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Key Associations Weigh In on DEI Progress and Next Steps

Engineering association leaders discuss DEI investment, membership metrics and gaps.

Date: Friday, June 9, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT / 3:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 Hour

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Machine Design, in collaboration with the Design & Engineering Group’s WISE (Workers in Science and Engineering) initiative, assembled a panel from major associations (including the Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Women in Electronics) to reflect on progress made in their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. In an outcomes-centered discussion, they discuss:

  • The association’s role in DEI investment
  • Evidence that diversity programs work
  • Efforts to empower and engage members
  • Diversity fatigue and what keeps them motivated

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Rehana Begg
Machine Design

Rehana Begg is the editor-in-chief of Machine Design. She has spent the past decade in the trenches of industrial manufacturing, focusing on engineering, operations and management. Her B2B career has taken her from corporate boardrooms to plant floors and underground mining stopes, covering everything from IIoT/software, automation, digital transformation and continuous improvement, to MRO for the manufacturing, automotive and food and beverage industries. Over the course of 23 years as a journalist, staff writer and editor, her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including CanadianManufacturing.com, Machinery & Equipment MRO, Plant, Benefits Canada, Canadian Home Workshop and Homemakers. Begg holds a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA focused on project management. She is the recipient of a coveted EBBIE Award (Editor of the Year, 2021), which recognizes her contributions to the development of WISE, a hub that compiles coverage of workplace issues affecting STEM fields, in addition to showcasing contributions from equity seeking groups and subject matter experts within various subdisciplines.


Monica Moman-Saunders
Professional Engineer and Fellow
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Monica Moman-Saunders, P.E., has more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience in engineering management, and contract negotiations and management, most recently as manager of contract services for LG&E and KU Energy LLC in Louisville, Kentucky. Moman-Saunders has been actively involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1985. She is an ASME Fellow and was selected by the ASME Board of Governors’ Nominating Committee as an ASME Governor-Nominee in 2022. If elected by the ASME membership, she will serve as a Board of Governors member-at-large for a three-year term beginning June 2023. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from University of Alabama, a Master of Science degree in business and management from Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri, and completed the executive management program at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Roberta Rincon
Associate Director of Research
Society of Women Engineers

Dr. Roberta Rincon is the Associate Director of Research for the Society of Women Engineers, where she oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting girls and women in engineering, in education and career. Before joining SWE, Rincon was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System in the Office of Academic Affairs. Rincon received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from UT Austin.


Jackie Mattox
Founder, President and CEO
Women in Electronics

Jackie Mattox is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Women in Electronics, headquartered in Southern California. Mattox started her career in the electronics industry during college at a small rep firm in Southern California where she worked her way into the roles of Sales and Distribution Manager, and also took a passionate interest in Strategic Key Account Management. Mattox graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Journalism. Mattox has always had a heart for people and especially for women’s issues along with a dedication to education and leadership development. She was very active with her children’s education and helped with the start-up of a charter school in Orange County, CA. Mattox has a heart for personal and professional leadership development, as she believes they are both equally needed to maximize a person’s full leadership potential. She values time with her children and loved ones, the experience that travel brings, and being home in the city of beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA with her family, life-long friends, and her two dogs, Cocoa and Rubie.

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