SPE DEI Events 2021-2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing

SPE is proud to announce a series of four roundtables based around diversity, equity, and inclusion in manufacturing.

Co-located at Informa’s Advanced Manufacturing Events – regional trade shows with pavilions for plastics, packaging, automation technology, medical design and manufacturing, and design engineering and manufacturing.

Dates & Locations

December 6-7, 2021
New York City, NY
Javits Center
April 11-12, 2022
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Convention Center
June 13-14, 2022
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Convention Center
November 2022
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Convention Center


  • Leading the Way – How the top people from the top companies are fostering DEI throughout their organizations.
  • Business case for DEI (how diversity creates more successful companies)
  • Personal stories. Helping people recognize how their behaviors can make others feel marginalized
  • First steps. What can people and companies do now to improve their behaviors and cultures
  • Data points, geared towards scientific/engineering professionals
  • Language of DEI. DEI conversations are new. People make unknowing missteps-navigating those missteps is important.
  • Bias-we all have it-how do we recognize it and how do we change our thought process around it?
  • Ageism – How to change/create a manufacturing environment that is inclusive to younger workers. What are the cultural issues which need to be addressed to attract younger workers?
  • How to become/be a change-maker. And does that look different for different groups?


  • To begin an industry-wide dialogue about the issues of DEI in the industry
  • To identify the companies and people which support DEI
  • To establish SPE as committed to, and a leader of, these efforts
  • To raise the awareness of, and to raise funding for, SPE programs

This educational program is provided as a service of SPE. The views and opinions expressed on this or any SPE educational program are those of the Speaker(s) and/or the persons appearing with the Speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc. (SPE) or its officials, employees or designees. To comment or to present an opposing or supporting opinion, please contact us at info@4SPE.org.

Refund Policy for Events

Refunds will be granted up to 30 days before the event. Registration may not be transferred.

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