to our success,” said NSBE National Chair Matthew C. Nelson. “These awards demonstrate our appreciation for their outstanding support of our mission.”

“The partnerships NSBE has established with these award recipients prove that diversity and inclusion are alive and growing in America,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “With the commitment and collaboration demonstrated here, we will meet our goals of community empowerment and strengthening the nation’s technical workforce.”

NSBE 2018 Chairman’s Award Honorees

Air Force STEM


Bechtel Corporation

The Boeing Company

Chevron Corporation


The Dow Chemical Company

Ford Motor Company

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Nissan Americas

Northrop Grumman Corporation

United Technologies Corporation


NSBE 2018 Gene Washington Champion of Champions Award Honorees


Kevin J. Edwards, P.E., Manager, Quality & Six Sigma and Global Manager, CI&D

Claudia P. Stephens, External Engagement Lead, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Human Resources

Bechtel Corporation


Bethany Clarkson-Morgan, Upstream Assurance Lead, S+OR



Niccole Boswell, Diversity Portfolio Manager

Bruce E. Chinn, General Manager

Chevron Corporation


Maurice L. Dantzler Sr., Director – FE and Shared Services Dynamic Systems & Controls

Corey Phillips, U.S. Diversity Sourcing Manager

Lori Thompson, Vice President Marketing, and U.S. Diversity Initiative



Tracey Coates, Manager, Operational Excellence

Eaton Corporation


Danté Crockett, Global Product Development Quality Manager – Electrical

Nia Harrison, Technical Expert

Darryl L. Jones, Global Tire & Wheel Engineering Supervisor

Ford Motor Company


Rhonda Peters James, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and External Partnerships

Intel Corporation


Stewart Carter, Logistics Manager, Deere & Co. World Wide Supply Management & Logistics

John Deere


Justen Baskerville, Diversity Outreach Consultant

Bernice Innocent Ramsey, National Events & Programs, Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity Outreach

Scott Trapp, Director, Diversity Outreach

Lockheed Martin Corporation


Maria Sánchez, CMP Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Achievement Conferences Event Planning, Global Corporate Responsibility

Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility

Northrop Grumman Corporation       


Annie Livingston, Director, Global Talent Acquisition

Sara Weleski, Talent Acquisition Program Manager

PPG Industries


Michael J. Alvarez, Workforce Development Initiative – Manager





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