Exploring Diversity & Inclusion in STEM and Supply Chain: Why It’s Time to CANCEL THE MANEL (all male panels) and How to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion at Industry (and Virtual) Events artwork
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Exploring Diversity & Inclusion in STEM and Supply Chain: Why It’s Time to CANCEL THE MANEL (all male panels) and How to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion at Industry (and Virtual) Events

  • S1E15
  • 27:14
  • April 15th 2020

Episode 15 is a provocative and timely topic for supply chain and STEM professionals around the world. As we enter conference season coupled with the transition to virtual events due to COVID19, the on-going persistence of all-male panels must stop. It’s time to cancel the MANEL! As eloquently described by Dr. Francis Collins, the diversity of bright and talented minds <in supply chain and STEM fields> has come a long way and our public engagements need to catch up. Breaking up the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) bias that is preventing women and other groups underrepresented in science from achieving their rightful place in scientific leadership must begin at the top. Creating new norms is a tough and challenging process. We hope this a helpful step to bring awareness to the MANEL and encouraging others to embrace diversity and inclusiveness at events and conferences.

In this episode, you’ll hear why MANELS must STOP, why a level playing field with gender diversity is necessary, why being inclusive isn’t just about “inviting a women on a panel” or better yet “having a women moderate or interview the panel”. We describe changes in the supply chain workforce and population of recent graduates. Ageism and challenging traditional norms is a contentious task, but necessary to shift the status quo. Our hearts are in the right place during this difficult discussion. Women and members of underrepresented communities should also have an opportunity for speaking slots at high-level supply chain, STEM, and academic events and conferences. We urge you to take the panel pledge and draw the line by calling out actors who may unknowingly (or knowingly) participate in this stale and divisive tradition. 

To learn more about the MANEL pledge, visit: https://www.owen.org/pledge/

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