Racism and Its Compounding Effect Across Underrepresented Groups

Kimberly Markiewicz, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, DuPont

Adriana Bohm, Ph.D. — Professor of Sociology focused on issues of social stratification

Nidhi Chaudhary — Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader, DuPont

Amber Maynard, Global Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Consultant, Corteva


Thursday, October 21, 2021
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Indiana Convention Center, Exhibit Hall “H”

Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

Join a panel of industry-leading experts as they delve into the concept of race and how it has evolved. You will be taken on a journey through history ending with the modern concept of race and racism. The conversation will then pivot to how racism has played a role in the propagation of other oppressive biases, including heterosexism, ableism, and classism. Learn first-hand how the speakers have used their professional talents to drive inclusion, fight social injustice, and demand progress while embracing their intersectional identities using their personal stories to convey their messages authentically.

After participating in this session, you should be informed, inspired, and ready to take action to advance your advocacy in diversity, equity, and inclusion and be able to:

  • Describe the origins of race and how it has evolved across the decades.
  • Recognize racism in everyday scenarios and how it inhibits even well-intentioned activities.
  • Identify ways to be an Ally at home and in the workplace, including courageous conversations.
Nidhi Chaudhary
Amber Maynard
Kimberly Markiewicz

About the Panelists

Adriana Leela Bohm is a native of Wilmington DE. She earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Black American Studies from the University of Delaware, an MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University. Her dissertation is on the UAW and General Motors, and her research focused on resistance to the status quo component of the UAW and racism the assembly line workers faced at two GM factories. Adriana has spoken at numerous conferences across the country and in Canada on social injustice and the struggle for racial equity. She is currently working on a collaborative auto-ethnography on teaching race and racism at the college level.

Nidhi Chaudhary, MBA, SPHR, CHRP is a global HR Leader, educator and entrepreneur whose work has spread across Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific in multiple industries such as oil and gas, specialty materials, manufacturing, biotechnology and software.  In her various leadership roles as CHRO, and Global HR Director, her contributions to the corporate world includes establishing world class HR infrastructure, strategies and solutions in big Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller startups. Nidhi has an MBA in Human Resources and a B.S.in Chemistry and Botany.

Amber Maynard, Global Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Consultant at Corteva Agriscience, grows two things: people and belonging.  Amber is a leader of inclusion and diversity strategy at Corteva including participating on the company’s CEO-driven ID&E Journey Acceleration Team cultivating a culture of belonging, guiding inclusion awareness through the facilitation of more than a dozen global listening sessions, preparing DEI training for 20,000 employees around the world, and grassroots work across the company engaging in brave conversations about inclusion, diversity, and equity in agriculture.

About the Moderator

Kimberly Y. Markiewicz, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at DuPont is trained as a chemical engineer and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  Kim has worked in a variety of roles during her DuPont career but has always been involved with diversity and inclusion, and an avid supporter of DEI throughout her career. In 2007, she became the Manager for Diversity, Inclusion, and Employee Engagement at DuPont where she was responsible for the development & implementation of global diversity and inclusion programs, including being a champion for introducing the LGBTQ+ agenda and ensuring the perspective of women of color is included in gender-based organizations. She maintains an active membership with the Human Rights Campaign.