Avient’s LEAD by Women Employee Resource Group promotes diversity and inclusion by increasing access to the tools and resources necessary to build leadership skills and accelerate careers. While led by women, the initiative is all-inclusive—everyone is encouraged to participate, learn, improve skills sets, and advance our mission. The group leads numerous leadership development training sessions, covering topics such as unconscious bias, building trust and impactful communication.
Since 2018, more than 5,800 associates have participated in at least one of the 85+ global LEAD by Women events. Each global region has its own, rotating leadership structure that tailors programming and information to localized needs. This decentralized approach ensures sensitivity to local customs and norms, while still advancing Avient’s overarching objectives.
In 2020, LEAD by Women offered programming virtually to our most geographically dispersed audience yet. We headed in-depth working sessions focused on leveraging core values and a candid discussion on race and racism in the United States.
“Our people continue to be a core pillar of Avient’s sustainability strategy. LEAD by Women has been a key contributor to the development of our talent by leading conversations that help push the bar on our D&I journey. It’s energizing to see how eager our associates are for the content and conversations on how to be more inclusive. As a leader, it’s inspiring how Avient continues to prioritize professional development for all associates.”
Rachel Vickers, Global Strategic Sourcing Leader and LEAD by Women Programming Leader
To become “the company of choice for all”
To advance diversity in professional and personal development at Avient
Developing People Professional & Personal Development
Building the Networks Networking & Collaboration
Global Speakers Development Programs
Local Chapter Programs On-boarding / mentoring