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Elevate Company Culture
Workforce services continue to be a challenge for everyone; it's time to think differently to create competitive futures. Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) has aligned diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to our mission, vision, and values and we have become a known solution provider and thought leader for diversity and inclusion for manufacturers. IMEC's journey map goes beyond diversity and inclusion to elevate company culture and drive advancements across organizations. Learn how this tool and other solutions are being used across companies.

Feb 1, 2023 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Paola Velasquez
Director of DEI in Manufacturing @Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
My family has a long tradition in manufacturing, so I learned of the value of manufacturing at a young age. I joined the manufacturing workforce at the beginning of my college years and later went on to gain experience in academia, business, and healthcare. Because of this, I bring a different perspective to the manufacturing industry. My career has been marked by my passion for leading diversity and inclusion training. For over 20 years, I worked with the underserved and underrepresented population, and have created and led sustainable programs. I’ve facilitated trainings like Unconscious Bias, Becoming an Ally, Understanding our Privileges, Brave, Bold Conversations, and Value Exercises – all aimed at addressing the skills gap and raising multicultural awareness. As Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing at IMEC, I continue to do the same for manufacturers and facilitate job opportunities in ways that reduce the Illinois manufacturing equity and skills gap.